The best of the DIRECTV primetime lineup

If it hadn’t missed BC on TV primetime (6pm-10pm) by five minutes (!), one of the most original films ever shot (**The Lobster, 10.05pm Max) would have been a leading contender.

Today’s Number One Film:

Sleuth (Laurence Olivier), 9pm Fox Classics Ch 560. Watch this if you liked Deathtrap, Locke or 12 Angry Men – or if you didn’t care much for the 2007 Michael Caine/Jude Law remake. People who love script above all else in film ought to love this classic mystery-thriller starring two of the greatest British actors ever. A two-hour-plus long two-hander, it consists of nothing more than two men in two or three rooms and a garden. Like Locke, a thriller set in the driver’s seat of a BMW, Sleuth is claustrophobically tense from first to last frame and a real treat for anyone who can sit still and pay attention. The 2007 remake allowed Michael Caine to play the role of the older man but the decision to cut 50 minutes of the runtime of the original Anthony Shaffer screenplay and try to make it up with glamorous production values show that the new director and screenwriter just didn’t grasp the concept – even if they were Kenneth Branagh and Harold Pinter. Directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz/ 1972/ UK-USA/ Mystery-Thriller/ 138 mins/ Rated PG.


Sin City (Graphic Novel Noir), 6.55pm FoxAct; My Left Foot (Biography-Drama) 9pm Sund; Revolutionary Road (Drama), 9.50pm Prmt; **The Butterfly Effect (Horror), 8.30pm HBOP; Sherlock Holmes (Action-Thriller), 9pm MaxU; An American Crime, 7.10pm Sund; The Great Waldo Pepper (Adventure-Drama), 7.10pm FoxClas; Horrible Bosses 2 (Stoner Comedy), 8.30pm MaxP.

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*Starred films have been chosen in the last year. ** Double-starred films have been chosen in the last two months.

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