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The best films to watch on UK TV today: Sunday, 17 January, 2021

Ben Dadds
·3-min read
Frozen, All The President's Men, X-Men: Apocalypse.
Frozen, All The President's Men, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Choose from presidential conspiracies, dark dramas and rapid fire comedies as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Sunday, 17 January.

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Appalling plunderer and r/evolutionary thinker vie for delicious dodo: prize pursuing fun The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists 1:00pm SyFy

The founding mythology of Texas's independence gets the classic John Wayne treatment in larger than life epic The Alamo 2:00pm Paramount Network

Jack Frost, Easter Bunny, Sandman, Santa and the Tooth Fairy must stop evil plot to destroy childhood wonder Rise of the Guardians 2:15pm Channel 4

Fearing abandonment, monstrous hotelier tries to instil seeds of terror in mixed-species grandson in family fun Hotel Transylvania 2 2:40pm ITV1

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Two ambitious ex-army preserverers set themselves up as Alexander’s deification in Kipling’s Indian allegory The Man Who Would Be King 3:15pm Film 4

Kino. Der Mann, Der Koenig Sein Wollte, Man Who Would Be King, The, Der Mann, Der Koenig Sein Wollte, Man Who Would Be King, The, Sean Connery, Michael Caine Zwei Deserteure der viktorianischen Indien-Armee, Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery,m) und Peachy (Michael Caine,r) ziehen aus, um in Afganistan Koenige zu werden., 1975. (Photo by FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
Sean Connery, Michael Caine in The Man Who Would Be King, 1975. (FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

In-laws offender steals mutagenic potion, is rescued by gingerbread-golem and supports his friend's interspecies dronky-love Shrek 2 5:05pm ITV2

Post apocalyptic gated communities, racism, flesh eating corpses and an anti-zombie tank form unflinching Romero allegory Land of the Dead 9:00pm Horror Channel

Youthful, psychic, eye-blasting, teleporting heroes stand against megalomaniacal recycling fanatic in mutagenic fun X-Men: Apocalypse 9:00pm Film 4

After being nervous lots of times traumatised disco dancer saves Clarence, Victor and Roger's from fish fed red zone doom Airplane! 9:00pm ITV4

Compulsive gambler and charismatic commitophobe form unlikely friendship in meticulous camaraderie character study Mississippi Grind 10:30pm BBC Two

Traumatised teen, unstuck in time, alters his past only to worsen the future in Vonnegut-esque brain bender The Butterfly Effect 10:50pm Sony Movies

Ex-brother learns bedtime BDSM, sub-aquacycling and coconut-crushing Van Damage to publicly murder Dave Bautista Kickboxer: Vengeance 11:05pm Paramount Network

Rough-hewn Scottish lad seeks cash to move prisoner mum to safe-haven caravan making enemies of cops and crims alike Sweet Sixteen 11:45pm Film 4

Tenacious analogue investigators shine light of truth on shadow of deception in meticulous conspiracy thriller All the President's Men 12:05am BBC One

American actors Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman on the set of All The President's Men, based on the book by Carl Bernstein and directed by Alan J. Pakula. (Photo by Warner Bros./Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman on the set of All The President's Men, based on the book by Carl Bernstein and directed by Alan J. Pakula. (Photo by Warner Bros./Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Revered rock-star and covetous bf’s quiet retreat boils to breaking point on arrival of envious ex in mesmeric drama A Bigger Splash 12:55am Channel 4

Driven to drink and broken by bereavement of son’s violent death, former father finds catharsis performing child’s songs in deeply affecting, poignant and powerful drama Rudderless 1:55am Film 4

Unable to Build A Snowman, ski-lift-stranded trio face frostbite, starvation and wolves before they Let It Go in icy horror Frozen (2010) 2:30am Horror Channel

Parallel narratives interweave present day food blogger with influential '50s French cookery guru in the delectable Julie & Julia 3:30am Sony Movies

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