The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Dean Spanley, Once: films on TV today

More fantasy adventure down the back of the wardrobe, a very shaggy dog tale, and a couple of strangers make beautiful music: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ★★★★
7.45-10.00pm E4 

The third and most recent film adaptation of the seven novels in CS Lewis’s wholesome saga sees a change of director, with seasoned Brit Michael Apted (Enigma) taking over. You can’t see the join, as two of the four Pevensies (along with Will Poulter’s entertainingly annoying cousin Eustace) return to Narnia, where Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) is now king. Accessing the world via the waterlogged device of a painting of a ship, there’s seafaring, dragons, serpents and the mysterious Dark Island — not to mention a bit of adolescent romantic tension. Simon Pegg and Liam Neeson lend their voices, and new-fangled effects and old-fashioned adventure are satisfactorily combined.

Dean Spanley ★★★★
2.15-3.50pm BBC2 

Delightful shaggy dog tale set in the Edwardian era, in which man of the cloth Sam Neill is believed to be the reincarnation of the childhood pet of grumpy old man Peter O’Toole. 

Once ★★★★
11.45pm-1.10am BBC1 

Oscar-winning musical drama about two musicians who meet on the streets of Dublin and form a personal and professional bond.

Assault at West Point: the Court Martial of John Whittaker ★★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.00pm True Entertainment

This well-mounted historical drama reveals the shameful truth about the first black cadet at the famous military academy, who was beaten and then accused of perpetrating the assault himself in order to frame his racist tormentors.    

Kramer vs Kramer ★★★★
11.15pm-1.25am Film Four 

Dustin Hoffman inspires laughter and tears in this Oscar-laden drama as a dad bonding with his son after mum walks out. His recipe for French toast is just as bittersweet!    


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