It’s time to get our trainers on, headphones ready and legs stretched as we hit the pavement and run through another jungle of classic retro movies packed with action and adventure! So much to enjoy you’ll struggle to catch your breath!
SATURDAY 20th February
Rugrats Go Wild (2003) Film4 11:00am-12:50pm
A leaky boat leaves the precocious youngsters stranded on a jungle island, but their luck changes when explorers the Wild Thornberrys come to their rescue. However, Thornberry dad Nigel loses his memory, so it falls to his daughter Eliza to save the day. Children’s animated adventure, with the voices of Nancy Cartwright, Bruce Willis, Lacey Chabert, Elizabeth Daily and Tim Curry.
Congo (1995) Film4 2:30pm-4:35pm
An expedition to find King Solomon’s diamond mines in the jungles of the Congo disappears without a trace. The tycoon behind the mission sends his assistant, a former CIA agent, to find out what became of the explorers – only to discover that the party met a grisly fate at the hands of a horde of vicious apes. Action-adventure based on Michael Crichton’s novel, with Dylan Walsh, Laura Linney, Tim Curry and Grant Heslov.
Crocodile Dundee (1986) 4seven 5:00pm-6:55pm
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation and invites the adventurer back to America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum.
Beethoven (1992) 5STAR 5:05pm-6:55pm
An all-American family adopts a huge St Bernard, but the father is dismayed when it turns into a one-dog disaster zone. He insists the mutt must go to a new home, but when it is kidnapped by a crooked vet, dad has a change of heart and races to the rescue. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Oliver Platt and David Duchovny.
Chicken Run (2000) ITV2 5:05pm-6:50pm
A headstrong chicken and her fellow fowls ponder how to escape from a grim Yorkshire farm before the evil farmer’s wife can turn them into pies. Luckily, help arrives in the form of a heroic American rooster who promises to show them how to fly. Nick Park’s animated comedy, with the voices of Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson and Jane Horrocks.
Star Trek (2009) Channel 4 6:35pm-9:00pm
The trainee crew members of the starship Enterprise embark on their maiden flight, which pits them against a Romulan commander from the future who is planning horrific revenge on those he blames for a tragedy in his own time. Sci-fi adventure based on the original TV series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy.
Dirty Dancing (1987) Sony Movies 6:55pm-9:00pm
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. A romantic drama, with Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.
Crocodile Dundee II (1988) 4seven 6:55pm-9:00pm
The rugged Australian adventurer sets out to save his reporter girlfriend from New York drug dealers. Having rescued her from their clutches, he realises they will soon be coming after him – so he decides to even the odds by luring them to the Outback for a final showdown. Comedy adventure sequel, starring Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Charles S Dutton.
Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986) ITV4 7:20pm-9:00pm
Facing closure from cutbacks in public spending and competition from a more successful academy, the police training school calls on its bungling graduates to act as instructors and make good officers out of a bunch of new recruits even more incompetent than they are. Comedy sequel, starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and Art Metrano.
Demolition Man (1993) ITV4 9:00pm-11:25pm
Maverick cop John Spartan is frozen alive in 1996 and held in cryonic suspension for a crime he did not commit. Decades into the future, the dictator of a seemingly utopian city unleashes a criminal psychopath against his political enemy – but he proves impossible to control, forcing the authorities to revive Spartan to defeat him. Sci-fi thriller, with Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock and Nigel Hawthorne.
Get Shorty (1995) Sony Movies 9:00pm-11:10pm
A film-loving Miami loan shark visits Hollywood to squeeze a debt from a B-movie director. He ends up using his impressive knowledge of all things cinematic to become a movie producer and help recruit an Oscar-winning star to the film-maker’s new project. Barry Sonnenfeld’s comedy adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Delroy Lindo.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) ITV 11:05pm-1:15am
James Bond joins forces with a Chinese agent to foil a media mogul’s scheme to start a war between their countries – a case complicated by the fact that an old flame is now married to his new enemy. Using an undetectable stealth ship, the press baron plans to launch an undetectable sneak attack on both nations’ navies, knowing they will blame each other – giving him exclusive global media coverage of the resulting conflict. Spy adventure, starring Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh.
Carlito’s Way (1993) ITV4 11:25pm-2:15am
A former gangster is released from jail and vows to go straight, hoping to earn enough money to escape his New York roots – but his misguided loyalty to a crooked lawyer threatens to drag him back into a life of crime. Brian De Palma’s thriller, starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo and Viggo Mortensen.
SUNDAY 21st February
Jurassic Park (1993) ITV 2:10pm-4:35pm
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action-adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) Film4 2:35pm-4:50pm
The inept Inspector Clouseau sets out to unmask a notorious international jewel thief believed to be behind the theft of a priceless diamond – but anarchy, as ever, follows wherever he goes. Blake Edwards’ comedy sequel, starring Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk and Graham Stark.
Cinderella (2015) BBC One 3:55pm-5:35pm
An orphaned girl is treated as a servant by her cruel stepmother and her two daughters. Her life is changed forever by the intervention of a kindly fairy godmother, who gives her the opportunity to attend a lavish royal ball and win the heart of a handsome prince. Romantic fantasy, starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter.
Home Alone 3 (1997) Film4 4:50pm-6:55pm
Cheeky eight-year-old Alex Pruitt is delighted to be given a remote-controlled toy car by his neighbour – unaware it contains a stolen microchip. A gang of crooks heads to Alex’s town with the intention of recovering the valuable item, but the resourceful youngster has prepared for their arrival with a series of nasty booby-traps. Comedy sequel, starring Alex D Linz, Olek Krupa, Rya Kihlstedt and Lenny von Dohlen.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004) Channel 5 5:50pm-8:00pm
A climatologist warns global warming will soon result in destructive freak weather or even another ice age. He thinks the world still has time to prepare for the worst, but the crisis happens almost immediately – and as storms, earthquakes and hurricanes strike in terrifying fashion, he races across America to rescue his son from a frozen New York. Disaster thriller, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Dennis Quaid.
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987) ITV4 6:15pm-8:00pm
Commandant Lassard comes to the conclusion that his staff are overworked, so in an attempt to solve the problem, he assigns the clueless cops to teach a group of equally inept civilians how to combat crime. Comedy sequel, with Steve Guttenberg, Sharon Stone, Bubba Smith, Michael Winslow and David Graf.
Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always add cheese.