Inside Llewyn Davis, Quantum of Solace, Fresh Dressed: films on TV today

The Coens get their folk on, James Bond is re-Bourne, and a history of hip hop through its gear 'n' garb: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY 
Inside Llewyn Davis ★★★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.05pm Film4 

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Music has always been key to the movies of the Coen brothers, usually to set a mood. In this affectionate if downbeat, Oscar-nominated portrait of the early-60s New York folk scene, it powers the story as well as the ambience. When Oscar Isaac’s eponymous struggling troubadour gets locked out of his apartment after chasing an escaped cat, his subsequent wandering becomes a metaphor for his stalled career. But music offers hope. Isaac is among a strong cast who play and sing their own songs, including Carey Mulligan and – less surprisingly – Justin Timberlake. Replete with the Coens’ trademark grotesques, this blues riff to lost opportunity is warmed through with the love of a good tune. 


Fresh Dressed ★★★★
Premiere 12.35-2.00am C4 

Set you’re recorder for this impeccably turned out documentary, which charts the rise of rap through its fashions. Warning: may cause sneaker-envy.       


The Paleface ★★★
11.00am-1.00pm Dave 

Cowardly Bob Hope heads to the Wild West and winds up married to Jane Russell’s Calamity Jane in this rootin’ tootin’ comedy spoof. 


Quantum of Solace ★★★
9.00-11.10pm ITV2 

Daniel Craig’s single-minded James Bond seeks revenge in a breathless entry in the series that tries to outdo the Jason Bourne franchise in terms of sheer wobblecam mayhem.     


Lethal Weapon 4 ★★★
9.00-11.30pm ITV4 

Riggs and Murtagh’s final case finds buddy cops Mel Gibson and Danny Glover up against the quick kicks of Jet Li and the slick quips of Chris Rock.  Too old for this s****? Naah!  


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