Christmas Tv

It’s that festive time of year again, which means presents, mince pies and plenty of stuff to stream in between Christmas dinners and parties. There’s a whole host of things to watch this December, with familiar seasonal fare like the next Doctor Who special, heart-warming comedies like Ghosts, Oscar-tipped films like May December, and of course the last few episodes of The Crown. Read on for everything worth streaming this month:

TV

The Crown Season 6 Part 2

The Crown

Avid fans of The Crown will no doubt have already eagerly binged all of the second half of season 6 when it drops on 14th December, but for those who want to catch up, the royal drama’s swansong will make great Christmas viewing.

By now you probably know that the first four episodes of the season focused most prominently on Diana and the aftermath of her tragic death- but the remaining six are set to move the Royal Family into the 21st century, focusing on Charles and Camilla’s relationship before their marriage in 2005, as well as Prince William’s growing crush on Kate Middleton while at St Andrew’s University. Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Johnathan Pryce and Olivia Williams will all be back in their royal roles, with Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy as the young William and Kate.

Releases: 14.12.23

Doctor Who

Doctor WHo

David Tennant and Catherine Tate were briefly back in the TARDIS a few weeks ago for Doctor Who’s 60th-anniversary specials, but now the phone box has a new occupant. Sex Education and Barbie star Ncuti Gatwa is heading into time and space as the fifteen incarnations of the much-travelled time lord, finally making his full debut after being announced last year and appearing briefly at the end of the last episode. This new Doctor will meet new companion Ruby Sunday, played by Millie Gibson, in a Christmas special titled The Church on Ruby Road. It’ll pave the way for series 14 of the show next year and is once again written by Russell T Davies.

Airs: Christmas Day

Ghosts Christmas Special

Ghosts

Ghosts, the supernatural comedy that’s grown into a cult hit, came to an end earlier this year with its fifth series but will be back for one last episode in the form of a Christmas special. You star Charlotte Richie returns as Alison alongside Kiell Smith-Byone as Mike for a final hurrah, alongside Horrible Histories actors Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Matha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond, and Lolly Adefope as their beloved ghostly characters. There’s not much known in the way of plot, but Baynton’s teaser on The Graham Norton Radio Show that it’ll be “an emotional roller coaster”.

Airs: Christmas Day

Vigil

Vigil

Prefer your Christmas to be a bit more thrilling? Then Vigil series 2, which begins on 10th December, is ideal for a nail-biting watch. Surranne Jones’ tense police drama won viewers over with its unnerving claustrophobia aboard a Royal Navy submarine, but this new series is heading back to the surface with DCI Amy Silva (Jones) delving into the world of military drones. She’s joined by Game of ThronesRose Leslie as Detective Sgt. Kirsten Longacre, as the pair investigate a series of strange deaths that occur on an army base in Scotland- but their relationship is put to the test as they find themselves in more danger than ever.

Starts: 10.12.23

A Murder At The End of the World

Murder At The End Of The World

A luxury retreat far from civilisation and surrounded by snowy ice: it’s certainly an ideal setting for a twisting murder thriller. The Crown and Lady Chatterly’s Lover star Emma Corrin plays amateur detective Darby, a formidable hacker who’s written a book about her time trying to get to the bottom of murder cases. Out of the blue, she’s sent an invite to an idyllic retreat in the company of an eccentric billionaire, Andy Ronson (played by Clive Owen), where she crosses paths with her old partner Bill. But things are turned upside down when one of the other eight guests at the retreat is found dead, with Darby certain it was a murder. She sets out to prove she’s right- but finds herself entangled in a web of competing interests and shadowy figures who seem determined to allow the killer to strike again.

Releases: Available now

Lot No.249

Lot No.249

Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss is adapting this Arthur Conan Doyle story for BBC Two, and is set to star Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington as an Oxford Uni student who grows an interest in an Egyptian mummy. Abercrombie Smith (Harington), an Egyptology student, discovers an ancient mummified body that’s labelled only as “Lot No.249”, and decides to start examining it. His intrigue turns into an obsession, as the mummy begins to exhibit strange supernatural behaviour and seems to have a creepy effect on everyone it encounters. His experiments start getting the attention of the rest of his college, and Abercrombie’s obsession threatens to have dark consequences.

Airs: Christmas Eve

Berlin

Berlin

This Money Heist prequel is set to arrive on our screens on 29th December, so it’s perfect for that weird limbo between Christmas Day and New Year. The devious and eccentric Berlin (Pedro Alonso), who became a fan favourite in the original series of Money Heist, returns in this spin-off set a few years before the Netflix hit, as he and a gang of skilled thieves meet to try and pull off an audacious heist in Paris. As the show explores his golden age as a criminal, he has his sights set on $44 million worth of jewels and attempts to balance his ambitions with his personal life.

Releases: 29.12.23

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Percy Jackson

A reboot of the much-loved fantasy series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians adapt the Rick Riordan books as a Disney+ show. It stars newcomer Walker Scobell as the young Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old who discovers that he is in fact a demigod and son of the Greek god Poseidon. Along with best friend Grover Underwood and the daughter of Athena Annabeth Chase, he’s sent on a quest to bring back order to Olympus after he’s accused of stealing sky god Zeus’ powerful lightning bolt. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lance Reddick and Jay Duplass also star.

Releases: 20.12.23

Films

Leave the World Behind

Leave the world behind

Julia Roberts, Mahershala Ali and Ethan Hawke star in this twisting psychological thriller releasing on Netflix this month. The Sandford family, which includes married couple Amanda (Roberts) and Clay (Hawke) decide to take a holiday together to Long Island. Their happy vacation however is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers, G.H (Ali) and his daughter Ruth (Myha’la), who inform the family that they are the owners of the house, and want to stay there due to a strange blackout affecting New York City. Both families shelter there, but have a mutual distrust, with Amanda in particular sceptical of the new arrivals. As the blackout crisis worsens, they’ll do whatever it takes to survive in a world apparently on the verge of collapse. Kevin Bacon also stars as fellow Long Island resident Danny.

Releases: 8.12.23

May December

May December

This Oscar-tipped drama is set to arrive on the small screen in the UK via Sky Cinema, and stars Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. Portman plays an actress, who heads to Savannah, Georiga to meet the woman she’s set to portray in an independent biopic film, the controversial Gracie Atherton-Yoo (Moore). Gracie became a tabloid media figure through an infamous relationship with her husband Joe (Charles Melton) who is over 20 years younger than her and first started when he was 13 years old. Their marriage however starts to feel the strain as the Hollywood actress gets to know them more closely.

Releases: 8.12.23

Maestro

Maestro

Another potential contender for the Oscars, Bradley Cooper’s biopic drama Maestro will be available to stream on Netflix over Christmas. It stars the A Star Is Born actor as legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, alongside Promising Young Woman’s Carey Mulligan as his wife Felicia Montealegre. The film examines both their lives and Bernstein’s work through the lens of their marriage, as the two meet and fall in love. It also stars Matt Bomer, Maya Hawke and Sarah Silverman.

Releases: 20.12.23


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