Snow White and the Huntsman, First Blood, Transsiberian and Dorian Gray: films on TV today

Snow White turns warrior princess, Rambo on the rampage and murder on the Trans-Siberian express: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Snow White and the Huntsman ★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film4 


Cinderella, Hansel & Gretel and Snow White have all recently enjoyed modern interpretations and the industry standard for such is tween-aimed, CGI-heavy action fantasy adventure. Snow White and the Huntsman plays that card without restraint. If you liked Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood, you’ll love the way director Rupert Sanders whips this into a thudding medieval-ish epic, with no less than Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as the scowly, armour-plated Amazonian warrior version of the title character. There are eight dwarves, too, but they’re not very funny, and Chris Hemsworth channels Thor as the hunk of a huntsman sent by Charlize Theron’s pantomimically evil Queen to kill the apple-muncher. It looks great, but lacks heart, and you may yearn for the romance and fidelity of Disney’s new Cinderella, which is in cinemas now.

First Blood ★★★
10.40pm-12.25am ITV

Rambo starts here with one of the most iconic roles of Sylvester Stallone’s career, playing the Vietnam veteran who’s not gonna take it anymore. Don’t push him.

The White Countess ★★★
PREMIERE 11.35pm-1.00am BBC2  

1930s Shanghai is the backdrop for this typically sumptuous Merchant Ivory production with Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson as ill-fated lovers.

Transsiberian ★★★
9.00-10.45pm BBC3 

Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley and Woody Harrelson are on a train ride through Siberia and the atmosphere is decidedly chilling.

Dorian Gray ★★★
9.00-11.15pm More4 

Ben Barnes fronts an elegant adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s novel about a young man whose wickedness is captured in an eerie warts ‘n’ all portrait. 


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