The Amazing Spider-Man, Quartet, The Woman in Black, Shanghai Noon, Star Trek: films on TV today

A sticky-fingered superhero, opera-singing septugenarians and grown-ups in onesies (aboard the Starship Enterprise): the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


PREMIERE The Amazing Spider-Man ★★★
8.30-11.10pm ITV 


The reboot has become Hollywood’s fallback option when a franchise needs a spring-clean. Sam Raimi had produced three successful Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire in the lead, but the third met with critical opprobrium and a planned fourth was cancelled in 2010. Two years later, Spidey was reborn with a new actor, Brit Andrew Garfield; a new director, the fortuitously named but blockbuster-inexperienced Marc Webb; and a fresh new feel, with mechanical web-shooters replacing Maguire’s biological brand. However, it means we go back to the beginning again for the origins story, as high-schooler Peter Parker is bitten by that radioactive spider and develops heightened sense and reflexes, turning crime-fighter after the death of his uncle (Martin Sheen). Garfield plays Parker as an even more awkward nerd; Emma Stone adds bite as his sweetheart, police captain’s daughter Gwen Stacy; Rhys Ifans makes a dastardly villain, the Lizard; and if anything, the highwire FX are more breathtaking than under Raimi. It worked. World saved again. 

Quartet  ★★★★
9.00-10.35pm BBC2

Dustin Hoffman’s charming directorial debut sees feathers fly at a home for retired opera singers. Maggie Smith leads a sterling cast of Brits.    

The Woman in Black ★★★
9.00-10.55pm C4 

An atmospheric tribute to the old Hammer horror films, with Daniel Radcliffe as a young Victorian lawyer being spooked in a remote town. 

Shanghai Noon ★★★
11.25pm-1.10am BBC1 

East meets West in the shape of Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson, an unlikely crime-fighting partnership kicking up dust in cowboy country.

Star Trek ★★★★
9.00-11.30pm Film4

The crew of the Enterprise boldly goes back to the very beginning with director JJ Abrams at the helm.  Chris Pine is your fresh-faced captain.


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