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Ian Malcolm (played by the ever entertaining Jeff Goldblum) runs from a T-Rex in Jurassic Park (Sunday, ITV, 5.45pm), still packing a punch after 27 years

Ian Malcolm (played by the ever entertaining Jeff Goldblum) runs from a T-Rex in Jurassic Park (Sunday, ITV, 5.45pm), still packing a punch after 27 years

Ian Malcolm (played by the ever entertaining Jeff Goldblum) runs from a T-Rex in Jurassic Park (Sunday, ITV, 5.45pm), still packing a punch after 27 years

Sunday - Jurassic Park (1993) ITV, 5.45p.m. Steven Spielberg's monster blockbuster sees a group of scientists (including Sam Neill and Laura Dern) being given a sneak preview of a safari park set up on a remote island by an eccentric tycoon (Richard Attenborough).

The creatures on display are genetically engineered dinosaurs and it isn't long before something goes wrong and the prehistoric beasts escape their cages. Now that the dinosaurs are free to roam the island, the visitors become prey for a multitude of carnivorous critters.

The plot may be a rehash of author Michael Crichton's earlier hit Westworld, but at the time this was one of the greatest shows on earth. In 2020, it still packs a punch, not least because of great effects, sound design, action scenes and Jeff Goldblum's wonderful performance as a swaggering 'chaotician'.

Monday

Paddington 2 (2017) BBC1, 7p.m.

Paddington (voiced by Ben Whishaw) is happily installed in the attic of 32 Windsor Gardens, family home of the Browns. During a visit to antiques dealer Mr Gruber (Jim Broadbent), Paddington unearths a valuable pop-up book of London, which would make the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy (Imelda Staunton). But hilariously vain, fading actor Phoenix Buchanan (Hugh Grant) steals the rare edition and Paddington is unfairly sentenced to 10 years for the crime.

Paddington 2 is an unabashedly sweet, wholesome and crowd-pleasing sequel that promotes compassion and understanding as the foundations of a truly great Britain. The entire cast (including Brendan Gleeson as a fearsome prisoner) is great, but Grant steals the film as well as the picture book by playing his scheming theatrical ham to the comic hilt.

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