Miss Potter, Thunderball and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: films on TV today

Renée breathes life into Beatrix, Connery battles Spectre in the Bahamas, and Oldman sets a trap for a secret-service mole: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Miss Potter ★★★
9.00-10.30pm BBC4 


In the 150th anniversary year of Beatrix Potter’s birth, this delightful film about the children’s author takes on new resonance. It’s cannily presented as a cautionary tale of turn-of-the-last-century class snobbery and the proto-feminist idea of marrying for love rather than security, with Renée Zellweger reviving her squirrelly Bridget Jones persona, only this time buttoned up in crinoline. Ewan McGregor is the bookseller who takes a punt on The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which brings her financial independence and makes her famous. He also falls in love with her, much to the chagrin of her snooty mum, who dismisses him as a tradesman. Kids will love the way Babe director Chris Noonan animates her animal creations, as if straight from the author’s imagination.

Hope and Glory ★★★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix 

There’s great warmth and charm in writer/director John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical drama about family life during the Blitz.      

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ★★★★
9.00-11.30pm Film4 

Fans of The Night Manager will enjoy this all-star adaptation of another John le Carré novel, featuring Gary Oldman as world-weary spy George Smiley.

Total Recall ★★★
9.00-11.25pm 5STAR 

Colin Farrell fills the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in this remake of the 1990 sci-fi classic about a man on the run from brainwashing baddies.     

Thunderball ★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

Spectre is up to its old tricks again in Sean Connery’s fourth outing as 007, ruining our agent hero’s spa-break by setting the countdown beginning on World War Three.     


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