Senna, The Bourne Ultimatum, 20,000 Days on Earth: films on TV today

The fastest Brazilian on four wheels, answers at last for amnesiac Matt Damon, and a day in the imagined life of Nick Cave: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Senna ★★★★
10.40pm-12.40am ITV 


Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna was killed on the track 21 years ago today, on 1 May 1994. There’s no better tribute than this clear, objective and Bafta-winning British documentary directed by Asif Kapadia, which tells a pulse-quickening tale of four-wheeled sporting bravado using only existing archive footage and home movies. At least as dramatic as the effects-heightened wizardry of Ron Howard’s James Hunt biopic Rush (actually, more so), it charts the successive Grands Prix appearances of the Brazilian world champion from 1984 to 1994, when he had his fatal crash on the seventh lap of the San Marino race. A working knowledge of the sport is not required, and even those as averse to the incessant hum of motor racing as I am will find themselves gripped. It portrays Senna himself as flamboyant but troubled, a campaigner for motor safety who drove with a virtual death wish – especially when locked in bitter combat with rival Alain Prost. Riveting stuff.

The Bourne Ultimatum ★★★★★
9.00-11.15pm ITV2 

Matt Damon is the man of mystery closing in on his true identity as the blistering action trilogy reaches its climax – that is until Damon is Bourne again for a forthcoming sequel, due in 2016.    

Panic Room ★★★
10.20pm-12.35am More4 

Jodie Foster and a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart discover the safe-room in their swanky home doesn’t actually provide much security, in David Fincher’s claustrophobic thriller.    

20,000 Days on Earth ★★★★★
Premiere 11.05pm-1.15am Film4 

This fantasy-tinged documentary celebrates Nick Cave the musician, writer, actor – and celebrity chauffeur! Kylie and Ray Winstone are among those along for the ride in a film as unorthodox as the multitalented Cave himself.

Reservoir Dogs ★★★★★
12 midnight-2.00am Spike 

Quentin Tarantino’s barnstorming debut announced the birth of a maverick talent, as he expertly details out the fallout of a jewel heist gone spectacularly wrong.    


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