Based on Dr Seuss’s cult classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the film stars Jim Carrey as the green grouchy grinch. Grinch has hated Christmas since he was an eight year old, however he grows to realise that Christmas means more than material gifts and his heart grows three times. A film capable of warming any Scrooge’s heart.
24 December, ITV1, 4.45pm
This 2003 film from Richard ‘romcom’ Curtis has become a huge Christmas classic. Nine years after its release it will not doubt be as popular this Christmas as ever, aided by its star studded cast Martin Freeman (when he was less well known), Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson.
Saturday 29 December, ITV1, 9.30pm
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The Muppet Christmas Carol
This muppetisation of Dicken’s classic stars Michael Caine as Scrooge, Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Cracthits and Gonzo as Dickens, the film’s narrator. Don’t be a muppet and miss this classic on Christmas eve.
24 December, Channel 4, 11.00am
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The Nightmare before Christmas
Another musical to waste away those Christmas eve hours. Only Tim Burton could put a dark spin on the otherwise upbeat festive season, and he does so in style with scary spooks, gags and dazzling décor.
24 December, BBC2, 9.10pm
This 2003 Christmas crime comedy is the story of two conmen who pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But their plot is thwarted when they meet an 8-year-old who, you guessed it, teaches them the true meaning of Christmas. With Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac.
23 December, Channel 5, 9pm
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Bridget Jones’s Diary
Watching Bridget Jones eating shepherd’s pie in oversized knickers will make you wish you weren’t going out for NYE either. This timeless comedy has fast become a Christmas time cult. Who can forget that scene of Colin Firth kissing Bridget in the snow after all. Even Bridget’s iconic Christmas jumper has become fashionable this year.
Monday 31 December, ITV1, 10.00pm
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Back to the Future Part III
This 1990 sci-fi comedy doesn’t exactly smack of turkey, but it (or one of its incarnations) is on every year. Starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.
22 December, ITV1, 4.20pm
This average but watchable romcom about a Christmas home swap gets a whopping three airings over the Christmas period. Cameron Diaz hooks up with Jude Law, while Kate Winslet finds love with Jack Black. Its schmaltziness will be repeating on you for days to come.
Sunday 30 December, ITV2, 9pm
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Miracle on 34th Street
This is the 1974 original, not the remake starring child actor Mara Wilson (Mrs Doubtfire, Matilda). A jaded youngster who always sees Santa played in a New York department store by drunken men proclaims not to believe in Father Christmas. Surely enough a miracle happens and she learns that Santa is in fact real.
Wednesday 26 December, Film4, 3.20pm
This Steven Spielberg sci-fi classic has become another serial Christmas repeater. Starring little Drew Barrymore (who now has her own child- weird), the film follows 10-year-old Elliot who discover the Extra Terrestrial and helps him return to his alien planet. ET phone home for Christmas.
Thursday 27 December, ITV2, 6.45pm
Just a spoonful of sugar helps that New Year’s Day hangover go down, with the help from Julie Andrews in the magical classic Mary Poppins. You may not have noticed if you haven’t watched it since childhood that it’s a whopping two and a quarter hours long, but it will still be a jolly holiday view with Mary.
Tuesday 1 Jan, BBC1, 1.45pm
Christmas day TV is full of blockbusters this year including Toy Story, Jurassic Park, Aladdin and Shrek, but none quite says snuggle under a blanket to a big Christmas repeat like king of the classics Casablanca.
Tuesday 25 December, More4, 5.55pm