Psycho, I Love You Man, Escape Plan, Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, Requiem for a Dream: films on TV today

Anthony passes the soap, Paul needs a bestie, Arnie and Sly share some bants, Rene sheds the big pants: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Psycho ★★★★★
12.35-2.25am C4 


Never mind the opinion of some that Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo is the greatest film ever made, this is Hitch’s masterpiece, probably the most influential thriller of them all. Scores of film-makers have tried to recapture the nail-biting shock/horror of what goes on in the Bates Motel (prop. Norman Bates, played by Anthony Perkins) and none has succeeded, least of all Gus Van Sant with his misbegotten scene-by-scene remake. From the moment Hitchcock kills off his heroine (Janet Leigh) a third of the way through, the audience is simply the orchestra, with Hitch the conductor coaxing them into what to think and expect, and then leading them in an entirely different direction, keeping them constantly on the wrong foot. Paramount refused to produce the film, saying it was “too repulsive” and the director had to finance it himself. The result so disgusted The Observer’s critic CA Lejeune that she quit her job. which was absurd because this is a great movie.

I Love You, Man ★★★
11.50pm-1.30am BBC1

Paul Rudd shines here as a soon-to-be-wed man with no close friends who needs to find a best man fast. But rushing the decision could lead to problems.

Escape Plan ★★★
9.00-11.15pm Film4 

Ageing action men Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone join forces when they end up in the same hi-tech prison and decide to break out. Inevitably fists and pithy comebacks fly.

Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason ★★★
9.00-11.15pm ITV2 

Renee Zellweger’s hapless singleton finds herself back on the market after falling out with Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy. Enter caddish Hugh Grant, cue romantic shenanigans and pratfalls.

Requiem for a Dream ★★★★
11.15pm-1.20am Film4 

Maverick director Darren Aronofsky probes the nature of addiction in this unnerving adaptation of the novel by Hubert Selby Jr.


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