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INVICTUS (Tonight, ITV, 10.45pm) FOLLOWING his release from Robben Island, South African President Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) inherits a country deeply scarred by apartheid. Nowhere is this more pronounced than on the rugby field: only white South Africans cheer the Springboks. With only a year until his nation hosts the Rugby World Cup, Mandela attempts to heal the emotional rift and inspire captain Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon) and his men to victory.

Matt |Damon as Francois Pienaar ST TRINIAN'S (Tomorrow, Channel 4, 3.25pm) FOR years, headmistress Camilla Fritton (Rupert Everett) has encouraged the free expression of the young ladies of St Trinian's. Unfortunately, her radical approach to teaching has done little to secure the school's finances. Head girl Kelly (Gemma Arterton) and newcomer Annabelle (Talulah Riley) resolve to save St Trinian's from the bulldozers by stealing a Vermeer masterpiece.

|Gemma Arterton as Kelly 300 (Monday, ITV2, 9pm) BASED on Frank Miller's graphic novel, 300 is a bruising war epic recounting the Battle of Thermopylae at which the vastly outnumbered Spartan army fought to the bloody death against the might of the Persians. King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) defies the advice of the Oracle and the Spartan Council to lead his 300 men against the despotic Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). This mighty band of brothers pledges honour until death in the name of Sparta.

Gerard |Butler as King Leonidas HIGH NOON (Tuesday, Film4, 2.55pm) Gary Cooper's finest moment, and a shining example of the Western genre, High Noon is a classic tale of revenge, duty and personal honour. Marshal Will Kane (Cooper) hands in his badge on the day of his wedding, and prepares to settle down to a peaceful life. However, recently released convict Frank Miller (Ian McDonald) has vowed to take revenge for his years behind bars, and word gets out that he will arrive on the noon train in Gary Cooper |as Marshall Will Kane |Russell MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD (Wednesday, Film4, 6.20pm) CAPTAIN 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey (Russell Crowe) and the 197-strong crew of the HMS Surprise are ordered to intercept the French Privateer, Acheron and "sink, burn or take her as a prize". The first altercation between the two vessels leaves Aubrey's ship badly damaged and the crew leap to the conclusion that Midshipman Hollom (Lee Ingleby) is a jinx and the reason for the defeat.

Crowe as Captain Aubrey DREAMGIRLS (Thursday, 5*, 9pm) IN 1960s Detroit, girl group The Dreamettes - Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Deena (Beyonce Knowles) and Lorell (Anika Noni Rose) - are groomed by Curtis (Jamie Foxx) as back-up singers for showman James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). The trio is promoted to headline act and re-christened The Dreams. Tensions flare when Deena replaces Effie as lead vocalist.

Beyonce |as Deena SOURCE CODE (Friday, Film4, 11.25pm) HELICOPTER pilot Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes on a train, sitting opposite Christina Warren (Michelle Monaghan). Confusingly, she calls him Sean and a visit to the bathroom reveals that he is trapped inside the body of a teacher called Sean Fentress. It transpires that Colter is reliving the real Sean Fentress's memory in order to identify a bomber, who blows up the train. Each time Colter is transported back into the parallel reality, he gathers intelligence about his fellow passengers.

| Jake Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens
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