ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY Red 2 9.00-11.15pm Film4
While films that chase “the grey pound” (I know, it’s a reductive term) are usually set in community centres or exotic Indian hotels, the Red series moves noisily around the traditional haunts of the international espionage thriller: warehouses, maximum security prisons, embassies. Following the original, comic-book-adapted Red – which stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous – this heavier-handed oldies-with-guns sequel reunites ex-CIA agent Bruce Willis, black-ops man John Malkovich and MI6-contractee Helen Mirren, and this time throws in a gleeful Anthony Hopkins as an incarcerated nuclear scientist. Fortysomething Catherine Zeta-Jones lowers the average age as a poised Russian agent (and ex-flame of Willis’s, much to current squeeze Mary-Louise Parker’s chagrin), but the general level of smirkiness and vehicle-flipping pyrotechnics still works, assuming your needs are not complex. Director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) keeps the old bones moving, and a pistol-packing Mirren steals the whole shebang (“You’ve heard of me now”).
Accident 5.45-7.50pm Talking Pictures TV (Freeview HD)
Dirk Bogarde and Stanley Baker are Oxford dons who become irrational in middle age. Harold Pinter wrote the witty script.
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