The best films to watch on UK TV today: Sunday, 3 January, 2021

Ben Dadds
·4 min read
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald, The Fault In Their Stars.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald, The Fault In Their Stars.

Choose from heart-wrenching romance, fantastic beasts and dreamlike journeys as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Sunday, 3 January, 2021.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Decidedly average 80s kid becomes boastful hirsute hero- van surfing, Boof-mauling, basket-balling, confidence drunk gem Teen Wolf 11:00am Film 4

Socially astute strong willed teen seduces emotionally abused hunk of dancing beefcake amid empowering sexual awakening / grind-a-thon Dirty Dancing 12:00pm Sony Movies

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 12:35pm ITV4

Alex Winter, William Sadler and Keanu Reeves in 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'. (Credit: Orion)
Alex Winter, William Sadler and Keanu Reeves in 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'. (Credit: Orion)

Over five decades four generations of American settlers win and lose fortunes, survive bandits, wars & nature to build motorway. Sprawling epic How the West Was Won 12:35pm BBC Two

Charismatic chameleon helps drought ridden townsfolk escape clutches of corruption in inspired, off-kilter kid’s western Rango 12:50pm Film 4

Faux prince and small time monkey-boy set their wits and wills to do bitter battle for wealthy woman’s fortune Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 2:30pm ITV4

Fleeing headhunter, mismatched misfits join circus- pope-ring stealing interspecies lovemaking fun Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 3:25pm Channel 4

Seeking villainous boss for their existentially broken species, begoggled haphazard bumblers find criminal/ban-nana fun Minions 4:15pm ITV2

Prickly author is redeemed as she excises excruciating emotional Baggage bringing her beloved Mary Poppins to life Saving Mr. Banks 5:00pm BBC Two

Booby trap dodging, tomb pillaging, swordsman shooting, artefact robbing, snake burner achieves absolutely nothing Raiders of the Lost Ark 5:30pm Channel 4

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 12: The movie: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark , (aka: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"), directed by Steven Spielberg.  Seen here, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.  Initial theatrical release June 12, 1981.  Screen capture. A Paramount Picture. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark directed by Steven Spielberg. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Rescue party rescuing, M&M knuckle dusting, broken hearted hero parodies action classics with chicken archery Hot Shots! Part Deux 5:30pm COMEDY CENTRAL

Magizoologist become embroiled in magical operation to derail malevolent magicians maniacal plot to install mage-supremacist reich upon muggles Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald 5:35pm ITV1

Spiting the shadow of cancer, two young lives entwine in acerbic, astute tale of truthful, unblinking love The Fault in Our Stars 6:35pm E4

Broken billionaire rallies super-friends to resurrect alien deity and defeat entitled destroyer in DC’s 3rd time lucky Justice League 8:00pm ITV2

Treacherous trio seek grave of gold in bridge bombing, double crossing, noose shooting western perfection The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 9:00pm Paramount Network

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

Successful student watches aghast as billionaire bohemian BF and pugnacious father feud over her: Chekhov’s moosing comedy Why Him? 9:00pm Film 4

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Desk driving doctor/marine must ruin nurse kicking Ruskie's plot for economic war in bath murdering reboot Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 9:00pm E4

Uber cool Miami gangster goes to Hollywood and uses skills to become movie maker whilst listening to top jazzy soundtrack Get Shorty 9:00pm Sony Movies

If anyone can save the queen, so can Terrorist/Thespian/Fish killing supercop Frank Drebin in 10 laughs/min perfection The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 9:00pm COMEDY CENTRAL

Defibrillating med-school hotties navigate near-death nightmares in guilt guiding, innovative psychological horror gem Flatliners 9:00pm Horror Channel

Bored pilot finds excitement as gun-running-drug-smuggling-money-launderer for CIA/cartels: astonishingly true tale American Made 10:05pm Channel 4

Tom Cruise 'partially to blame' for deaths of pilots on American Made claim court docs
Tom Cruise in American Made (Universal)

Would Elijah Wood become creepy, scalping obsessed, mannequin collecting, POV psychopath serial killer? Elijah Wood Would in Maniac 12:50am Horror Channel

Decades apart, Amazonian shaman guides two men seeking sacred flower into Heart Of Darkness in dreamlike wonder Embrace of the Serpent 1:05am Film 4

Traumatised teen, unstuck in time, alters his past only to worsen the future in Vonnegut-esque brain bender The Butterfly Effect 1:05am Sony Movies

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