What Maisie Knew, The Road, Insidious: Chapter 2: films on TV today

Bickering parents, an apocalyptic dad and a psychic son - essential family viewing : the Radio Times team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




PREMIERE What Maisie Knew ★★★★
12.35-2.10am C4 

Quite what this smart, grown-up New York drama about the impact of battling parents on a blameless six-year-old child is doing hidden after midnight is a mystery. With the tasty pairing of Julianne Moore (playing a singer) and Steve Coogan (an art dealer) as the separating middle-class couple, Joanna Vanderham (TV’s The Paradise) as the nanny, excellent newcomer Onata Aprile as the kid-in-the-middle and charismatic Alexander Skarsgard as her new step-dad, what’s not to like? Writers Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne and co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End) have fashioned a believable and moving human drama out of an 1897 Henry James novel and made it work for the 21st century. Please do record it.

The Road ★★★★
11.35pm-1.20am BBC1 

A father and son try to survive post-apocalypse America in a brilliantly realised adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel.

Unstoppable ★★★
8.00-10.00pm E4 

Tony Scott is in his element in his final film, a nail-biting adventure starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and a huge runaway train heading for kaboomville.


Insidious: Chapter 2 ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film Four 

The Lambert family is still under attack from maniacal spirits in this supernatural horror sequel guaranteed to keep your nerves jangling.

Dracula ★★★★★
10.00-11.20pm BBC4 

Christopher Lee oozes sophistication and not a little sex appeal in Hammer’s original retelling of Bram Stoker’s vampire legend. You’d be bats to miss it.


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