The Blair Witch Project, Gulliver’s Travels, Bend It like Beckham: films on TV today

Something spooky this way comes, Swift's classic novel gets a slacker makeover, and football offers escape for one Indian teenager: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



The Blair Witch Project ★★★★
11.50pm-1.35am 4Music 

So prevalent has the “found footage” technique become, it’s hard to convey how much of a stir this micro-budget horror caused in 1999. Promoted as the truth by a then-novel viral internet marketing campaign, the conceit is that three student documentary-makers went into the woods in Maryland and never came out. Improvising actors using lightweight digital cameras create the raw material cleverly assembled by directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as their search for the fabled Blair Witch unfolds in unnerving, often terrifying snatches. The tension is almost unbearable, the ending unforgettable. A genuine landmark.

Gulliver’s Travels ★★★
7.10-9.00pm Film Four 

Jonathan Swift’s 18th-century fantasy yarn gets a modern update with Jack Black as the wannabe writer who gets to stand tall in the land of Lilliput.

Bend It like Beckham ★★★
8.00-9.50pm BBC3 

David Beckham may have retired to a life of even more luxury but he remains an English sporting icon and is the inspiration behind this fun football comedy. Parminder Nagra plays a blinder as soccer-mad Jess who struggles to mix her Sikh traditions with her female footie team, while Keira Knightley (in an early role) makes a mark as her best friend.

Mamma Mia! ★★★★
8.00-10.15pm ITV3 

The Abba hits just keep on coming in this sunny, funny feel-good musical as Meryl Streep uncovers her inner disco diva and Pierce Brosnan bravely attempts to hit the right notes.

Spider-Man ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm 5★ 

Sam Raimi’s effortlessly entertaining comic-book caper features Tobey Maguire in his debut as the friendly neighbourhood webslinger, who here falls foul of Willem Dafoe’s fiendish Green Goblin. No Spidey fan will be let down.


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