TELEVISION Filmchoice FILM RATINGS excellent very good good average poor KEY (R)repeat (S)subtitles on text service STEPHEN MARR BBC2 ITV1 Channel 4 Five London Lite Wednesday, 19 August 2009 17 Platoon ITV4, 10pm (1986) WILLEM DAFOE, above, leads an all-star cast in this fine Oliver Stone film about the Vietnam War. Loosely based on true events (as all Oliver Stone films are), it is a tale of good verses evil, centring on the battle between two sergeants -- the idealistic Sgt Elias and the physically and psychologically scarred Sgt Barnes -- with the rest of the platoon stuck in the middle. The 40 Year Old Virgin ITV2, 11.10pm (2005) THIS film is a pleasant surprise. The title suggests something childish and grubby, when its actually quite a tender, modern love story. The best thing is that almost every character is well worth watching. I personally love the foul-mouthed Asian shop assistant Mooj (played by the aptly named Gerry Bednob). Stars Steve Carell and Catherine Keener, above. The Anderson Tapes BBC1, 12.15am (1971) IN BETWEEN Bond films You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Sean Connery, above, starred as safe-breaker Duke Anderson in this heist thriller. Anderson has come up with a clever plan to burgle an entire apartment building in New Yorks Lower East Side. The trouble for Duke is the entire thing is being caught on film. Anchorman BBC3, 9pm (2004) AS FAR as San Diego is concerned, macho anchorman Ron Burgundy is top dog when it comes to news. Seventies TV news is very much a mans world -- but all that is about to change when a new female employee arrives to challenge Burgundys title. A clever if sometimes juvenile comedy starring Will Ferrell, above, as the irrepressible anchorman and Christina Applegate as his troublesome rival. 10.30 No Place Like Home? (S). 11.25 ITV News Headlines (S). 11.30 60 Minute Makeover (R,S). 12.30 For The Rest Of Your Life (S). Game show, hosted by Nicky Campbell. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News (S). 1.55 London News And Weather (S). 2.00 Good Bid Good Buy (S). A professional couple buy a three- bedroom semi in Enfield. 3.00 Daily Cooks Challenge (S). Esther Rantzen is the guest judge. 3.59 London Weather (S). 4.00 Heartbeat (R,S). Liz Merrick falls under suspicion. 5.00 Golden Balls (S). Hosted by Jasper Carrott. 6.00 London Tonight (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV Evening News (S); Weather. 7.00 Emmerdale (S). Val makes plans to do a disappearing act, leaving letters for Diane and Pollard, who is horrified by the contents and fears it is too late to make amends. See Soap Box 7.30 UEFA Champions League Live (S,HD). Panathinaikos v Atletico Madrid (kick-off 7.45pm). Steve Rider presents coverage of the play-off round first-leg match at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Both sides reached the last-16 last season, with Panathinaikos finishing ahead of Inter Milan to top Group B, before being eliminated by Villarreal. Atletico were second behind Liverpool in Group D and went on to lose on away goals to FC Porto. The Spanish outfit will look to the likes of Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan as they aim to improve this term. 10.00 News At Ten And Weather (S). 10.30 London News And Weather (S). 10.35 UEFA Champions League Highlights (S). Highlights of the play-off first-leg matches, including Celtic v Arsenal at Celtic Park, Lyon v Anderlecht at the Stade Gerland and Panathinaikos v Atletico Madrid at the Athens Olympic Stadium. 11.35 Benidorm Unpacked (R,S). 1/3. Profiling British expats who live and work in the Spanish resort. 12.05 Nightwatch With Steve Scott: Action Stations (R,S). The work of troops in Afghanistan. 12.55 Nightwatch With Steve Scott: Crime (R,S). Documentary following the work of police officers. 1.45 Nightwatch With Steve Scott: Crime (R,S); ITV News Headlines. 2.40 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R,S). Guests air their differences. 3.35 ITV Nightscreen. 5.30 ITV Morning News (S). Steve Rider 7.30pm, UEFA Champions League Live 9.00 Live World Championship Athletics (S,HD). Coverage of day five from Berlin. 11.30 Castle In The Country. 12.00 Open Gardens (R,S). 12.30 Film: The Spanish Main (S) (1945). Swashbuckling adventure, starring Paul Henreid. 2.05 Lifeline (R,S). An appeal on behalf of Crisis. 2.15 Sun, Sea And Bargain Spotting (R,S). From Dinan, northern Brittany. 3.00 Monk (R,S). Adrian takes a trip down memory lane. 3.45 Flog It! (R,S). From Chippenham, Wiltshire. 4.45 Live World Championship Athletics (S,HD). Further coverage of day five. 6.00 Live World Championship Athletics (S,HD) continues. 9.00 Dragons Den (S,HD). 6/8. Entrepreneurs pitch business ideas including a shoe-polish booth for the 21st century, a publishing venture, a range of protective covers for mobile phones and computer equipment, and a sausage-cooking accessory. Theo Paphitis, James Caan, Deborah Meaden, Peter Jones and Duncan Bannatyne decide where to invest their cash. 10.00 Taking The Flak (S). 7/7. The end of the war is celebrated in the streets as a new democratic era looms for the country. However, the coming of peace means an uncertain future for Harry, and David, whose lack of action in the sack starts to affect his work and his colleagues. Last in the series. 10.30 Newsnight (S). With Kirsty Wark. Followed by Weather. 11.20 The Edinburgh Festival Show (S). 7/8. Lauren Laverne presents highlights from the Edinburgh Fringe and International Festivals, featuring the pick of this years comedy and an interview with author Lynn Barber. Plus, Arthur Smith returns with his motorised sofa for a tour of the city with a special guest. The second of three Culture Show specials from the event. 12.10 BBC News (S). 4.40 Close. Lauren Laverne 11.20pm, The Edinburgh Festival Show 10.55 Shipwrecked 2009: Battle Of The Islands (R,S). 12.00 News At Noon (S). 12.30 A Place By The Sea (R,S). 1.30 Channel 4 Racing From York (S). Alastair Down presents todays live coverage of four feature races from the second day of the Ebor meeting, including the 3.25 totesport Ebor (Hcap) (1m 6f). 3.45 Jamie At Home (R,S). 4.10 Deal Or No Deal: Noels Hall Of Fame (R,S). Noel Edmonds introduces a memorable episode. 5.00 Come Dine With Me (R,S,HD). Four strangers from Blackpool compete to host a dinner party. 6.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 10/23. Homer takes Ned to Las Vegas, where they go on a drunken binge. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). Daniel continues to drug Ste and finally persuades him to give up Lucas for adoption, and Hannah arranges a surprise birthday party for Darren. 7.00 News (S). 7.55 3 Minute Wonder: Microsoft Babies (S). 7/8. A woman who has been transformed by motherhood hesitates about returning to her job. 8.00 Location, Location, Location (S). 3/13. Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer use their know-how to help two families who are looking to relocate to the countryside. The Tomlinsons are leaving army life behind and would like to find a place in south-east England, while Simon and Tina Haben have outgrown their flat in London and want a rural property. See Ben Felsenburg 9.00 Big Brother (S). A chance to catch up on the latest action from the Big Brother house, as the contestants up for eviction this week hear the news. 10.00 Ugly Betty (S,HD). 9/24. Marc and Betty compete for an internship on the prestigious Young Editors Training Initiative, but only one spot is available. Daniel realises how much he is drawn to Molly, and Wilhelmina tries to bring herself to Connors attention. Comedy drama, starring America Ferrera, Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie. 11.00 Skins (S,HD). 8/10. Katie flaunts her new-found status as Queen Bee by inviting Effy to a party in the woods on the condition that she drives but does not bring Cook. Jealousy and rivalries create a tense atmosphere until the teenagers find magic mushrooms and decide to experiment. Megan Prescott stars. 12.00 Teachers (R,S). 1.05 Big Brother Live. 4.00 Full Metal Challenge (R,S). 4.55 Scrapheap Challenge (R,S). 5.50 The Treacle People (R,S). America Ferrera 10pm, Ugly Betty 10.45 Trisha Goddard (R,S). 11.45 House (R,S). 12.40 Five News (S). 12.50 Medical Investigation (R,S). 1.45 Neighbours (S). Karl and Paul (Stefan Dennis) work together to prevent delays to the surrogacy. 2.15 Zoo Days (R,S). Squirrel monkeys are moved into a new enclosure. 2.50 Property List: Top Spots (R,S). Highlights from the series exploring the nations best homes. 3.10 Film: Columbo: Murder -- A Self Portrait (S) (1989). Thriller, starring Peter Falk. 5.00 Five News With Natasha Kaplinsky (S). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S). 6.00 Michaelas Animal Road Trip (S). 13/20. Michaela Strachan visits Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset, where an animal care manager treats a young badger cub with head injuries. The presenter also helps treat a red deer fawn with a life-threatening wound. 7.00 Five News At 7 (S). The days headlines with Isla Traquair. 7.30 Mean Machines (R,S). Makes and models of bulldozer, featuring the Cat-D9, which can climb near- vertical slopes and shovel 50 tonnes of earth in a single scoop, and the Cat-D10, a vehicle designed to work in the extreme conditions found in the nickel mines of Ontario, Canada. Followed by Five News Update. 8.00 Megastructures: Rocket Launch Demolition (S). A 6,000- ton rocket launch tower is knocked down at Cape Canaveral, but first the experts must strip weight to weaken the structure, making it vulnerable to high winds. As the work progresses, the demolition team faces problems with the weather. See Ben Felsenburg Followed by Five News At 9. 9.00 Inferno (S) (1999). A lone motorcyclist sets out to exact a violent revenge on the gang of small-town thugs who beat and robbed him while he was travelling across the Nevada desert. Action adventure, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Niki Bokal, Pat Morita, Larry Drake, Bill Erwin, Danny Trejo and Gabrielle Fitzpatrick. 10.55 JCVD (S) (2008). Premiere. A washed-up actor returns to his home city and gets embroiled in a robbery. Crime thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. 12.45 Poker. Action from the final of the European Open V, featuring Marc Goodwin, Neil Channing, Craig Burgess and Andy Ward. 2.15 Grand American Racing. The Crown Royal 200. Action from the 12th round of the campaign, staged at the Watkins Glen International in New York. 3.05 Cricket On Five (R). England v Australia. Mark Nicholas introduces highlights from the Second Test at Lords, where England had not beaten the Aussies in a Test since 1934. 5.10 Neighbours (R,S). Karl enlists Pauls help. 5.35 Great Artists (R,S). Stefan Dennis 5.30pm, Neighbours index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html