Shaun of the Dead, The Cheap Detective, The Heat, The Spy Who Loved Me, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb: films on TV today

Zombies hit London, Bogey homage, Sandy and Mel law enforcers, the eyebrows have it, and Valerie is possessed: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Shaun of the Dead ★★★★★
9.00-11.05pm ITV2 


How modest in budget and scope this seems now, 12 years on. It was the first cinema outing of the team behind Channel 4’s cult slacker comedy Spaced: director Edgar Wright (whose first feature – A Fistful of Fingers, a remake of a school film – is all too rarely shown), his co-writer and star Simon Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost. None involved could have predicted the success of the resulting “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, which would accumulate $150 million worldwide. The original remains a super-confident, resourceful landmark fusion of horror and comedy, as scary as it is funny. Satirising the zombie genre with 100 per cent affection and fidelity, it unleashes the undead on North London where Pegg’s electrical-goods sales assistant and Frost’s slob housemate are ill-equipped to deal with the invasion. Joined by various family members and friends (including Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dylan Moran), they turn their local pub into a fortress. It’s still irresistible, but not for the squeamish.

The Cheap Detective ★★★★
4.30-6.25pm Movie Mix

Peter Falk stars as gumshoe Lou Peckinpaugh in this affectionate spoof of several Humphrey Bogart films. The script by master of the one-liner Neil Simon is a witty delight.

The Heat ★★★★
9.00-11.20pm Film4 

Uptight FBI agent Sandra Bullock is forced to team up with loudmouth cop Melissa McCarthy in this comedy, and the result is criminally hilarious.

The Spy Who Loved Me ★★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

This was one of Roger Moore’s best outings as James Bond, which opens with a stunning ski stunt off a cliff and ends with a watery showdown with metal-toothed man mountain Jaws. Nobody does it better.

Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Horror Channel

The suitably gorgeous Valerie Leon is possessed by the spirit of  a suitably gorgeous Egyptian queen in this Hammer horror


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