At Easter other than eating chocolate no one is quite sure what you are supposed to be doing. The shops are shut, the chocolate eggs are gone so why not give into temptation and relax in front of the television.
Bank Holiday weekend classics are out in full force as Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out is on BBC One at 2.45. The first adventure for the animated pals originally came out in 1989 and seems simple in comparison to their latest film but it is still marvellous and definitely worth a watch. To add to that The Wrong Trousers is on BBC One on Monday at 4pm and A Close Shave is on BBC Three on Monday at 7pm. If you want more Aardman animations then Flushed Away is also on telly on Monday, BBC One at 2.40pm.
This holiday is also a good opportunity to enjoy a movie. There doesn’t seem to be any premieres this Easter but there are some good classics. The best kids movies are Toy Story on Channel 5, Sunday at 5pm, as well as Antz on Monday, BBC One at 1.25pm and Mary Poppins is on Monday, BBC One at 3.10pm. There is also a healthy sprinkling of the Shrek movies across the next few days as well as one of my favourite films The Borrowers. It is on ITV2 on Monday at 4.45pm, it is an odd American adaptation but has some great performances and keeps the fun and adventure of the books.
If you fancy something more grown up then some good films over the weekend are Strictly Ballroom on BBC Four, Sunday at 9pm and Yesterday is showing Cold Comfort Farm at 4pm on Monday.
A gory recommendation is for Channel 4′s Crucifixion which is on Sunday at 10pm. It follows anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens, who has been on Channel 4 before cutting people up and showcasing their innards. The programme explores how the crucifixion has been depicted including Dr Gunther’s own work, which has taken six years to create, and includes his own interpretation which uses donated body parts and has been put up in his own back garden. Although it sounds freaky Dr Gunther is an interesting man and likes experimenting with body parts but is strangely respectful about it.
And a final recommendation for Deal or No Deal. As Channel 4 says themselves, they have brought Jimmy Carr to one of the few shows he hasn’t appeared on as Noel Edmonds hosts a special celebrity version of the programme on Channel 4, Sunday at 8pm.