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The Essential TV Christmas Guide

posted by Liam McNally December 14, 2017
The Essential Xmas TV Guide 2017

I don’t know about you guys but I love Christmas television. All the movies and TV shows, whether they be new or repeats, I love watching them all. One of my rituals every Christmas is to buy one of the Christmas TV Guides, grab a highlighter and compile a list of everything I want to watch over the holidays. Who doesn’t love lists rights?! Well the Christmas 2017 TV Guides are out now so I thought I would list some of my viewing plans in my essential TV Christmas Guide.

SATURDAY 23RD DECMBER

The Essential TV Xmas Guide - The Holiday

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

Is it really Christmas if Harry Potter isn’t on the television? ITV are continuing their tradition of putting the wizarding world of Harry Potter on our screens starting with the Philosopher’s Stone which is probably the most festive of the 8 movies.

Elf: The Musical

I recently saw Elf:The Musical at The Kings Theatre and it was fantastic so I’m excited to watch this. Starring Ben Foster and Liz McLarnon, this includes the cast currently starring in the London show.

The Holiday

Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, The Holiday is one of my favourite Christmas films. The Kate Winslet scenes do tend to drag but the Cameron Diaz/Jude Law romance is lovely to watch. If you haven’t seen this, definitely check it out.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The Essential Xmas TV Guide - The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause

Can you believe that The Santa Clause is 23 years old. I FEEL SO OLD. It may be an old movie but it still holds up incredibly well. Tim Allen is brilliant as the reluctant Santa. Just don’t forget to watch the sequels straight after!

Monsters University

One of my favourite Pixar movies, Monsters University is a hoot from start to finish. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. If you have, watch it anyway.

Miracle on 34th Street

I know I’ll get a lot of hate for this but I’ve never seen this movie. My friend Gemma mentions it to me regularly so this will be my Xmas Eve movie that I watch in my pyjamas before Santa comes.

CHRISTMAS DAY

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Strictly Come Dancing

Top of the Pops Christmas

Watching Top of the Pops on Christmas Day was a festive ritual for me growing up. The issue for me though is that I don’t like most chart music these days so I’m hoping there will be at least a couple of performances I’ll like.

Strictly Come Dancing

Chances are that I’ll miss this as I’ll be driving back from Dumfries when it’s on but I hope I catch it. I love me some Strictly and this years festive line-up is really good including Kimberley Walsh, Judy Murray and Jeremy Vine.

300 Years of French & Saunders

After the complete disaster that was the Absolutely Fabulous movie, I’m nervous that this is going to be rubbish. I used to love watching French and Saunders growing up, their Star Wars skit is iconic. Hopefully they’ll have something just as good as that if not better.

BOXING DAY

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

I’m so glad ITV brought back Birds of a Feather as it’s a good show to stick on during the week. There’s not been a new season in a while so I’m glad there is at least a Christmas special.

Two Doors Down

Two Doors Down does not get the recognition it deserves. It’s hilarious! Way better than Still Game. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for the new season so a Christmas special is good. Tide me over for the new season in 2018.

Big Fat Quiz of the Year

I’m not usually a fan of Channel 4 content but I love watching this show. It’s become a Christmas & New Year tradition in my household. It feels like a good way to recap the last 12 months and look ahead to the future.

WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Princess and the Frog

The Princess and the Frog

One of Disney’s most underrated films. I think this was the last film Disney did in this 2D style animation. I haven’t seen this in years so I’m looking forward to watching this again.

Big Hero 6

OMG I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Seriously Disney, why isn’t there a sequel coming?! This film has so much going for it – great emotional storytelling, great characters and incredible visuals. I remember watching this with my mum and she got really emotional watching it.

Super 8

This may have been released in 2011 but this feels like a classic Spielberg film from the 80’s. It does take a while to get going but once it does, it’s a lot of fun.

THURSDAY 28TH DECEMBER

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

We’re upto the fifth film now and this one is my favourite in the Potter franchise. It’s the best interpretation of the book with great acting, story telling and action scenes.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

I got this on Blurry for Christmas a few years ago and have only watched it once so I literally don’t remember what happens in this movie. So I’m excited to watch this again.

FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Skyfall

Up

Holy crap, this film gets me every time. This film is just so incredibly sweet and endearing, only those with hearts of stone won’t well up at this movie.

Skyfall

I class this as a Xmas film because I first watched it on TV at Christmas in my nana’s house. I’m not really a fan of James Bond but this film is fantastic.

SATURDAY 30TH DECEMBER

Essential Xmas TV Guide - Age of Ultron

Avengers:Age of Ultron

2018 is a really big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we have 3 huge movies from them including Infinity War. And what better way to get reacquainted than with the last Avengers movie?

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

I remember watching this on TV in Mexico back in 2004 and absolutely loving it. It stars Drew Barrymore who I love so I’m going to check this out and see if it’s as good and cheesy as I remember.

NEW YEARS EVE

Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular

I’m not really a fan of New Year at all. I hate all this ‘New Year, New Me’ crap. The only thing I like is having a couple of drinks and watching Alan Carr’s New Year Spectacular on Channel 4. Alan is hilarious and with Keith Lemon, Caroline Flack and Kim Woodburn, it’s a great lineup.

Hogmanay Live

It feels wrong to not watch Jackie Bird on BBC One Scotland for the bells ringing in. I love watching the fireworks go off at Edinburgh Castle when the bells ring.

And this concludes my essential Xmas TV guide. I hope you’ve find it useful and have found some exciting thins to watch over the holidays. Thanks for reading!

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