Skyfall, Chariots of Fire, Hamlet: films on TV today

A high speed chase, a slo-mo race and Mel Gibson pulling a face: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today



Skyfall ★★★★★
9.00-10.00pm ITV 

Some regard Goldfinger as Sean Connery’s finest Bond movie, his third in the role. This may be a coincidence or a contrivance, but Skyfall was also Daniel Craig’s third and remains far and away his best (Spectre, also directed by Mendes, is in cinemas on Monday). Winning two Oscars, for sound editing and Adele’s belting theme song, it became the all-time highest-grossing Bond film and topped the 2012 UK box office in the year Craig acted alongside Her Majesty for that Olympics opening gag. Now that the dust has settled, does it still stand up as a series highpoint? With a few caveats (including the London Underground stunt), I’d say yes. There’s a hot-button cyber-terrorism plot, Javier Bardem delivers a memorably homoerotic villain who blows up MI6, and we’re taken back to Bond’s family pile in Scotland. Under serious-minded director Sam Mendes, the result is dark, paranoid and grave, but no less thrilling for that. 

Chariots of Fire ★★★★★
11.30am-2.00pm More4 

Slo-mo runners of the world unite, it’s one of the best British films of the 1980s, the heroic true story of two running rivals readying themselves for the 1924 Olympics. 

Paul ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film Four 

Aliens get a lot of bad press in Hollywood, but here’s one with a good sense of humour, voiced by Seth Rogen and the brainchild of stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. 

Age of Heroes ★★★
9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix 

This tale of wartime derring-do is given a bit of extra zip by the fact it’s based on the real-life exploits of 007 creator Ian Fleming. James D’Arcy plays Fleming, who sets Sean Bean and Danny Dyer off on a sabotage mission in Norway. 

Hamlet ★★★★
12.05-2.25am ITV3 

Mel Gibson stars as the dithering Dane in this lavish interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Helena Bonham Carter drives him to methodical madness as Ophelia while Glenn Close plays the lady that doth protest too much.


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