We may be allowed a few springtime activities outside this year – but there’s plenty of quality television and classic films to watch inside this Easter.
From a trip to Graham Norton’s sofa to films old and new, there’s plenty on the TV schedules over the long weekend.
You can see our Easter weekend round-up for a full overview of Bank Holiday TV – but let’s start with the Good Friday’s top picks with the best TV by channel and films on TV and on demand.
What’s on BBC One on Good Friday?
The Graham Norton Show at 10:30pm
Friday of course means a visit to Graham Norton’s famous red chairs – and he has a packed (but still socially distant!) line-up tonight. Hollywood legend Sharon Stone will be dropping by to discuss her new memoir, while Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy will be talking about their new Netflix superhero comedy Thunder Force. David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed, stars of sitcom Intelligence, will also be appearing, along with comedian Frank Skinner and Drag Race’s Michelle Visage.
If that wasn’t quite enough, Steps will be performing new single Heartbreak in This City.
The Sound of Music at 5:45pm
Required Easter viewing every year, we’ll never get tired of the classic Julie Andrews musical following an Austrian governess bringing love and lyricism into the lives of a retired naval officer and his children. We’re sure just looking at the iconic image above has you humming the title song – all together now: “The hills are alive with the sound…”
What’s on BBC Two on Good Friday?
Garderners’ World at 8pm
Easter means chocolate for many – but also that spring is well and truly here. It’s an Easter in which we’ll appreciate our gardens more than ever, and Monty Don is here to show us how by planting some sweet peas and sharing tips for mulching borders. Elsewhere Carol Klein makes a visit to RHS Rosemoor to see their spring flower display, and there’s an exploration of the hidden world of competitive daffodil-growing.
What’s on Sky One on Good Friday?
The Flight Attendant at 9pm
Kaley Cuoco was nominated for a Golden Globe for her first major post-Big Bang Theory role in this dark comedy-drama, which sees Cuoco’s character Cassie wake up next to a body with no memory of the night before. This third episode sees Cassie have a rather bad layover in Rome, before deciding to gatecrash Alex Sokolov’s memorial service – not a cheery Good Friday watch then.
The first two episodes are available on Sky Go and NOW.
What’s on Netflix on Good Friday?
A moving father-son drama always makes for a great Good Friday watch with the family – especially if you add cowboys. Idris Elba spends most of the film making horseriding look effortlessly cool as an estranged Philadelphia father introducing his newly moved in son to the world of urban cowboys.
What’s on Disney Plus on Good Friday?
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
There’s no bank holiday for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who will be continuing their adventures when episode 3 hits Disney Plus this Friday. This instalment sees Bucky (Sebastian Stan) visit a prison inmate who might just look familiar – it’s none other than Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo, seen for the first time since 2016’s Civil War.
If you’re behind on the second Marvel Studios TV series, the first two episodes are available on Disney Plus.
Best movies to watch on Good Friday
What movies are on Sky Cinema on Good Friday?
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The Prince of Egypt
The perfect way to introduce the kids to a bit of the religious belief behind Easter, this 1998 animated classics tells the story of Moses with bright visuals and catchy songs. You may be surprised to remember that the film features Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sandra Bullock – as well as the Oscar-winning original song When You Believe.
A pre-Daredevil Charlie Cox stars alongside Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Mark Strong as a lovelorn shop boy who sets out to capture a fallen star for his beloved – and gets a lot more than he bargained for. From the mind of Neil Gaiman.
Best Movies to watch on Netflix on Good Friday
Run first aired on US streaming service Hulu last year, and has now made its way to UK screens via Netflix. Sarah Paulson (Ratched) stars as the mother homeschooling teenager Chloe – who begins to suspect her mother is hiding a dark secret…
There are few better family films out there than Shrek, which has been added to Netflix this April. Shrek goes on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from a dragon-guarded castle in this fairy tale parody – can you guess what happens next? As an added bonus, well-received sequel Shrek 2 and the Broadway recording of Shrek: The Musical have also joined the streaming service.
Best Movies to watch on Amazon Prime on Good Friday
Originally pegged as an Oscar hopeful, this legal drama follows the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi who was detained and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay without charge for 14 years. The Serpent’s Tahar Rahim stars, with a strong supporting cast including Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Levi.
Best Movies to watch on ITV on Good Friday
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at 2:55pm (ITV2)
We’re sure you know how this one goes by now – a young boy living under the stairs receives a letter inviting him to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the rest is history. However, with the film turning 20 years old(!) this year, you have the perfect opportunity for a rewatch – even just to see how young all the cast look.
ITV2 are showing two Harry Potter films every day over the holiday weekend for a full binge-watch, with Chamber of Secrets starting right after at 5:55pm.
Bridesmaids at 9pm
For a slightly different Good Friday film, ITV2 is showing this breakout 2011 hit following the raucous misfortunes of a group of warring bridesmaids. The film was the breakout role of Melissa McCarthy – even earning her an Oscar nomination – who can be seen later this April in the Netflix superhero comedy Thunder Force.