Paul, The Accused, Roxanne: films on TV today

Two sci-fi geeks meet an alien in the desert, Jodie Foster fights for justice and Steve Martin's rather large nose: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Paul ★★★
9.00-11.05pm Film Four 

I rudely interrupted Simon Pegg in an office in 2009 when he should have been writing an American sci-fi road-trip comedy with pal Nick Frost, who was out getting coffees. Pinned on the wall for inspiration was the crude line-drawing of an alien giving the one-fingered salute. The resulting film, fashioned in the image of a lower-budget, lower-brow Men In Black and shot in New Mexico, was directed not by team-mate Edgar Wright but Superbad’s Greg Mottola. Pegg and Frost play two comics nerds in an RV visiting geeky landmarks (including an iconic corker which I won’t ruin) who find themselves accidentally harbouring a little green man called Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) from government agents. Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill HaderÉ hip US co-stars abound, plus one actual superstar whose identity shall remain hidden. And though Wright’s inventive touch is occasionally missed, it’s hard not to be infected by the fun our boys are having. A sequel has been announced for 2015.

The Deadly Companions ★★★
12 noon-1.30pm BBC2 

Maureen O’Hara is sublime as the rose between two thorns in this gripping classic western

The Accused ★★★★
12.30-2.20am C4 

Jodie Foster won her first Oscar for this controversial 1988 drama as the victim of a gang rape.     

Roxanne ★★★★
6.50-9.00pm Movie Mix 

Steve Martin gives one of his most delicately funny turns in this whimsical update of the love story Cyrano de Bergerac — even with a big comedy nose.    

Loot ★★★★
11.05pm-1.10am Talking Pictures TV 

Richard Attenborough stars in this hilarious adaptation of Joe Orton’s surreal bank heist play. 


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