The best films on TV today: Sunday, 17 May

A Fistful of Dollars, Rush, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

Need something to watch today? Choose from dog-themed family dramas, devious detectives and riveting racing rivalries as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV today: Sunday, 17 May.

Self-educated infant inflicts poetic punishment upon abusive adults in Roald Dahl’s magical marvelous merriment Matilda 11:30am Comedy Central

Breakfast time-drinking, drunken gunslinger frees town from drunken outlaws in John Wayne’s penultimate western Rooster Cogburn 2:05pm ITV4

Newlywed journos learn life lessons from long lived loveable Labrador in heartfelt, bittersweet, tear-jerking dog drama Marley & Me 3:40pm Channel 5

Would heart-song-less penguin Elijah Wood tap dance to win true love? Elijah Wood would in top Antarctic kids fun Happy Feet 4:05pm ITV2

Socially astute strong-willed teen seduces emotionally abused hunk of dancing beefcake amid empowering sexual awakening in Dirty Dancing 6:00pm Channel 5

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Escaping fog of existential ennui, ex-villain discovers ex-twin and endeavours to extract extraordinary gem from 80s ex-child star with help of ex-con compadres in Despicable Me 3 6:10pm ITV2

Monochrome genocide survivor rallies furious furry five to defeated panda persecuting peacock in canon-blasting fun Kung Fu Panda 2 7:10pm E4

On mission of discovery, astronauts work together against hostility of new world in perfectly realised space odyssey Europa Report 7:15pm Film 4

Hedgehog-munching detective duo and gypsy woman hunt warmongering genius in anachronistic adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 8:00pm ITV2

After discovering kidnapped girl, five highland hikers must help her escape cruelty of her pursuing captors A Lonely Place to Die 9:00pm Horror Channel

Four moustached gunmen pit wits and wiles against murderous cowboy gang in quick-drawing, bullet blasting, character quipping fun Tombstone 8:00pm Sony Movies Action

Clint Eastwood in a publicity portrait for A Fistful of Dollars, 1964. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Desert drifter plays rival gangs off each other and gives harsh hand-gunning tutorial in corpse kidnapping classic A Fistful of Dollars 9:00pm ITV4

Desk-driving doctor/marine must ruin nurse kicking Ruskie's plot for economic war in bath murdering reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 9:00pm Film 4

Disillusioned prof's teaching of ambitious working class woman causes her familial friction in Pygmalion reimagining Educating Rita 10:30pm BBC One

Amoral gangster brutalises his way round the geordie underworld on mission of vengeance in shotgun shouting bleak treat Get Carter (1971) 11:05pm ITV4

Get Carter, poster, British poster, Michael Caine, 1971. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

Egos clash as pukey playboy and meticulous misanthrope's mutual enmity reaches fever pitch in death defying racing rivalry Rush 11:05pm Film 4

Just out of prison The Rock evades drug-withdrawn Cop and philosophical killer whilst making good on his personal kill-list Faster 11:20pm Sony Movies

Stoic, sociopathic, scorpionesque stuntman lets his heels and wheels do the talking in romantic, skull crushing, synthwave scored neon-noir Drive 1:15am Sony Movies

Breaking under strain of ethically ambiguous CIA missions, drone pilot's life falls apart in morally grey dry drama Good Kill 1:25am Film 4

Trapped in hurricane house with ravenous tiger, browbeaten bereft pyjama clad woman must protect autistic brother Burning Bright 2:45am Horror Channel

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Everything new on streaming in May:

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