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Satellite: Pick of the Day

THE TRIUMPH OF Anthony Minghella's The English Patient (11.45pm Sky Premier) at the Oscars two years ago was a refreshing reminder that there is still a place in Hollywood for thought-provoking films. This version of Michael Ondaatje's novel cuts back and forth between different times in a manner that requires great concentration from the viewer. It also showcases wonderful performances, particularly from Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas as the couple who embark on a doomed affair just before the Second World War, and from Juliette Binoche (right) as the nurse who later tends Fiennes after a horrific air crash.

"A Beast for Heroes", tonight's episode of Warhorse (7pm History Channel) examines the role of the horse in war since ancient Egyptian times.

James Rampton