Best films to watch on TV this week | BBC, Film4 and more

Stella McDaniel

And on Easter week, we have another varied list for you, with everything from the latest Bond flick No Time To Die to the classic musical The Sound of Music – so there really is something for everyone.


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With so many amazing films airing, we’ve compiled a list of the best flicks for you to choose from below.

Thursday 6th April

Song of the Sea – 11am, Film4

Animated fantasy featuring the voices of Brendan Gleeson and David Rawle. Six years after the disappearance of their mother, ten-year-old Ben still holds resentments towards his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for their loss. But then he makes an incredible discovery that leads the children on a fantastical journey. Read our full review

Apollo 13 – 9pm, ITV4

Space drama based on actual events, starring Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. 1970: Apollo 13’s mission to the Moon is hit by disaster when an oxygen tank explodes in the spacecraft. Following the initial damage report, it seems as if there is little hope of the three-man crew, led by Jim Lovell, making it back to Earth. Read our full review

Mulholland Drive – 11:20pm, Film4

An actress arrives home to find a mysterious woman in her room who is suffering from amnesia. She sets out with the stranger to discover how she got there – but the trail quickly leads to intrigue, blackmail and murder. David Lynch’s drama, starring Naomi Watts, Justin Theroux, Laura Harring and Robert Forster. Read our full review

Friday 7th April

King of Kings – 10am, BBC Two

Biblical epic starring Jeffrey Hunter, which concentrates on three elements of the New Testament story: the life of Jesus, the tensions between Herod’s court and the Roman administration, and finally the story of Barabbas, told in counterpoint to that of Christ. Read our full review

ET: the Extra-Terrestrial – 5:45pm, ITV2

Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi adventure, starring Henry Thomas and Dee Wallace, and featuring Drew Barrymore. Ten-year-old Elliott has a new friend, but he’s from another planet and nobody must know he’s here. Read our full review

Father of the Bride – 8pm, ITVBe

Comedy starring Steve Martin and Diane Keaton. A California businessman’s orderly existence is turned upside down as he reluctantly prepares for the marriage of his beloved only daughter. Read our full review

Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy – 11:05pm, Channel 4

Period comedy starring Will Ferrell. Ron Burgundy is the top newsreader at a San Diego TV station in the 1970s. But his position comes under threat with the arrival of ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone. Male chauvinist Burgundy is torn between defending his job and his attraction to the glamorous newcomer. Read our full review

Saturday 8th April

Ben-Hur – 10:30am, Channel 5

Oscar-winning period epic starring Charlton Heston. Wealthy prince Judah Ben-Hur sets himself up against the tyranny of his Roman masters at the time of Christ, and is condemned to almost certain death as a galley slave by his childhood friend Messala. But the two men are fated to meet again. Read our full review

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 2:40pm, BBC Two

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. Read our full review

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – 5:35pm, BBC One

Action adventure starring Kevin Costner, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman and Morgan Freeman. After escaping from prison in the Holy Land, Robin of Locksley and his friend Azeem return to England, where they discover Robin’s father murdered and King Richard exiled. When they meet a band of thieves in the woods, they join forces to try to oust the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham. Read our full review

Gilda – 9:30pm, Talking Pictures TV

Classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Having been rescued from a brawl, gambler Johnny Farrell is hired by Ballin Mundson to work in his casino. Farrell quickly rises to a position of responsibility, but everything changes when his boss returns from a trip with a new wife – the alluring Gilda. Read our full review

Sexy Beast – 12:35am, Channel 4

Crime drama starring Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane. Former crook Gary Dove has put his life of crime behind him and is enjoying an idyllic retirement at his Spanish villa. But the peace is shattered when former associate Don Logan arrives from London to persuade Gary to do one last job – and he’s not about to take no for an answer. Read our full review

Sunday 9th April

The Ten Commandments – 10:50am, Channel 5

Egyptian prince Moses discovers his real roots are Hebrew after being banished from the land by his jealous half-brother. He returns from exile on a quest to free his people from enslavement by the new pharaoh, and warns of terrifying consequences if the ruler fails to let his people go. Cecil B DeMille’s biblical epic, starring Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Edward G Robinson and Anne Baxter. Read our full review

Easter Parade – 12noon, BBC Two

Classic musical starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. Angry after being deserted by his regular partner, dancer Don Hewes claims that he can transform anyone into a star. He decides to groom chorus girl Hannah Brown for success. Read our full review

The Sound of Music – 1:50pm, 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 governess to the seven children of Captain Von Trapp, a widower and retired naval officer. The spirited Maria instils a love of music in the children, but the family’s happiness is threatened by the Nazi occupation of Austria. Read our full review

No Time to Die – 8pm, ITV2

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die

Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to Die MGM

Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig, Rami Malek and Léa Seydoux. After narrowly surviving an attempt on his life, James Bond believes his lover, Madeleine Swann, has betrayed him. Five years later, he is drawn out of retirement and back into her life when a new global threat – a deadly biological weapon – emerges. But with Bond’s nemesis, Blofeld, behind bars, who is the mysterious figure intent on using this terrifying new technology? Read our full review

Blade Runner 2049 – 11:20pm, BBC One

Futuristic sci-fi thriller starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. Los Angeles blade runner Officer K uncovers a shocking secret that puts him on the trail of Rick Deckard, who has been missing for 30 years. Meanwhile, corporate magnate Niander Wallace seeks the truth about so-called replicant reproduction in order to further his plans for interstellar colonisation. Read our full review

Monday 10th April

The Lavender Hill Mob – 10am, BBC Two

Classic Ealing crime comedy starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway. Meek, respectable Henry Holland supervises gold bullion deliveries to the bank where he is a trusted employee. But behind his modest exterior lurks a criminal mind harbouring unbounded ambition. His dream of stealing one million pounds worth of gold bars starts to assume reality when he teams up with foundry owner Pendlebury and two professional crooks. Read our full review

Lawrence of Arabia – 12:15pm, Great Action

Epic adventure starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn and Jack Hawkins. During the First World War, the enigmatic Lieutenant Lawrence yearns to escape his desk job in military intelligence and experience some action. His chance arrives when he is appointed British liaison officer to the Arab Revolt against the Turks. Read our full review

The Graduate – 9:45pm, BBC Two

Classic comedy drama starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock returns home and discovers a new “tutor” in the attractive form of Mrs Robinson. The alcoholic, older married woman decides that Benjamin needs instruction in more physical matters following all those demands on his intellect. Then Benjamin meets Mrs Robinson’s daughter Elaine… Read our full review

The Wolf of Wall Street – 11pm, ITV4

Blackly comic drama based on a true story, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. With his dreams of wealth and a gift with words, Jordan Belfort rises through the ranks of Wall Street traders during the 1980s. But his success brings notoriety, and his increasingly shady activities attract the attention of the FBI. Read our full review

Tuesday 11th April

Galaxy Quest – 6:45pm, Film4

Sci-fi spoof starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman. Almost 20 years after the cancellation of their TV show, the actor crew of the spaceship Protector encounters a strange group of fans at a convention. These turn out to be real-life aliens who, unaware of the difference between fact and fiction, believe that only the cast of Galaxy Quest can save them from Sarris, a ruthless warmonger. Read our full review

Fallen Angel – 4pm, Talking Pictures TV

Crime drama starring Alice Faye and Dana Andrews. Struggling press agent Eric Stanton plans to double-cross wealthy June Mills in order to marry a waitress but finds himself caught up in a murder investigation. Read our full review

Cold in July – 11:10pm, Great Movies

Thriller starring Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Texas family man Richard Dane is awoken in the night by a noise in his house but while investigating, he accidentally shoots the unarmed intruder dead. It’s deemed an act of self-defence but when Richard discovers the deceased is the son of notorious ex-con Ben Russell, he’s forced to take extreme steps to protect his wife and son. Read our full review

Wednesday 12th April

Pack Up Your Troubles – 8:45am, Talking Pictures TV

Comedy starring Laurel and Hardy. Soldiers Stan and Ollie try to keep a promise made to a dead comrade, and reunite his young daughter with her wealthy grandparents. But that proves to be a tough task for the bumbling duo. Read our full review

The Bodyguard – 9pm, 5 Star

The Bodyguard

A former Secret Service agent takes on the job of bodyguard to a pop singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President’s. SEAC

Romantic thriller starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Bodyguard and former secret serviceman Frank Farmer, still haunted by the assassination attempt on President Reagan, is asked to safeguard superstar singer and actress Rachel Marron who has been receiving death threats. But when Farmer visits Marron’s luxurious home he is met with resentment from the singer and those around her. Read our full review

Stronger – 11:15pm, BBC Two

Biographical drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany, based on the inspiring true story. Boston worker Jeff Bauman loses both his legs during a devastating attack on the 2013 marathon. In the wake of the tragedy, he embarks on a quest to identify his attackers while trying to cope with his terrible injuries. Read our full review

Thursday 13th April

Journey to the Center of the Earth – 1:10pm, Film4

Science-fiction adventure based on Jules Verne’s classic story, starring Pat Boone and James Mason. A geology professor and a young student travel to Iceland where they plan to descend to the centre of the Earth through a volcano. On their perilous expedition they encounter magnetic storms, prehistoric monsters and underground seas. Read our full review

A Knight’s Tale – 6:20pm, Film4

Romantic period adventure starring Heath Ledger. In 14th-century Europe, William, a young commoner, poses as Sir Ulric of Liechtenstein, a knight. But can he change his lowly destiny by winning jousting tournaments, or will the evil Count Adhemar discover the deception before William can win the fair Lady Jocelyn’s hand? Read our full review

Blazing Saddles – 10:45pm, BBC Four

Spoof western starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder. Sheriff Bart fights prejudice and corruption to save the little town of Rock Ridge from wicked speculator Hedley Lamarr, helped by the once legendary Waco Kid. Read our full review

Friday 14th April

The Pledge – 4:30pm, Great Action

Psychological detective drama starring Jack Nicholson. On the day of his retirement, homicide detective Jerry Black is called to a crime scene where a young girl has been murdered. A mentally challenged man is accused of the killing, but Black remains unconvinced and embarks on his own crusade to bring the real killer to justice. Read our full review

Mission: Impossible – Fallout – 9pm, Film4

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Paramount Pictures

Action spy thriller starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson and Henry Cavill. Ethan Hunt is sent to Berlin to buy three stolen plutonium cores before a terrorist group can get a hold of them. But after a hostage crisis leads to the failure of the mission, Hunt is targeted by a CIA assassin who could derail the IMF for good. Read our full review

Sorry to Bother You – 10pm, BBC Three

Satirical fantasy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson. Struggling to pay rent, Cassius “Cash” Green takes a job as a telemarketer, and excels when he adopts an affluent-sounding “white voice” on the phone. As Cash and his girlfriend become involved with local union activities, a series of strange events lead to the uncovering of astonishing secrets. Read our full review

I Give It a Year – 10:40pm, BBC One

Comedy starring Rose Byrne and Rafe Spall. After a seven-month courtship Nat and Josh decide to tie the knot. But the couple’s close friends have doubts about the longevity of the relationship because of their very different personalities. So as the first anniversary approaches, who will be proved right? Read our full review

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