Robot & Frank, Mrs Henderson Presents, Legends of the Fall: films on TV today

A tale of technophilia, plus exotic dancers and Brad Pitt, brooding: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


PREMIERE Robot & Frank ★★★★
11.15pm-12.40am BBC1


It’s tricky to categorise this whimsical and sometimes rather airless sort-of-fable about an old man and his robot buddy, but its heart is in the right place (not least for humanising the big issue of dementia), and septuagenarian Frank Langella brings a laconic world-weariness that only age supplies. The fictional Frank is a retired burglar whose family buys him an automated domestic (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), whose therapeutic routines are initially shunned by the ornery old geezer until he hatches a plan to pull off a heist with the robot’s help. There’s a romantic subplot involving Susan Sarandon, who works at a library that’s due to close down, but the relationship that counts is the one between man and machine. A genuine oddity.

Mrs Henderson Presents ★★★
11.20pm-1.00am BBC2 

Judi Dench’s wealthy widow buys a run-down London theatre and stages Britain’s first all-nude revue with the help of Bob Hoskins’s twinkly-eyed impresario. It’s all in good taste.

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon ★★★★★
2.00-4.00pm Movies4Men 

John Wayne and director John Huston made some of the greatest westerns ever, and this is one of them. Monument Valley is as much a star of the film with its huge mesas towering over The Duke like no-one else could.

Legends of the Fall ★★★★
9.00-11.45pm Movie Mix 

Brad Pitt and other beautiful views (of the rugged Montana landscape) give this romantic melodrama an uplift and plenty of epic sweep. Julia Ormond is the woman who captivates and torments him.

Law Abiding Citizen ★★★
10.45pm-12.55am Film4 

The US justice system gets a brutal going over courtesy of Gerard Butler in one of his best performances as a man imprisoned for vigilantism.  


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