Catch Me If You Can, Emma, The Class of ’92: films on TV today

Leo's charismatic conman, a Jane Austen heroine and Manchester United's rise to glory: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Catch Me If You Can ★★★★
10.00pm-12.15am BBC4 

Though not one of Steven Spielberg’s copper-bottomed classics, Catch Me If You Can is a colourful yarn in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays real-life con artist Frank Abagnale Jr (upon whose book this is based), wanted by the FBI at the age of 19. Though his trick of impersonating people — pilot, lawyer, doctor — seems harmless, he was cashing fraudulent cheques, amassing $2.5 million in 26 countries during a spree in the 1960s. DiCaprio’s boyish good looks suit the slick kid who gets away with it on a grand scale, and Tom Hanks plays it middle-aged and tired asdogged agent Carl Hanratty; their cat-and-mouse forms the spine of the story. Christopher Walken also puts in good work as Abagnale’s dodgy but devoted dad. 

Where Eagles Dare ★★★★
2.30-5.30pm C5 

As Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood infiltrate a Nazi stronghold, the double- and triple- crosses come fast and furious. It’s hilarious and exciting, often at the same time.    

Emma ★★★★
3.20-5.15pm BBC2 

It’s been almost 20 years since Gwyneth Paltrow made her name as an actress, rather than simply being Brad Pitt’s girl, thanks to her portrayal of Jane Austen’s heroine.    

The Class of ’92 ★★★★
10.15pm-12.05am ITV 

Whatever your footballing allegiance, this is still a fascinating look how a group of young footballers at Manchester United formed the core of one of England’s most successful club sides.    

The World’s End ★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film4 

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost round off their Cornetto trilogy at the pub with a few beers and a bit of alien-bashing. Not exactly your typical night out.    


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