Saturday 24 February 2018

Film Highlights Sunday

The Duchess (2008)


BBC2, 8.40pm

Some period dramas get so bogged down in the costumes and scenery that the story gets lost along the way, but no chance of that here, because 'The Duchess' boasts a plotline so racy it would not be out of place in 'EastEnders'.

Keira Knightley (above) stars as Georgiana, a spirited 16-year-old who in 1774 marries one of the most powerful men in England. As the wife of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, she enters a life of grandeur and opulence where her beauty, style and lively personality soon make her a beloved celebrity.

She becomes politically active, and campaigns for the Whigs, but her private life is nothing like as joyful, for William (Ralph Fiennes) is a boor, and when she fails to provide him with an heir he begins to make her life intolerable.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)


BBC2, 2.20pm

David Niven heads the cast of this enjoyable adventure based on the stories of Jules Verne. Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg bets his friends that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days, and sets out by boat, train, balloon and bicycle to do so.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)


Channel 4, 3.05pm

Enjoyable children's comedy based on the stories of Jeff Kinney and starring Zachary Gordon as Greg , a neurotic 11-year-old boy whose attempts to become the most popular kid at his school are constantly thwarted by bad luck and his spiteful big brother.

Mission Impossible (1996)


RTE Two, 9.00pm

In the first of the blockbuster action franchise based on a 1960s television series, Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt, an American secret agent who goes on the run across Europe after being framed for the deaths of several of his colleagues. With Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Beart and Jean Reno.

Your Highness (2011)


Channel 4, 10.00pm

Unfunny and deeply unpleasant historical spoof set in the middle ages and starring James Franco and Danny McBride as idiot sons of an ageing king who set out to prove themselves by saving a beautiful princess who's been kidnapped by an evil wizard. With Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)


UTV, 10.45pm

Ron Perlman stars in this superhero film based on the graphic novels of Mike Mignola. Hellboy is a gruff but well-meaning demon who sets out to save the world when an evil elf unleashes a deadly robot army on mankind. Selma Blair and John Hurt co-star, and Guillermo Del Toro directs.

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