Carry On Henry, Daybreakers, First Wives Club and Tales of the Grim Sleeper: films on TV today

Tudors do double entendres, Ethan Hawke sates a lust for blood and first wives gang up on their cheating exes: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Carry On Henry ★★★
11.45pm-1.20am ITV 


This story, based allegedly on a manuscript by William Cobbler, is, we are told, all Cobbler’s from beginning to end. Well, naturally – it’s the 21st Carry On movie and one of the best. Henry VIII (Sid James) marries French queen Joan Sims but, repelled by her garlic breath, seeks to bed Barbara Windsor, daughter of the Earl of Bristol, instead. (Henry always fancied bristols apparently.) It’s the familiar bawdy stuff with the usual suspects on hand – Kenneth Williams as Thomas Cromwell trying to oust the new queen, Terry Scott as Cardinal Wolsey, Charles Hawtrey as Sir Roger de Lodgerley making a pass at Sims, and Kenneth Connor as the aptly named Lord Hampton of Wick. Subtle it’s not; funny it is. 

Daybreakers ★★★ 
11.00pm-12.50am C5 

The world didn’t need another vampire movie, but blood is money in this clever allegory on corporate greed. Ethan Hawke and Sam Neill are at each other’s throats, metaphorically.    

The First Wives Club ★★★★
5.00-7.05pm Film4 

Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton are women scorned but they still keep their sense of humour in a cheeky revenge caper that sees them plot against the husbands who ditched them for younger models.

Tales of the Grim Sleeper ★★★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.05pm Sky Atlantic 

Documentary film-maker Nick Broomfield looks out of place on the mean streets of South Central, Los Angeles, where he aims to find out why a serial killer was able to terrorise the neighbourhood for 25 years. A startling slice of LA life. 

 Hot Fuzz ★★★★
10.50pm-1.05am ITV2 

The Hollywood action flick meets English murder mystery when mismatched cops Simon Pegg and Nick Frost investigate a string of grisly deaths in leafy Gloucestershire.  Cats will be blown out of trees.


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