The Watch, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Little Voice, Welcome to the Punch, Meet the Parents: films on TV today

Aliens, in-laws, wizards, cops and robbers, plus Jane Horrocks: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY 
PREMIERE The Watch ★★★
9.00-11.00pm C4 

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The words “sci-fi comedy” do not auger well. For every Ghost Busters or Galaxy Quest, there’s an Evolution or Aliens in the Attic. Like the recent, apocalyptically themed This Is the End, The Watch (also co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) starts out like a terrestrial social comedy but soon mutates. Concerned citizen Ben Stiller forms a neighbourhood watch group in a small Ohio town in order to make friends, but only attracts three other losers: Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. So far, ho hum, until they run over an alien and discover that a full Bodysnatchers-style invasion is under way, at which point The Watch bumpily shifts comedic gear. The vulgar frat-boy humour is somewhat beneath its principal cast (with the possible exception of Vaughn) — it turns out that the aliens’ brains are literally between their legs — but a showdown in a Costco store is passably exciting. It has its moments, but doesn’t deserve the arch Ayoade.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ★★★★★ 
7.00-9.30pm ITV 

My how they’ve grown. Ten years after they enrolled at Hogwart’s Harry, Ron and Hermione’s battle with Voldemort, and with it the magical franchise, reaches a dramatic conclusion.    


Little Voice ★★★★
11.05pm-12.35am BBC2 

Jane Horrocks is a revelation as she belts out standards in the style of classic vocalists in this unique movie. The rest of the classy cast is almost window dressing.     


Welcome to the Punch ★★★★
9.00-10.55pm Film4 

James McAvoy’s emotionally and physically damaged cop gets a second chance at nailing his man when career criminal Mark Strong breaks cover in this edgy crime thriller.     


Meet the Parents ★★★★
9.00-10.45pm BBC3 

The hilariously painful interaction between dad Robert De Niro and prospective son-in-law Ben Stiller may force you to watch this comedy with your hands in front of your face.    


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