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Blogmas | Day 20

Christmas TV is one of the best things about the festive season. Settling down, after stuffing your face with Turkey and Mince Pies, to watch all the TV Christmas Specials and the films. Bliss. But what’s on TV this Christmas? With the help of this years Radio Times (a Christmas tradition in our family), I have this year’s TV & Film guide;

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Friday 23rd December

Channel 4 | 12.10pm | ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ | Fantasy. When a department store Santa Clause turns up for work drunk, an elderly gentleman calling himself Kris Kringle offers to stand in.

W | 7.40pm | ‘Shakespeare in Love’ | I love love LOVE this film. I think Joseph Fiennes plays a great William Shakespeare. Very hot too I might add. Will Shakespeare’s career is in crisis: his money is running out and he’s suffering from writer’s block. But when he meets beautiful aristocrat Viola De Lesseps, his life – and the world of English literature – is destined to change for ever.

ITV2 | 9.00pm | ‘Casino Royale’ | James Bond is awarded his licence to kill and sets off in pursuit of Le Chiffre, a corrupt banker who finances terrorism. Realising that the desperate Le Chiffre needs to win big on the gaming tables of Montenegro to pay off a dangerous client, Bond formulates a plan to ruin him in a high-stakes poker game.

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Christmas Eve

ITV3 | 3.50pm | ‘The Sound of Music Live’ | A TV dramatisation of the much-loved musical, starring Kara Tointon, Alexander Armstrong and Julien Ovenden. The making of The Sound of Music Live is also on after. Behind the scenes.

BBC1 | 7.25pm | ‘Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show’ | The lively comedian puts a Christmas spin on his weekend variety entertainment show. Broadcast live from London’s Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, Michael invites festive favourites Alfie Boe and Michael Ball to perform on-stage. Catherine Tate’s foul-mouthed Nan and Harry Enfield’s Kevin the Teenager both put in appearances, and Michael seizes Aled Jones’ mobile for Send to All. Plus, the comedian stages his most ambitious stunt yet as he surprises an entire choir in Unexpected Star.

E4 | 9.00pm | ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ | I love this film so much!!! Awkward teenagers Simon, Will, Jay and Neil plan a holiday to the Greek island of Crete after they finish their exams, hoping to experience drink, sex and debauchery beyond their wildest dreams. However, things do not quite work out as planned. Comedy based on the TV series, with Joe Thomas, Simon Bird, James Buckley and Blake Harrison.

BBC1 | 10.05pm | ‘Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy Shuffle’ | A mix of the comedian’s best moments. Featuring clips from Carshare and Phoenix Night’s. I will be watching this for sure. My dad also played ‘Mike’ the breakfast DJ on Carshare. I absolutely adore Peter Kay. Comedy Genius.

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Christmas Day

BBC1 & ITV1 | 3.00pm – 3.10pm | ‘The Queen’ | A Christmas Day tradition the entire country share. Her Majesty’s address to the nation and the Commonwealth.

BBC1 | 5.45pm | ‘Doctor Who’ | “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” will see the Doctor team up with a super-powered vigilante called The Ghost (Justin Chatwin) and a journalist (Charity Wakefield) to save New York City from alien attack. Just another day at the office, then.

BBC1 | 6.45pm | ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ | Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman host the festive special, which sees six contestants from previous series returning to the dance floor to perform routines inspired by classic Christmas movies. Olympian and presenter Denise Lewis, pop star Frankie Bridge, writer and actress Pamela Stephenson, celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, TV presenter Gethin Jones and radio and TV host Melvin Odoom will be showing off their fancy festive footwork under the watchful eye of judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, making his farewell appearance on the show.

ITV1 | 5.45pm | ‘Emmerdale‘ | An unexpected recording ruins the Dingle Christmas.

Channel 4 | 6.00pm | ‘Home Alone‘ | Comedy starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister’s wish to be free of his family is realised when they accidentally set off without him for a Christmas break in Paris. Suddenly finding himself home alone, Kevin’s efforts to cope with the household chores are hindered by two inept criminals attempting a robbery.

ITV1 | 8.00pm | ‘Coronation Street’ | Leanne is thrilled when Toyah returns to the cobbles.

BBC1 | 10.30pm | ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ | Mammy’s Forest. Agnes refuses to have a Christmas tree this year. I enjoy watching this with my family every year. We love the mistakes and sarcasm the most.

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Boxing Day

ITV1 | 11.05am | ‘Liar Liar’ | A lawyer, whose underhand ploys to win cases leave him little time to see his son, discovers he is incapable of lying after the boy’s birthday wish makes his dad tell only the truth. However, this causes a host of problems as the attorney tries to muddle his way through a high-profile divorce settlement. Comedy, with Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Justin Cooper, Jennifer Tilly and Cary Elwes. I absolutely LOVE this film and I love Jim Carrey even more! He’s amazing! 

E4 | 7.15pm | ‘Jingle all the way’ | A workaholic father tries to make up for his perpetual absence from home by promising to buy his son a hugely popular action figure for Christmas – little realising every other father in town has the same idea. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad and Phil Hartman.

BBC1 | 8.30pm | ‘Still open all hours’ | Oh ’eck, we return to Roy Clarke’s marshmallow-hearted sitcom and to the eternal tensions between stuffy Northern men and battle-axe Northern women. As Arkwright’s corner shop fills with Christmas tat, its clientele are agog at a new arrival, a man who supposedly possesses a remarkable power over the opposite sex. Granville (David Jason) fends off the attentions of that ruthless, snapping till and the Black Widow (Stephanie Cole), who’s being squired by an unfortunate swain (Geoffrey Whitehead). No wonder he looks worried when he hears the widow’s advice about the treatment of blokes: “They thrive better on less.” The thing about ‘Still Open All Hours’ is you know exactly where you are with it; there are no surprises, just gentle little comedy bumps, which presumably is why it’s such a huge success.

Channel 4 | 9.00pm | ‘The Big Fat Quiz of the Year’ | Richard Ayoade, Rob Delaney, Mel Giedroyc, Sarah Millican, David Mitchell and Romesh Ranganathan battle it out as Jimmy Carr hosts the annual comedy quiz to determine which of his guests has their finger firmly on the pulse of modern life. The host receives help from the likes of Jon Snow, Charles Dance, the children of Mitchell Brook Primary School, a host of celebrity question-setters and some surprise guests as they take in everything from the US presidential election to Boaty McBoatface.

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And there we have my choices for Christmas TV & Film this year. What will you be watching?

Sincerely, Sophie x