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SUN­DAY

Cin­derella (2015) U 2.25PM, BBC1 Ken­neth Branagh’s live-ac­tion up­date of the 1950 Dis­ney an­i­ma­tion stars Lily James as the put-upon hero­ine, with Body­guard’s Richard Mad­den (be­low, with James) as her smit­ten prince. Cate Blanchett is ex­cel­lent value as the wicked step­mother. E.T.: The Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial (1982) U 2.40PM, CH5 Steven Spiel­berg’s time­less and en­dear­ing fam­ily clas­sic stars Henry Thomas as El­liott, the young boy who be­friends a gen­tle alien vis­i­tor. The chil­dren know what to do; the adults make a mess of things. Na­tional Trea­sure (2004) (PG) 3.15PM, RTÉ2) A trea­sure-hunter sets out to find a war chest hid­den by Amer­ica’s found­ing fathers be­fore a treach­er­ous ri­val gets hold of it. Ac­tion ad­ven­ture, with Ni­co­las Cage and Diane Kruger. The Hob­bit: An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney (2012) (12) 5.30PM, RTÉ2 Unas­sum­ing hob­bit Bilbo Bag­gins is re­cruited to join a band of dwarves on a quest to re­claim their lost home­land. Fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, with Martin Free­man and Ian McKellen. Padding­ton (2014) PG 5.40PM, CH4 The bear from dark­est Peru (be­low) wins our hearts all over again in a film full of wit and charm. It’s bril­liantly an­i­mated, with Ben Whishaw voic­ing the adorable vis­i­tor. Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) 15 10.30PM, BBC2 A fam­ily gath­er­ing clat­ters with grit­ted teeth in this blackly comic drama from Ben Wheat­ley (Sight­seers). There’s a fan­tas­tic en­sem­ble cast, in­clud­ing Charles Dance, Neil Maskell and Doon Mac­kichan.

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Flash Gor­don (1980) PG 11.10AM, CH4 Glo­ri­ously trashy take on the sci-fi comic strip about a US foot­ball star-turned­in­ter­galac­tic hero. Max von Sy­dow is Ming the Mer­ci­less (above), and the mu­sic is by Queen. Death On The Nile (1978) PG 12.50PM, BBC2 A dou­ble bill of Her­cule Poirot mys­ter­ies star­ring Pe­ter Usti­nov starts with this twisty tale. Evil Un­der The Sun fol­lows at 3.10pm, while Sid­ney Lumet’s ex­cel­lent 1974 film of Mur­der On The Ori­ent Ex­press is on New Year’s Day at 8.25am on ITV3. Malef­i­cent (2014) PG 4.15PM, BBC1 The wicked witch from Sleep­ing Beauty gets a mostly sym­pa­thetic back story in this vis­ually splen­did dark fairy tale. An­gelina Jolie stars as a pow­er­ful fairy whose heart and wings are crushed by her hu­man lover. The Wiz­ard Of Oz (1939) U 6PM, VIR­GIN TWO Judy Gar­land is on iconic form in the ev­er­green mu­si­cal. She plays Dorothy Gale, the young girl who is whisked over the rain­bow by a tor­nado and finds her­self in the mag­i­cal land of Oz. Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous: The Movie (2016) 15 9PM, BBC1 Joanna Lum­ley and Jen­nifer Saun­ders are re­united as the per­pet­u­ally sloshed Patsy and Ed­ina (above), on the run in the south of France af­ter a ma­jor fash­ion faux pas. Meet the Fock­ers (2004) (12) 9.30PM, RTÉ2 A hap­less groom-to-be faces a new or­deal when he takes his staid prospec­tive in-laws to Florida to meet his ec­cen­tric par­ents. Com­edy se­quel, with Ben Stiller.

NEW YEAR’S DAY

The Rail­way Chil­dren (1970) U 1PM, BBC1 The best-loved adap­ta­tion of E Nes­bit’s clas­sic chil­dren’s novel stars Jenny Agut­ter, Sally Thom­sett and Gary War­ren as the young­sters who make a heroic stand along­side the train tracks in York­shire. Min­ions (2015) U 6.15PM, ITV2 Pre­quel to the De­spi­ca­ble Me movies, star­ring the pip­squeak yel­low side­kicks. Look­ing for a new master to serve, the Min­ions join the em­ploy of vil­lain­ess Scar­let Overkill (voiced by San­dra Bul­lock). The Boss (2016) 15 9.30PM, RTÉ ONE Melissa McCarthy’s hus­band Ben Fal­cone di­rects her in the comic tale of Michelle Dar­nell, an en­tre­pre­neur who is sent to prison for in­side trad­ing. On her re­lease, she re­cruits her for­mer PA to help re­build her em­pire. Conor Mc­Gre­gor: No­to­ri­ous (2017) (15) 9.30PM, RTÉ2 Pre­miere. Doc­u­men­tary fol­low­ing the MMA fighter, one of the most recog­nis­able names in the his­tory of the UFC, filmed over the course of four years. The Revenant (2015) 15 10PM, BBC2 Pow­er­ful sur­vival western, star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trap­per fight­ing man and na­ture in the un­for­giv­ing wilder­ness. At­tacked by a bear, DiCaprio’s Hugh Glass sur­vives to come out fight­ing. Young Franken­stein (1974) PG 12.25AM, BBC2 This hi­lar­i­ous pas­tiche of the old Uni­ver­sal hor­rors is one of Mel Brooks’s finest. Gene Wilder is glo­ri­ously un­hinged as the new Baron, with Pe­ter Boyle hi­lar­i­ous as his mon­ster cre­ation (be­low).

WED­NES­DAY

Wil­low (1988) PG 11.35AM, CH4 Fan­tasy ad­ven­ture from Ron Howard, from a story by Star Wars man Ge­orge Lu­cas. War­wick Davis stars as a farmer hop­ing to be­come a sorcerer, who ends up as the pro­tec­tor of a princess (Joanne Whal­ley, above) with a des­tiny to ful­fil. The Princess Bride (1987) PG 1.35PM, RTÉ2 Di­rec­tor Rob Reiner’s much-loved, end­lessly quotable comic ad­ven­ture stars Cary El­wes as a stable boy who sets out to res­cue his true love from the clutches of an evil prince. Rango (2011) PG 5.02PM, TG4 Johnny Depp lends his voice to the in­ven­tive an­i­mated tale of a pet chameleon who gets lost in the desert. He’s mis­taken for a gun­slinger and made sher­iff of a law­less town of an­i­mals. Isla Fisher and Bill Nighy co-star. The Lob­ster (2015) 15 11.35PM, FILM4 Sur­real black com­edy from Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos, whose cur­rent film, The Favourite, has crit­ics in dizzy rap­ture. In a weird, dystopian fu­ture – where hu­mans have to part­ner up or be turned into an­i­mals – our own Colin Far­rell and Rachel Weisz try to find a con­nec­tion. Train­ing Day (2001) 18 12AM, VIR­GIN TWO Den­zel Wash­ing­ton is on Os­car-win­ning form in this tough thriller. He stars as a sea­soned nar­cotics of­fi­cer whose ap­proach to the job leaves a new re­cruit (Ethan Hawke, above with Wash­ing­ton) ques­tion­ing his con­science. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) 15 12.20AM, BBC1 This sub-In­di­ana Jones fare – a daft and frankly unin­spired video game adap­ta­tion – stars An­gelina Jolie as the curvy, scant­ily clad (and un­sur­pris­ingly pop­u­lar) ad­ven­turer.

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