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 Thursday, 29 October 2009 27 The 39 Steps BBC2, 12.20am (1935) ALFRED HitcHcock is considered the master of suspense, and rightly so. But he is also very good at dark comedy. this film combines both. A man goes on the run after being wrongly accused of murder. But he cant seem to go anywhere without being spotted and chased. Stars Robert Donat and Madeleine carroll, above, and is in glorious black and white. Vera Drake Film4, 10.50pm (2004) VERA DRAkE is a woman who cant say no to anyone in need. She is one of the kindest souls you will ever see in film, and dotes on her loving family. But secretly she visits single women to help induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. Vera sees this as kindness but the authorities in Fifties Britain see it differently. Stars imelda Staunton, above. Judge Dredd Film4, 9pm (1995) SYLVEStER StALLoNE learned the hard way that the massive popularity of a comic book does not always translate to box office success. Despite a big budget and plenty of action, this film failed to turn into a franchise like Superman or Batman (but the Judge Dredd pinball machine was awesome). Also stars Armand Assante, above with Stallone. Double Team Five, 10pm (1997) it cERtAiNLY sounds like it could be worth a look. Sadly it isnt. Basketball-playing cross-dresser Dennis Rodman tried to launch an acting career -- and it was a good idea to hide his inability by starring next to Jean-claude Van Damme, both above. theres no point detailing the plot, just expect a lot of kicking and silly wisecracks. Also stars Mickey Rourke before his renaissance. 10.30 this Morning (S). With Paul Bazely, Hugh Sachs and Hermione Norris. 12.30 Loose Women (S). 1.30 itV Lunchtime News (S). 1.55 London News And Weather (S). 2.00 60 Minute Makeover (S). A home in Hounslow, west London, is spruced up. 3.00 the Alan titchmarsh Show (S). With Sheryl Gascoigne. 3.59 London Weather (S). 4.00 Midsomer Murders (R,S). conclusion. investigations continue in Midsomer St Michael. 5.00 Britains Best Dish (S). the starter, main course and dessert are chosen for the final. 6.00 London Tonight (S); Weather. 6.30 ITV Evening News (S); Weather. 7.00 Emmerdale (S). charity catches carl breaking into cains home, Edna finds herself stuck in the crossfire between Sally and Vincent, and Leyla is reluctant to attend the Sharmas housewarming party. 7.30 Countrywise (S). 33/36. Paul Heiney visits Witley court in Worcestershire -- once one of the great stately homes of England. 8.00 Emmerdale (S). charity reconsiders carls offer when cain belittles her in the Woolpack, and Vincent is blamed for throwing a brick through Ednas window. 8.30 Coronation Street (S). tonys arrangements to join Maria in cyprus seem in place, but the stress of his lies begins to tell. Michelle calls the police when she catches Jake the builder on her roof again. 9.00 The Bill (S,HD). Smithy (Alex Walkinshaw) holds a public meeting, hoping to gain the trust and cooperation of hostile residents on the Manley Road estate, who are being terrorised by drug dealers. A plucky shopkeeper takes matters into her own hands to halt the reign of fear, only to find her daughter suffers a backlash from the gang. 10.00 News At Ten And Weather (S). 10.30 London News And Weather (S). 10.35 Piers Morgans Life Stories: Katherine Jenkins (R,S). 3/6. the classical singer talks to Piers about her eating disorder, the drugs scandal that could have wrecked her career, and the death of her father. 11.35 The Late Debate. With London being one of the crucial battlegrounds in the next General Election, presenter Alastair Stewart is joined by a group of politicians bidding to get to Westminster. 12.05 Surface (S). A tsunami approaches Wilmington. Last in the series. 12.55 Motorsport Uk (S). From Silverstone; itV News Headlines. 1.45 the cosby Mysteries (R,S). 2.35 Loose Women (R). With Alan Davies. 3.25 itV Nightscreen. 5.30 itV Morning News (S). Alex Walkinshaw 9pm, The Bill 10.40 Gastronuts (R,S). 11.10 the Flintstones (R,S). 11.35 the Flintstones (R,S). 12.00 Daily Politics (S). 12.30 Working Lunch (S). 1.00 All Saints (S). 1.45 Living in the Sun (R,S). Setting up a restaurant in iznajar. 2.30 Animal Park (R,S). An orphaned hyena is returned to the wild. 3.00 Diagnosis Murder (R,S). A medical student is murdered. 3.45 Flog it! (R,S). From cumbria. 4.30 Are You An Egghead? (S). Past quiz show winners compete to join Eggheads. 5.15 Escape to the country (S). A couple search rural Devon for their first home together. 6.00 Eggheads (S). Quiz, hosted by Jeremy Vine, in which the winners of famous game shows work as a team to tackle a new set of challengers. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing -- It Takes Two (S). Featuring footage of rehearsals as the stars prepare for Saturdays performances. 7.00 The Culture Show (S,HD). 2/8. Lauren Laverne presents from the Glasgow School of Art, which is celebrating the centenary of its buildings opening. Matt collings visits the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, while Mark kermode and Simon Mayo join an audience of movie addicts to discuss films with a Halloween theme. 8.00 The Restaurant (S,HD). 1/8. New series. chef Raymond Blanc and business partners David Moore and Sarah Willingham search for a couple to run a new restaurant venture. Nine sets of contenders are given one hour to cook a dish that demonstrates their culinary skills as well as their vision for a restaurant. See Ben Felsenburg 9.00 Defying Gravity (S,HD). 3/13. ted is stunned after his visit to Pod 4 and seeks answers from his wife back in mission control. Malik Yoba, Ron Livingston and Laura Harris star. 9.45 Wonderland: The British In Bed (S). 1/8. Documentary series examining unusual areas of ordinary life, beginning with couples speaking openly about sex, infidelity, love and marriage. See Ben Felsenburg 10.30 Newsnight (S). Analysis of the days events, presented by Jeremy Paxman. Followed by Weather. 11.20 Paul Merton Looks At Alfred Hitchcock (R,S). the comedian analyses Hitchcocks classic British films, examining how these moody features provided the foundations for his rise to prominence as Hollywoods master of suspense. 12.20 Film: the 39 Steps (S) (1935). An innocent man is enmeshed in international espionage. Alfred Hitchcocks thriller, starring Robert Donat. See Film Choice 1.45 BBc News (S). 3.35 close. Mark Kermode 7pm, The Culture Show 10.30 Film: the Rugrats Movie (S,HD) (1999). Animated adventure, with the voice of Elizabeth Daily. 12.00 News At Noon (S). 12.30 3 Minute Wonder: the Estate (R,S). 12.35 Without A trace (R,S). 1.20 Film: Project X (S,HD) (1987). An airman assigned to care for chimpanzees used for research becomes enraged at their treatment. comedy drama, with Matthew Broderick. 3.25 countdown (S). Jane Moore guests. 4.10 Deal or No Deal: trick or treat (S). 5.00 the Paul oGrady Show (S). Actor Elaine c Smith joins the Birkenhead host. 6.00 The Simpsons (R,S). 12/21. Selma flies to china to adopt a baby. With the guest voice of Lucy Liu. 6.30 Hollyoaks (S,HD). theresa discovers Newt has been following Rae and filming her with his video camera, while calvin is persuaded to hire Jake as a bouncer at the Loft. 7.00 News (S). 7.55 3 Minute Wonder: The Wall (S). 4/4. Street artist Pure Evil reveals his motives as he paints a mysterious wall somewhere in Britain. Last in the series. 8.00 Location, Location, Location (R,S). 4/13. the presenters search for properties near Exeter. kirstie Allsopp helps a couple spend their 600,000 budget on a rural home with plenty of space and an annexe for wife Nancys mother, while Phil Spencer offers advice to another trying to agree on a suitable house. 9.00 Katie: My Beautiful Face (S). in 2008, a 24-year-old model became the victim of a vicious acid attack that disfigured her face. Having undergone countless operations and rounds of physiotherapy, she tells her story with frankness, humour and a lack of self-pity as she takes part in pioneering treatment and comes to terms with losing her beauty. See Ben Felsenburg 10.00 The Event: How Racist Are You? (S). Former school teacher Jane Elliott from ohio re-creates an exercise she employed 40 years ago to teach children about prejudice. Using 30 British adults of different ages and backgrounds, she demonstrates how susceptible people can be to bigotry by asking them to experience inequality based on eye colour. 11.00 Without A Trace (S). 11/18. A private investigator disappears while carrying out undercover surveillance work. Anthony LaPaglia and Marianne Jean-Baptiste star. 12.00 4Music: Muse: Video Exclusive. 12.05 teachers (R,S). 1.10 Film: Election (2005). Premiere. thriller, with Simon Yam and tony Leung ka Fai. 2.50 Supporting Acts (R,S). 3.05 the Force (R,S). 4.00 Unreported World (R,S). 4.25 Dispatches: Do You know Whats in Your Breakfast? (R,S). 5.20 countdown (R,S). Kirstie Allsopp 8pm, Location, Location, Location 10.45 trisha Goddard (R,S). 11.45 Diet Doctors: inside And out (R,S). 12.40 Five News (S). 12.50 How to Be A Property Developer (R,S). 1.45 Neighbours (S). Zeke struggles to admit he has a problem. 2.15 Home And Away (S). Leah is charmed by Detective Robertson. 2.50 i own Britains Best Home: Flying Visits (R,S). Highlights from the property show. 3.05 Film: Surviving Love (S) (2003). Romantic comedy, starring ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. 5.00 Five News With Natasha kaplinsky (S). 5.30 Neighbours (R,S). 6.00 Home And Away (R,S). Liam receives a hostile reception on his return to Summer Bay. 6.25 Live From Studio Five (S). ian Wright, Melinda Messenger and kate Walsh host the magazine show featuring location reports, celebrity interviews and showbiz gossip. 7.30 Building The Ultimate (R,S). A history of submarine design from the earliest petrol-powered prototypes to the nuclear behemoths of the cold War. the programme traces scientists efforts to strengthen hulls to withstand immense water pressure, improve steering accuracy and render them virtually undetectable. Followed by Five News Update. 8.00 Big, Bigger, Biggest (S). the technological breakthroughs that led to the construction of the Large Binocular telescope in Arizona, which can detect stars more than nine billion light years away. one of the pinnacles of modern engineering, it owes its existence to advances in design dating back to the 17th century. Last in the series. Followed by Five News At 9. 9.00 Vice Squad (S). 4/6. Detectives from the obscene Publications Unit shut down a suburban factory supplying pornographic DVDs, as fellow Metropolitan Police officers deal with prostitution, extortion, paedophilia and kerb crawling. 10.00 Double Team (S) (1997). A ciA agent is sent to a top-secret installation after a mission goes wrong, and is told he can never leave. When he realises his pregnant wife is in danger, he escapes and teams up with a flamboyant arms dealer to protect her. Action adventure, starring Jean-claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke. See Film Choice 11.50 The Sexy Ads Show (S). 3/6. A collection of the raciest adverts from around the globe, revealing the most controversial, politically incorrect and sexually explicit approaches to selling products. 12.15 Supercasino. Live interactive gaming. 4.00 NFL Replay (R). New York Giants v Arizona cardinals. Action from the NFc clash at the Giants Stadium. 4.45 Wildlife SoS (R,S). the work of an animal sanctuary. 5.10 Neighbours (R,S). 5.35 Home And Away (R,S). Ian Wright 6.25pm, Live From Studio Five 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html