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The Best Films on Freeview TV This Week

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Searching through TV schedules can be a formidable task sometimes. We’ve picked some of the best films on TV this week so you can easily plan your movie nights.

This week there’s a couple of great films celebrating International Women’s Day 2021 in Belle (2013) and Hidden Figures (2016). There’s also a Matrix double billing this week, alongside some crowd favourites such as Split (2016), Paddington (2014), and Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014).

Belle

  • March 8th 2021 – 6:50pm – Film4

The illegitimate daughter of a navy admiral is trained and brought up by her aristocratic uncle and his wife. She grows up to abolish slavery in England.

On TV this week: Belle (2013) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, and Sam Reid. (c) Fox Searchlight Pictures

The Matrix Reloaded

  • March 8th 2021 – 9:00pm – ITV4

At the Oracle’s behest, Neo attempts to rescue the Keymaker from the Merovingian and realises that to save Zion, he must confront the Architect. Meanwhile, Zion prepares for war against the machines.

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On TV this week: The Matrix Reloaded (2003) starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving. (c) Warner Bros. Pictures

Hidden Figures

  • March 8th 2021 – 9:00pm – Film4

Three female African-American mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. Meanwhile, they also have to deal with racial and gender discrimination at work.

On TV this week: Hidden Figures (2016) starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, and Kirsten Dunst. (c) 20th Century Fox

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

  • March 9th 2021 – 9:00pm – Film4

Ceasar, a chimpanzee and leader of the evolved apes, allows a human family into his territory. However, due to a vindictive bonobo, misunderstandings arise between the two species, resulting in war.

On TV this week: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) starring Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, and Keri Russell. (c) 20th Century Fox

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

  • March 9th 2021 – 11:30pm – BBC Two

DJ Alan Partridge becomes an unlikely negotiator when the radio station is held hostage by a disgruntled Pat Farrell, Alan’s colleague, who is afraid of losing his job after the radio station is sold.

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On TV this week: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) starring Steve Coogan
and Colm Meaney. (c) StudioCanal UK

Kingsman: The Secret Service

  • March 10th 2021 – 9:00pm – E4

Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin faces several challenges when he gets recruited as a secret agent in a secret spy organisation in order to look for Richmond Valentine, an eco-terrorist.

On TV this week: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, and Michael Caine. (c) 20th Century Fox

The Color Of Money

  • March 10th 2021 – 9:05pm – Talking Pictures

Eddie Felson takes a cocky yet talented youngster under his wing and teaches him the art of pool hustling. This inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

On TV this week: The Color Of Money (1986) starring Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. (c) Buena Vista Distribution

Space Cowboys

  • March 10th 2021 – 10:00pm – ITV4

When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space.

On TV this week: Space Cowboys (2000) starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, James Garner, and Marcia Gay Harden. (c) Warner Bros. Pictures

Split

  • March 11th 2021 – 11:05pm – Film4

Kevin, who is suffering from dissociative identity disorder and has 23 alter egos, kidnaps three teenagers. They must figure out his friendly personas before he unleashes his 24th personality.

On TV this week: Split (2016) starring James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy. (c) Universal Pictures

The Last Stand

  • March 12th 2021 – 9:00pm – Film4

Owen, a former LAPD narcotics officer, must enlist the help of a ragtag group of his townsfolk to stop Gabriel Cortez, an international drug lord, from crossing over the border to Mexico.

On TV this week: The Last Stand (2013) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Knoxville, and Rodrigo Santoro. (c) Lionsgate

The Matrix Revolutions

  • March 12th 2021 – 9:00pm – ITV4

Neo, humanity’s only hope of stopping the war and saving Zion, attempts to broker peace between the machines and humans. However, he must first confront his arch nemesis, the rogue agent Smith.

On TV this week: The Matrix Revolutions (2003) starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving. (c) Warner Bros. Pictures

The Incredible Hulk

  • March 12th 2021 – 9:00pm – Sony Movies

Dr Bruce Banner subjects himself to high levels of gamma radiation which triggers his transformation into a huge green creature, the Hulk, whenever he experiences negative emotions such as anger.

On TV this week: The Incredible Hulk (2008) starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and Tim Blake Nelson. (c) Universal Pictures

Jason Bourne

  • March 13th 2021 – 9:00pm – Film4

Jason Bourne, a former CIA agent, is drawn out of hiding by CIA director Robert Dewey. He then sets out to discover more about his past, family and his father’s death.

On TV this week: Jason Bourne (2016) starring Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, and Vincent Cassel. (c) Universal Pictures

Paddington

  • March 14th 2021 – 5:05pm – Film4

A young bear who can walk and talk travels to London from the jungles of Peru. There, he is adopted by the Brown family and goes through many adventures in the big city.

On TV this week: Paddington (2014) starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, and Peter Capaldi. (c) StudioCanal

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