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Film Highlights Tuesday

Published 10/11/2013 | 01:00

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In the Loop (2009)

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BBC4, 11.00pm

Based on his acclaimed TV series 'The Thick of It', Armando Iannucci's 'In the Loop' is an ennervating political satire that bombards you with ideas and jokes.

Peter Capaldi stars as Malcolm Tucker, the foulmouthed Downing Street enforcer who comes down like a ton of bricks on a feebleminded junior minister called Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) who makes a thoughtless comment during a radio interview that appears to back an unpopular American war plan.

His outburst lands them all in Washington, where it's pretty soon evident that they're way out of their depth. And while Foster thinks he's hit the big time, he's only a pawn in a larger game, involving doves and hawks, a wavering five star general (the late James Gandolfini, above) and a possible secret war committee.

Sea of Sand (1958)

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Channel 4, 12.15pm

Richard Attenborough heads the cast of this action film set at the height of the desert war between Rommel and the Eighth Army. On the eve of the decisive Battle of El Alamein, an army captain leads a daring raid on a German fuel dump deep behind enemy lines. With Michael Craig.

Hope Floats (1998)

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Film4, 6.45pm

Sandra Bullock stars in this likeable romantic drama as a former prom queen who returns to her home town in disgrace after her marriage problems are aired on a TV chat show. And while some of her neighbours delight in her comeuppance, one old friend has secretly carried a torch for her.

East of Eden (1955)

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Sky Movies Drama, 7.00pm

Elia Kazan's epic drama based on John Steinbeck's novel is set in California's Salinas Valley during the First World War, and stars James Dean as Cal Trask, an angry man who competes fiercely with his older brother for their indifferent father's affections. With Raymond Massey and Burl Ives.

Da (1988)

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TV3, 9.00pm

Matt Clark's film based on Hugh Leonard's semi-autobiographical play stars Martin Sheen as Charlie, a successful playwright who returns home from New York after his father's death and finds himself haunted by painful and amusing memories. With Barnard Hughes, Doreen Hepburn, Hugh O'Conor and Jill Doyle.

The White Buffalo (1977)

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TCM, 11.15pm

Strange and fanciful western version of Moby Dick starring Charles Bronson as legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickok, who becomes obsessed with tracking down a huge white buffalo that appears to him in dreams. With Jack Warden and John Carradine.

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