Bridesmaids, The Blues Brothers, Hunky Dory: films on TV today

Squabbling sisters, soul brothers and a glam rock opera in the long hot summer of 1976: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



Bridesmaids ★★★★★
9.00-11.30pm C4 

This summer, Midas-like comedy mogul Judd Apatow turned stand-up and sketch star Amy Schumer into a film star in Trainwreck (which he produced and directed), confirming him as a serial empowerer of funny women. He also helped develop HBO’s Girls with Lena Dunham, and previously showcased the talents of Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, a rip-roaringly bawdy, foul-mouthed comedy of social manners, written by Wiig (with Annie Mumolo), and directed by Paul Feig (The Heat). The matrimonial story revolves around Wiig’s dorky singleton and accident-prone maid of honour, who locks horns with the far more capable Rose Byrne in the run-up to Maya Rudolph’s wedding. The subsequent group mishaps – given a big blast of raunchpot energy by Melissa McCarthy, now also a leading actor – range from a bridal-shop fitting ruined by food poisoning to a tantrum at a chocolate fountain. A $288 million smash, it seemed to start a revolution. Chris O’Dowd also features as the token likeable bloke.

Hunky Dory ★★★

11.00pm-12.40am BBC2 

Loads of nostalgia, plus hits from the likes of David Bowie, 10CC and ELO enliven a coming-of-age musical starring Minnie Driver and Aneurin Barnard and set in Swansea in the mythically long hot summer of 1976.  

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy ★★★

11.55pm-1.25am BBC1 

Will Ferrell sports an impressive moustache and a polyester suit in this 1970s-set comedy about a sexist newsreader who meets his match in co-host Christina Applegate.    

The Blues Brothers ★★★★

 9.00-11.35pm ITV4 

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are on a musical mission from God in this landmark comedy that will guarantee foot-stomping satisfaction from the most tone-deaf viewer.    

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides ★★★

9.40-11.45pm BBC3 

In the frenetic fourth adventure, Penélope Cruz teams up with Johnny Depp’s bumbling buccaneer to find the Fountain of Youth.     


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