Blades of Glory, Only You, The First Wives Club: films on TV today

Will Ferrell on ice, Marisa Tomei on the run from her own wedding, ex-wives on the warpath: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY
Blades of Glory  ★★★ 


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11.30pm-1.00am BBC1
 
It’s sacrilege, I know, in light of the growing cult of Anchorman, but I remain largely immune to the charms of Will Ferrell. That said, his ungainly 6ft 3in bulk is a trump card in this sharp spoof of sporting movies, centred on the world’s first competitive all-male figure-skating duo. Ferrell and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) play arch-rival icemen stripped of their titles following a bust up; Ferrell the womanising sex addict, Heder the sensitive soul. Their comeback hinges on some decidedly homoerotic ice-dancing, but beyond the cheap man-on-man laughs lie clever parodies of American TV sports presentation. Familiar sitcom faces – Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Jenna Fischer (The US Office) – raise the game considerably.
 


The Master of Ballantrae  ★★★ 


12 noon-1.25pm BBC2
He’s a little past his peak, but Errol Flynn still has that unmistakeable swagger in this very free adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s story set in the turbulent time of Bonnie Prince Charlie.  


Only You  ★★★★ 


5.00-7.15pm Movie Mix
 
The premise of this reassuringly old-fashioned romance is a kooky one, and finds Marisa Tomei running out on her own wedding to fulfil a romantic prediction.    
 


The First Wives Club 

★★★★ 
 8.00-10.00pm 5STAR
 
Revenge is on the menu for Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton after they discover their common ground – unfaithful husbands.   
 


Conan the Barbarian  ★★★ 


11.10pm-1.45am Film Four
 
The film that marked Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition from big bodybuilder to big box-office is sword and sorcery done in the distinct John Milius style – lashings of masculinity and the odd Wagnerian flourish.    
 


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