Atonement, What Richard Did, TT: Closer to the Edge: films on TV today

A young couple's love, an Irish teenager's honour and 200mph motorbikes – all pushed to breaking point: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



Atonement ★★★★★
9.00-11.20pm More4 

Keira Knightley finds what is, for me, her defining role in director Joe Wright’s elegant, stirring and well-judged adaptation of Ian McEwan’s Booker-shortlisted novel about upper-class life between the wars. Although the story, brilliantly adapted by Christopher Hampton, is told through Briony Tallis (played by Saoirse Ronan as a girl, Romola Garai as a young woman and Vanessa Redgrave as her older self – quite a trio!), it is the impact of a certain, life-changing indiscretion upon upstairs-downstairs lovers Cecilia (Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy) that forms the meat of the film. What is essentially a story about writing is grandly fleshed out into a proper period epic, mixing country-house melodrama with Second World War adventure. Knightley brings an uncommon depth and poise to a part that might, 60 years ago, have rightly gone to Celia Johnson. Also, when the supporting cast features Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Mays and Brenda Blethyn, you know it’s something special.

Reach for the Sky ★★★★

10.10am-12.55pm More4 

The sky’s the limit in this uplifting biographical drama starring Kenneth More as fighter pilot Douglas Bader, who overcame the loss of his legs to become one of WWII’s most decorated heroes.  

Panic Room ★★★

9.00-11.20pm Movie Mix 

Jodie Foster and a pre-Twilight Kristen Stewart discover the safe-room in their swanky home doesn’t actually provide much security, in David Fincher’s claustrophobic thriller.    

TT: Closer to the Edge ★★★★

10.00pm-12.10am ITV4 

This petrolhead’s delight chronicles the reasons that drive daredevil individuals such as the personable Guy Martin as they put their lives on the line riding motorbikes around the Isle of Man.  


What Richard Did ★★★★

11.15pm-1.00am Film Four 


Star on the rise Jack Reynor is Richard, the guy who is cool, handsome, fun, brave, intelligent and wise. But Richard is about to be tested, to an almost biblical extent, in this fabulous Irish drama.     

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