The film that predicted the pandemic is among the movies on TV tonight 3 weeks ago

The film that predicted the pandemic is among the movies on TV tonight

What's that? Tuesday, you say?

Hello and welcome to your latest breakdown of what movies we think you might be interested in watching on the television on this evening.


The evening in question is Tuesday, 21 September.

The movies in question? Read on, my friend...

Sahara – Film4 – 6.40pm

Matthew McConaughey does the 'low rent Indiana Jones' thing before the McConaissance came along to save what looked like a fairly dwindling career.

Run All Night – TCM – 9pm

Liam Neeson runs all night.

Sicario – Film4 – 9pm


An absolutely brilliant, deeply atmospheric and sometimes shocking cartel-focused thriller with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. If you've not seen it, now's the time.

The Boss – RTÉ 2 – 9.25pm

I nearly wrote 'Network 2' there, which should tell you where I'm at today.

In any event, Melissa McCarthy plays the titular boss here in the form of a disgraced entrepreneur looking to mount a comeback with hilarious results if you enjoy the signature comedy stylings of Melissa McCarthy and less than side-splitting results if you don't.

Batman Begins – Sky Showcase – 9.45pm


Christian Bale's first – and best, if we may be so controversial – adventure as the caped crusader.

While you're here, please check out this absolutely hilarious and wildly misleading trailer for the film, courtesy of American network ABC Family:

Clip via groundbeefmosque2


The Silence of the Lambs – ITV4 – 10.30pm

Hannibal Lecter gets his groove on.

Contagion – Turner Classic Movies / TCM – 11.20pm

Our pick for this evening, should you be willing to a) stay up a little late and b) contend with a film that essentially predicted the last 18 months of our lives when it was released 10 years ago.


Contagion is pretty great, it must be said. In fact, we did say it right here in this recent retrospective.

An all-star cast – Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Marion Cotillard amongst them – and a glorious Cliff Martinez score elevate Steven Soderbergh's sobering pandemic drama.

Charlie Says – Film4 – 11.25pm

Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame steps into the shoes of Charles Manson.

Passenger 57 – TCM – 1.30am

Wesley Snipes has flight trouble after terrorists hijack his plane.