Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Pick of the Day

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The Independent Culture
ANTHONY HOPKINS has excelled at playing repressed older men - think of his moving performance as the emotionally inarticulate butler in The Remains of the Day. Under the same director, James Ivory, he turns in another masterly study of a man unable to express his feelings in Howards End (4pm Sky Cinema, right), a loving reading of the novel by EM Forster. In this Oscar-winning film, scripted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, he plays the well-to- do Henry Wilcox who discreetly starts to court the independent-minded Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson).

Receiving its satellite premiere tonight is Nightwatch (10pm Sky Moviemax), a thriller starring Ewan McGregor. He plays a student who works as a night watchman in a morgue, where he becomes implicated in a series of murders.