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07th Apr 2024

A spy thriller with an incredible cast is among the movies on TV tonight

Simon Kelly

Movies on TV - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

It’s got a strong 84% on Rotten Tomatoes.

If you’re looking for something to watch this Sunday evening then you’re in luck, as there are some excellent movies on TV.

Among the options is our top pick for the night – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Cold War spy thriller is not only an incredibly tense affair, it also boasts one of the best casts in recent memory.

Based on the book of the same name by espionage author extraordinaire John Le Carré, the 2011 film stars Academy Award winner Gary Oldman as infamous MI6 agent George Smiley.

Coming out of retirement, Smiley is tasked with finding who is believed to be a soviet mole in the British intelligence.

The incredible supporting cast includes Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Ciarán Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kathy Burke.

As with nearly every film Oldman stars in, the veteran actor’s performance was a standout for critics, particularly for how he takes over the role of Smiley from Alec Guinness, who played the character in the 1979 BBC series.

Oldman received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of the famous fictional spy.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is on BBC One at 11.40pm. If that’s too late for your Sunday evening, you can also catch the film on Netflix.

If spy thrillers aren’t your thing, check out the other movies on TV tonight.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – E4 – 6.05pm
The second instalment of the Michael Bay sci-fi action series, starring Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel.

The Equalizer 2 – Film Four – 9pm
Denzel Washington returns as Robert McCall, an ex-Marine and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer who must protect a teenage trafficking victim from the Russian mafia.

Men in Black: International – E4 – 9pm
Sequel/Reboot of the sci-fi comedy starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.

The Hangover – Comedy Central – 10pm
One of the great comedies of the noughties.

The Silence of the Lambs ITV4 – 10.15pm
Settle down with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti to this creepy, classic thriller.

Nowhere Boy – Film Four – 11.20pm
Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in this 2009 biographical film about the teenage years of John Lennon.

Eternal Beauty – BBC Two – 11.45pm
2019 dark comedy film starring Sally Hawkins as a woman who is learning to live life after discovering she is suffering from schizophrenia. David Thewlis and Billie Piper also star.

A Time to Kill – Channel 4 – 12am
Legal drama based on John Grisham’s 1989 novel of the same name starring Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, as well as Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.

The plot centres around young lawyer and his assistant in Mississippi defending a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his ten-year-old daughter.

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