BBC2 Entebbe, 10.25 p.m.
Shortly after Air France Flight 139 leaves Tel Aviv, carrying mainly Israeli and Jewish passengers, German revolutionaries Wilfried Bose (Daniel Bruhl) and Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) and their accomplices pick up weapons from their carry-on baggage and storm the cockpit. The terrorists diverted the aircraft to Benghazi, Libya, where, during several hours of refueling on the runway, Wilfried clashed with flight engineer Jacques Le Moine (Denis Menochet). In exchange for the release of hostages, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Lior Ashkenazi) and the rest of the cabinet are faced with a ransom demand: the lives of passengers. Entebbe is a tense geopolitical thriller based on the June 1976 real-life hijacking of an Air France flight, but in Bruhl and Pike, it doesn’t bring out the brightest.
Channel 4, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, 5:30 p.m.
The action-packed archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) made a great debut for director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas Ford in this highly entertaining adventure (who also dreamed up the story with Philip Kaufman). Indy goes in search of the mythical Ark of the Covenant and meets the Nazis and his old flame Marion in this first film of the famous franchise (the feisty Karen Allen). In the role of the hero, Ford is fine, but he was famously not the first choice for the part – it was originally offered to Tom Selleck, who had to turn it down due to his involvement in the Magnum PI television series.
Channel 5, Phantom, 10 p.m.
For this 1990 romantic drama starring Patrick Swayze as manager Sam, who seems to have the perfect life – before he is fatally murdered, keep the tissues handy. He chooses to live on Earth rather than go to the afterlife to help his mourning girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore) bring his murderer to justice. The fact that the only person who can hear him is a fake psychic (Whoopi Goldberg), who is shocked to discover that she can actually connect with the other side, complicates his mission. For her performance, Goldberg won an Oscar, while the love scene between Swayze, Moore and the wheel of a potter has become an iconic moment in cinema.
Get Carter, ITV4, 10:25 p.m. All right.
Jack Carter is not a happy guy (Michael Caine). He isn’t the sort with whom to cross paths, either. Jack heads north to seek vengeance after his brother is assassinated in his hometown of Newcastle. He investigates the underworld of the city, vengeful, relentless and determined to get his guy, and uncovers a complicated case of lies, backstabbing and double-crossing involving a variety of shady characters. “Get Carter” is a gritty low-budget masterpiece, despite the flop on the initial release, that keeps winning new fans once they get over the shock of Caine trying to play a Geordie. For beginners, it is a must-see, but even if you’ve seen it a thousand times, it’s worth a look. You’ll be reading his most famous lines for weeks afterwards, in any event. It’s hard to believe that this year he is celebrating his 50th birthday.
Killing on Orient Express, Film4, 9:00 p.m.
In Kenneth Branagh’s handsome reboot of the snowy 2017 whodunit, the tiny grey cells of Agatha Christie’s mustachioed detective Hercule Poirot are put to the test. Poirot (Branagh) finds himself next to smooth gangster Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp), who agrees to pay the Belgian to ensure his safety, in a cabin on the Orient Express. The detective refuses, but then an assassin attacks. Secretary Hector MacQueen (Josh Gad) of Ratchett, Governor Mary Debenham (Daisy Ridley), former soldier Dr. Arbuthnot (Leslie Odom Jr.), widow Caroline Hubbard (Michelle Pfeiffer), Princess Natalia Dragomiroff (Dame Judi Dench) and her servant Hildegarde Schmidt (Olivia Colman) and missionary Pilar Estravados (Penelope Cruz).
ITV4’s Logan Lucky, 11:40 p.m.
A former star football player sidelined by injury, construction worker Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) loses his job the day he learns that his ex-wife Bobbie Jo (Katie Holmes) is moving with her new beau to Lynchburg. By planning a heist with his one-armed brother Clyde, Jimmy channels his indignation (Adam Driver). Their destination: the North Carolina Charlotte Motor Speedway. The brothers pay a visit to Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a convicted safecracker, and promise to