My recommendations of what to watch on TV this Christmas…
One of my favourite things to do over Christmas is buying the Christmas Radio Times and surfing through it to see what’s on TV over the festive period. There’s always a ‘Dr. Who’ Christmas special (this year it’s on at New Year) or ‘Great British Bake-off’ Christmas special or a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Christmas special.
This year, the big highlights on the telly are a new animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s ‘Zog and the Flying Doctors’ (on on Christmas Day). There’s a new version of ‘Black Narcissus’ (on Sunday 27th December) with Gemma Arteton looking beautiful in a nun outfit. And a new BBC drama called ‘The Serpent’ (on New’s Year’s Day) with Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim and set in Bangkok which is music to the ears for me as I used to live in Bangkok.
All that and a festive special of ‘Call the Midwife’ (on Christmas Day) and, heaven help us, a special of ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ (on Christmas Day) with Brendan O’Carroll looking seriously unfunny in drag…
But frankly I don’t read the Radio Times for what’s on TV. Well, I do, but not for the TV shows (unless you want to see the zillionth repeat of ‘Vicar of Dibley’ or ‘Gavin and Stacey’). As a film critic, what I’m interested in are the dozens of films that are showing over the Christmas period. There’s always old favourites like ‘Ben-Hur’ (1959) or ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947) as well as some first-time on-TV premieres.
This year I reckon we all need to snuggle up by the fire and watch our favourite festive classics. It’s the only thing we can do at the moment - certainly if you’re in Tier 3 Nottingham where the cinemas are currently closed. So, without further ado, I decided to look through the Christmas Radio Times per tradition and offer you my picks of what movies to watch on TV this Christmas. I thought I’d pick one film for each of the 12 days leading up to New Year and starting on the 21st of December. This should see you through this Covid Christmas. Hope you enjoy…
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