Christmas 2013: best films on TV today, New Year’s Day

Watch Love Actually, The Sound of Music, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two, Big, The Karate Kid and Gnomeo and Juliet on Wednesday 1 January


The Sound of Music, 2:15pm, BBC1


Let classic musical Sound of Music blow those NYE cobwebs away. The Robert Wise film, which remains enchanting years after its release in 1975, tells the story of trainee nun Maria who decides to leave her convent and become a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. Romance, lots of singing and an appearance from the Nazis follows. 

Big, 4:10pm, Channel 4

Tom Hanks stars in this 1988 comedy from Penny Marshall. At a fairground fortune-telling booth, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wishes he could be “big”. The next morning he is astonished to find himself fully grown, but Josh soon learns that being a grown-up is not all it’s cracked up to be… 

The Karate Kid, 6:20pm, Channel 4

A 2010 remake of the popular 1984 martial arts movie starring Will Smith’s son Jaden. When Dre Parker moves from his home in Detriot to China, he becomes a target for a bullying gang of teenagers. Knowing he must learn how to defend himself, he strikes up a friendship with a maintenance man Mr Han, who teaches him the secrets of karate.

Gnomeo & Juliet, 6:45pm, BBC1

The well-known Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet is given a makeover, garden gnome style. The cute 2011 animation sees the star-crossed lovers, voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, as garden ornaments, living in neighbouring gardens but part of two warring gnome factions. Watch to find out if the gnomes manage to get the happy ending that eluded their human counterparts. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 8:00pm, ITV

This is how it ends. The internationally beloved Harry Potter film franchise comes to a close with this dark, final instalment. Harry, Ron and Hermione, plus a band of familiar faces from across the years, return to Hogwarts where the boy who lived faces his nemesis for the last time. The resulting battle means that nothing in the wizarding world will ever be the same again… 

Love Actually, 9:00pm, ITV2

Prepare yourself for returning to the real world tomorrow with this soppy and sentimental Richard Curtis classic. Starring Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Martin Freeman and Hugh Grant as a dancing prime minister, Love Actually charts the weeks leading up to Christmas as people from various walks of life suffer the highs and lows of being in love. Aww.