Phil Spector, HBO Defined, 11.05 pm Cast: Al Pacino, Helen Mirren (Drama)
Record producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino) hires Bruce Cutler to defend him when he’s accused of murder. Cutler persuades Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) to advise him. While the prosecution’s story is contradicted by facts in the case, there is convincing circumstantial evidence against Spector, not the least of which is his appearance. As Baden gradually takes over the defense, even as she is ill with pneumonia, she must find a way to introduce ballistic evidence in a dramatic enough fashion to plant doubt in the jury’s mind. The film was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy awards.
Enigma, UTV World Movies, 9.39 pm Cast: Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet (Drama)
Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) is a gifted mathematician who is working with the British government on the Enigma machine, an electronic device that allows Allied intelligence agents to decode cryptic messages sent by Germany military officers. Jericho has a minor breakdown and is sent on a leave of absence, but when he returns, he comes to know that the Germans have instituted a new code that the Enigma is not yet able to crack. Mick Jagger owned an original four-rotor Enigma encoding machine which he loaned to the film for historical accuracy in constructing props.
Bowfinger, Zee Studio, 11 pm Cast: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy
Bobby Bowfinger (Steve Martin) has struggled for years to make it in Hollywood. He has a script, and a cast, including an ingénue straight off the bus from Ohio (Heather Graham), a one-time regional stage star who fondly recalls her brief moment of glory, and an aspiring matinee idol. He also has a young associate named Dave (Jamie Kennedy), who has a low-level job at a movie studio. All they need is a star. Eddie Murphy became interested in this movie when he heard he would be working with Steve Martin (who also wrote the screenplay), of whom he is a huge fan.