BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Love Actually ★★★
This is a modern fairy tale, something that escaped the dim critics who tore it to shreds on first release. It’s a series of vaguely interwoven love stories, some happy, some not. Prime Minister Hugh Grant, for instance, falls in love with the Downing Street tea lady, writer Colin Firth with his Portuguese house cleaner and so on. Mostly it takes place in London, a London that, the critics complained, was quite unlike the one they knew. Well, of course it was, you fools – the writer and director were Richard Curtis and like all his romantic comedies the film is firmly set in Curtisland, a place where nobody has money troubles and it always snows at Christmas. OK, it doesn’t all work; there are some weak spots. But the message that, if you only look, you’ll find love all around you is a cheery one. And there’s a glorious performance by Bill Nighy as a drug-riddled old pop star.
A Night on the Town ★★★
Before Arnie and Vin Diesel took to babysitting it was Elisabeth Shue who knocked heads together in this wild yet comforting comedy also known as Adventures in Babysitting.
California Suite ★★★★
6.55-9.00pm Movie Mix
Portmanteau comedy from the pen of Neil Simon, in which the likes of Alan Alda, Maggie Smith and Michael Caine have to deal with their first world problems while staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
For Your Eyes Only ★★★
Roger Moore is a gritty (for him!) 007 in the 12th outing in the series, which involves the hunt for a device from a sunken spy ship. Enter Bond villain Julian Glover and Carole Bouquet as a very chic Bond girl.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict ★★★
Premiere 10.00-11.30pm BBC4
How the black sheep of the Guggenheim clan amassed one of the world’s greatest art collections – and, relatively speaking, for peanuts – makes for a fascinating story bolstered by stacks of frank revelations from the lady herself.
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