Christmas 2020 TV guide: The best films on UK telly for New Year's Day

Ben Dadds
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Murder On The Orient Express, The Greatest Showman, Under The Skin.
Murder On The Orient Express, The Greatest Showman, Under The Skin.

Christmas is finally here, and to guide you through the season we’ll be sharing the best movies on TV every day.

More musicals, magic and mayhem than you could shake your new year’s resolutions at as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for New Year’s Day 2021.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Boy For Sale wanting Food, Glorious Food asks himself “Where Is Love?” then Considers himself to have A Fine Life in Oliver! 8:30am Channel 5

Top musical fun when sailors Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra take 24 hours leave in NYC and get more than they hoped for On the Town 8:40am BBC Two

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After hypnotising horrid head-teacher, boisterous best friends battle poopypantsed professor; infantile comedy Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 9:00am BBC One

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Leonardo DiCaprio gurns, Johnny Depp yearns and Mama burns in heart warming small town character study What's Eating Gilbert Grape 9:10am Sony Movies

Intrepid, inquisitive reporter and his loyal Scottie aid alcoholic in photorealistic crane jousting KO-fest The Adventures of Tintin 11:30am E4

Apathetic pre-hulk architect falls for pseudo-ghost of comatose girl in roof gardening, doctor punching romance Just Like Heaven 11:35am 5 Star

Housemaid's warmth is juxtaposed by emotional frigidity of the focus of her affections in stunning drama The Remains of the Day 11:45am Sony Movies

Audrey Hepburn gets chased round Paris by men seeking her dead husbands ill gotten gains in top Hitchcock-esque classic Charade 11:50am ITV3

Consumed by hatred, Judean chariot racer discovers vengeance is vacuous and so gives his soup to dying deity in epic Ben-Hur 11:55am ITV4

Charlton Heston (1923-2008), US actor, in costume and riding a horsedrawn chariot in a publicity still issued for the film, 'Ben-Hur', 1959. The historical drama, directed by William Wyler (1902-1981), starred Heston as 'Judah Ben-Hur'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Charlton Heston riding a horsedrawn chariot in a publicity still issued for the film, 'Ben-Hur', 1959. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Redheaded adventurer discovers world of wizardry precipitating magical mayhem: joyously jaw-dropping wonder Mary and The Witch's Flower 12:45pm Film 4

English women and American art collector fall foul of fascists in Franco Zeffirelli’s autobiographical period piece Tea With Mussolini 1:20pm BBC Two HD

Escaping fog of existential ennui, ex-villain discovers ex-twin and endeavors to extract extraordinary gem from 80s ex-child star with help of ex-con compares Despicable Me 3 1:30pm ITV2

Under threat of obsessive dragon slayer, Nordic dragon riders face exodus from their home in Dragon flirting action adventure How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 2:00pm BBC One

Heart eating witches, ghosts and greedy royalists jostle for power over a beautiful star in unconventional romantic fantasy Stardust 3:05pm Channel 4

Dozens of characters portray the brave men who helped secure allied victory in five interweaving tales of D-Day The Longest Day 4:25pm More 4

Imaginative outsider walks Tightrope of societal expectations, Rewrite The Stars and makes A Million Dreams Come Alive in Extraordinary celebration of humanity The Greatest Showman 5:30pm Channel 4

Zendaya and Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox)
Zendaya and Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman (20th Century Fox)

Having saved dinosaurs from volcanic extinction, ex-lovers must save them from humanity in prehistoric-heroic tooth and claw adventure Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 5:35pm ITV2

Job seeking lady magnet helps mechaAliens and wingsuiters defeat despot in city demolishing Bay-hem Transformers: Dark of the Moon 6:00pm E4

Three musketeers plot vengeance upon wicked king Leonardo DiCaprio with help of secret twin in sword stabby fun The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) 6:30pm 5 Star

Chess averse handsome hacker accidentally triggers nuclear countdown when playing with WOPR in tic-tac-toe-ing classic War Games 6:45pm Film 4

Widow seducing mouse threatener uncovers insidious global crime-spiracy in #SamMendes' trepanning, breathless beauty Spectre 7:55pm ITV2

Upon icy mountainside, obsessively compulsive perfectionist must solve murder of a murderer in exacting, astute mystery Murder on the Orient Express (2017) 9:00pm Film 4

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Disgruntled militarists hire top assassin to kill French president and top detective is only man who can stop him The Day of the Jackal 9:00pm Sony Movies Action

Army of one Clint Eastwood makes misfit friends as he murders malicious enemies in quick-drawing western The Outlaw Josey Wales 9:00pm ITV4

Soldier stands up to sadistic torturer hell bent on imposing rule on East Anglia in axe wielding horror Witchfinder General 9:45pm Talking Pictures TV

Machiavellian father and dogged detective search for missing girls in gripping, unflinching and morally grey metaphor Prisoners 10:00pm Sky Living

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Suave sentinels seek superiors' soul, prize-fighter's pride prevents profit and odd date accidentally ends in OD in Tarantino's flawless masterwork of script and style Pulp Fiction 10:00pm Dave

Alt-girl mix-genius joins misfit songstress team in aca-puking, aca-uplifting, aca-awesome acamaraderie aca-comedy Pitch Perfect 10:45pm ITV1

Bunch of A-hole misfit miscreants chase infinity stone in over-literal, laugh-not-faking, Groot-grooving fun Guardians of the Galaxy 10:55pm BBC One

Soldiers training in the Scottish highlands wind up eating long pig and fighting werewolves in truly British horror Dog Soldiers 11:15pm Film 4

Alien succubus's duty to harvest Scottish men for viscera causes existential crisis in beautifully unnerving horror Under the Skin 1:25am Film 4

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