Edward Scissorhands, Walkabout, Wimbledon: films on TV today

Johnny Depp makes the cut, Jenny Agutter roams the outback, while Paul Bettany centre courts Kirsten Dunst: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

Edward Scissorhands ★★★★★
2.30-4.35pm C4


One of my favourites of Tim Burton’s films, this baroque fairy tale confirmed the director’s growing reputation after Batman and Beetle Juice (also showing today on Channel 5), and Johnny Depp defined his early career as the Pinocchio-like creation of Frankenstein-like inventor Vincent Price (his last cinematic appearance). The confectionery-styled suburbia Edward inhabits is otherworldly but recognisable enough for the guileless misfit to earn our empathy, as he is adopted by Dianne Wiest’s Avon lady and husband Alan Arkin and proves adept at trimming hedges, cutting hair and picking locks. Edward is initially accepted, then exploited and ultimately abused. Winona Ryder plays the object of his love and the inadvertent cause of his downfall. Recalling the sad fate of Frankenstein’s monster, Edward’s tale is oddly affecting, and kookily funny in parts. But its message – apart from don’t run with scissors – seems to be about the acceptance of outsiders, which is no bad thing. Burton and Depp were new to the A-list here and I miss that innocence.

Dirty Dancing ★★★★
6.55-9.00pm C5 

Have the time of your life all over again with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze steaming up the dance hall at a 1960s summer resort. Keep an ice-bucket handy, just to be sure.    

Despicable Me ★★★★
3.50-5.45pm ITV2 

Dastardly villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) plans to steal the Moon, but gets all gooey over three orphaned sisters who prove that even megalomaniacs have a soft side. Gru’s lovable yellow underlings get their own solo feature in Minions, in cinemas this weekend.      

Wimbledon ★★★
10.00pm-12 midnight ITV3 

Here’s something to get you in the mood for the tennis tomorrow. Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst make a mixed double in this romantic comedy filmed during the 2003 tournament.  

Walkabout ★★★★★
11.00pm-12.40am BBC4 

Jenny Agutter is one of two lost white kids guided through the Aussie outback by an Aborigine boy in Nicolas Roeg’s subtly pitched culture-clash drama. Preceded by an Arena special on the director.   


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