Films on TV.
10.30pm Final Days of Planet Earth (sci-fi/horror)
Directed by: Robert Lieberman
Starring: Campbell Scott, Gil Bellows, Daryl Hannah Three years earlier, a team of astronaut miners completed a daring space expedition. They embarked on their journey home, but by the time the craft returned to Earth, their commander had gone mad--taking a terrible secret with him to a heavily guarded asylum for the insane. Now, archeologist Lloyd Walker and entomologist Marianne Winters are among a select group of people who are questioning the link between the tragic space mission and the mystery of the commander's madness.
Sunday, February 7
8pm Narnia Chronicles (fantasy)
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Gergie Henley, Skandar Kaynes, William Moseley, Anna Poppewell, Tilda Swinton, Jim Broadbent
The story follows four British children who are evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside and find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia; there, they must ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of the White Witch, who has the world under an eternal winter.
11.40pm From Russia With Love
Directed by: Terence Young
Starring: Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Lotte Lenya The second spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI-6 agent James Bond. In a mansion garden at night, James Bond is seen alternately stalking and being stalked by a tall, blond assassin. Bond is captured and strangled violently to death by a man named Red Grant, using a garrote wire. Suddenly, floodlights switch on and the dead person turns out to be a man wearing a Bond mask, in a scenario that completes a SPECTRE training exercise.
Saturday, February 6
8pm Four Feathers (drama)
Directed by: Hossein Amini
Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Djimon Hounsou, Kate Hudson
Harry Feversham (Ledger), a young British officer of the Royal Cumbrians infantry regiment and the son of a stern British general, celebrates his recent engagement to the beautiful young Ethne (Hudson) in a lavish ball with his fellow officers and his father in attendance. When the regimental Colonel announces that the regiment is being dispatched to Egyptian-ruled Sudan to rescue the British General Charles Gordon, besieged in Khartoum, Feversham becomes nervous and resigns his commission. He is given the four feathers of cowardice ...
Sunday, February 7
8pm The Rock (action)
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris A group of rogue Marines, led by disenchanted Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel (Harris), seize a stockpile of rockets armed with a chemical weapon. They then take over Alcatraz Island during a guided tour and take 81 tourists hostage in the prison cells. Hummel threatens the Pentagon with launching the rockets against the population of the San Francisco Bay Area unless the government pays reparations, including compensation to the families of Marines who died on illegal missions. Problem is, the US Marines will have to face one former British SAS soldier.
Saturday, February 6
7pm Mrs Brown (romance/comedy)
Directed by: John Madden
Starring: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Gerard Butler
This is the story of Queen Victoria (Dench) and her relationship with a Scottish servant, John Brown (Connolly), and the subsequent uproar it provoked. Brown had been a trusted servant of Victoria's then deceased consort, Prince Albert; Victoria's chief servants thought Brown might help to ease an inconsolable Queen since the prince consort's death in 1861. Hoping to subtly coax the Queen toward resuming public life after years of seclusion, Mr Brown is summoned to court.
9pm Casanova (romance)
Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Heath Ledger, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Oliver Platt
The film opens with a young woman tearfully leaving her son to live with his grandmother. She promises to come back for her boy. Several years later, in 1753, in Venice, Casanova (Heath Ledger) is notorious for his success and promiscuity with women, his adventures being represented in puppet theatres around the city. The Doge is sympathetic to Casanova, but cannot be too lenient to avoid trouble with the church. He warns Casanova that he must soon marry or he will be exiled from the city.
11pm There's Something About Mary (comedy)
Directed by: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Matt Dillon, Ben Stiller, Chris Elliott
Awkward and shy high-schooler Ted (Stiller) lands a prom date with his dream girl Mary (Diaz), just to have it cut short by a painfully humiliating zipper accident. Thirteen years later, Ted is obsessed with her. On the advice of his best friend Dom (Elliott), he hires sleazy private detective Pat Healy (Dillon) to track her down. Healy finds that she is an orthopedic surgeon living in Miami with her friend Magda, but he falls in love with the irresistible Mary as well.
Sunday, February 7
3pm The Producers (comedy)
Directed by: Mel Brooks
Starring: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Christopher Hewett Max Bialystock (Mostel) is a failed, aging Broadway producer who ekes out a living by romancing rich old women in exchange for money for his "next play." Nebbishy accountant Leo Bloom (Wilder) arrives at Bialystock's office to do his books and discovers a $2000 error in the accounts of Bialystock's last play. Bialystock cons Bloom into hiding the fraud, and while shuffling numbers, Bloom has a revelation that Bialystock immediately puts into action: a scheme to oversell shares in a Broadway production, then purposely make a horrific flop.
7pm Elizabeth (period drama)
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes
In 1558, the Roman Catholic Mary I of England dies of a cancerous tumor in her uterus, leaving her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth as queen. Previously jailed for a supposed conspiracy to murder Mary, Elizabeth has now been freed for her coronation. The film shows Elizabeth being courted by suitors and urged by William Cecil, first Baron Burghley, to marry, which, as he states, would secure her throne. Instead, she has a secret affair with her childhood sweetheart, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.