It’s our final Watch Weekly of the year! For this one, we wanted to concentrate mainly on family films you can find on the main TV channels over the Christmas period. There’s a mix of classic and modern titles, and even a live streamed theatre performance! There’s always so much to watch over the festive holidays, from timeless musicals to animations, so if none of these take your fancy then we’re sure you’ll be under no shortage of films to watch with whoever you’re spending Christmas with.
If you catch anything you particularly enjoy, let us know via social media in the comments! We love seeing your mini reviews. That’s all for now, and we’ll be back with more movie picks in the New Year.
Where to watch: Channel 5 on Saturday 19th December at 4.25pm. Also on BFI Player to rent for £3.50 (or subscribe to watch – first 14 days free then £4.99 per month)
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
This 1951 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic is perhaps the most faithful film version — and Alastair Sim’s performance as Scrooge is not to be missed.
2. Paddington 2
Where to watch: On BBC1 on Christmas Eve at 4.15pm and on BBC iPlayer after. Also on BFI Player rent for £3.50 or less if subscribed
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Heart-warming and charming, Paddington 2 is currently the most positive reviewed film to remain at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
3. Arthur Christmas
Where to watch: On ITV on Tuesday 22nd December, and also on Netflix.
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Fun, humour and holiday spirit from Aardman Animations, featuring the voices of James McEvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.
4. A Christmas Carol – live recorded theatre
Where to watch: This is a live-recorded version, perfect for those missing the theatre.
This Christmas, come together with your household or with friends and family online to take part in the music and merriment of this uplifting story, performed and streamed live as part of the Old Vic: In Camera series. Starring Andrew Lincoln and John Dagleish.
5. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Where to watch: On BBC2 on Boxing Day at 6.40pm, and on BBC iPlayer after
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
A CAE Screen favourite – one of the most-screened films across the network. Comfort food for fans of period drama. Starring Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Courtenay.
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