Hanna, Bloody Sunday, Destry Rides Again: films on TV today

Saoirse Ronan is a girl on the run, James Nesbitt is an MP caught up in the Troubles, and James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich camp it up out west: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Hanna ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film Four 

The irresistible rise of Saoirse Ronan took her from standout supporting child star of Joe Wright’s Atonement to teenage lead in globe-trotting espionage tale Hanna for the same director in just four years. As the title character, a 16-year-old assassin, trained from birth by ex-CIA father Eric Bana, the magnetic Ronan easily carries this assuredly complex if slightly fidgety story, as it moves from icy Finland to austere Berlin via Morocco, Spain and France. The Agency, personified by equally icy Cate Blanchett, wants Hanna neutralised; on the run, the girl uses Bourne-like ingenuity to stay alive and piece together her past. Tom Hollander stands out as a deliciously camp killer among a lively British supporting cast that also boasts Downton’s Michelle Dockery. 

Bloody Sunday ★★★★

11.10pm-1.10am ITV 

The raw, vérité style of director Paul Greengrass underlines the horrific loss of life when British forces tried to quash a protest march in Londonderry in 1972.      

Destry Rides Again ★★★★★
5.10-7.05pm ITV4 

James Stewart cleans up a western town with a slow drawl rather than a fast draw in this comedy and shares a few moments with sultry Marlene Dietrich as well.      

The Last Stand ★★★

9.00-11.05pm 5

He’s a touch arthritic, maybe, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in full 1980s effect in this recent actioner, playing a smalltown sheriff tasked with stopping an insane drugs baron from crossing the border. Loads of fun. 


Lemmy ★★★
10.00-11.50pm BBC4 

Literally a warts and all documentary about the frontman of “loudest band in the world” Motorhead, a crazy cocktail of Red Marlboro, Jack Daniel’s, speed, strippers and gambling, according to one admirer.  


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