The best films on TV to catch over the Bank Holiday weekend

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If you're lucky enough to have a three-day weekend, then come Bank Holiday Monday you might just want to kick back on the sofa and watch a good movie.

Here's our guide to some of the best films showing on TV.


Step Up 4: Miami Heat

Channel 4, 8.20am

An aspiring dancer comes to Miami to pursue her dreams, and falls in love with the leader of a street performance crew. When she learns the group's neighbourhood is to be demolished, driving the residents from their homes, she joins forces with them to organise a protest show. Dance drama sequel, starring Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman


ITV3, 10.25am

The American expat owner of a Moroccan nightclub is reunited with his old flame during the Second World War. Now married to a Czech freedom fighter, she needs his help to get them safely out of the country before they are captured by the Nazis - but the former lovers also have to wrestle the temptation to rekindle their simmering romance. Drama, with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Paul Henreid.


ITV4, 10.30am

A determined marshal tracks down a murderous gang to a hostile town, where he encounters resistance from every quarter while trying to bring the fugitives to justice. Michael Winner's Western, starring Burt Lancaster, Robert Duvall, Lee J Cobb, Robert Ryan and Sheree North.


ITV4, 12.30pm

Jewish resistance fighters out to destroy Nazi fuel bunkers during the North African campaign recruit a Canadian major experienced in desert warfare. Risking life and limb, they pose as a German transport detail escorting British prisoners, but it becomes clear that someone in their group is a traitor. Second World War adventure, starring George Peppard, Rock Hudson, Nigel Green and Guy Stockwell.

Baby's Day Out

Film 4, 3pm

Three bungling kidnappers hatch a plan to pose as society reporters and snatch the baby son of a wealthy couple. However, the infant escapes on to the streets of New York, evading the crooks' every attempt to recapture him. Comedy, starring Joe Mantegna, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joe Pantoliano and Brian Haley.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

ITV2, 6.55pm

Daredevil explorers Rick and Evelyn O'Connell are called into action when their son accidentally resurrects the evil Chinese Emperor Han from his ancient tomb. The family now faces a race against time to prevent the merciless leader from awakening his vast terracotta army in a plot to take over the world. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh.

For Your Eyes Only

ITV 4, 7:45pm

James Bond goes in search of a British weapons system aboard a sunken vessel before it falls into the hands of enemies who will use it to deactivate all Western submarines. Unfortunately, his mission is hindered by a crossbow-toting woman out to avenge her father's murder. Spy thriller, starring Roger Moore, Topol, Julian Glover, Carole Bouquet, Jill Bennett and Lynn-Holly Johnson.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Film 4, 6.35pm

Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for a hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur, and plan to spend their retirement there. They arrive to find the building dilapidated but are won over by the enthusiastic young manager, and each embarks on their own adventures in the city. Comedy drama, starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel.

The Bourne Identity

ITV4, 9pm

A fishing boat crew plucks a man out of the sea with two bullet wounds in his back and a safety-deposit number sewn into his skin - but absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. In the search for his true identity, he is pursued by assassins - but his skill at evading them suggests his own past is far from straightforward. Thriller, starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen and Brian Cox.

Notting Hill

ITV, 10.20pm

A recently divorced bookshop owner finds love with a glamorous Hollywood film star, but ends up the focus of unwanted media interest - which makes maintaining a relationship a tricky proposition. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis, starring Hugh Grant, Julia Roberts, Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, James Dreyfus and Gina McKee.

Forrest Gump

Sky One, 9pm

A slow-witted man has a series of bizarre adventures, including becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman - but the love of his life from childhood continues to elude him. Robert Zemeckis's Oscar-winning comedy drama, starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise.


Syfy, 9pm

A 16th-century Scottish clansman discovers he is one of a race of immortal warriors who can only be killed by beheading, and who are destined to fight to the death until just one survives. Centuries later in modern-day New York, he prepares for a final showdown with his deadliest enemy. Fantasy action adventure, starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart. Featuring a soundtrack by Queen.


BBC2, 11pm

Fact-based drama about a Frenchman wrongly imprisoned for life for a crime he did not commit, who made an extraordinarily courageous bid to escape from the notorious Devil's Island - a former leper colony turned into a maximum-security prison. Starring Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Zerbe, Don Gordon and George Coulouris.

Layer Cake

Channel5, 11pm

A London cocaine dealer is all set to leave the criminal world behind and start a new life abroad. However, his plans are thwarted when he is asked to track down a gangster's drug-addicted daughter and locate a stolen shipment of Ecstasy. Crime thriller, starring Daniel Craig, Michael Gambon, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham and Sienna Miller.


ITV4, 11.20pm

An undercover cop infiltrating a criminal gang is involved in a diamond heist that ends in murder. As he pursues the criminals and tries to expose corruption in his own department, he makes an unlikely ally of a Native American on a quest to recover a sacred tribal artefact stolen by the crooks. Action adventure, with Kiefer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips.


Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

BBC2, 9am

One of Tinker Bell's friends meets a large hairy monster, and discovers he is not as fearsome as he looks. However, she has a hard time convincing the other fairies to accept him, and needs the help of her friends to protect the creature. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Mae Whitman, Ginnifer Goodwin and Rosario Dawson.

Kung Fu Panda 2

BBC2, 10.10am

Martial arts master panda Po continues to hone his skills when an evil peacock, who was banished from China for trying to build a deadly new weapon, returns to cause more chaos. It falls to Po to defeat him, but he suffers strange flashbacks revealing a connection between his past and the sinister bird. Animated comedy sequel, with the voices of Jack Black and Gary Oldman.

The Princess Bride

Channel 4, 12.20pm

A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather's magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy's heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler and his hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner's comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

Open Season

Channel 5


A mischievous deer tempts Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear with no survival skills, to try life on the wild side. However, with the hunting season in full swing, all the fearful woodland creatures urge Boog to unleash his inner ferocity and drive the gunmen out of the forest. Animated comedy, featuring the voices of Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Gary Sinise and Billy Connolly.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Channel 5, 3.55pm

The singing rodents cause mayhem while performing on a tropical cruise, before they find themselves stranded on a desert island. As they search for a way to get back to civilisation, it becomes clear that they are not alone. Comedy sequel, starring Jason Lee and Jenny Slate, with the voices of Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney.

Despicable Me

ITV 2, 4.50pm

A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the Moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him - but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Film 4, 4.50pm

The super-powered team takes on a mysterious alien who has been sent by his planet-eating master to prepare Earth for obliteration. While the four heroes try to find a way to foil its plans, an old enemy returns, intent on seizing the extraterrestrial's power. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Jessica Alba, with the voice of Laurence Fishburne.