Easter TV guide: Best films to watch from Skyfall to Despicable Me

There's something for everyone as you suffer from chocolate overload

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When else is there such legitimate reason for a movie night in than after stuffing yourself full with Easter eggs? This weekend is the ideal for kicking back on the sofa and there's a whole range of great films on the box for you to choose from.

Good Friday

The Shawshank Redemption - 9pm, ITV2

If you somehow haven't seen it or simply want to enjoy this Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins classic once more - here's your chance. Wrongly-convicted Andy strikes up a strong friendship with a man named Red as they spend 19 years together in a cruel 1940s prison.

A Fish Called Wanda - 10.15pm, ITV

This 1980s British comedy hit stars John Cleese, Michael Palin, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline and is sure to have you in fits of laughter with its top-notch wit.

Easter Saturday

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - 7.15pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Hiccup and Toothless return for more adventures in this warm sequel full of fresh discoveries and a new friendship with a Dragon Rider.


Matilda - 4pm, Comedy Central

Child genius Matilda hones her magical powers with the help of a kindly teacher after being sent to Miss Trunchbull's school of terror by her uncaring family. Based on Roald Dahl's popular story, brought to the screen in 1996 and now a successful musical.

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids - 6pm, Comedy Central

Eccentric inventor Wayne Szalinski creates a gun that can miniaturise people, only to accidentally use it on his own children. Can he turn them back to normal before the big wide world destroys them? Tune into this family favourite to find out.

Easter Sunday

Hook - 1.15pm, Comedy Central

Robin Williams plays Peter Pan in Steven Spielberg's take on JM Barrie's timeless tale. When Peter receives a note from Captain Hook he returns to Neverland to rescue his children from pirates, with the help of Tinkerbell of course.


E.T the Extra Terrestrial - 3.15pm, ITV2

A lonely 10-year-old boy makes friends with a gentle alien who is searching for a phone to call home and find his way back. When they both fall dangerously ill after spending time together, government intervention causes problems for them both.

Despicable Me - 7.10pm, ITV2

Steve Carrell voices Gru, the world's greatest villain who is dead set on stealing the moon. But when he adopts three orphaned sisters, his determination to prove that no true baddie has a soft centre starts to weaken.


My Sister's Keeper - 8pm, E4

Bring the tissues as unless you have a heart of stone, you'll definitely be needing them. Anna was born to be a marrow donor for her seriously ill sister but, after countless medical procedures, she sues her parents and sparks a court case that could have heartbreaking results.

Skyfall - 9pm, ITV2

Daniel Craig makes for a fierce 007 in this Oscar-winning Bond hit that sees M's MI6 authority called into question.



Easter Monday

Splash - 10am, BBC2

Tom Hanks is tracked down by a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy and has taken human form in this fun Eighties rom-com. If she gets her legs wet, her secret will be revealed...

10 Things I Hate About You - 7pm, Film4

Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles star in this modern retelling of Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew. When Bianca is banned from having a boyfriend until her tough older sister Kat gets one, her lover Joey comes up with a solution.


Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark - 8.10pm, BBC3

Harrison Ford reprises his role as the iconic explorer to take part in a mission to South America in search of The Ark of the Covenant. Will he beat the Nazis to the grand prize?