Christmas 2020 TV guide: The best films on UK telly for Wednesday, 30 December

Ben Dadds
·4 min read
Trolls, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, North By Northwest.
Trolls, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, North By Northwest.

Christmas is finally here, and to guide you through the season we’ll be sharing the best movies on TV every day.

Choose from colourful kids’ comedies, high brow Russian social commentary and endearing coming of age tales as TopFilmTip brings you the best films on TV for Wednesday 30 December 2020.

Some films may require a Sky subscription.

Moral complications of recognition and respect for emerging artificial intelligence, creativity and life explored in gay marriage metaphor in IsaacAsimov’s Bicentennial Man 9:00am Sony Movies

Stone-age rabbit wranglers battle bronze-age beautiful game premiership primadonnas for land and glory in sporting satire Early Man 10:30am BBC One

Heart warming tale of an inner city girl who discovers a talent for spelling in moving family drama Akeelah and the Bee 12:45pm Film 4

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Cary Grant goes on a European run when a cat burglar steals his style. Fireworks and thrills in Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief 1:05pm BBC Two

(Original Caption) Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 'To Catch a Thief' by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in 'To Catch a Thief' by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Scouse-wife escape routine and loveless husband for Greek adventure and rediscovers her lost youth and love of life Shirley Valentine 1:35pm Channel 5

Sisterly rivalry runs rife as team of female baseballers shatter gender expectations in sporting drama A League of Their Own 1:35pm Sony Movies

Unrelentingly cheerful princess and brooding outcast seek to save their friends from belligerent Bergens in wild, colourful and endearing musical adventure Trolls 1:50pm BBC One

Non-stop excitement as a man is caught in an ever more complex web of spies and intrigue in Hitchcock's top thriller North by Northwest 2:50pm BBC Two

American actors Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the set of North by Northwest, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actors Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the set of North by Northwest, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Decidedly average 80s kid becomes boastful hirsute hero- van surfing, Boof-mauling, basket-balling, confidence drunk gem Teen Wolf 3:00pm Film 4

With visionary scope and scale Night Fury riding mother discoverer stands against tyrant in magnificent marvel How to Train Your Dragon 2 3:35pm BBC One

Yorkshire Granny’s get out their baps, display their flowers and show off their pianists for money in top true story Calendar Girls 3:45pm Channel 5

Leaving a promise as waitress’ tip, Kind-hearted cop Nic Cage’s lottery win drives wedge through his marriage It Could Happen to You 4:10pm Sony Movies

Socially astute strong willed teen seduces emotionally abused hunk of dancing beefcake amid empowering sexual awakening / grind-a-thon Dirty Dancing 6:00pm Channel 5

Explosions, chases and teenage crushes / races as geek Viking learns secrets of dragon taming in outstanding fantasy How to Train Your Dragon 7:30pm E4

Patrick Swayze possesses Whoopi Goldberg in convoluted gambit to win grieving woman’s affections in romantic drama Ghost 8:00pm Channel 5

Railroaded into cyber criminal crew, criminal betrays his crew of criminals in traffic raining submarine jumper Fast & Furious 8 8:30pm ITV2

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Clint Eastwood reprises his sharp shooting cowboy persona to rescue a secretive nun and blow up the French Two Mules for Sister Sara 9:00pm Paramount Network

Surrounded by arboretum, friends and families must lean to see the wood for the trees and the chasm between meaning and money in Anton Chekhov's poignant play Uncle Vanya 10:00pm BBC Four

Philosophical mullet topped bouncer cleans up a dirty town in 2 hour knee smashing, throat ripping, bluesy bar brawl Road House 10:35pm Channel 5

Bad egg and reluctant foster father lnack though bush in exquisitely amusing and idiosyncratic magestical gem Hunt for the Wilderpeople 10:50pm Film 4

Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play 2016's most memorable duo who go on the run from the law across the beautiful New Zealand landscapes.
Sam Neill and Julian Dennison play 2016's most memorable duo who go on the run from the law across the beautiful New Zealand landscapes in Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

French-Scot and Scottish-Spanish-Egyptian immortals battle mangle headed priest licker for Queen-scored power of oneness: sword-slaying decap-athlon Highlander 11:30pm BBC One

Time travelling detective para-doctors paradoxes to stop elusive bomber in high concept, cerebral sci-fi treat Predestination 12:45am Sony Movies Action

Two young men are forever changed after witnessing health and wealth disparity in South American true story The Motorcycle Diaries 12:55am Film 4

Based on a true story- young wannabe gangsters semi-serious kidnapping rapidly descends to chaotic and fearful panic Alpha Dog 1:15am Sony Movies

Has-been radio DJ mimes power ballads, doesn't Clobber hostage taker and becomes SiegeFace- exquisite comedy Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 1:20am BBC One

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