The Heat, Jane Eyre and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: films on TV today

Chalk 'n' cheeseburger cops, an employer with a skeleton in his cupboard, and the return of our favourite archaeologist: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


The Heat ★★★★
Premiere 9.00-11.25pm C4 


Melissa McCarthy is an unstoppable force. Until recently, she was purely known to US TV audiences for sitcom Mike & Molly, but a barnstorming supporting role in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids launched her on an international audience. Since then, she’s been permanently top-billed in the likes of Identity Thief, Tammy, Spy and this police/FBI parody directed by Feig, in which her Boston cop buddies up with Sandra Bullock’s prissy, by-the-book agent with bawdily hilarious consequences. A drug underworld plot is credibly worked up by witty screenwriter Katie Dippold (TV’s Parks & Recreation), but the funniest dialogue is improvised by the two stars out of a chemistry that’s hard to put a price on. Physical, funny, but ultimately sweet (everybody learns lessons), they dance, they dangle suspects off fire escapes, and were they both not so busy, it would make a terrific TV series. McCarthy co-stars in Feig’s forthcoming Ghostbusters remake due out in July.

The Princess and the Frog ★★★
3.30-5.00pm BBC1 

A prince is turned into a frog, so he kisses a girl to break the spell: As if by magic (actually, by magic), they’re both frogs. So begins Disney’s jazzy animated fantasy set in ol’ New Orleans.     

Jane Eyre ★★★
10.00-11.50pm BBC2 

Charlotte Bronte’s classic gets another screen makeover with Michael Fassbender as Mr Rochester and winsome Mia Wasikowska as the governess who comes to stay at Thornfield Hall.     

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ★★★★
10.45pm-12.40am BBC1 

Harrison Ford’s hero may be older, craggier and his clothes a bit looser-fitting, but world-weariness was always part of his charm. This time he’s up against those pesky Russians as his search for the fabled Crystal Skull of Akator takes him to the Amazonian jungle. 

The Change-Up ★★★★
11.25pm-2.30am C4 

This raunchy body-swap comedy sees a bed-hopping slacker (Ryan Reynolds) change lives with an overworked family man (Jason Bateman). A Freaky Friday for adults, perchance?    


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