Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Marley & Me, Snitch, The Front Line: films on TV today

Greek demigods, brooding Belgians, a Congolese in Dublin and a shaggy dog story: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief ★★★
6.40-9.00pm Film4


There are five books in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, about a schoolboy who discovers he is the demigod son of Poseidon, but only two have been adapted into films (a third is rumoured for next year). Harry Potter alumnus Chris Columbus directs the mid-budget original, in which a distracted Percy (likeable Logan Lerman) discovers that he must return Zeus’s lightning bolt to Mount Olympus. Boasting Minotaurs, Medusa (with slightly disappointing CGI for Uma Thurman’s snake hair) and a showdown above Manhattan, it all makes for a decent adventure.

The Broken Circle Breakdown ★★★
1.25-3.20am C4 

If you’re looking for something completely different, then how about the melodramatic tale of a Belgian bluegrass singer who falls for a tattoo artist?

Marley & Me ★★★
7.30-10.00pm E4 

Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston are upstaged by another shaggy blonde – a cute  labrador – in this warm and not entirely fluffy family portrait.    

Snitch ★★★
9.00-11.20pm 5★ 

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson tries a bit of socially conscious drama between knocking heads together after his son is jailed under dodgy legislation.

The Front Line ★★★
9.00-10.45pm Movies4Men 

A Congolese refugee in Dublin finds himself dragged into helping a gang of thugs as they set out to rob a bank. Edge-of-your-seat stuff.    


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