Critic’s Choice: Films On TV Thursday 25th December
My Fair Lady – BBC2, 10am Alert Me
I say, old bean! I wager you ten florins that I can turn this scampy little London street urchin girl – who happens to be Audrey Hepburn, so in real life it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch – into the belle of the ball. Wuddernit be lovely! Rain in Spain! What what! Classic musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – ITV1, 3.10pm Alert Me
Aka. Potter 3: Return of Gary Oldman. Probably the best Potter film so far, peppered liberally with ever-satisfying darkness and infused with the directional flair of Alfonso Cuaron. There’s Quidditch, a sneering Alan Rickman, and magical bits and bobs – the usual thing, only a tad better, and this time featuring the rather-nasty Dementors.
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit – BBC1, 4.30pm Alert Me
Oscar-winning animation, starring everybody’s favourite northerner-and-dog combo – now that McCartney has split with Heather Mills, anyway – Wallace and Gromit. In this, their first feature film, the annual giant-vegetable growing competition is coming up, and W&G have set up a top-notch veggie protection service – Anti-Pesto. Chock full with puns and Hammer Horror references, a captured bunny is soon transformed into a giant veg-eating monster – The Were-Rabbit. Will Anti-Pesto be able to save the beautiful Lady Tottington’s carrots from a terrifying, furry doom? All shall be revealed, in this charming, funny – and above all, cracking – adventure.
633 Squadron (1964) – ITV4, 10.05pm Alert Me
Immensely hummable theme tune (possibly the best theme tune on TV this Christmas), and a chocks-away wartime adventure into the bargain.
Gilda – BBC2, 1.40am Alert Me
More late-night noir, this time starring Rita Hayworth as the eponymous Gilda, arguably the last word in Femmes Fatale.