The Fifth Estate, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Town: films on TV today

Benedict Cumberbatch spills the beans, Arnie is as good as his word, Ben Affleck makes an unauthorised withdrawal: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


The Fifth Estate ★★★★
12.35-2.45am C4 Premiere


Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in a creditably pacey thriller based on five years in the life of the Australian hacker turned freedom-of-information advocate and enabler. Whether you consider the boss of WikiLeaks a hero or traitor, his rise to notoriety is fascinating, and Josh Singer’s screenplay sticks close to two factual accounts. Director Bill Condon, who moves easily from the blockbusting fantasy of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn to quieter biopic fare like Kinsey, keeps the story moving and seems to take pleasure in depicting the fusty reality of the offices of the Guardian newspaper, whose part in publishing the classified “Afghan War Logs” was key. (A pre-Doctor Who Peter Capaldi plays editor Alan Rusbridger.) But the meat of the drama is the fractious relationship between Assange, arrogant and stubborn, and his German collaborator Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl). The result is as much human story as news story. 

Terminator 2: Judgment Day ★★★★★
9.00-11.40pm E4 

Director James Cameron cranks up the pyrotechnics for a big, shiny sequel where Arnie squares up against the slippery shape-shifting T-1000. A real ground-breaker.

The Town ★★★★
9.00-11.35pm 5STAR 

Ben Affleck directs and stars in a smart crime thriller where he takes aim at the money in a bank vault – and finds himself a hit with one of the pretty hostages. Trouble is, she doesn’t know he was one of the masked gunmen. Awkward…

Live and Let Die ★★★★
9.00-11.30pm ITV4 

Roger Moore’s debut as 007 sees him heading to New Orleans, hooking up with Jane Seymour and attempting to foil a voodoo-flavoured plot to flood the world with drugs.      

Stepmom ★★★★
6.25-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Strong performances from Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts lift this family drama way above the norm and some surprising turns in the plot will keep you hooked until the emotional climax.    


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