It’s Christmas time! Which means you have every excuse in the world to pig-out and watch the box (to put it bluntly!) And, as is the norm, there’s a tonne on telly to indulge in, mince pie and cheeky Baileys in hand and with Aunt Mildred snoring, legs outstretched and dribbling post-Christmas dinner. So, if you’ve watched Love Actually five times too many or maybe you’re getting old enough to realise that The Grinch is actually pretty darn scary, we’re here to give you a gentle nudge in the right direction…
What’s On The Box?
BBC1 are giving us the gift of another David Walliams adaptation this Christmas and for that we’re more than grateful. The Midnight Gang serves as a revamp of a children’s book starring one of our favourite comedians, with more names to follow. The tale follows a gang of children at Lord Funt Hospital on the quest for adventure as their fellow patients sleep.
You can watch The Midnight Gang on Boxing Day at 7.30pm on BBC1
Another BBC1 must-watch comes in the form of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders. The all-star cast features John Malkovich, Rupert Grint (better known for playing Harry Potter’s Ron), and Tara Fitzgerald. The drama investigates a brutal murder and has all the chill-factor you need.
You can watch The ABC Murders on Boxing Day at 9pm on BBC1
She’s the super cute baker that the nation has fallen head over heels with, and now there’s a Christmas Party you’ll be needing to attend. Mary Berry’s festive exclusive will see celebrities try their hand at cooking, including a line-up of newsreader Huw Edwards, Poldark actress Eleanor Tomlinson, athlete Dina Asher-Smith and comedian Joe Lycett.
You can watch Mary Berry’s Christmas Party on Monday 17th December at 8.30pm on BBC1
This six-part adaptation of Les Mis, without music, is set to captivate BBC audiences over the festive period. The tale casts an eye on the revolution and delves into the stories behind the famed characters of the Victor Hugo novel. Starring Dominic West, David Oyelow, Olivia Colman and more.
You can watch Les Miserables on Sunday, 30th December at 9pm on BBC1
We’re SO excited for this, and we can image the rest of the nation are too. The Inbetweeners Tenth Birthday Party will see the famed group, Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, reconvene for a 10th Birthday Christmas special. As Will famously said: “Is it possible to unsee things?” But this is something you’re definitely going to want to see.
You can watch The Inbetweeners Tenth Birthday Party on New Year’s Day at 9pm on Channel 4
It’s a must-watch at Christmas and a complete classic. The Doctor Who Christmas Special will see Jodie Whittaker continue to work wonders as she explores the vast galaxy of time.
You can watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special on New Year’s Day at 7pm on BBC1
For The Netflix And Chillers…
Quite a cheesy choice, but hear us out. It’s one of those easy to watch Christmas films that you can pop on in the background as you wrap the pressies. Plus it’s quite topical as it features a handsome ginger-haired prince not too dissimilar from our own here in England, and his journey to love. Basically, we love this Cinderlla-esque tale and all the topsy turvy things that happen along the way. It’s corny Christmas and it’s just what we need! Starring Rose McIver, Ben Lamb and Alice Krige.
Watch it here
Kurt Russel is playing Father Christmas and it’s just fabulous. The Christmas Chronicles is essentially an elaborate game of festive hide and seek, as Kate and Teddy Pierce become a brother and sister duo desperate to catch the big Papa Claus on camera. But, this being a film there are obviously plot twists. Get involved!
Watch it here
Is it even Christmas if you haven’t watched Love Actually? And now it’s on Netflix you have no excuse, and if you try to make one you’ll be going straight onto the naughty list. As a brief synopsis for those not so in the know, Love Actually playfully and humorously tells the tale of eight contrasting couples as they to and fro between love.
Watch it here
Christmas Movie Top-Picks…
Starring Dan Stevens, Jonathan Pryce, and Christopher Plummer this 2017 film is a total Christmas must watch. The very Tim Burton-esque offering tells the tale of the journey that led to Charles Dickens’ creation of A Christmas Carol. It’s full to the brim with festiveness and you can’t ask for much more than that!
For the pure and simple fact that it never gets old!
This classic Danny DeVito movie is on our list this year because we don’t feel it gets enough loving, despite being oh so good. First off, Danny is hilarious and secondly it’s filled with Christmas-y stuff, so you can’t complain! The 2006 flick tells the tale of two neighbours having it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.
An absolutely ridiculous film that we love so much. Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas is essentially a film about his panic that no-one will turn up to his TV show due to the bad weather. Absurdity at it’s finest!
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However if being a couch potato just isn’t your thing, then find alternative things to do below…