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All the best films to watch on TV on New Year's Day

Ellie Walker-Arnott

It's New Year's Day so naturally you're hungover. Or, at the very least, suffering from some sort of festive food overdose. But there's no need to fight it. Don't get dressed. Don't shower. Just build yourself a fort out of sofa cushions, stock it with mild painkillers, salty snacks and tea, and spend the first day of 2017 watching back-to-back movies. 


Up with the sun gasping for a glass of water? This sumptuous, surreal screen musical starring Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris will keep you company. 6.55am, BBC2. 

The Princess and the Frog

Feeling a little kidulty? This fun Disney movie follows a New Orleans waitress with big dreams. It's all charming old-school animation. 9.40am, BBC1. 

101 Dalmatians

Glenn Close stars as over-the-top villainess Cruella De Vil in this 1996 remake of the Disney animation. She's the rich fashionista who wants to turn a litter of spotty pups into a coat. 1.25pm, Channel 5. 

Dirty Dancing

Grab a watermelon. This charismatic feelgood classic will perk up that hangover. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in the much-loved tale of sexual awakening and serious good dancing at a '60s summer camp. 3.30pm, Channel 5

Dirty Dancing

ET the Extra Terrestrial 

Steven Spielberg's 'ET' is the perfect family film. The tale of a young boy and an odd-looking, lovable alien who misses his spacecraft home packs a hugely emotional punch however many times you've watched it. 4.30pm, ITV. 

Monsters University

The prequel to 'Monsters Inc' sees Mike and Sully (voiced by Billy Crystal and John Goodman) head to college, where they study their craft. Helen Mirren also stars as the University Dean. 5pm, BBC1. 

Legally Blonde

Still struggling? Reese Witherspoon's Elle is bound to put a smile back on your face. She's the sorority queen who has everything she wants, until her rich, handsome boyfriend ditches her to find a brainier squeeze at Harvard Law School. 8pm, Channel 5. 

Legally Blonde


James Cameron's sci-fi sequel sees Signourney Weaver's Ripley wake up in space 57 years after the events of the original movie. 9pm, Film4. 

The Terminator

This genre-defining sci-fi masterpiece still looks, sounds and feels incredible, over three decades on. In fact, the time-flipping action-romance is damn close to perfect. 9pm, Spike. 


Scorsese's fast, violent, stylish mobster movie is a masterpiece. Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta star in the unflinching depiction of life with the Mafia. 10pm, Dave.

What We did on Our Holiday

Finish off your duvet day with this BBC premiere of this sweet, poignant British flick. Rosamund Pike and David Tennant star as parents to three kids, whose imminent divorce is to be kept secret from ailing grandpa, played by Billy Connolly. 10pm, BBC2.

More of the same? Here are the best family-friendly films and feelgood movies on Netflix UK. 

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