Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Films of the Week

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TV Films of the Week

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SKYFALL Tonight, ITV, 8pm ARGUABLY the best of Daniel Craig's Bond films begins with 007 seemingly killed in action. It's left to section chief M (Judi Dench) to pen his obituary as a political storm rages around her. While she fends off sustained attacks on her reputation, news filters through that Bond has survived and M engages her physically bruised agent to track down menacing cyber terrorist Raoul Silva (the impressively creepy Javier Bardem). Working alongside Q and field agent Eve, Bond traverses the globe in search of Silva.

THE QUEEN Tomorrow, ITV, 3.30pm HELEN Mirren won the Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in this compelling account of the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. The film begins when Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) and his wife Cherie (Helen McCrory) visit Buckingham Palace so he might be officially invited by the Queen to take up the position of Prime Minister. But the gulf between the royal family and government widens following that fateful night in Paris.

Helen Mirren as the Queen BUGSY MALONE Monday, Film4, 12.40pm IN 1920s New York, Bugsy Malone (Scott Baio) is a wise-guy recruited by a local mobster to protect his turf from a rival gang, which has acquired a deadly new weapon. Along the way, Bugsy falls for a showgirl, but his boss's sultry girlfriend is also taking an interest. As you might expect from a film with a cast of children, the acting can be variable but the remarkable Jodie Foster, fresh from her Oscar-nominated role in Taxi Driver, is in a class of her own.

Jodie Foster as Tallulah CHEF Tuesday, Film4, 9pm CARL Casper (Jon Favreau) is the star chef at a LA restaurant owned by Riva (Dustin Hoffman). Food critic Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt) makes a reservation and Carl excitedly plans a new tasting menu. However, Riva forces Carl to revert to his signature dishes and Ramsey pens a scathing review, which berates Carl for resting on his laurels. …

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