Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Digital Choice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Digital Choice

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BEST MOVIES

Master and Commander: The Far Side Of The World Sky Movies 1, 8pm (2003) Russell Crowe stars in Peter Weir's epic seafaring drama as Jack Aubrey, captain of HMS Surprise. He and his crew find themselves a long way from home and caught up in attempts to prevent Napoleon from adding Britain to his empire. Aubrey decides to take action after spotting an enemy frigate, but the pursuit brings with it adventure and danger in equal measure. Slick, stylish and engaging, there isn't a dull moment, and the cast including Paul Bettany and Billy Boyd is uniformly superb.

Swimfan FilmFour, 8pm (2002)

A high-school student and budding professional sportsman finds his idyllic life turned upside down by the arrival of a new girl who grows increasingly obsessed with him.

Thriller, starring Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby, Kate Burton and Clayne Crawford.

Kojak Sky Movies3, 9pm (2005)

Ving Rhames takes the title role in this update of the classic series.

This time, the lollipoploving cop sets out to capture a serial killer targeting streetwalkers in Manhattan.

Ghost Ship Sky Movies2, 10pm (2002)

Spooky offering starring Gabriel Byrne as tugboat captain Sean Murphy, who also dabbles in the lucrative business of salvaging ships.

After a tip-off from Canadian pilot Jack Ferriman (Desmond Harrington), Murphy and his crew make their way to Alaska where they discover the wreck of luxury liner the Antonia Grazia, which disappeared in the 1960s. Murphy and his cohorts rub their hands with glee - but the dollar signs are wiped from their eyes when the vessel turns out to be far from empty.

Byrne and his co-stars acquit themselves well, and there are genuine chills and thrills, though it's a shame there is so little substance beneath the style.

BEST DRAMA

This Is Personal - The Hunt For The Yorkshire Ripper UKTV Drama, 9pm Dramatisation of the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, starring Alun Armstrong, pictured left, with Richard Ridings, as Assistant Chief Constable George Oldfield. …

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