Fallen, Immortals, Asylum, The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans, Wimbledon: films on TV today

Angels, demons, demigods and deuce points: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Fallen ★★★
11.55pm-1.50am BBC1


The haunting song Time Is on My Side – probably familiar thanks to the hit 1964 version by the Rolling Stones – plays a key dramatic role in this eerie thriller from Primal Fear director Gregory Hoblit. Denzel Washington stars as cool, analytical Philadelphia detective John Hobbes who, along with John Goodman’s genial sidekick, is investigating a copycat serial killer, though the duo is initially unaware that there is a link between this case and a murderer (Elias Koteas) who’s met his end in the electric chair in the opening scene. If you’re prepared to buy into the demonic-possession aspect of the plot (the title refers to angels), then there is much dark fun to be had as our heroes enact what feels like a police procedural dreamed up by Stephen King. Quality support from Donald Sutherland and a pre-Sopranos James Gandolfini adds to the credibility of what might otherwise be dismissed as a cheap piece of hokum. You’ll certainly never be able to hum that song to yourself again. 

Immortals ★★★
9.00-11.10pm E4 

Swords, sandals and slaughter abound as King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) tries to destroy humanity, the Greek gods and whatever else gets in his way.    

Asylum ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Horror Channel 

Peter Cushing and Britt Ekland feature in this classic camp horror anthology where psychiatric patients try to convince us there’s something out there… 

The Bad Lieutenant Port of Call: New Orleans ★★★★
11.00pm-1.25am Spike

Nicolas Cage is on top form as a drug-addled cop who gives the bad guys a run for their money when it comes to criminal behaviour.    

Wimbledon ★★★
12.10-1.55am ITV3 

Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst make a mixed double in this romantic comedy filmed during the 2003 tournament.    


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