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Published 17/11/2013 | 01:00

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The Informant! (2009)

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TG4, 9.30pm

In the Bourne films Matt Damon proved himself a most convincing action hero, but he revealed a whole new dimension to his acting in Steven Soderbergh's 'The Informant!', a clever comic drama based on a bizarre true story.

Mark Whitacre was an inoffensive middle manager at an Illinois grain distribution in the early 1990s when an FBI team showed up to investigate a possible case of industrial espionage. Seeing his chance to hit the big time, Mark approaches them, claims he's witnessed and been involved in a multi-million dollar price-fixing racket, and offers to become their informant and inside man.

This he does, and the agents get fond of him, but as the case proceeds, Whitacre's behaviour becomes ever more grandiose and deluded, and a shocking secret begins to emerge.

Winchester '73 (1950)

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Channel 4, 12.20pm

In the first of eight collaborations between James Stewart and director Anthony Mann, Stewart plays a cowboy called Lin McAdam who wins a prized Winchester rifle in a marksmanship contest. But the rifle is then stolen by a man called Dutch Henry Brown, who becomes McAdam's sworn enemy.

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

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Film4, 4.40pm

Charming fantasy from Michael Powell based on the 'One Thousand and One Nights' stories. German actor Conrad Veidt is a wonderfully wicked magician whose plans to unseat the king and ravish the princess are thwarted by a resourceful street thief called Abu, played by Sabu.

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

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TCM, 9.00pm

Woody Harrelson stars in this 90s comic drama as a former college basketball player called Billy Hoyle who now operates as an LA street hustler and makes hay on the common assumption that white men can't play basketball. With Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell and Cylk Cozart.

Mr Deeds (2002)

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Sky Movies Comedy, 10.00pm

In this gormless remake of the Frank Capra classic 'Mr Deeds Goes to Town', Adam Sandler is a gormless pizzeria-owner who's whisked to New York when it's discovered he's the only living heir of a billionaire. And while lawyers try to swindle him out of his fortune, a female reporter befriends him.

Flags of our Fathers (2006)

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Sky Movies Action, 11.10pm

Clint Eastwood's powerful war drama examines the decisive Battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of the US soldiers who raised the American flag on the island in one of the war's most iconic photos. But the image was staged, and the men involved found it hard to live with the consequences.

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