FILM: Brewster’s Millions (Film4, 7pm)
(1985) A minor league baseball player named Montgomery Brewster is thrilled to learn he is due to receive a massive inheritance from a relative he didn’t know he had.
There’s just one condition – he must spend $30million in a month, with nothing to show for it at the end, or he’ll lose the lot.
At first, Monty makes incredible progress in a bid spend the fortune, but a scheming pair of lawyers, who stand to get the money if he fails, set out to sabotage his efforts.
It all adds up to less than the sum of its parts, but any film which stars comic legends Richard Pryor and John Candy is bound to have its moments.
The stars certainly look like they had a ball filming it, as they spend money on parties, an exhibition game with the New York Yankees and a 1.25 million stamp.
Starring: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Hume Cronyn
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 38%
SOAP: Gail & Me: 40 Years on Coronation Street (ITV, 8pm)
Has anyone in Coronation Street ever been as unlucky as Gail Potter-Tilsley-Platt-Hillman-McIntyre?
She’s been married five times (twice to Brian Tilsley) and widowed three times - only Martin Platt made it out alive. Her last real love interest was Lewis (played by Nigel Havers), and even he did a runner with the contents of her savings account.
But she hasn’t always been the downtrodden, long-suffering character we’ve come to know and exasperatedly shout advice at. As this documentary points out, Helen Worth was originally recruited back in 1974 to bring a little glamour and youthful energy to the cobbles.
And if life on the Street has ground Gail down in the interim, that’s hardly surprising, as we look back on some of her most dramatic storylines, including discovering her 13-year-old daughter was pregnant, and marrying the man she would later dub ’Norman Bates with a briefcase’, serial killer Richard Hillman.
Amanda Barrie (Alma Halliwell), Cheryl Murray (Suzie Birchall), Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts) and Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) are also on hand to share their memories of Helen/Gail.
DOCUMENTARY: Long Lost Family (TV3, 9pm)
Emotional series which reunites family members after years of separation. Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell return to present the BAFTA award winning documentary series which aims to reunite family members after years of separation, and offers a lifeline for people who are desperate to find long-lost relatives.
In the series Premiere Davina and Nicky help former professional rugby player Mark Appleson, 44, who has spent more than a decade searching for his birth mother, and 71-year-old Stella Stanley who is trying to locate the daughter she last saw 50 years ago.
Stella last saw her daughter Maxine 50 years ago as she took the sunny 18-month-old to nursery. Maxine waved goodbye, Stella turned, headed for work and sobbed inconsolably. She couldn’t bear to look back.
Maxine was given up for adoption after such an unusual length of time because family circumstances pressed so hard on her young mother that she could no longer cope. With great care and gentleness, Long Lost Family helps the pair to find each other again.
Long Lost Family is so quietly moving and irresistible because it’s about the simple things that are in fact the really big things: the need for roots and identity and, of course, for family.
DOCUMENTARY: Road Rage Britain: Caught on Camera (ITV, 9pm)
In theory, cycling is an environmentally friendly way to get from A to B while enjoying some fresh air and exercise.
But it seems it may not be as good for your stress levels, as according to this programme, some of the bitterest bouts of road rage taking place on Britain’s highways are between motorists and cyclists.
And thanks to advances in affordable technology, more of these outbursts are being caught on camera – and there are some shocking clips on view here.
The programme also tries to get to the heart of the animosity. White van driver Gaz McPartland says: “I can’t be doing with cyclists. If I’m paying tax on the road then I want to be able to ride on the road. They don’t pay tax so why should they ride three or four deep...” Meanwhile, cycle courier Nick Swinden reveals: “I’ve been chased by cab drivers, minicabs, van drivers, the works... Fisticuffs have been thrown in the past, yes.”
But will they feel the same way when they swap their modes of transport as part of a social experiment?
DOCUMENTARY: CCTV: Caught on Camera (Channel 4, 10pm)
It’s a great night for fans of all things ’caught on camera ’ as Channel 4 launches this new three-part series meeting the people who monitor some of Britain’s estimated 5.9 million closed-circuit television cameras.
They reveal how they have been working to protect the public – and what insights they’ve picked up into human nature after watching people unaware.
The first programme visits Southampton, where 19 council-owned tower blocks are monitored 24 hours a day.
The programme-makers meet some of the tenants to ask them whether they feel safer knowing the communal areas are being watched, or if they are worried about losing their privacy.
The documentary also puts a human face to ’Big Brother’ as it finds out exactly who is watching the resultant footage – and raises some thought-provoking questions about whether the proliferation of cameras really does play a role in reducing crime.
FILM: The Client (Film4, 11.10pm)
(1994) Mark, an 11-year-old boy from a tough background, has a chance encounter with a suicidal mafia lawyer, who spills some of the mobster’s secrets before taking his own life.
Naturally, the criminals are keen to keep the lad quiet, while the FBI and district attorneys are equally intent on making him talk.
But Mark refuses to cooperate unless he knows he and his family will be safe, and turns to recovering alcoholic lawyer Reggie to protect his interests.
Based on a John Grisham novel, The Client has everything you’d expect from a courtroom thriller, including a lot of the cliches.
However, what makes it worth a watch isn’t the slightly contrived plot, but the fascinating relationship that develops between Reggie and Mark, who are brilliantly played by Susan Sarandon and Brad Renfro, making a remarkable film debut.
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Renfro, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony LaPaglia, Anthony Edwards
RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 80%
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