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TV FILMS OF THE WEEK.

1 THE MARTIAN Tonight, Channel 4, 9pm THE six-strong crew of the Ares 3, led by Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), are gathering samples on Mars when sensors pick up an approaching storm. Lewis gives the order to evacuate and during the trek back to the ship, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is hit by flying debris. Believing him to be dead, the rest of the crew blasts off without him. Little do they realise that back on Mars, Watney is alive. Meanwhile on Earth, NASA top brass cut corners to let Mark know the cavalry is coming - but can he last until they arrive? Adapted from the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, Ridley Scott's film is a riveting survival thriller.

2 THE LEGO MOVIE Tomorrow, Channel 5, 5.05pm ANIMATED adventure where the unlikely hero is Lego mini-figure Emmet, pictured (voiced by Chris Pratt). When evil President Business (Will Ferrell) plans to destroy the town of Bricksburg, wizard Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) and his henchwoman Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) mistake Emmet for the mythical Master Builder, who can create anything out of Lego bricks. But can Emmet save the day? 3 STUCK IN LOVE Monday, Film4, 1am COMEDY-DRAMA about the aftermath of divorce on a wealthy family. Erica (Jennifer Connelly) leaves novelist husband Bill (Greg Kinnear) for a younger man (Rusty Joiner), creating a rift with daughter Sam (Lily Collins, pictured with Kinnear), although son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is forgiving. Three years later, Bill pines for Erica, Sam ricochets between onenight stands, and Rusty pursues a first romance.

4 FROM HELL Tuesday, 5STAR, 11pm INNOVATIVE take on the Jack the Ripper mystery. Johnny Depp, pictured, is Inspector Abberline, who is called in to investigate a series of brutal murders in London's East End in 1888. Prostitutes in the area are being slaughtered and panic is gripping the capital. Abberline builds a relationship with the city's working girls, including Mary Kelly (Heather Graham), who becomes the Ripper's next target.

5 THE KING'S SPEECH Wednesday, Sony Movie Channel, 9pm OSCAR-WINNING biographical drama. Bertie (Colin Firth), the younger son of King George V, suffers from a stammer. His wife Elizabeth (Helena Bonham Carter) enlists an Australian speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) to help Bertie's public speaking. When Edward VIII (Guy Pearce) abdicates, Bertie - now King George VI, pictured - faces the prospect of addressing a country on the brink of war.

6 A GOOD YEAR Thursday, Film4, 6.45pm ARROGANT London banker Max Skinner (Russell Crowe, left) receives news that his estranged Uncle Henry (Albert Finney) has passed away, and as the old man's only surviving blood relative, Max inherits La Siroque, a sizeable chateau in Provence. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Peter Mayle, Ridley Scott's film is a sun-dappled yarn about a middle-aged man's self-awakening.

7 TOP SECRET! Friday, Film4, 7.15pm FROM the writing and directing team responsible for the classic Airplane! this comedy sees US rock 'n' roll star Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer, pictured) being asked to convert his Communist fans to the joys of capitalism while touring 1950s East Germany. Unfortunately, he ends up falling for a beautiful woman and becomes embroiled in the shady world of international espionage.

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Date:May 19, 2018
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