Easter 2017: best films on TV today, Good Friday

Lord of the Rings, Star Trek Beyond and Selma are among the great films on TV on Friday 14th April


Muppet Mania! – From 11.00am, Film 4


Four early Muppet movies – The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol and The Muppet Treasure Island – are shown back-to-back today, featuring big guest-stars including Mel Brooks and Jennifer Saunders.

Ben-Hur – 1.05pm, Channel 5

Oscar-winning period epic starring Charles Heston as Judah Ben-Hur, a rich prince and merchant living in Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We follow Judah as he is falsely accused of treason by an old friend, and later on his quest for revenge.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 7.25pm, ITV2

The first instalment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy introduces us to Frodo Baggins and friends – otherwise known as the Fellowship of the Ring – on their perilous journey to Mordor. Critically acclaimed fantasy adventure film based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings.

Star Trek Beyond – 8.00pm, Sky Premiere

This exciting third instalment of the rebooted Star Trek series sees the return of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, reprising their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively. This highly entertaining space epic follows the group’s fight to protect the future of the Federation from ruthless villain Krall (Idris Elba). Includes a moving tribute to Leonard Nimoy.

Selma – 9.00pm, BBC2

Award-winning historical drama following the real life campaign led by Martin Luther King to ensure equal voting rights, still not a reality in the Deep South in 1965. 

The Transporter 2 – 9.00pm, E4

Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin in this fast-paced action sequel to The Transporter. Having relocated to Miami, Martin is forced to take swift action when he is implicated in the kidnapping of a six-year old boy.

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy – 11.45pm, BBC1


Will Ferrell doesn’t disappoint as the womanising San Diego newsman Ron Burgundy in this critically acclaimed comedy. Life couldn’t be better for Burgundy and his news-team; that is, until his TV station decides to embrace diversity and hires a new female anchor who might just replace Ron as the most successful news anchor in San Diego.