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FILMS OF THE DAY; Saturday TV.

COOL RUNNINGS ****

BBC1 3pm

A disqualified summer Olympics sprinter cajoles three of his pals into joining him in his plan to compete in a different discipline - the bobsleigh - in the 1988 Winter Olympics after he learns that a successful coach lives nearby. This fact-based comedy spotlights the irrepressible John Candy as the coach tasked with turning these misfits into a winning team.

SPLASH! ****

FIVE 4.20pm

The fishy tale of a mermaid who falls for a New Yorker she rescues from drowning. She transforms herself into full human form and decides to keep her watery nature a secret from him - but an obsessive scientist suspects the truth and sets out to expose her. Romantic comedy, with Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks.

NEVER BACK DOWN ***

SKY MOVIES PREMIERE 6pm

A teenage rebel rocks up in a new town and joins a fight club - but suffers beatings from a bully. A martial arts expert tutors him in combining different fighting styles, and he trains for one final no-holds-barred showdown with his nemesis. Drama, starring Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou and Amber Heard.

DEATH RACE ***

SKY MOVIES PREMIERE 10pm

Easy-on-the-eye rough-guy Jason Statham stars as a man framed for his wife's murder and sent to a tough prison facility which hosts the TV broadcast Death Race. He finds himself plunged into a high octane customized car race - to the death - when vicious prison warden Joan Allen tricks him into competing after a popular driver is killed, claiming he'll be released if he wins. Natalie Martinez, above, co-stars.

JAY AND SILENT BOB STRIKE BACK ***

BBC1 1am

The foul-mouthed New Yorker and his silent sidekick find out that Tinseltown bigwigs are making a movie based on them, so they head for the Hollywood hills to try and salvage their reputation before the film is finished - but they fall foul of a gang of female jewel thieves along the way. Kevin Smith writes, directs and stars as Bob, with Jason Mewes as the mouthy main man Jay.

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