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

ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 

Advertisement

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.     


Advertisement

It’s here! Buy your copy of Radio Times Guide to Films 2016 from the RT shop