Best films to watch on TV today, tonight – and this week

From classic rom coms to blockbuster action, there's something for everyone on television this week

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With the abundance of rival streaming services on the market these days, it can be easy to forget that one of the cheapest ways to watch movies is through good old-fashioned terrestrial television.


And as ever, this week brings a great selection of flicks to help you through the January blues – including classic romcoms and epic crime dramas.

Take a look at our top picks of what to look out for over the coming days.

Friday 24th January 

The Ladykillers – 11am, Film4

A criminal mastermind and his gang come up with a cunning scheme to steal a fortune, but their plan is threatened by the unsuspecting elderly landlady of the boarding house they are staying in. They decide to dispose of her, which proves easier said than done. Classic Ealing comedy, with Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Katie Johnson, Cecil Parker, Danny Green and Jack Warner. Read our full The Ladykillers review

Interstellar – 9pm, Sony Movies

In the future, Earth has been devastated by an environmental catastrophe and will soon become incapable of supporting human life. A former astronaut is recruited to carry out a desperate mission – piloting the last remaining spacecraft through a wormhole in search of another planet that can become humanity’s new home. Sci-fi drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. Read our full Interstellar review

Heat – 9pm, Film4

An armoured car hold-up sets a veteran police detective on the trail of a highly intelligent career criminal, whom he is obsessed with capturing. Meanwhile, the robber is planning an elaborate bank heist as his final job before retiring, and a complex game of cat and mouse develops between the two. Michael Mann’s crime thriller, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore and Natalie Portman. Read our full Heat review

Lady Macbeth – 11.45pm, BBC2

A young woman newly married to a rich industrialist in 19th-century England finds herself starved of companionship – so when her husband is called away to one of his collieries, she begins a passionate and fiery affair with a young groom from the estate. Drama, starring Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis and Paul Hilton. Read our full Lady Macbeth review

In Bruges – 12.10am, C4

Two hitmen are ordered to lie low in Belgium after an assignment goes tragically wrong. Trying to pass themselves off as ordinary tourists in the medieval city of Bruges, the bickering duo get caught up in a string of surreal misadventures – and then they learn the real and sinister reason why their unstable boss sent them there in the first place. Comedy drama, starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes and Clemence Poesy. Read our full In Bruges review

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Saturday 25th January

The Diary of Anne Frank – 10:45am, BBC2

Oscar-winning fact-based drama based on the famous journal of a German Jewish girl forced to go into hiding with her family from Nazis in an Amsterdam attic for two years. Starring Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters and Richard Beymer. Read our full The Diary of Anne Frank review

The Taming of the Shrew – 6:35pm, Sony Classic

A young woman’s father forbids her to marry until her older sister is wed first – a tall order given the elder sibling’s fiery temper and sharp tongue. When a fortune-hunting rogue arrives in town, three men keen to marry the younger sister persuade him to woo the older. Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comedy, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Read our full The Taming of the Shrew review

Bridesmaids – 10:45pm, ITV

A disorganised woman is asked to be maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding. Taking charge of the prenuptial bridal celebrations, she resolves to give her pal and accompanying bridesmaids the time of their lives, but as her efforts slide into chaos she finds the wife of the groom’s boss is keen to usurp her position. Comedy, with Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy. Read our full Bridesmaids review

X2 – 11:05pm, Channel 4

Mutant heroes the X-Men are forced into an uneasy alliance with arch-enemy Magneto to battle a common foe. Following an attempt on the US president’s life, a sinister military scientist launches a raid on Professor Xavier’s school and hatches a plan to rid the world of all mutants. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Alan Cumming, Halle Berry and Brian Cox. Read our full X2 review

As Good as It Gets – 11:15pm, Sony Movies

A bigoted misanthropic writer, who treats everyone he meets with contempt, is forced to look after a gay neighbour’s dog, and develops an empathy with another creature for the first time in years. Sensing a need for human company, he pursues an unlikely romance with a waitress, who is the only person willing to put up with his rudeness. Romantic comedy drama, with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr and Greg Kinnear. Read our full As Good as It Gets review

Sunday 26th January

Wonder – 4:25pm, Channel 4

A boy with facial disfigurements struggles to fit in at a mainstream school. Director Stephen Chbosky’s drama, starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Read our full Wonder review

Shrek – 4:35pm, ITV2

Anti-social ogre Shrek resolves to stop an evil ruler from banishing fairy-tale characters to his swampland home. However, the reluctant hero ends up forced to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a castle guarded by a dragon, aided only by a wisecracking donkey. Animated comedy, with the voices of Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and Vincent Cassel. Read our full Shrek review

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 – 6:20pm, ITV2

After saving Xandar from Ronan’s wrath, intergalactic outlaws Peter Quill (AKA Star-Lord), Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon are recognised as heroes. Now, they must fight to stay together as they unravel the mystery surrounding Ego, a man who claims to be Quill’s father. Writer/director James Gunn’s follow up to his 2014 blockbuster, which reunites Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan and Dave Bautista, with support from Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone and Pom Klementieff. Bradley Cooper also provides the voice of Rocket and Vin Diesel is Groot. Read our full Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 review

Signs – 6:55pm, Sony Movies

A former clergyman who has lost his faith since his wife’s death discovers a number of crop circles on his land. Initially believing them to be a prank, he gradually begins to suspect an alien invasion is at hand. As a series of strange and terrifying events takes place, he and his family are forced into hiding in their farmhouse, and must work together to survive. M Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi thriller, starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix. Read our full Signs review

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – 11pm, BBC2

Bruno, a boy in Nazi Germany, moves to the country when his father is placed in charge of a concentration camp. While exploring the woods close to the facility’s boundary, he spots a Jewish youngster being held there, and the two become friends – but Bruno remains innocently oblivious to the camp’s true purpose. Drama, starring David Thewlis, Asa Butterfield and Jack Scanlon. Read our full The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Monday 27th January

Terminator 2: Judgement Day – 10pm, ITV4

A reprogrammed killing machine is sent back in time to the 20th century to protect John Connor, a teenage boy whose destiny is to save the human race. After breaking John’s mother out of a mental institution, the pair set out to avert a future nuclear war – pursued by an advanced prototype terminator with shape-changing powers. Sci-fi action adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong and Robert Patrick. Read our full Terminator 2: Judgement Day review

Scary Movie – 10pm, 5STAR

A ghost-masked killer, reminiscent of the villain in the Scream films, stalks a group of teenagers, who go to ever more ridiculous extremes to avoid death. Spoof horror, which lampoons blockbusters such as The Blair Witch Project, I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Matrix. With Anna Faris, Carmen Electra, Shannon Elizabeth, Jon Abrahams and Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Read our full Scary Movie review

Defence of the Realm – 10pm, Talking Pictures TV

Obsessive journalist Gabriel Byrne’s probing story causes the resignation of a high-ranking British MP, who later dies in suspicious circumstances, raising suspicions that there may be more to the matter than meets the eye. Gripping political thriller, with Greta Scacchi, Bill Paterson, Denholm Elliott and Ian Bannen.

Tuesday 28th January

Walk, Don’t Run – 6:40pm, Sony Classic

A wealthy British industrialist working in Tokyo sublets his apartment to an American athlete and a young woman during the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, and promptly sets about playing matchmaker to the pair. Romantic comedy remake, starring Cary Grant in his final film role, alongside Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton and John Standing. Read our full Walk, Don’t Run review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 9pm, Film4

A reporter discovers four humanoid amphibians who live in the sewers of New York, and use their martial arts skills to fight crime. She helps them as they face their toughest challenge yet – defeating a sinister criminal organisation that seems to have power over the entire city. Fantasy adventure, starring Megan Fox and William Fichtner, with the voice of Johnny Knoxville. Read our full Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review

Little Nicky – 9pm, Comedy Central

The Devil decides to put off retirement for a little longer, but his two oldest sons are left fuming – and decide to get revenge by creating Hell on Earth. The job of saving the world falls to their good-natured younger brother, who travels to New York to put things right. Comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Reese Witherspoon and Rodney Dangerfield. Read our full Little Nicky review

Wednesday 29th January

Separate Tables – 4:40pm, Sony Classic

Life in a Bournemouth hotel is stirred up by the arrival of a beautiful woman who has come to see her husband, unaware he is now engaged to the owner – a tricky situation made even more difficult by a resident ex-military man. Drama, starring Deborah Kerr, Rita Hayworth, David Niven, Wendy Hiller and Burt Lancaster. Read our full Separate Tables review

Evolution – 7:05pm, Sony Movies

Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms – which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine. Read our full Evolution review

Daphne – 10:50pm, Film4

A hedonistic London thirtysomething chef has her life thrown off balance when she witnesses a violent crime. British drama, starring Emily Beecham, Geraldine James and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. Read our full Daphne review

Thursday 30th January

Snowpiercer – 9pm, Film4

In a snow-ravaged world, a group of travellers fight for survival on a train that perpetually circumnavigates the globe. The vehicle’s occupants are divided into a military ruling elite and their dishevelled captives. But now, 17 years after the train set out on its seemingly never-ending journey, the downtrodden, abused captives have had enough. Revolution is afoot. Bong Joon Ho’s fantasy thriller, starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer. Read our full Snowpiercer review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – 9pm, E4

The penultimate installment in the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) take her fight to the Capitol and the oppressive President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Insidious – 9pm, Horror Channel

Paranormal incidents begin terrorizing the home of a young couple as their son falls into a coma. Stars Patrick Wilson (Aquaman), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids) and Ty Simpkins (Jurassic World).

Friday 31st January

The Three Musketeers – 12:35pm, Film4

A naive country boy arrives in Paris, keen to seek adventure and prove himself a swordsman. He falls in with a trio of roguish soldiers, and together they set out to save the queen from the schemes of a treacherous cardinal. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Oliver Reed, Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Charlton Heston and Faye Dunaway. Read our full The Three Musketeers review

V for Vendetta – 9pm, Sony Movies

In the totalitarian Britain of the future, a masked anarchist sets out to undermine the rule of the fascist government and exact revenge on his old enemies, finding an unlikely ally in a woman he rescues from the secret police. A detective is assigned to track down the enigmatic fugitive – but begins to question his own motives. Action thriller, adapted by the creators of The Matrix from Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s graphic novel. Starring Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea and Stephen Fry. Read our full V for Vendetta review

Tom Jones – 9pm, Sony Classic


Eighteenth-century lothario Tom Jones is driven away by his adoptive family for his scandalous behaviour and heads for London to seek his fortune. The rogue embarks on an affair with a wealthy noblewoman, but finds himself pursued by a face from the past who is convinced Tom has also seduced his wife. Period comedy, starring Albert Finney, Susannah York, Diane Cilento and Joan Greenwood. Read our full Tom Jones review