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Film Highlights Tuesday

The Hoax (2006)


BBC1, 12.05am

Richard Gere's performances tend towards the wooden, but he outdoes himself in this well-made 2006 thriller based on the true story of a 1970s writer who nearly pulled off

the biggest literary scam of all time.

In 1970, struggling author Clifford Irving had the bright idea of writing a biography of billionaire recluse Howard Hughes. His publishers jumped at the idea, and he received a huge advance. Only trouble was, Clifford hadn't actually met Hughes as he claimed, and so began making up long interviews with the old man and forging letters from him.

Gere abandons his usual lazy charm to portray an increasingly paranoid and not particularly likeable character, and Alfred Molina is excellent as his long-suffering partner in crime. With Hope Davis and Marcia Gay Harden.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)


Sky Movies Comedy, 1.50pm

Jay and Mark Duplass's charming comedy stars Jason Segel as Jeff, a 30-year-old stoner who lives with his widowed mother in Baton Rouge. When Jeff answers the phone to someone looking for "Kevin", he takes it as a sign and begins searching randomly for people bearing that name.

Helen of Troy (1956)


Film4, 2.55pm

Creaky retelling of the Trojan Wars starring Italian Rossana Podesta as the woman who started all the trouble. Robert Wise chose the relatively unknown Podesta over big names like Elizabeth Taylor, but there was one problem – she couldn't speak any English. The results speak for themselves.

The Bourne Legacy (2012)


Sky Movies Action, 9.00pm

Jeremy Renner takes the reins in this decent enough action sequel, playing Noah Cross, a black ops CIA agent who's training in the wilds of Alaska when he realises someone is out to kill him. Cross was treated with experimental drugs that chemically enhanced his strength and agility, and now his bosses want to destroy the evidence.

Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007)


Film4, 9.00pm

David Schwimmer directs Simon Pegg in this entertaining romantic comedy about an overweight man who decides to win back his girlfriend and stop her from marrying someone else by getting in shape and running in a high-profile marathon.

Roxanne (1987)


Sky Movies Drama, 12.00am

Steve Martin wrote and stars in this charming modern take on the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Martin is CD Bales, a warm-hearted but huge-nosed smalltown fire chief who falls in love with a gorgeous newcomer called Roxanne but ends up helping a dumb but handsome colleague to woo her.

Irish Independent