The best films to watch on UK TV today: Saturday, 12 December

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Scrooged, The Shape of Water, It's A Wonderful Life.
Scrooged, The Shape of Water, It's A Wonderful Life.

Take your pick from small town dramas, fishy Oscar-winning fantasies, or iconic Christmas classics and more as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Saturday 12 December.

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One-eyed story telling musical origami magician seeks parent’s legacy: breathtaking myth and mystery fantasy Kubo and the Two Strings 11:00am Film 4

Sent to remote Celtic town to negotiate oil billionaire's interests, company man begins to see mystical wonder of Scotland in heartfelt drama Local Hero 1:10pm Film 4

Leonardo DiCaprio sits in a bathtub while Johnny Depp watches in a scene from the film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape', 1993. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Leonardo DiCaprio sits in a bathtub while Johnny Depp watches in a scene from the film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape', 1993. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

Leonardo DiCaprio gurns, Johnny Depp yearns and Mama burns in heart warming small town character study What's Eating Gilbert Grape 1:35pm Sony Movies

Axe throwing, train heisting, prison peeing, nonchalant shenanigans in JackieChan’s odd couple kung fu cowboy comedy Shanghai Noon 2:35pm 5 Star

Wilful orphaned chidler helps jumpsquiffling giant defeat frightsome childchewers in whizzpopping splendiferous adventure The BFG 2:45pm BBC One

Crazy kid emulates Eastwood while mad scientist runs riot in old west, steals train and woman’s heart in anachronistic fun Back to the Future Part III 2:45pm ITV1

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 20: The movie "It's a Wonderful Life", produced and directed by Frank Capra. Seen here from left, Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey, James Stewart as George Bailey and Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu. Premiered December 20, 1946; theatrical wide release January 7, 1947. Screen capture. Paramount Pictures. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
"It's a Wonderful Life", produced and directed by Frank Capra. L-R: Donna Reed as Mary Hatch Bailey, James Stewart as George Bailey and Karolyn Grimes as Zuzu. (CBS via Getty Images)

A suicidal man and a career driven angel skip across alternate realities to see the impact one life can make It's a Wonderful Life 3:25pm Film 4

Strange voices guide a man to accomplish great things in uplifting baseball themed top Twilight Zone-esque fantasy Field of Dreams 4:00pm Sony Movie

Lone rancher John Wayne recruits school boys to herd his cattle to market and fight off rustlers in man-making western The Cowboys 4:00pm ITV4

Santa's panophobic son escapes bureaucratic brother's shadow to prevent girl's xmas misery in uplifting adventure Arthur Christmas 4:40pm ITV2

Bill Murray learns to love homeless, evades a psychotically deranged employee and gets fairy-punched. Christmas comedy Scrooged 5:25pm Comedy Central

Kino. Die Geister, Die Ich Rief..., Scrooged, Die Geister, Die Ich Rief..., Scrooged, David Johanson, Bill Murray Am Weihnachtstag erhaelt Frank (Bill Murray,r) Besuch von dem Weihnachtsgeist der Vergangenheit (David Johanson), der ihn per Taxi zurueck ins Jahr, 1968 bringt., 1988. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
Scrooged. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

Housemaid's warmth is juxtaposed by emotional frigidity of the focus of her affections in stunning drama The Remains of the Day 6:10pm Sony Movies

Heroic hearse-hauling, lead-dealing, arithmetic-liking, Seven Samurai-remaking, wondrous western perfection The Magnificent Seven (1960) 6:40pm ITV4

Remarkably true act of cunning is meticulously executed as the allies fool an entire army with one dead body The Man Who Never Was 8:00pm Sony Movies Action

Stranded mid-Martian-mission, faithful vs. reasoning crew must survive robodog-assassin and explosive insects in SciFun Red Planet 9:00pm Paramount Network

Bank robbing magicians stay one step ahead of relentless FBI agent in rabbit abusing mystery chasing frenetic thriller Now You See Me 9:00pm Sky 1

Cancer cursed quip king / asinine assassin/ regenerating degenerate expositions all over badder guys in fourth wall assaulting splattery meta-Marvel Deadpool 9:00pm Film 4

<p>Foul-mouthed and violent – how will Deadpool fit in at the Mouse House? (Fox) </p>
Foul-mouthed and violent – how will Deadpool fit in at the Mouse House? (Fox)

Unscrupulous book dealer Johnny Depp undertakes gothic eurotrek on the trail of a satanic tome in Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate 9:00pm Horror Channel

Head-blasting, groin-kicking, pram-chasing prohibition perfection as four cops teach Al Capone 'The Chicago Way' The Untouchables 9:00pm BBC Two

Nicknamed gangsters, punch-ups, milky mayhem, sword stabbing, dubious deals, dodgy diamonds and a squeaky dog Snatch 9:00pm 5 Star

Birth of the CIA is explored over a lifetime in LSD dosing, family fracturing, dark De Niro directed delicacy The Good Shepherd 9:00pm Sony Movies

Graceful mute and aquatic captive find compassionate connection: non-conformist sexually charged Lovecraftian romance The Shape of Water 9:30pm Channel 4

Watch a clip from The Shape of Water

Lawyer's family is stalked by cheek-biting, unhinged monster of his own making in Scorsese's queasy, nerve shredding gem Cape Fear 10:40pm Channel 5

Sean Connery and co must survive the relentless bullying of a sadistic WW2 military prison officer in Sidney Lumet’s The Hill 10:55pm BBC Two

K-pop wannabe talent girl learns her true origins as sinister telekinetic assassin in bone crunching splatterfest The Witch: Part 1 -- The Subversion 11:10pm Film 4

Kidnapped girls must manipulate the multitude of personalities residing in their imprisoner’s body: Beast Mode thriller Split 12:00am Channel 4

Urgently trying to legitimise his business, Oscar Isaac faces catastrophe at every turn in intense dialogue drama A Most Violent Year 12:20am Sony Movies

Framed for brother's death, driven driver thunders cross-country to clear name in grass-hopping, muscle car mayhem Need for Speed 1:00am SyFy

American actor Kyle MacLachlan and Italian actress Isabella Rossellini on the set of Blue Velvet, written and directed by David Lynch. (Photo by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actor Kyle MacLachlan and Italian actress Isabella Rossellini on the set of Blue Velvet, written and directed by David Lynch. (Photo by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Severed ear leads to gommorahic deconstruction of cinematic expectations / façade of society in sexually sadistic, surreal nightmarish neo noir Blue Velvet 1:40am Film 4

Stoic, sociopathic, scorpionesque stuntman lets his heels and wheels do the talking in romantic, skull crushing, synthwave scored neon-noir Drive 2:45am Sony Movies

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