Film Four & Film Four +1: 27-12-11

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FilmFour TV listings guide Today.

11:00Valiant[SUB HD]

Computer-animated adventure following the antics of a plucky pigeon who volunteers for duty with the Royal Homing Pigeon Service during the Second World War, delivering vital messages across the English Channel and braving attacks by a squadron of ruthless Nazi falcons. With the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent and Hugh LaurieFilm/Animated Movie/Drama
12:30Cocoon[SUB HD]

The elderly residents of a retirement home treat themselves to an occasional dip in the pool at an abandoned house. It turns out that friendly aliens in human form are using the place to restore dormant members of their species - and energy from their cocoons is giving the old-timers a new lease of life. Ron Howard's sci-fi drama, with Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Don Ameche and Steve GuttenbergFilm/Science Fiction
14:45Captain Horatio Hornblower RN[SUB]

The famous British sea captain is sent to aid a Latin American rebel fighting against the Spanish during the Napoleonic wars. When the Spanish change sides, Hornblower finds this ally is now his enemy, and his mission is further complicated when he must protect the Duke of Wellington's sister. Swashbuckling adventure, based on the character created by CS Forester, starring Gregory Peck, James Robertson Justice and Virginia MayoFilm/Adventure/War
17:00The Muppet Christmas Carol[SUB AD HD]

An embittered Victorian miser hates the Christmas season and people in general. But on Christmas Eve, the ghosts of his two business partners the Marley brothers visit him in the night. They warn him three spirits are coming to make him change his ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future may hold. Comedy, with Michael Caine and Steven Mackintosh alongside the puppet charactersFilm/Comedy/Cartoons/Puppets
18:40Marley and Me[SUB AD HD]

Journalist John Grogan celebrates his wedding by buying his wife a golden Labrador puppy, hoping to stave off her desire to have children. Over the course of their marriage, the dog remains a constant companion and never loses his mischievous streak even as he grows from a cute puppy to a 7st dog. Comedy drama, based on a newspaper column, starring Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Kathleen Turner and Alan ArkinFilm/Comedy/General Movie/Drama
21:00In Bruges[SUB AD HD]

Two hitmen are ordered to lie low in Belgium after an assignment goes tragically wrong. Trying to pass themselves off as ordinary tourists in the medieval city of Bruges, the bickering duo get caught up in a string of surreal misadventures - and then they learn the real and sinister reason why their unstable boss sent them there in the first place. Black comedy, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes and Clemence PoesyFilm/Comedy/General Movie/Drama
23:05Monsters[SUB AD HD]

An area of Mexico is sealed off when a space probe crash leaves it inhabited by vast alien creatures. An American photographer based in the country is given the job of escorting his boss's daughter back to the US, forcing them to make a dangerous journey through the quarantine zone and confront the personal crises they are fleeing from. Sci-fi drama, with Whitney Able and Scoot McNairyFilm/Science Fiction


American battlefield surgeons embark on a campaign of drinking, womanising and practical jokes in an attempt to alleviate the horror of the Korean War. Satirical comedy drama directed by Robert Altman, which spawned a long-running TV series. Starring Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman and Robert DuvallFilm/Comedy/General Movie/Drama
03:10Six Shooter[SUB REP]

Oscar-winning short film by Martin McDonagh, in which a widower encounters suicide, a shoot-out and an exploding cow during an eventful train journey with a psychopath. Starring Brendan Gleeson and Ruaidhri ConroyGeneral Movie/Drama