Sleepy Hollow, Withnail & I, The Bourne Supremacy: films on TV today

Police officer Johnny Depp has a head for clue, Richard E Grant and Paul McGann go on holiday "by mistake", and Matt Damon keeps on running: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Sleepy Hollow ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm E4 


An interesting take by Tim Burton on Washington Irving’s creepy tale of horror — “interesting” being another way of saying that, while there’s much to commend it, the film doesn’t entirely work. Burton’s frequent collaborator Johnny Depp plays Ichabod Crane, a New York policeman with forensic ideas ahead of his time who, in 1799, is sent to the hamlet of Sleepy Hollow to investigate the brutal decapitation of several victims. Everyone there knows who the killer is — a headless Hessian mercenary who roams the neighbourhood, killing people and searching for his missing bonce. Depp, slightly camp, slightly English-sounding, doesn’t believe in the undead, thinks there’s a conspiracy afoot and looks for a living culprit. Burton handles the shock Hammer-type horror and general atmosphere very well, but a romance between Depp and Christina Ricci is unconvincing as is the denouement. Still, it’s entertaining and elegantly done, Depp is impressive and a strong supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Martin Landau, Michael Gambon and Richard Griffiths.

Withnail & I ★★★★
12.20-2.10am C4 

Richard E Grant and Paul McGann turn a vicious spiral of self-destructive behaviour into a roller-coaster of fun in this iconic black comedy.

21 Jump Street ★★★
9.00-11.15pm 5★ 

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play fresh-faced cops who stick out like a pair of sore thumbs when they are tasked with going under cover at a high school. 

The Bourne Supremacy ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm ITV2 

Matt Damon is Bourne again in this all-action sequel about the unsmiling amnesiac spy wondering why everyone on earth is trying to kill him.

Two Mules for Sister Sara ★★★★
9.00-11.20pm ITV4 

Clint’s a cowboy and Shirley MacLaine’s the nun he saves from attackers in this entertaining western.


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