Oblivion, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Great Expectations, Mrs Winterbourne, Scanners: films on TV today

Cruise kicks butt, Roman bloodsports and Cronenbergian brain splatter: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Oblivion ★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film4 


Previously attached to possible remakes of Logan’s Run and The Black Hole, director Joseph Kosinski draws on other 70s classics – Silent Running, The Omega Man and Star Wars – for his second film, Oblivion. It’s set in 2077, with Tom Cruise and Andrea Riseborough as caretakers on a war-ruined earth, keeping a watchful eye on the generators that now power humanity’s new home, a moon of Saturn, via a hub in space. Their mundane routine in a spacious,polished live-in control centre thousands of feet above the dead planet is rent asunder when something, shall we say, non-routine, happens. Recurring flashbacks to the Empire State Building deepen what turns into a wham-bang action thriller. It’s derivative, but Cruise handles himself, and various supersized weapons, well enough. 

Demetrius and the Gladiators ★★★
11.25am-1.25pm More4 

Fancy a bit of old school sword ‘n’ sandals action? Victor Mature enters the Colosseum armed with the robe of Christ (and a very sharp sword).

Great Expectations ★★★★★
2.30-4.50pm Film4 

Is this still the greatest film adaptation of a Dickens novel? Quite possibly. David Lean’s atmospheric Oscar winner stars John Mills as orphan Pip, and a young Alec Guinness.    

Mrs Winterbourne ★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Ricki Lake stars opposite Brendan Fraser as a pregnant teen who is mistaken for the daughter-in-law of a wealthy matriarch. There’s almost as much drama here as in an edition of her Oprah-lite chat show.    

Scanners ★★★★
9.00-11.05pm Horror Channel 

This classic Cronenberg chiller will blow your mind — and there’s plenty of brain splatter on screen as well. Not for the faint-hearted.    


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