Sister Act, Back the Future: Part II, Withnail & I: films on TV today

Whoopi Goldberg dodges the Mob, Michael J Fox has a temporal tantrum, and Richard E Grant demands some booze! The RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Sister Act ★★★★
7.00-9.00pm Film4


With the musical version set to tour the UK from July (its second such run), why not revisit the original 1992 movie? Whoopi Goldberg, then Hollywood royalty after Ghost and The Color Purple, plays “Sister Mary Clarence” – actually Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer forced into hiding after witnessing a Mob hit. In witness protection, she’s relocated to a rundown San Francisco convent where only Maggie Smith’s Mother Superior knows her real situation. After some resistance, she joins the choir and transforms it, using her soulful instincts. Whoopi becomes a community hero, until a police leak puts the convent in jeopardy. A big hit at the time, like the stage version it runs on an irresistible level of energy and great gospelly numbers.

Back to the Future Part II ★★★
10.40pm-12.40am ITV 

This dark second instalment is more like an episode of The Twilight Zone than the breezy adventures that bookend the trilogy. This time, Michael J Fox fetches up 2015, where he trades his skateboard for something altogether more gravity-defying.    

Fright Night ★★★
11.55pm-1.35am BBC1 

A tasty cast lifts this remake of the vampire comedy above the norm, with Anton Yelchin (Chekov in the new Star Trek movies) joined by Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and, in a nice touch, Chris Sarandon, star of the original film.   

Withnail & I ★★★★
2.05-3.55am C4 

Set your recorder for this eminently quotable cult classic, in which Richard E Grant and Paul McGann turn a vicious spiral of of self-destructive behaviour into a rollercoaster of offbeat hilarity.

Red Dragon ★★★
9.00-11.35pm 5STAR 

Faithful adaptation of the first Hannibal Lecter novel (previously filmed by Michael Mann as Manhunter), in which Anthony Hopkins’s incarcerated cannibal is drafted in to help nab serial killer “the Tooth Fairy”.    


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