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The best films to watch on UK TV today: Saturday, 9 January, 2021

Ben Dadds
·4-min read
End of Watch, Skyscraper, Blockers.
End of Watch, Skyscraper, Blockers.

Take your pick from revolutionary dramas, flawlessly executed character studies, subtle spycraft and more as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Saturday 9 January.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Charismatic chameleon helps drought ridden townsfolk escape clutches of corruption in inspired, off-kilter kid’s western Rango 11:00am Film 4

Murdered by evil android us-es, simple saviours befriend/melvin death, traverse afterlife, co-opt Martians to save future in Rock-whimsy Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 11:05am ITV4

Nun spearheads near impossible task bringing buried weaknesses to bare in breathtakingly beautiful, emotional drama Black Narcissus 1:15pm BBC Two

1947:  The Anglican nuns sit down to a meal in their Himalayan community in a scene from 'Black Narcissus', directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.  (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
1947: The Anglican nuns sit down to a meal in their Himalayan community in a scene from 'Black Narcissus', directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Time-slipped boy awakens years after disappearing to inventive engaging alien adventure in mercurial mystery Flight of the Navigator 1:20pm Film 4

Duped into indentured servitude by waxy drunk, bullied poor kid wins girl's heart by publicly face kicking pretty-boy The Karate Kid 2:00pm Sony Movies

Shy, unappreciated and egotistical unknowns strive to achieve dream of stardom in uplifting anthropomorphic fun Sing 2:55pm Channel 5

Faux prince and small time monkey-boy set their wits and wills to do bitter battle for wealthy woman’s fortune Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 4:00pm ITV4

Dumped by previous motivator, All Valley Karate Champion spends college tuition on Japanese lesson in honour culture and drum technique splurge The Karate Kid Part II 4:30pm Sony Movies

Rescue party rescuing, M&M knuckle dusting, broken hearted hero parodies action classics with chicken archery Hot Shots! Part Deux 5:00pm COMEDY CENTRAL

Raised by Apache, shunned by white folk, stoic Paul Newman survives in between hostile worlds in hard western treat Hombre 6:15pm Talking Pictures

Australian actress Diane Cilento and American actor Paul Newman on the set of Hombre, directed by Martin Ritt. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Australian actress Diane Cilento and American actor Paul Newman on the set of Hombre, directed by Martin Ritt. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Anything Goes as relic robber condescends to child slaving death cult: bug feasting minecart mayhem Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 6:45pm Channel 4

Tantalised at prospect of maliciously manipulating and torturing innocent teen, villain's psychopath friend quits toxic waste empire to brutalise boy The Karate Kid Part III 6:45pm Sony Movies

Charming, goodnatured caregiver brings colour and warmth to embittered quadriplegic banker’s life: bittersweet romance Me Before You 6:50pm 5 Star

Hyper-observant wing-chun-discombobulater unravels cult leader's nefarious plot in devious Victorian mystery fun Sherlock Holmes (2009) 9:00pm Sky 1

Legless duct-tape enthusiast braves Towering Inferno to rescue family from Die Hard criminals in high falling thrill ride Skyscraper 9:00pm Channel 4

Watch a trailer for Skyscraper

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

Unable to accept the agency of their daughters, three mismatched parents ruin prom parties to prevent mass loss of virginity in surprisingly insightful genre inverter Blockers 9:00pm Film 4

Cybersloothing cyborg uncovers dystopian mind-hacking conspiracy in spider-tanking, existential optical orgasm Ghost in the Shell (2017) 9:00pm E4

Humiliated by compulsory waxing, teen toxophilite vents her hormonal frustrations via child murder and insect abuse The Hunger Games 9:00pm 5 Star

Socialist journalists become sexually and emotionally entangled as they seek to bring the communist revolution to depression era America in true story Reds 9:00pm Talking Pictures

Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty in a scene form the film 'Reds', 1981. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty in a scene form the film 'Reds', 1981. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)

Traumatised teen, unstuck in time, alters his past only to worsen the future in Vonnegut-esque brain bender The Butterfly Effect 9:00pm Sony Movies

After losing Control, ex-spy must weed out double agent from Circus and expose Witchcraft in MI5's midst Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 9:30pm BBC Two

Unforgiving paratrooper returns home to pour axe wielding, drug poisoning vengeance on brother bullying drug gang in abrasive brilliance Dead Man's Shoes 11:05pm Film 4

Foreseeing inevitable 2008 crash, eccentric outsiders bet against own economy in vibrant and riveting true trader tale The Big Short 11:30pm BBC Two

<p>Laugh about the financial crisis? Go on then. And it’ll make you enormously angry too. Adam McKay's drama exposed the men who predicted and profited from the global credit crunch with help from a stellar - and bewigged - cast including Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Christian Bale. </p>
Laugh about the financial crisis? Go on then. The Big Short.

Bristling Bride's burning fury drives seething frenetic vengeance in rock n roll limb lopping, anime flashbacking and samurai homage fest Kill Bill: Vol. 1 11:55pm 5 Star

Two cop's camaraderie builds to brotherhood while policing gangland LA in bullet bathed found footage perfection End of Watch 12:40am BBC One

Hopeless wastrel finds friends whilst working in illicit Mancunian massage parlour before being drawn into blood drenched mystery below: cult British curio Habit 12:50am Horror Channel

Haunted by his father's execution, young prison guard becomes hangman's protégé is brutally brilliant character study and exploration of capital punishment Apprentice 1:35am BBC Two

Mysteriously causing deaths of those immediately around him, amnesiac seeks enigmatic answers: uncommon, off-kilter curio Radius 2:45am Horror Channel

New to streaming in January

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