Easter’s almost here, and boy are we glad of a break. Whether you’re heading home from uni for a few weeks, or just have the Easter bank holiday weekend off work, we bet you’re planning to kick back in front of the TV at some point.
And the good news is, there are some brilliant things lined up over the Easter break. From new shows available to stream on Netflix this April, to the best films on terrestrial TV over the Easter bank holiday weekend, we’ve rounded up the top options for the ultimate chilled-out weekend. It’s the perfect remedy to a busy couple of months. Just whatever you do, don’t forget to stock up on snacks.
Good Friday TV – what to watch on Friday 14th April
Settle down with a takeaway for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The first part of JRR Tolkien’s epic adventure starts at 7.25pm on ITV2. It’s 3 hours and 48 minutes long, so make sure you’re sitting comfortably.
Seen it a million times already? Switch over to The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, 9pm on ITV4. It’s followed straight after at 11.20pm by Oscar-winning flick The Deer Hunter with Robert De Niro – so you don’t need to move off the sofa all night.
Bit of a music lover? Then don’t miss Music for Misfits: the Story of Indie on BBC4 at 11pm. It’s the first of a three-part series exploring the genre, narrated by muso Mark Radcliffe.
Easter Saturday TV – what to watch on Saturday 15th April
Start your lazy Saturday morning as you mean to go on with Snooker: The World Championship at 10am on BBC2. The coverage continues over Easter on both BBC1 and BBC2. Plus, if you’re in the mood to watch some sport you can follow it with live coverage from the Track Cycling World Championships, which starts at midday on BBC2.
For easy afternoon viewing, Warner Bros’ animated tale – Happy Feet – is worth a watch. It starts at 4.15pm over on ITV2, or you can pretend it’s Christmas and opt for Home Alone at 4.30pm over on Film4 instead.
There’s also a JK Rowling documentary that will go down a treat with Harry Potter fans. Fantastic Beasts and JK Rowling's Wizarding World starts at 4.30pm on ITV. Plus, there are some decent films in the evening, including X Men: First Class at 9pm on Film4, and Tom Cruise sci-fi War of the Worlds at 9.45pm on BBC2.
Easter Sunday TV – what to watch on Sunday 16th April
Get your Easter Sunday off to a great start with Cool Runnings at 2.15 on BBC1 – surely the perfect way to relax after a massive roast. Then follow it up with a dose of 80s fashion in Three Men and a Little Lady on Channel 5 at 3.20pm, which is perfect dozing-on-the-sofa fodder.
In the evening, you can get another Bilbo Baggins fix in The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug at 8pm on ITV2. There’s also the brilliant wedding comedy, Bridesmaids, on Film4 at 9pm, not to mention the excellent Brit movie – East Is East – on Channel 4 at 11.05pm.
New on Netflix – what to watch on Netflix in April
If you’d rather binge-watch a series on Netflix, you’re in luck. Good Friday sees a cult classic make its way to onto the streaming service, in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return. This bonkers show about a man on a spaceship who’s forced to watch bad movies – yes, really – was crowd-funded on Kickstarter and promises a suitably surreal experience.
Elsewhere, season three of the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul, hits Netflix in April. And of course, if you’re a Marvel fan, Iron Fist is the one to watch this month. The whole of season 1 is available to stream, so hunker down and make the most of that free WiFi while you can.
Film-wise, everyone’s talking about the new Adam Sandler movie, Sandy Wexler, which is available from Good Friday. Plus there are a bunch of new-but-old movies available on the streaming service from the start of April. Try Cool Runnings or Tropic Thunder for comedy, Gremlins for some 80s nostalgia, or Schindler’s List for a serious dose of perspective.