Inkheart, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Gattaca, Jeepers Creepers: films on TV today

Fairytales come to life, a naughty nanny, GM babies and the boogeyman: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Inkheart ★★★
8.00-10.00pm E4


Directed with verve by Iain Softley and aimed at tweens, Inkheart is the first of a trilogy by German author Cornelia Funke, whose English translations are required reading in schools. It recalls Night at the Museum as much as Harry Potter, as 12-year-old Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett) discovers that her dad (Brendan Fraser) is a “silvertongue”: when he reads from a book, its characters come to life. Paul Bettany and Andy Serkis make good villains in corporeal manifestations from classics like The Arabian Knights and The Wizard of Oz, while Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren round out a more-than-decent cast. 

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle ★★★★
11.25pm-1.10am BBC1 

This luridly entertaining thriller is also Rebecca De Mornay’s defining moment, playing the vengeful but outwardly sweet nanny nobody would want looking after their children.     

Gattaca ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Movie Mix 

Genetic engineering leads to a class divide in Andrew Niccol’s thoughtful sci-fi thriller starring Ethan Hawke. It also features the late Gore Vidal in one his final film roles.    

Jeepers Creepers ★★★★
11.15pm-1.10am 5★ 

A brother and sister are driving home for spring break, straight into the path of a flesh-eating monster. Hope they’ve packed enough wet wipes…  

Throne of Blood ★★★★★
1.40-3.55am Film4

Japanese maestro Akira Kurosawa directs this classic samurai twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.


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