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What to watch on TV on New Year's Day

Ellie Walker-Arnott

If there's a day to sit in front of the telly all day long it's today. Nurse your hangover/recover from your festive food overdose with these TV treats: 

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

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. 


Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back as Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in the much-anticipated fourth season of 'Sherlock'. 8.30pm, BBC1. 

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. 

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.

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