I, Robot, Bachelorette, Jurassic Park III: films on TV today

Will Smith tackles an AI, three bridesmaids go crazy, and the dinosaurs have taken over the island: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




I, Robot ★★★★
10.00pm-12.15am C4 

Based on a story by Isaac Asimov, this is set in Chicago in 2035, a time when humanoid robots, created by the giant US Robotics company, do most of the heavy lifting and general dirty work. Will Smith stars as a cop sent to investigate the apparent suicide of James Cromwell, one of Robotics’ scientists. Smith, a technophobe who hates robots, thinks it was murder and that one particular robot, Sonny (voiced by Alan Tudyk), dunnit. Everyone tells him he’s wrong — that robots have been carefully programmed never to hurt humans. Sonny, however seems to have developed a mind of his own and not necessarily a nice one. Anyway, that’s the basic plot, which involves Smith racing around town in search of clues, often in the company of scientist Bridget Moynahan, while discussing inevitable questions like: where does humanity begin and end? It’s pretty lightweight stuff but quite enjoyable, the robots look bland but menacing, and Smith is always interesting to watch.

Bachelorette ★★★
PREMIERE 10.00-11.50pm ITV2 

Taking a leaf or two out of Bridesmaids’s book, this darkly comic tale stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan as three 20-somethings who get up to no good the night before the wedding of old friend Rebel Wilson.

Jurassic Park III ★★★
3.05-4.50pm ITV 

Jurassic World is now in cinemas, and here’s a chance to see where the franchise left off in 2001. Sam Neill returns as sceptical scientist Alan Grant who’s soon back on Isla Sorna and on the run from a monster that makes the T rex look like a gecko.    

Monster-in-Law ★★★
6.10-7.55pm C5 

If you want to see J-Lo and Jane Fonda slap ten bells out of each other, then this is the romcom for you. Fonda displays fabulous comic chops as the eponymous mother-in-law from hell, who’s bent on seeing off her son’s unsuspecting intended.    

Iris ★★★★
10.30pm-12 midnight BBC4 

Marvellous biographical drama about author Iris Murdoch, with Kate Winslet as the younger woman and Judi Dench her older self. This is as much a portrait of a marriage (with Jim Broadbent as Murdoch’s husband, John Bayley), and the effect of Alzheimers on a life, as a straightforward biopic. 

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