The best films to watch on UK TV today: Saturday, 16 January, 2021

Ben Dadds
·5-min read
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Final Girls, Foxcatcher.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Final Girls, Foxcatcher.

Take your pick from powerful dramas, flawless fantasies and scientific adventures as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Saturday, 16 January.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Appalling plunderer and r/evolutionary thinker vie for delicious dodo: prize pursuing fun The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists 12:00pm SyFy

Expert advice giver / widower meets perfect woman, ignores family and ruins fraternal bond- delightful romcom Dan in Real Life 1:10pm Sony Movies

Charming, good natured caregiver brings colour and warmth to embittered quadriplegic banker’s life: bittersweet romance Me Before You 2:30pm 5 Star

Speed addicted hippy-crack huffing mollusc becomes Indie 500 racer in tricked out gurning gastropod Vs mean machine kids fun Turbo 3:10pm ITV2

The horrific true story of soldiers sent to their deaths in a needless battle in the Korean war - essential classic Pork Chop Hill 3:20pm Paramount Network

American actor Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) as Lieutenant Joe Clemons in 'Pork Chop Hill', directed by Lewis Milestone, 1959. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) as Lieutenant Joe Clemons in 'Pork Chop Hill', directed by Lewis Milestone, 1959. (Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Sky-scraping partiers and residents face death at every turn when a health and safety mishap leads to a disastrous The Towering Inferno 4:00pm ITV4

Newlywed journos learn life lessons from long lived loveable Labrador- heartfelt, bittersweet, tear jerking dog drama Marley & Me 4:45pm 5 Star

Ungrateful girl enters androgynous wizard's monstrous maze in swamp stenching, head swapping consummate fantasy wonder Labyrinth 5:00pm COMEDY CENTRAL

Fish farting ogre and friendless donkey free paradigm smashing princess and live ugly ever after in wry, droll meta-comedy gem Shrek 5:00pm ITV2

Paternally provoked penitent nazi schtooper/puncher fails to kill hitler or recover holy grail Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 6:30pm Channel 4

American actor Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist and Scottish actor Sean Connery as his father Henry Jones in a scene from the film 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 1989. Here the two are trapped in a Nazi stronghold.  (Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images)
Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist and Sean Connery as his father Henry Jones in a scene from the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989. (Murray Close/Getty Images)

Hedgehog munching detective duo and gypsy woman hunt warmongering genius in anachronistic adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 9:00pm Sky 1

Sexy/schlubby self-proclaimed crime fighters battle beach corruption in wry, junk-trapped, tongue-in-cheek hilarity Baywatch 9:00pm COMEDY CENTRAL

Bill Bryson and philandering friend attempt to trek 2,200 mile trail in juxtaposed odd couple adventure true story A Walk in the Woods 9:00pm Film 4

Disavowed sprinting spy and Co must prevent nuclear Armageddon in sand-storming skyscraper scaling fun Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol 9:00pm E4

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Misogynistic homophobic racist writer finds friendship and redemption by eruditely insulting those he loves most As Good as It Gets 9:00pm 5 Star

Working class heroes pelt environmentalists with balls before saving planet with a nuclear bomb. Bromantic action fun Armageddon 9:20pm ITV4

With almost no leads, police try desperately to halt a spate of random, brutal murders in spilt screen shocker The Boston Strangler 9:35pm Talking Pictures

Moral confusion runs riot as desperate single dad contracts for unscrupulous man who evicted his family in deft drama 99 Homes 10:20pm BBC Two

Heavy handed narc Gene Hackman tracks drug dealers in train chasing, Poughkeepsie foot picking, SOB-ing gem The French Connection 10:40pm Sony Movies Action

Fleeing memories of her dearly departed scream-queen mother, bereft woman must survive trope filled cult slasher flick in Bechdel approved machete meta comedy The Final Girls 10:45pm Horror Channel

Tom Cruise loses his grip on reality and his sense of self in Cameron Crowe’s music infused marmite masterpiece Vanilla Sky 11:05pm 5 Star

Luscious haired and surprisingly not dead mercenary reluctantly rescues POTUS from post apocalypse prison city in cleavage baring dystopian classic Escape From New York 11:05pm Film 4

Actor Kurt Russell on the set of "Escape From New York". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actor Kurt Russell on the set of "Escape From New York". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Arnie abuses power, foils terrorist plot and survives a nuclear explosion in stupidly fun strip teasing guilty pleasure True Lies 11:20pm Channel 4

Neurosurgeon’s account of a murder starts to revel a more sinister scheme in old school mystery The Upturned Glass 11:55pm Talking Pictures

One half of an effective team begins to question his world-view whilst patrolling post apocalyptic world in running, gunning sci-fi meme borrowing fun Oblivion 12:25am ITV4

Introverted world champion wrestler's friendship with awkward yet visionary benefactor descends into toxic animosity Foxcatcher 12:30am BBC One

Gunless cowboy and swordless samurai battle despot’s killer gang in stupendously stylised post-apocalyptic beat’em up fun Bunraku 1:05am Sony Movies

Renditioned professional escapologist must escape sadistic escape-proof prison in Arnie-quipping, prison escape film Escape Plan 1:10am Film 4

Fleeing their fans, personal pronoun song singers enjoy day of comedy shenanigans before performing epic concert A Hard Day's Night 2:05am BBC Two

5th April 1964:  Beatle Paul McCartney at Marylebone, London with Wilfrid Brambell (1912 - 1985) playing Paul's grandfather during filming of the Beatles' film 'A Hard Day's Night', directed by Richard Lester.  (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney at Marylebone, London with Wilfrid Brambell playing Paul's grandfather during filming of the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night, directed by Richard Lester. (Kaye/Express/Getty Images)

Timid, self-harming aspiring actress gives up her dignity for promise of stardom: maggot puking, skull crushing curio Starry Eyes 2:35am Horror Channel

Fleeing life’s ennui, Prof urgently seeks author of inspiring book dropped by suicidal woman in affecting drama Night Train to Lisbon 3:35am Sony Movies

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