The Jungle Book, Django Unchained, The Five-Year Engagement, ’71, Easy Money: films on TV today

From Disney to Tarantino with love and war in-between: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 
The Jungle Book ★★★★★
PREMIERE 5.25-7.00pm C4 

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The last animated feature made under Walt Disney’s personal supervision before his death, this barnstorming classic occupies a truly rewarding perch in the studio’s history, repaying repeated releases in all formats, and ageing not a jot. Based on Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories, it drops the Man Cub into a jungle at first perilous, then welcoming, then perilous, and so on. As with all the best Disneys, there’s a terrific voice cast that includes Phil Harris as Baloo the bear, Louis Prima as the scat-singing orangutan King Louie and George Sanders as the suavely villainous tiger Shere Khan. Many of the songs – such as I Wanna Be Like You and the Oscar-nominated The Bare Necessities – have become standards. The period’s feathery drawing style abounds, and an all-round warmth pervades. 


Django Unchained ★★★★
PREMIERE 10.00pm-1.15am C5 

Think Once upon a Time in the South with Jamie Foxx as a former slave whose fury is unleashed in Quentin Tarantino’s audacious genre mash-up.


The Five-Year Engagement ★★★★
11.05pm-1.15am C4 

Jason Segel has commitment issues in this witty portrait of modern romance, one of a heap of relationship comedies that Judd Apatow has produced.


’71 ★★★★
9.00-10.55pm Film4

Rising star Jack O’Connell gives another blistering turn as a British soldier caught up in a Belfast riot during the Troubles.     


Easy Money ★★★★
PREMIERE 10.00pm-12 midnight BBC4 

A wannabe high-roller gets in over his head in this Swedish crime thriller that was so popular it spawned two sequels. Ker-ching.    


  

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