Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Deadly Pursuit, The Hunt for Red October: films on TV today

Mike Myers's spoof spy grooves forth, Sidney Poitier treks north on the trail of a killer, and Sean Connery runs silent, runs deep, as a renegade Soviet sub commander: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm Movie Mix 

The joke had worn a little thin by the time of the threequel, Goldmember, but it was a pretty funny joke to begin with: a knowing parody of Swinging Sixties spy movies in which Mike Myers’s titular Carnaby Street dandy is cryogenically frozen and thawed 30 years later. No James Bond cliché is left unparodied, with Myers also playing his own nemesis, the “issues”-plagued Blofeld lookalike Dr Evil. Myers’s script pushes the envelope just enough (one of the female characters is called Alotta Fagina) and Liz Hurley brings class as his fellow agent. Amazingly, the real Bond franchise lived to die another day.


Deadly Pursuit ★★★
11.35pm-1.20am BBC1 

FBI agent Sidney Poitier teams up with mountain man Tom Berenger to catch a cunning killer hiding in the wilds of the American Northwest in this entertaining chase thriller. That’s if the bickering duo don’t kill each other first.


The Hunt for Red October ★★★★
6.20-9.00pm Film Four 

Sean Connery muddies the waters as a troubled Soviet commander in this action-packed submarine saga, which introduced CIA analyst Jack Ryan (played here by Alec Baldwin) to the movie-going public.


Robin Hood ★★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Don’t confuse this stirring 90s tale about the altruistic English outlaw with Kevin Costner blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (released around the same time). Patrick Bergin and Uma Thurman head the top-notch cast here, and perform with gusto.


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ★★★
9.00-10.50pm 5★ 

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The young siblings from the old Grimm fairy tale have grown up to be anything but sweet as candy in this dark “what if” action fantasy from the director of Dead Snow. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton give killer performances as the tooled-up steampunk slayers.