Whether it’s a classic Western-like She Wore a Yellow Ribbon or an animated gem-like Coco, there’s a flick for everyone on the telly this week – and if you’re a NOW subscriber, we’ve listed our recommendations for the best movies streaming over there as well.(What to watch tonight)
With so many amazing films airing on TV this week, we’ve compiled a list of the best flicks for you to choose from.
Friday 31st December
Epic historical adventure starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. During the 11th century, Spain is a country divided between small Christian kingdoms and Moorish strongholds. From the confusion of warring factions there emerges an intrepid knight whose exploits earn him the name El Cid.
An animated adventure featuring the voices of Anthony Gonzalez and Gael García Bernal. A young boy wants nothing more than to become a musician, but his family forbids him from pursuing his dreams. When he plays a guitar hanging in the crypt of a famous singer, the boy is transported to the magical Land of the Dead, where he embarks on a quest to uncover the truth about his roots
The Great Escape – 3:15 pm, Channel 4 watch tonight
Classic Second World War adventure based on a true story, starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, and Charles Bronson. In an attempt to contain rebellious PoWs, the Nazis transfer the leading troublemakers to a seemingly escape-proof security camp. However, with the finest escape team in military history now under one roof, the German guards are hard-pressed to prevent the Allied prisoners from breaking out
Spectre – 9 pm, ITV
Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz. After foiling a terrorist attack in Mexico City, James Bond picks up the trail of a secret organization known as Spectre. He infiltrates one of their meetings in Rome, only to discover that his every move has been monitors by Spectre’s mysterious leader, a man known as Franz Oberhauser.
Saturday 1st January
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon – 12:40 pm, BBC Two
Classic John Ford western starring John Wayne. A US Cavalry officer suffers a setback on his last mission and is before he can take further action. In order to avert a full-scale war with Arapaho Indians, he decides to act on his own.
Ferdinand – 1:05 pm, C4 watch tonight
Animated comedy adventure featuring the voices of John Cena and Kate McKinnon. Brawny but sensitive Mexican bull Ferdinand shies away from the violent sport where his father lost his life. However, when a misunderstanding leads his owners to believe he has become dangerous, Ferdinand is sent to a bullfighting ranch where he is selected to star in a high-profile – and possibly deadly – contest
The Sound of Music – 2:20 pm, BBC One
Classic family musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. When trainee nun Maria begins to have doubts about her vocation, she leaves her convent in Salzburg to become a governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower, and retired naval officer. The spirited Maria instills a love of music in the children, but the family’s happiness threat by the Nazi occupation of Austria.
Sunday 2nd January
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 12:25 pm, ITV4
Oscar-winning western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as the eponymous outlaw heroes, who have a knack for robbing banks. Their most audacious plan yet is for a daring robbery of the Union Pacific railroad, but the authorities have a surprise in store for the lovable rogues
The Ipcress File – 2:05 pm, BBC2 watch tonight
Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. Intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunge into the shabby and treacherous world of counter-espionage as he uncovers a bizarre “brain drain” among scientists. Nobody can be trusts and nothing is what it seems.
Bridesmaids – 9 pm, ITV2
Comedy starring Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne. After Lillian announces her engagement, she asks her lifelong pal Annie to be her maid of honor. However, Annie’s life is in a mess, and she finds herself losing control over the bachelorette party to Lillian’s seemingly perfect new friend Helen.
The Bridge on the River Kwai – 5:40 pm, ITV4
Second World War epic starring Alec Guinness, William Holden, and Jack Hawkins. Despite being held in a Japanese PoW camp in Burma, Colonel Nicholson still runs his regiment by the military textbook. However, Nicholson meets his match in the equally stubborn prison commander Colonel Saito, and the two find themselves on a collision course when Saito gets orders to build a strategically important railway bridge.
Monday 3rd January watch tonight
The Sting – 11:50 am, ITV
Paul Newman and Robert Redford star in this Oscar-winning period crime caper as conmen Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker, who plan an elaborate racing scam at the expense of powerful racket boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw).
Ghostbusters – 2:30 pm, ITV4
Supernatural comedy starring Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and Dan Aykroyd. Three university professors researching parapsychology set up in business for themselves when their grant is withdrawn, and soon realize there’s a burgeoning market for “ghostbusters” in New York City.
The Railway Children – 9 pm, BBC One
Classic period drama based on the novel by E Nesbit, starring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, and Gary Warren. When a government official arrests on suspicion of treason, his wife and three children are forces to leave their London home and move to a small cottage in Yorkshire. While their mother fights for her husband’s release, the children have marvelous adventures.
Tuesday 4th January
Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House – 9 am, Great Movies Classic
Comedy starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. When successful advertising executive Jim Blandings leaves New York to find an idyllic home in the countryside, he discovers that dreams sometimes need a little concrete help if they are going to come true.
The Tales of Beatrix Potter – 1:50 pm, Talking Pictures TV watch tonight
The fantastical story of how the much-loved children’s author came up with the idea for the series of classic children’s books, drawing on her lonely childhood during which she imagined her famous creations were her only friends. Magical drama, performed by members of the Royal Ballet Company, and choreographed by Frederick Ashton.
What a Carve Up! – 5:20 pm, Great Movies Classic watch tonight
Comedy horror starring Kenneth Connor and Sidney James. The reading of a will in an isolated moorland mansion on a stormy night seems to be the stuff of fiction but it becomes a grim reality for nervous Ernie Broughton and his crazy family.
Wednesday 5th January
The Escapist – 9 pm, Film4
Prison thriller starring Brian Cox and Joseph Fiennes. Frank Perry is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole. When his daughter becomes critically ill, Frank is set on to see her. But will the group of misfits he asks to assist in a daring break-out help or hinder him?
I’m All Right Jack – 9:05 pm, Talking Pictures TV watch tonight
Classic Boulting Brothers satirical comedy starring Ian Carmichael and Peter Sellers. After he is likely a factory job by his conniving uncle. Young Stanley Windrush’s ignorance of industrial relations brings him into a confrontation with shop steward Fred Kite.
The World’s End – 10:50 pm, ITV
Sci-fi comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Five old school friends reunite for an epic pub crawl in their hometown and unwittingly become mankind’s only hope for survival.
Thursday 6th December
Legends of the Fall – 6:30 pm, Great Movies
Epic drama starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Aidan Quinn. Three brothers, Alfred, Samuel, and Tristan, are rais by their ex-cavalry father on a remote ranch near the Montana Rockies. Their lifestyle irreversibly changes when Samuel brings home his beautiful fiancée, Susannah. The brothers decide to join the army to fight in the First World War.
Cape Fear – 10 pm, 5 Star
Thriller starring Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange. After 14 years behind bars, brutal rapist Max Cady is free. To exact revenge on the man who could have kept him out of jail, lawyer Sam Bowden. Too clever to attack his victim directly, the devious ex-convict begins a reign of terror that threatens Bowden’s wife and teenage daughter. Determined to crush the family, Cady’s sadistic campaign causes underlying tensions to explode with devastating results.
Viva Las Vegas – 10:45pm, BBC4
Musical starring Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. Young racing driver Lucky Jackson arrives in Las Vegas with dreams of winning the city’s Grand Prix, but first, he faces a race against time to pay for a new engine for his car.
Friday 7th December
Fantastic Voyage – 6 pm, Talking Pictures TV
Sci-fi adventure starring Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, and Donald Pleasence. When Jan Benes, an important Czech scientist, suffers a brain injury while escaping from behind the Iron Curtain, vital information he is carrying is put at risk along with his life. General Carter, of the Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces (CMDF), decides on the ultimate cranial experiment; a submarine and medical crew are shrunk so that they can introduce into Benes’s bloodstream to operate from within.
My Best Friend’s Wedding – 6:40 pm, Film4
Romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, and Cameron Diaz. When food critic Julianne Potter learns that her best friend and ex-lover, sportswriter Michael O’Neal, is getting married, she vows to sabotage the wedding. Thwarted in her initial efforts, she resorts to more underhand methods when she introduces her gay friend George (Rupert Everett) as her fiancé!
Pulp Fiction – 9 pm, Great Movies watch tonight
Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning, multi-stranded crime drama, starring John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, and Uma Thurman. Downtown LA: lovebirds Honey Bunny and Pumpkin plan to hold up a diner. Washed-up boxer Butch is paid to throw his last fight but has other ideas. “Fixer” the Wolf has to get hitmen Vincent and Jules out of a sticky situation. And Vincent is nervous when he has to escort his boss’s wife for the night – with good reason.
The Trial – 10:50 pm, Talking Pictures TV
A drama based on Franz Kafka’s classic novel, directed, written by, and starring Orson Welles. Also stars Anthony Perkins. Joseph K is awake one morning by police officers who announced he is under arrest but refuse to specify his crime. It is the beginning of a waking nightmare for K as he experiences the bewildering and terrifying bureaucracy of the law. [More]