23 Dec 2016

Top films to watch this christmas

Here’s our shortlist of decent movies to get stuck into this festive season.

Christmas is a time of year for maxin’ relaxin’ with your friends and family, stuffing your face with Christmas pud and let’s face it – going a little crackers.

One of the best things about Christmas is lounging around in your pjs, watching epic, trashy films and devouring endless boxes of chocolates.

So, what’s on your TV wish list this year? Let’s help start things off with these top films to watch this Christmas.


The Lady in the Van, 9pm, BBC Two

A playwright develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway for the next 15 years.

  • Miracle on 34th Street, 11am, Film4
  • Despicable Me, 11.20am, ITV1
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 1.30pm, ITV1
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol, 5.50pm, Channel 4
  • The Inbetweeners Movie, 9pm, E4
  • Rear Window, 12.55am, Film4


Frozen, 3.10pm, BBC1

When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna – a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa.

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 11.55am, ITV1
  • The Artist, 2.25pm, BBC Two
  • Singin’ in the Rain, 4.10pm, Channel 5
  • Home Alone, 6pm, Channel 4
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 6.35pm, Film 4
  • Dallas Buyers Club, 10.30pm, Channel 5


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 4.10pm, ITV1

This film follows the story of Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts. Harry is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and plans to kill him.

  • Brave, 2.40pm, BBC1
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 4.10pm, Channel 4
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 6.50pm, Film4
  • Deadpool, 8pm, Sky Premiere
  • Pitch Perfect, 11.10pm, Channel 4
  • Solomon Kane, 11.25pm, Film4


Scrooged, 12.35pm, Film4

The fabulous Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a ruthless TV executive confronted with the slapstick ghosts of Christmas past, present and future.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark 1.35pm, BBC One
  • Happy Feet, 2.10pm, ITV1
  • Titanic, 2.40pm, Film4
  • Labyrinth, 4.10pm, Channel 5
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, 7.30pm, ITV1
  • Dirty Dancing, 9pm, Channel 5
  • Killer Joe, 1.30am, Film4


The African Queen, 10.55am, Channel 5

After a religious spinster’s (Katharine Hepburn) brother is killed in WWI Africa, captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her a safe journey.

  • Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 10.30am, BBC 1
  • About time, 6.30pm, Film4
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 7.30pm, ITV1
  • Zombieland, 10pm, E4
  • Jaws, 10.25pm, ITV1
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour, 00:00am, Film4 (Adults only!)


Men in Black, 5.20pm, Film4

Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are two agents of a secret organisation called the Men in Black, who supervise extraterrestrial lifeforms who live on Earth and hide their existence from ordinary humans.

  • Truth, 10pm, Sky Premiere
  • Chicken Run, 10.50am, BBC1
  • Mr Bean’s Holiday, 11.10am, ITV1
  • Rio, 3.20pm, Film4
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 9pm, ITV1
  • American Hustle, 11.10pm, Film4


Planet of the Apes, 4pm, Channel 5

A story about a world where humans and intelligent apes clash for control.

  • Flushed Away, 10.50am, BBC 1
  • Dr Seuss’ The Lorax, 11am, Film4
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1, 8pm, ITV1
  • Les Misérables, 8pm, More4
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 8.30pm, BBC1
  • The Blind Side, 10.45pm, Channel 5
  • Starred Up, 00:00am, Film4


The Big Lebowski, 11.15pm, Film4

Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, a laid-back, easygoing burnout who shares the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of people, a lot of money.

  • The Muppet Treasure Island, 2.45pm, Channel 4
  • Thunderbirds, Film4, 3.05pm
  • Johnny English, Film4, 4.50pm
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 9pm, ITV1
  • Pulp Fiction, Channel 5, 10.30pm
  • Reservoir Dogs, Channel 5, 1.20am


Aliens, 9pm, Film4

57 years on after the original attack, Ripley and a crew of marines return to the planet to kill the remaining aliens that have slaughtered the colonists on the planet.

  • Jingle All the Way, 10.50am, Film4
  • Fantastic Four, 12.45pm, Film4
  • E.T The Extra Terrestrial, 4.30pm, ITV1
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 7pm, Sky Premiere
  • Legally Blonde, 8pm, Channel 5
  • Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, 9pm, Channel 4


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