The best films to watch on UK TV today: Saturday, 17 October

Ben Dadds
·3 min read
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Roman J Israel Esq, Jackie Brown.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Roman J Israel Esq, Jackie Brown.

Choose from eccentric comedies, taut character studies and wild fantasies as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Saturday, 17 October.

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John Wayne stars as John Ford deconstructs the Western mythos in influential, iconic classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 2:00pm Paramount Network

Dozens of characters portray the brave men who helped secure allied victory in five interweaving tales of D-Day in The Longest Day 2:35pm Film4

After incinerating nemesis, supervillain faces existential crisis, depression and multiple identity disorder in cracking kids comedy Megamind 3:45pm E4

Ungrateful girl enters androgynous wizard's monstrous maze in swamp-stenching, head-swapping consummate fantasy wonder Labyrinth 3:00pm Comedy Central

Wholly unique hilarious, kitsch, endlessly quotable and profanity free fun as unknowingly uncool teen learns Rex Kwon Do, self actualises and gets the geek girl Napoleon Dynamite 5:00pm Comedy Central

Broken Arrow, lobbycard, from left: Jeff Chandler, Chris Willow Bird, Argentina Brunetti, Jay Silverheels, James Stewart, Debra Paget, Dolores Christine Cypert, 1950. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
Broken Arrow, lobbycard, from left: Jeff Chandler, Chris Willow Bird, Argentina Brunetti, Jay Silverheels, James Stewart, Debra Paget, Dolores Christine Cypert, 1950. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

A man battles the odds as he tries to heal the hatred between European settlers and Apache natives in true story Broken Arrow (1950) 6:05pm Sony Movies Action

Monument demolishing alien's invasion fails due to punchy pilot, quippy shareware scientist and awful firewalls in Independence Day 6:10pm Film4

Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall stand up to greedy land baron in traditional, beautiful and bullet ridden Western treat Open Range 6:15pm Paramount Network

Dumped by previous motivator, All Valley Karate Champion spends college tuition on Japanese lesson in honour culture and drum technique splurge The Karate Kid Part II 6:45pm 5 Star

Temporal-tuning hat enthusiasts try to persuade Matt Damon to avoid Emily Blunt in sci-fi romance The Adjustment Bureau 6:55pm Sony Movies

Having saved dinosaurs from volcanic extinction, ex-lovers must save them from humanity in prehistoric-heroic tooth and claw adventure Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 6:35pm ITV2

Watch: The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer

Magnificent magnetic mercenary assists elite order in monster massacre: black-powder battling bonanza The Great Wall 9:00pm Film4

Oscar-winning coming of age classic as a weak, undisciplined man gets the girl and wins respect as An Officer and a Gentleman 9:00pm 5 Star

After rescuing tax evader, murder-addict fires friends and saves upstarts from Mel Gibson in bloodless exploding fun The Expendables 3 9:00pm Sky 1

Samuel L Jackson in Jackie Brown (credit: Miramax)
Samuel L Jackson in Jackie Brown (credit: Miramax)

Superfly air hostess orchestrates intricate table turner on murderous boss in Tarantino's underrated Rashemonic gem Jackie Brown 9:00pm Dave

Painted blue, Scotsman flashes Celtic jewels at English, finds French lady love and gets utterly ruined on epic nation wide fight for freedom Braveheart 9:00pm Sony Movies

IMF overachiever gambles his life in truly astonishing, taut, gender-equalising, multi-mcguffin hunt Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation 9:15pm Channel 4

Terror beyond measure when a father turns on his family in Stanley Kubrick's meticulous and reflective Rorschach masterpiece The Shining 9:15pm BBC Two

Sexy/schlubby self-proclaimed crime fighters battle beach corruption in wry, junk-trapped, tongue-in-cheek hilarity Baywatch 11:05pm Film 4

Watch: A Baywatch trailer

70s nerd’s Fury-ous obsession with killer car transforms him into maniacal misanthropic miscreant in John Carpenter’s Christine 11:35pm Horror Channel

FBI agent becomes pawn in bitter billionaire’s game of vengeance while Anthony Hopkins makes Ray Liotta a delicious meal Hannibal 11:40pm 5 Star

Idealistic ASD lawyer becomes disillusioned by ideals he held dear in intricate, astute powerhouse character study Roman J. Israel, Esq. 11:50pm Channel 4

Small town sheriff and itinerant African American detective must set aside preconceptions and prejudices to solve murder in racist-slapping stone cold classic In the Heat of the Night 00:10am BBC Two

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