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Best movies to watch on UK TV over Easter Weekend

From No Time to Die to John Wick: Chapter 2

The Greatest Showman, Operation Fortune and No Time To Die are all on TV over Easter weekend. (20th Century Studios/Prime Video/MGM)
The Greatest Showman, Operation Fortune and No Time To Die are all on TV over Easter weekend. (20th Century Studios/Prime Video/MGM)

Easter is coming which means lots of chocolate, hopefully some sunshine and lying on the sofa in front of a movie or several.

Last year, Prime Video treated us with the launch of every one of the James Bond movies and this year, there's a bit of everything across terrestrial TV, Sky Cinema and all of the streaming services.

From Guy Ritchie kicking us off with his latest Jason Statham collaboration Operation Fortune to an old classic in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, there's no shortage of quality films to kick back to this Easter weekend.

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These are the best films on UK TV over Easter weekend.

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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (Prime Video)

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (Prime Video)
Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (Prime Video)

Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham put their spin on James Bond with this flashy spy caper that also stars Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes and Hugh Grant.

It can be watched in the UK through Prime Video.

11:50am: The Kid Who Would Be King | Channel 4

Joe Cornish's 2019 fantasy film is perfect Easter weekend fodder. A modern-day twist on the Arthur legend, it's a magical and riotously entertaining romp that will keep the whole family entertained.

5:45pm: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial | ITV2

An irrepressible classic. Every year, parents show their children E.T. and the film gains a whole new generation of fans.

8:00pm: Father of the Bride | ITVBe

Steve Martin and Diane Keaton star as the parents of bridezilla and the film remains one of Martin's enduring classics. Watch out for a young Kieran Culkin.

11:05pm: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy | Channel 4

The role that catapulted Will Ferrell to global fame, this media satire became one of the most quoted movies of the 2000's and later spurned a sequel.

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

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Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) with Etta (Katherine Ross) in 1968's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. (United Archives via Getty Images)

One to watch with your dad or grandad. Paul Newman and Robert Redford play the ill-fated outlaws in defining roles. Features cinema's most famous freeze frame.

3:10pm: Oliver! | Channel 4

Bank holiday weekend wouldn't be the same without another helping of Carol Reed's iconic 1968 musical.

5:35pm: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves | BBC One

Ignore Kevin Costner's questionable Nottingham accent and sit back and enjoy one of the all-time great takes on the Robin Hood story, featuring an indelible performance from the late, great Alan Rickman as the Sheriff.

10:50pm: Commando | Channel 4

Austrian-born American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the set of Commando, directed by Mark L. Lester. (Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando. (Getty Images)

An Arnold Schwarzenegger classic. Commando features the hulking Austrian in his prime as he takes down hoardes of bad guys while still managing to be a pun machine.

12:35am: Sexy Beast | Channel 4

Arguably the greatest British crime film of them all, Ray Winstone plays a retired robber in the Costa del Sol forced back into action by a genuinely terrifying (and very sweary) Ben Kingsley.

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1:50pm: The Sound of Music | BBC One

Movie still from the 1965 film The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. All the Von Trapp children gathered to open presents..
The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. (Getty)

The hills are alive with the Sound of Music on Easter Sunday as the perennially entertaining Julie Andrews classic gets another airing while the roast is cooking.

6:00pm: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Channel 5

Undoubtedly the most entertaining entry of the Hobbit trilogy, the second film in the prequel series finally gave fans what they wanted: a flying dragon, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, wreaking havoc in Middle Earth.

8pm: The Greatest Showman | E4

It wouldn't be a bank holiday without a crowd pleasing musical and The Greatest Showman is as popular as any with its all star cast that features Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson.

8pm: No Time to Die | ITV2

The latest Bond film gets another airing so we can say goodbye to Daniel Craig all over again. Ana De Armas still steals the show.

10:55pm Meet the Parents (Channel 4)

Comedy classic starring Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson with De Niro inverting the tough guy roles that made him a star.

11:20pm: Blade Runner 2049 | BBC One

The long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic is a brooding, beautiful mediation on life and death in which Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard.

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10:00am & 11:20am: The Lavender Hill Mob & Passport To Pimlico | BBC Two

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Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway in The Lavender Hill Mob. (Getty Images)

BBC Two is airing two classic ealing comedies back to back on Easter Monday. The former is a charming heist movie starring Alec Guinness, while the latter is wartime comedy set during a heatwave. Don't miss either.

2:50pm: Jumanji | Film4

Forget the sequels with Dwayne Johnson, the magic of Jumanji remains its weirdness and Robin Williams' dead serious performance as a man who has been trapped in a board game.

9:45pm: The Graduate | BBC Two

If a film can make Simon and Garfunkel seem cool, you know it's a good one. Launched the career of Dustin Hoffman.

11pm: The Wolf of Wall Street | ITV4

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Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. (Alamy)

Martin Scorsese's black comic masterpiece has arguably become his most popular film despite its explicit sex, not PC humour and three hour runtime. DiCaprio should have won the Oscar.

John Wick: Chapter 2 | Sky Showcase

With the fourth installment currently in cinema, refresh your memories with the magic of the second film which remains a landmark in action cinema. Lance Reddick forever.

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