The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Rare Breed, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, White House Down, Jimmy’s Hall: films on TV today

Club 18/Infirmity, holy cow, ding dong, big bangs in Washington, and Ken goes Irish: the Radio Times team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ★★★★
9.00-11.25pm Film Four 


A romantic comedy for senior citizens, the film which, with its starry cast of much-loved veterans, lured wrinklies and crumblies back to the cinema. John Madden’s film, based on Deborah Moggach’s novel, follows the mixed adventures of a bunch of elderly Brits from different walks of life who, for various reasons mostly to do with restricted funds, have elected to spend their declining years in Jaipur as permanent residents of the eponymous hotel, run with more ambition than competence by Dev Patel (of Slumdog Millionaire fame). How each of them adapts to these new circumstances and, in some cases, unexpected romance is very nicely portrayed. Ol Parker’s screenplay is sharp and funny but the cast is the main attraction — and what a cast. Practically every British actor with a bus pass is in there from Judi Dench, who acts as narrator, and Maggie Smith, as an acerbic retired nanny, to Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Celia Imrie and several more.

The Rare Breed ★★★
11.20am-1.25pm More4

Amiable western starring Maureen O’Hara as a widow who hopes to make her fortune after importing a prize Hereford bull from England. But local ranchers, including a rather dodgy James Stewart, are none too impressed.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame ★★★★
6.55-9.00pm Movie Mix 

The bells are ringing for Anthony Hopkins as Quasimodo in this above average made for TV version of the classic gothic drama. Derek Jacobi brings his usual touch of class to the role of Dom Claude Frollo, and Lesley-Anne Down is suitably sultry as beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda.

White House Down ★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV2 

Chiselled Channing Tatum is upstaged by the spectacular stunts as he tries to save President Jamie Foxx. But he should expect that with Roland “disaster” Emmerich in the chair.

Jimmy’s Hall ★★★★
 11.25pm-1.35am Film4 

Director Ken Loach once again wears his social justice and political heart on his sleeve with this often sentimental tale set in Ireland ten years after the War of Independence. 


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