Digital, Cable and Satellite Television: Pick of the Day

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WILLIAM GOLDMAN has written some of Hollywood's finest screenplays - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men spring to mind. He brings a genuine sense of tension to Misery (10pm Sky Cinema), a chilling adaptation of a Stephen King novel directed by Rob Reiner, which has a tangible sense of claustrophobia. James Caan plays a celebrated author who, following a car crash, finds himself recuperating in the snowbound house of his deranged "number one fan" (the Oscar-winning Kathy Bates).

Leon (10.50pm FilmFour) is an intriguing drama about an emotionally isolated hitman (Jean Reno, right) operating in the USA. He finds his hard shell cracking when he takes in and protects a young orphan (Natalie Portman), who is at risk from the corrupt police officers who have murdered her parents.

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