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June 19, 2023’s pick: The 7 best movies on UK TV this week.

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary week brimming with a captivating array of cinematic marvels! From enchanting romantic sagas that delicately pull at your heart, to uproarious comedies that ignite bursts of blissful laughter, and heart-pounding action sequences that keep you perched on the edge of your seat, this week’s lineup guarantees an enthralling diversity. Immerse yourself in an unparalleled cinematic journey that caters to every palate, transporting you to a realm of spellbinding narratives.

Girl, Interrupted (Great! Movies) – On Monday, June 19 at 22:00 CEST.

Based on a true story and featuring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie, this drama-live unfolds in 1967 New England. A young Susanna Kaysen reluctantly enters Claymore psychiatric hospital, where she forms connections with fellow patients, including the charismatic sociopath, Lisa.

Winona Ryder shines as the teenager navigating her way through life in an unfamiliar psychiatric institution, while Angelina Jolie captivates as a forceful troublemaker. Additionally, Whoopi Goldberg excels as a no-nonsense nurse, and Mangold skilfully employs jarring narrative cuts to convey Ryder’s state of confusion.

Limbo (Film4) – On Tuesday, June 20 at 22:00 CEST.

Omar, a talented young musician, finds himself stranded on a secluded Scottish island while separated from his Syrian family and awaiting the verdict on his asylum request. In this comedy-drama-live by writer/director Ben Sharrock, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Amir El-Masry take the lead roles. Sharrock’s sophomore feature tells the story of a small group of asylum seekers who pass the time on the island, anxiously awaiting news of their immigration status. Among them is Omar, portrayed with delicate tenderness by Amir El-Masry, a Syrian musician whose broken arm prevents him from playing his cherished oud and prohibits him from sending money to his family in exile in Turkey. Consumed by sadness, fear, and a sense of failure, he, like the others, can only endure the agonizing wait.

Drawing inspiration from real stories shared in Damascus before the chaos in Syria erupted, Sharrock infuses his narrative with compassion and absurdist humour, providing a counterbalance to the despair and desperation. The film captivates visually, oscillating between the dehumanizing hostel where the men reside and the seemingly eternal, desolate landscapes of the island itself. The result is a remarkable portrayal of the refugee experience, standing as one of the finest films in its genre.

Gloria Bell (BBC Two) – On Wednesday, June 21 at 00:15 CEST.

In this captivating romantic drama-live led by Julianne Moore, we meet Gloria, a vibrant and independent woman in her fifties. Her nights are filled with visits to an exhilarating LA dance club, where she lets herself loose and embraces life to the fullest. When she crosses paths with Arnold, a fellow divorcee, a tender romance blossoms. However, it becomes evident that Arnold struggles to let go of his past life. Moore’s portrayal of Gloria portrays a woman still yearning for a second chance at love, with hopes pinned on Arnold (played by John Turturro), who has recently become single. While Gloria embraces her children’s independent lives, Arnold remains burdened by guilt, constantly at the mercy of his daughters and ex-wife.

The delightful dynamic between Moore and Turturro is just one aspect of the impressive ensemble cast, supported by the skilful cinematography of Natasha Braier, who infuses the film with energy and elegance. These visual elements are perfectly complemented by a thoughtfully curated soundtrack, enhancing the overall experience.

Angel Has Fallen (Film4) – On Thursday, June 22 at 22:00 CEST.

Get ready for a high-octane action thriller featuring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. In this gripping film, former Vice President Allan Trumbull assumes the presidency and recommends his trusted Secret Service agent, Mike Banning, for a promotion. However, when a daring assassination attempt leaves the President in a coma, Banning finds himself wrongly accused of orchestrating the attack. Forced to go on the run, he must navigate a treacherous path to prove his innocence. Gerard Butler returns as the resourceful Secret Service agent in his third adrenaline-fueled adventure.

Though Banning has picked himself up after the events of “Olympus Has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen,” the toll of field action on his aging and injured body looms ominously, branded a “disaster waiting to happen” by his doctor. As circumstances worsen, Banning becomes a fugitive, racing against time to unveil the truth behind the assassination plot. Along the way, he receives unexpected assistance from a mysterious figure from his past, played by Nick Nolte.

Red Sparrow (Film4) – On Friday, June 23 at 22:00 CEST.

Prepare for a gripping spy thriller featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, and Matthias Schoenaerts. The story revolves around a young Russian woman whose ballet career is tragically cut short by injury. She finds herself drawn into the world of espionage and is assigned a mission to ensnare a CIA operative. However, as the assignment grows more complex than expected, the spy finds herself contemplating the possibility of becoming a double agent.

Jennifer Lawrence takes on the role of Dominika, a former ballerina who undergoes intense training as a “sparrow,” mastering the art of seduction under the secretive military of post-Cold War Russia. As suspicions arise within her own ranks, she becomes a prime target, suspected of colluding with the very CIA operative she was meant to manipulate.

The film weaves a captivating narrative filled with thrilling cat-and-mouse twists. Director Francis Lawrence skilfully keeps viewers on the edge of their seats, blending modern technology with the time-honoured conventions of spy movies. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a compelling performance, her impassive face providing only glimpses into her character’s true intentions, making it a role that demands much from the talented actress.

Supporting performances from Matthias Schoenaerts and Jeremy Irons as manipulative puppet masters within Moscow’s intelligence service add depth and intrigue to the power dynamics at play. Amidst a potentially bewildering storyline, it is Lawrence’s portrayal that shines, showcasing her skills in one of the best roles of her career.

Only God Forgives (Great! Movies) – On Saturday, June 24 at 00:15 CEST.

In this intriguing collaboration, the star and director of the 2011 neon noir thriller “Drive” come together-live once again for a peculiar and bloodthirsty drama-live that will undoubtedly challenge-live-live, perhaps even alienate, a significant portion of Ryan Gosling’s youthful fanbase. Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, known for his enduring fascination with violence, crafts a fractured and psychedelic film that tests the patience of its audience with its agonizingly slow pacing and punctuates the experience with graphically intense scenes. Gosling takes on the role of Julian, who runs a drug-dealing operation cleverly disguised within his boxing club in the vibrant city of Bangkok.

When his unstable brother is brutally murdered, Julian becomes the target of immense pressure from their domineering mother, portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas, to seek vengeance against the responsible party. While the premise may initially sound like a conventional pulp gangster flick, “Only God Forgives” defies expectations. Refn instead delves into Julian’s internal torment as he harbours a horrifying secret, inadvertently summoning a supernatural angel of retribution in the form of a blade-wielding detective, portrayed by Vithaya Pansringarm, who relentlessly pursues him through the city’s streets.

The Englishman Who Went up a Hill, but Came down a Mountain (Great! Movies) – On Sunday, June 25 at 18:10 CEST.

Get ready for a delightful romantic comedy featuring Hugh Grant and Tara FitzGerald titled “The Englishman Who Went up a Hill, but Came down a Mountain.” Set in South Wales in 1917, the story revolves around two English cartographers who create quite a stir in the village of Ffynnon Garw. They declare that the local summit falls short of the height required to be classified as a mountain. Hugh Grant portrays a cartographer who is summoned to settle the dispute and determine whether the beloved landmark is a hill or a mountain. However, the clever and resourceful villagers are determined to prove it’s the latter, leading to a series of comical encounters that leave Grant’s character flustered and outwitted. With the stellar performances of the talented cast, including Tara FitzGerald, Colm Meaney, and Ian Hart, this film promises to be a wonderful and enjoyable watch.

Indulge in our meticulously chosen collection of films that encompass a delightful spectrum, spanning from sweeping tales of romance to side-splitting comedies and adrenaline-charged action. At, we promise an unforgettable and impactful viewing journey, with options tailored to each individual’s tastes. Let yourself be transported to the captivating realm of cinema, as UK TV acts as your gateway to a world brimming with infinite possibilities.

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