Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Carnage, Burlesque: films on TV today

Scrat the squirrel on the rocks, Kate Winslet and co act their kids' age, Christina Aguilera struts her stuff and Cher cracks a smile . . . almost: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Ice Age 4: Continental Drift ★★★
PREMIERE  6.20-8.00pm C4 


We have to wait until next year for Ice Age 5, so in the meantime let’s see how the wizards at Blue Sky animation studios (who also make Rio) stretched the Paleolithic franchise for part four. It drifted away from ice in part three with a subterranean lost-world dinosaur adventure, and here, the sloth, mammoths and sabre-tooth (voiced again by John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Queen Latifah and Denis Leary) are sent asunder after Scrat causes the landmass to break up. To add tension, our heroes must rescue Manny (Romano) by treacherously setting sail on a block of ice. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage voices a pirate, which provides a purring love interest for Leary’s tiger in the vocal form of ship’s mate Jennifer Lopez. The wisecracks come thick and the action fast, and it retains the manic energy of the series and provides fun cameos for Wanda Sykes, Nick Frost and Aziz Ansari (TV’s Parks & Recreation).

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective ★★★★
7.20-9.00pm C5 

Old bendy face Jim Carrey is on typically manic form as he tries to find a kidnapped dolphin.

Carnage ★★★★
10.30-11.45pm BBC2 

Two sets of seemingly sensible parents come together to resolve a dispute between their kids, only for them to descend into their own childish brawl. Features projectile vomiting.

Drive Angry ★★★
10.55pm-12.50am C5

Guns, explosions, sex, gore galore and Nicolas Cage chewing scenery like Popeye chews spinach in this tale of satanic cults.

Burlesque ★★★
PREMIERE  10.00pm-12.20am ITV2

Small-town girl Christina Aguilera learns it’s all about T&T as she seeks stardom in Cher’s LA club. Sass, ass, big hair, bigger voices and camper than a row of tents.


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