Thor: the Dark World, Schindler’s List, The Young Poisoner’s handbook: films on TV today

Chris Hemsworth is up against the Aether, Liam Neeson takes on the Nazis, Hugh O'Conor picks on his family: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Thor: the Dark World ★★★★
8.30-10.15pm BBC1 Premiere 


It’s a Marvel movie with the added onus of carrying off Norse mythology with a straight face and the skull-crushing pressure of sequel one-upmanship. For these reasons we must abandon hope of all nuance and understatement. But on its own bombastic terms and against all odds (not least the loss of director Kenneth Branagh), this second helping of Thor eclipses the first for some fans, with vaster worlds and higher stakes – notably, something called the Convergence. Diving straight back in with villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) locked up for war crimes in Asgard and Natalie Portman’s astrophysicist in Greenwich, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is soon seeking an alliance with his evil bro and banging heads with Dad (Anthony Hopkins) for bringing his new girlfriend home. Confidently marshalled by Game of Thrones regular Alan Taylor, there is even room for offbeat wit amid the banging, clattering and shouting, as unknowable CGI foes appear from roiling skies and oceans. Next year’s threequel has this to beat. 

Schindler’s List ★★★★★
10.05pm-1.30am C5

This Holocaust drama about an industrialist saving Jews from certain death is one of Steven Spielberg’s subtlest films and features one of Liam Neeson’s great performances.     

The Young Poisoner’s Handbook ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm True Entertainment 

A teen chemist’s deviant curiosity leads him to a series of warped experiments on his family and co-workers in this underrated black comedy that’s inspired by the 1961 Graham Young case.  

Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time ★★★
10.25pm-12.10am BBC2 

A few sandstorms can’t tarnish the gloss of this sword ‘n’ sandals caper, but it’s Jake Gyllenhaal who makes it worth your time as he fights to clear his name after he’s framed as a traitor.  

Escape from Planet Earth ★★★
11.15am-12.55pm C4 Premiere


A button-pushing alien has to ride to his reckless astronaut brother’s rescue on “dark planet” Earth in this colourful animated tale. It’s not trying to break new ground, though the reversal of the usual human/alien roles is fun.