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Argo, Amazon Prime Instant Video

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Ben Affleck's taut thriller comes to Amazon Prime Instant Video today. Affleck plays Tony Mendez, a CIA agent trying to rescue Americans in Tehran during the 1980 hostage crisis.

It's a stellar cast, with 'Breaking Bad''s Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman in supporting roles. Affleck also directs, proving he can do a lot more than smile winningly at girls in romcoms.

Karajan's Myth and Magic, 7:30pm, BBC Four

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Herbert von Karajan was one of the most high-profile conductors in the world, but he cut a controversial figure. He was a solitary man, known for his love of fast cars, piloting his own jet, and sailing his yacht.

So how did he get such terrific performances out of those he worked with?

Purportedly, his secret was to be so vague in his signalling that the orchestra would have to listen to each other to know where they were.

It's a thin line between genius and incompetence, it seems.

Half Past Dead, 9pm, Movie Mix

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Steven Seagal plays an undercover FBI agent and pal of rapper Ja Rule in this unintentionally hilarious prison-set action flick.

A gang calling themselves 'the 49ers' have broken into jail (who breaks in to prison?) to interrogate a man on death row about the whereabouts of $200 million in gold.

If you're left wanting more, the sequel follows, though sadly it lacks Seagal. Or you could watch 'Lost Highway' on Syfy. But you'd be missing a treat.

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