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CONTRARY<br />

gentleman<br />

It’s the final outing for Martin Clunes’<br />

morose medic – but can the<br />

Christmas magic melt his heart?<br />

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DRAMA<br />

ITV1 ● CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

DOC MARTIN<br />

Christmas special<br />

It signed off in the autumn after<br />

18 years and 10 series, but Doc<br />

Martin has saved the best till last,<br />

bowing out with its first – and<br />

also final – ever Christmas special.<br />

The fretful physician doesn’t<br />

do festive, which explains the<br />

previous lack of seasonal cheer,<br />

but this bumper bonus more than<br />

makes up for it, offering viewers<br />

glistening snow, a twinkly tree<br />

on Portwenn’s famous Platt, carol<br />

singers, turkey, a ghost and even<br />

Doc Martin Ellingham in a Santa<br />

suit, riding a sleigh – of sorts.<br />

‘This special seemed right, as an<br />

addendum to the final series<br />

– a little jingle bell on the end,’<br />

says Martin Clunes, who<br />

plays the central character.<br />

‘We filmed this in February,<br />

the first one back in the saddle<br />

for three years, and I’d started<br />

to ponder the end of the show.<br />

I remember waiting for my cue<br />

while I was sitting in a ludicrous<br />

motorised Santa sled just gazing<br />

over at a corner where I’d tripped<br />

over a cat in a previous series!’<br />

Needless to say, our anti-hero<br />

finds much to dislike as the village<br />

celebrates Yuletide and manages<br />

to upset even his young son,<br />

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James Henry, who runs away<br />

– headed for the North Pole in<br />

search of Father Christmas after<br />

Martin decides to shut the local<br />

grotto on health grounds.<br />

There are shades of the Arctic<br />

in Portwenn, too, as icy weather<br />

sweeps through, carpeting it with<br />

snow – in real life the production<br />

was buffeted by Storm Eunice<br />

during filming, which nearly tore<br />

down the Christmas tree – and<br />

the Doc’s life hangs by a thread as<br />

he attends an emergency call out.<br />

In a case of life mirroring art,<br />

Martin Clunes had a lucky escape<br />

himself when a driving stunt went<br />

wrong, causing him to skid on fake<br />

snow before crashing into a tree.<br />

‘My job was to turn the car and<br />

steer out of the shot, at which<br />

point you cut to the<br />

stuntman driving it<br />

Festive stroll:<br />

Will the grumpy<br />

Doc show some<br />

Christmas spirit?<br />

‘It’s a really lovely<br />

way to close the story’


’Tis the season<br />

How Martin and his family will<br />

be celebrating this Christmas<br />

After a momentous year in which he and his wife, Doc<br />

Martin producer Philippa Braithwaite, turned the page<br />

on a big chapter in their lives, it’s a traditional Christmas<br />

at home with daughter Emily and extended family.<br />

‘We have so much going on in the house at this time of<br />

year, as everyone descends from all over the country –<br />

nieces and nephews, who are all grown up now. It’s just<br />

lovely,’ explains the actor, who’s been busy since filming<br />

wrapped on a new Islands Of The Pacific series for ITV1.<br />

‘We don’t watch a lot of TV – and I don’t know<br />

if we’re going to make them watch this special!<br />

We have a lot of quizzes, dress the four dogs<br />

up, and go to the local pub on Boxing Day,<br />

where they have an old skittle alley for<br />

a game. Then they shut us in<br />

a room because we get<br />

quite rowdy!’<br />

Jolly scenes: The<br />

village of Portwenn<br />

celebrates the season<br />

into the tree. We rehearsed and it<br />

looked really, really slow, so I just<br />

went a bit faster. A bit too fast,<br />

because the brakes locked and<br />

I crashed into a tree. The stuntman<br />

then got in the car with a harness,<br />

a helmet and padding, and hit<br />

the tree a lot slower than I had!’<br />

In one magical scene, Portwenn’s<br />

Santa, played by special guest<br />

Ron Cook, decides to teach the<br />

GP the true meaning of Christmas<br />

by clambering up on to his roof<br />

and delivering presents down the<br />

chimney. But the special stops shy<br />

of sentimentality and viewers can<br />

expect a typical Doc Martin pay-off.<br />

‘It’s a very beautiful Christmassy<br />

episode with this lovely snowy<br />

backdrop, which we’ve never seen<br />

before, and it’s a lovely way to close<br />

the book on the story,’ explains<br />

Caroline Catz, who plays Doc<br />

Martin’s wife, Louisa. ‘There’s a<br />

very final, beautiful ending, which<br />

is funny and quite apocalyptic!’<br />

Mary Comerford<br />

● Farewell Doc Martin also<br />

airs on ITV1 Thurs 29 Dec<br />

BSuranne Jones stars as a modern-day<br />

Scrooge, in a twist on the Dickens classic<br />

ah,<br />

humbug!<br />

COMEDY SKY MAX/SKY SHOWCASE<br />

● CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

CHRISTMAS CAROLE<br />

One-off<br />

My six-year-old is at a great<br />

age for this and I wanted to<br />

make something for him. By<br />

modernising the classic story,<br />

it’s really taken a fun and<br />

unexpected twist on how you<br />

think about A Christmas Carol.<br />

It has a female Scrooge, which<br />

feels fresh and different.<br />

I play Carole, who has made<br />

her wealth online selling<br />

disposable singleuse<br />

Christmas<br />

decorations. She<br />

thinks she runs<br />

the world,<br />

and doesn’t<br />

care that<br />

she’s making<br />

a profit from<br />

tat and is<br />

mean to her<br />

staff. The story<br />

has a core<br />

message of<br />

Comic advice: Carole<br />

(Suranne Jones) with<br />

Eric Morecambe<br />

(Jonty Stephens)<br />

family, like the original, but<br />

the themes are contemporary.<br />

Everyone has probably got<br />

a load of stuff that you can<br />

make things out of, that are<br />

just as good as buying the<br />

decorations Carole sells.<br />

I think the conversation about<br />

sustainability is important.<br />

And there’s also the twist<br />

of the comedians, as the<br />

three spirits of Christmas –<br />

comedians we love from the<br />

past [Jonty Stephens and Ian<br />

Ashpitel as Eric Morecambe<br />

and Ernie Wise], one from the<br />

present [Jo Brand], and<br />

one who some<br />

viewers will be<br />

introduced to<br />

[Nish Kumar].<br />

We want<br />

people to<br />

learn their<br />

lesson, come<br />

good and<br />

be given<br />

a chance<br />

to redeem<br />

themselves.<br />

Elaine Penn<br />

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DRAMA<br />

BBC1 ● CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

CALL THE MIDWIFE<br />

Christmas special<br />

Christmas Day deliveries don’t<br />

come any more joyful than<br />

a baby. There are a few<br />

complications, of course,<br />

but that just makes it<br />

even more special.<br />

There’s love in the<br />

air too, and you’ll be<br />

pleased to know Fred<br />

(Cliff Parisi) puts on his Santa<br />

outfit again to give out gifts<br />

to needy kids in hospital.<br />

‘We’ve never done a festive<br />

episode that, from beginning<br />

to end, has been so embracing<br />

of Christmas itself,’ says Jenny<br />

Agutter, who plays Sister<br />

Julienne. ‘There are so many<br />

themes woven in. A lot is going<br />

on, but every one, in some<br />

way, reflects a Christmas tale.’<br />

The Mullucks return. The<br />

family appeared in series five<br />

and six in a story about the<br />

damaging effects of the drug<br />

Thalidomide, which was used<br />

to relieve morning sickness.<br />

Now pregnant again, Rhoda<br />

Mullucks (Liz White) – whose<br />

youngest daughter, Susan, lost<br />

her limbs due to Thalidomide<br />

– is worried her new baby may<br />

also be affected, even though<br />

she is assured by Dr Turner<br />

(Stephen McGann) it won’t.<br />

Rhoda’s husband, Bernie<br />

(Chris Reilly), is finding life<br />

difficult being Susan’s dad<br />

and having a lack of support<br />

and money. He has taken to<br />

drowning his sorrows.<br />

‘It felt terrific to be able to<br />

get back to the Mullucks, not<br />

the least of which is because<br />

they are played by wonderful<br />

actors,’ says Jenny. ‘That is<br />

an overriding story, which<br />

is still not fully resolved.’<br />

Meanwhile, excitement<br />

spreads right through<br />

Nonnatus House when<br />

word of Matthew’s (Olly Rix)<br />

plans to propose to Trixie<br />

(Helen George) leak out. But<br />

every time the poor guy tries<br />

to pop the question, there<br />

is a distraction that causes<br />

the nurse to be called away.<br />

‘It was really nice this<br />

series, because after having to<br />

film previously with COVID<br />

restrictions, we could touch<br />

patients, which is so crucial<br />

in caring – plus it meant<br />

that Trixie and Matthew<br />

could kiss!’ says Helen.<br />

Feeling everyone needs<br />

cheering up after the train<br />

crash tragedy at the<br />

end of the last<br />

series, Fred<br />

decides a<br />

talent show<br />

will do the<br />

trick. Taking<br />

a lead from<br />

the big TV hit<br />

Feeling festive:<br />

of the time,<br />

Sister Julienne<br />

Opportunity<br />

(Jenny Agutter)<br />

Knocks, , he calls it<br />

Poplartunity Knocks.<br />

But early rehearsals show<br />

a real lack of entertainment<br />

It’s the most Christmassy<br />

special yet for the drama!<br />

When a<br />

child<br />

is born<br />

Spirits of the season<br />

DRAMA<br />

‘To be honest, it has an unsettling,<br />

spooky tone,’ confides Ralf Little,<br />

who plays DI Neville Parker<br />

and is on a Zoom call from the<br />

Caribbean to talk about Death In<br />

Paradise’s latest festive whodunnit.<br />

‘It’s not jump-scare – the kids<br />

can still watch it. It’s unsettling in<br />

the same way A Christmas Carol is.’<br />

There’s a connection to one of<br />

Commissioner Selwyn Patterson’s<br />

early cases in the feature-length<br />

Total<br />

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BBC1 ● BOXING DAY<br />

DEATH IN PARADISE<br />

Christmas special<br />

Yuletide treat, when a true-crime<br />

podcaster looking into the<br />

decades-old disappearance of<br />

young boy Linus Peters on Saint<br />

Marie is<br />

murdered.<br />

A recording<br />

on her phone<br />

suggests the<br />

dead woman,<br />

Jennifer Langan,<br />

encountered<br />

a ghostly apparition of Linus in<br />

a mangrove swamp. While local<br />

psychic Danny Sheridan (Les<br />

Dennis) claims to be in touch with<br />

‘It’s a bit darker<br />

than last<br />

year’s special’<br />

the deceased boy, police officer<br />

Marlon later has to spend the<br />

night in a haunted house.<br />

‘While it’s Christmassy, it’s<br />

also slightly<br />

removed from<br />

Christmas in<br />

that it has<br />

historical<br />

elements,’ adds<br />

Don Warrington,<br />

who plays the<br />

Commissioner. ‘Also, not wanting<br />

to frighten anybody, but it’s a<br />

little bit darker than last year’s<br />

special, which makes it very<br />

As Ralf Little and<br />

Don Warrington<br />

tell us, there’s a<br />

spooky feel to this<br />

year’s special…<br />

Christmas is cancelled?<br />

DI Neville Parker (Ralf<br />

Little) has a murder<br />

to deal with


– and things don’t look as<br />

though they are going to<br />

get any better when Miss<br />

Higgins (Georgie Glen) gets<br />

her recorder out… And will<br />

Reggie (Daniel Laurie), at<br />

first keen to play his guitar,<br />

get over his stage fright?<br />

All the festive ingredients<br />

for a heart-warming episode<br />

are there, but how difficult is<br />

it to get into the festive spirit<br />

when you’re filming in April?<br />

‘Well, we had fake snow<br />

everywhere that reminded<br />

us it was cold outside, even<br />

though we were sweating in<br />

woollies and boots!’ laughs<br />

Cliff. ‘And there were<br />

decorations and twinkling<br />

lights. It’s really, really nice,<br />

actually, because I just<br />

love Christmas and giving<br />

presents and all that, and<br />

I get to do it twice – once<br />

on TV and again at home.’<br />

The team have just<br />

finished filming the 12th<br />

series, which goes out<br />

early in the New Year,<br />

but it was more difficult<br />

than usual due to the<br />

presence of Tom Cruise!<br />

‘Tom’s always ruining our<br />

sound!’ laughs Helen. ‘It was<br />

a helicopter landing nearby,<br />

where they’ve been shooting<br />

another Mission: Impossible.<br />

Sadly, he never came over<br />

to introduce himself.’<br />

Jim Maloney<br />

● A new series of<br />

Call The Midwife will<br />

air from New Year’s Day<br />

Petit s!<br />

Faces from the broadcaster’s<br />

40-year history do battle!<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

CHANNEL 4 ● CHRISTMAS EVE & NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS<br />

BAKE OFF/THE GREAT<br />

NEW YEAR BAKE OFF<br />

Gaby Roslin (The Big Breakfast)<br />

‘I’m absolutely not a<br />

baker! I’ve never baked<br />

a cake, never made<br />

pastry, and I’ve never<br />

even used a food mixer.<br />

So I had no urge to win,<br />

I just wanted to actually<br />

bake my first cake!’<br />

Terry Christian (The Word)<br />

‘Sausage roll-based<br />

Nativity scenes are<br />

my speciality. I think<br />

the spirituality<br />

and savoury pastry<br />

combo impresses<br />

every time.’<br />

Claire Sweeney (Brookside)<br />

‘I I would describe myself<br />

as a non-baker and<br />

I thought one of my<br />

challenges on the show<br />

was great. But when<br />

I came back from lunch<br />

and looked at it again,<br />

I realised I was delusional!’<br />

Tony Robinson (Time Team)<br />

‘[Hosts] Noel Fielding<br />

and Matt Lucas were<br />

great. But when I was<br />

larking about with Noel,<br />

I tripped over and all my<br />

cakes nearly tumbled<br />

off the baking tray<br />

and into the camera!’<br />

Miquita Oliver (Popworld)<br />

‘Entering the famous<br />

tent was like walking into<br />

the greatest Christmas<br />

grotto there ever was.<br />

The detail in every corner<br />

was beautiful and made<br />

you aware very quickly<br />

of just how hard the<br />

Bake Off team works.’<br />

● The New Year special features former contestants<br />

because I’m Kris Marshall, will be starring in<br />

a committed a spin-off from the series, Beyond<br />

atheist scientist,’ Paradise, next year, reprising<br />

he says. ‘There’s the role of DI Humphrey<br />

an excellent Goodman. So are there any<br />

Jimmy Carr joke, plans for crossover episodes?<br />

which goes, ‘We’re all rooting for it to be<br />

Doomed search:<br />

“There’s a very a huge success here,’ says Ralf.<br />

Jennifer Langan<br />

easy way to tell ‘And as for crossovers, who<br />

(Siobhán McSweeney)<br />

if your house knows? Look out for the Paradise<br />

with Commissioner<br />

is haunted. It cinematic universe. Fast-forward<br />

Selwyn Patterson<br />

(Don Warrington)<br />

isn’t.” I feel like five years, there’s going to be me,<br />

that kind of Ardal, Ben [Miller, who played DI<br />

expresses my Richard Poole] and Kris teaming<br />

interesting – it certainly has<br />

own particular view on that.’ up Avengers-style. It’s going to<br />

elements of a thriller about it.’<br />

Ralf joined the show in 2020, be Paradisers Assemble!’<br />

Speaking of believing in ghosts,<br />

taking over from Ardal O’Hanlon<br />

Nick Fiaca<br />

Ralf’s view is unequivocal. ‘This is<br />

(DI Jack Mooney). However,<br />

● A new series of Death In<br />

a very easy one for me to answer, another of Ralf’s predecessors, Paradise will air from Fri 6 Jan<br />

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Totally<br />

‘Now the shoe’s<br />

on the other foot’<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

BBC1 ● CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

STRICTLY COME<br />

DANCING<br />

Christmas special<br />

Back in 2019, comedian, actor<br />

and presenter Chris Ramsey<br />

finished an impressive fourth<br />

on Strictly Come Dancing,<br />

partnered with Karen Hauer.<br />

Now, his wife Rosie is following<br />

in his footsteps by doing the<br />

<strong>2022</strong> Strictly Christmas special<br />

with dancer Neil Jones.<br />

‘I’ve always watched Strictly,<br />

and I never thought I’d get the<br />

opportunity to do it myself,’ says<br />

Rosie, who launched hit podcast<br />

Shagged. Married. Annoyed with<br />

Chris, before taking their feisty<br />

banter to TV in The Chris And<br />

Rosie Ramsey Show.<br />

‘When Chris did it, obviously<br />

I wanted it even more. So when<br />

I was asked to do this, I grabbed<br />

it with both hands.’<br />

The couple are dancing a jive to<br />

Elton John’s Step Into Christmas,<br />

and Neil has been impressed<br />

with his new partner’s progress.<br />

‘It’s my favourite dance, and<br />

I think Rosie is a natural at it<br />

– she’s a jive dancer!’ he says.<br />

But Rosie admits that while<br />

she loved the idea of appearing<br />

on Strictly, it’s been gruelling.<br />

‘It is so hard,’ says the mum<br />

to two boys – Robin, seven,<br />

and Rafe, who will turn two<br />

in January.<br />

‘I naively watch every week<br />

at home, going, “Oh, that looks<br />

so easy.” It is not! It’s so difficult<br />

and exhausting.’<br />

And Rosie has a tough act<br />

to follow, as on last year’s<br />

Christmas special, Neil and<br />

Rosie Ramsey<br />

is taking after<br />

husband Chris<br />

with a stint<br />

on the Strictly<br />

dance floor<br />

Step up: Rosie’s husband<br />

Chris performs the salsa<br />

with Karen Hauer on<br />

Strictly in 2019<br />

Do you hear<br />

Photos: Alamy, BBC, BBC Archive, Getty Images, ITV, Shutterstock<br />

WHAT I HEAR?<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

ITV1 ● CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

BRITAIN GET SINGING<br />

One-off<br />

There’s nothing like belting out a<br />

song to lift your spirits. With that<br />

in mind, ITV has pulled together a<br />

cracking celebrity singing contest<br />

as part of its mental health<br />

campaign, Britain Get Talking.<br />

They’ve found the perfect host<br />

in Roman Kemp, a passionate<br />

spokesperson on the subject. He<br />

feels Christmas is the ideal time<br />

for a show like this, which also<br />

features the celebrity singers<br />

opening up about their own<br />

issues and struggles.<br />

‘If it feels like everyone around<br />

you is getting on with their life<br />

and happy, it makes you question<br />

why you aren’t,’ he says.<br />

Teams from Coronation Street,<br />

Emmerdale, Loose Women, The<br />

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Chase, and Love Island sing for a<br />

panel of super-judges including<br />

Alesha Dixon, will.i.am, Jason<br />

Manford and Adam Lambert.<br />

‘Expect something special from<br />

the Chasers – they really embrace<br />

the spirit of it!’ promises Roman.<br />

It sounds like the Emmerdale<br />

performance is memorable, too.<br />

‘Lisa Riley rapping at will.i.am<br />

is something I never thought<br />

I’d see!’ laughs the DJ, presenter<br />

and author, 29.<br />

But it’s the studio audience<br />

that ultimately picks the<br />

winner of this fun show<br />

with an important message.<br />

‘We’re all aiming for the<br />

same goal, which is shining<br />

a light on people being able<br />

to speak to one another,’ adds<br />

Roman. ‘It’s so important to<br />

connect with others, so I jumped<br />

at the chance to be involved.’<br />

Tricia Martin<br />

Roman Kemp<br />

plays host as<br />

stars sing out for<br />

mental health<br />

Singing their<br />

hearts out: The<br />

Love Island team<br />

For more on the campaign, visit<br />

itv.com/britaingettalking


partner Mel Giedroyc donned<br />

tracksuits and danced to Ice Ice<br />

Baby, earning the maximum<br />

possible score of 40.<br />

‘Yeah, no pressure!’ laughs<br />

Neil. ‘That was my first ever<br />

40 on the show.’<br />

Neil, who has also performed<br />

on festive specials with Anita<br />

Rani and Judy Murray, jokes<br />

that he didn’t know what to<br />

expect from his new partner.<br />

‘I was just thinking, “She<br />

can’t be worse than Chris.” And<br />

then I remembered that Chris<br />

was the one who knocked me<br />

out. So technically Chris has<br />

gone further in the competition<br />

than me as a pro!’<br />

Here’s hoping it’s all right on<br />

the night, and Rosie doesn’t find<br />

herself breaking out in a cold<br />

sweat every time Elton’s festive<br />

hit blasts out in the future…<br />

‘That is so true!’ she laughs.<br />

‘I think one of Chris’ first dances<br />

was to Juice by Lizzo. He can’t<br />

One to beat:<br />

Neil Jones and<br />

Mel Giedroyc<br />

scored 40 last<br />

Christmas<br />

listen to it now. He didn’t get<br />

a very good score that week.<br />

He was traumatised!’<br />

But this time round, Chris<br />

can relax from the comfort of<br />

his audience seat.<br />

‘When Chris was on the show,<br />

I had such a good time,’ Rosie<br />

admits. ‘I had a party every<br />

weekend! If the pressure is not<br />

on you, it’s just a fun thing to<br />

be a part of. Now the shoe’s<br />

on the other foot, it’s daunting.’<br />

Tricia Martin<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

ITV1 ● BOXING DAY - WED 28 DEC<br />

THE VOICE KIDS<br />

Three episodes<br />

Emma Willis returns to<br />

host the show that puts the<br />

spotlight on singers between<br />

the ages of seven and 14,<br />

who hope the coaches will<br />

turn their chairs for them. And<br />

joining will.i.am, Pixie Lott<br />

and Danny Jones is singer<br />

and presenter Ronan Keating.<br />

‘I’m super-excited to join<br />

the coaching<br />

panel for The<br />

Voice Kids,’ says<br />

the 45-year-old<br />

dad-of-five, who<br />

recently ruled<br />

out a Boyzone<br />

reunion. ‘I feel<br />

part of The Voice<br />

family already<br />

after doing the<br />

show in Australia.<br />

‘The Voice Kids<br />

is amazing. I’m<br />

truly passionate<br />

about nurturing<br />

young talent.’<br />

The One Show<br />

host replaces Melanie C, who<br />

was unable to return because<br />

of her forthcoming tour.<br />

Pixie Lott is excited about<br />

Break into song:<br />

Ronan joins Danny,<br />

will.i.am and Pixie<br />

as a coach for the<br />

young talent<br />

being back in<br />

the red chair<br />

for the magical<br />

series, which<br />

will air as a three-<br />

part television event over the<br />

festive fortnight.<br />

‘Every year, the voices blow<br />

me away – I feel so lucky to<br />

be part of such an incredible<br />

show, championing our<br />

superstars of tomorrow,’ says<br />

the 31-year-old, who married<br />

model Oliver Cheshire in June.<br />

‘It’s such an experience for<br />

all the talented kids at the<br />

start of their career, and<br />

I love working with them and<br />

watching them shine bright.’<br />

McFly’s Danny Jones says<br />

it’s his highlight of the year.<br />

‘I’m sure we’re going to see<br />

another bunch of amazing<br />

talent,’ says the 36-year-old.<br />

‘And it’ll be a real pleasure<br />

to have Ronan alongside us<br />

The talent<br />

show returns,<br />

with Ronan<br />

Keating<br />

joining the<br />

panel<br />

Life is a<br />

roller coaster<br />

as we find ourselves a new<br />

little superstar.’<br />

‘This year is sure to kick<br />

up the wow factor yet again,<br />

and the coaches are ready for<br />

our new group of performers,’<br />

says will.i.am, 47, of the Black<br />

Eyed Peas. ‘I love working<br />

with younger kids. They’re<br />

so eager and earnest, and<br />

what they really want to do<br />

is sing, because it’s pure fun.’<br />

Elaine Penn<br />

TVguide<br />

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‘A story that transcends<br />

FAMILY<br />

BBC1 ● CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

THE BOY, THE MOLE,<br />

THE FOX AND<br />

THE HORSE<br />

One-off<br />

What made you want to get<br />

involved with this project?<br />

I’ve always been a fan of Charlie’s<br />

work. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox<br />

And The Horse is a unique story<br />

that transcends ages and genres.<br />

The idea came about as we were<br />

going into the pandemic, and it<br />

felt like an opportunity to get<br />

stuck into something inspiring<br />

and meaningful, working with<br />

some truly talented people.<br />

How did you find the process<br />

of recording the voice?<br />

Charlie had a very clear vision of<br />

how each character sounded. All<br />

very distinct voices that captured<br />

the essence of each character.<br />

We were doing this throughout<br />

the pandemic, so it<br />

was a case of getting<br />

our heads together<br />

when we could and<br />

slowly bringing the<br />

fox to life – creating<br />

his spirit through his<br />

thought-provoking,<br />

if few, words.<br />

The fox is the most solo<br />

of the group…<br />

He’s an outsider, somewhat<br />

untrusting of the world, and<br />

takes his time to open up and<br />

be vulnerable. I connected with<br />

him and it was amazing to see<br />

his journey through the story.<br />

I think there’s a part in all of us<br />

that feels like the fox. That’s the<br />

beauty of Charlie’s work – we<br />

see ourselves in the characters<br />

and can relate to their journeys.<br />

Graham Kibble-White<br />

● Charlie Mackesy: The Boy, The<br />

Mole, The Fox, The Horse, And Me<br />

also airs BBC2, Christmas Eve<br />

Charlie<br />

Mackesy’s fable<br />

of kindness<br />

comes to<br />

our screens<br />

in a special<br />

animation,<br />

as Idris Elba<br />

– The Fox –<br />

explains…<br />

Photos: Alamy, BBC, Getty Images, Rex/Shutterstock<br />

Across the<br />

divide: Janet<br />

and Bill fall in<br />

love and run<br />

away together<br />

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GIVE PEACE<br />

A CHA NCE<br />

The need for<br />

tolerance is<br />

the ultimate<br />

message of this<br />

heart-warming<br />

animation, say<br />

Julia Donaldson<br />

and Axel Scheffler<br />

FAMILY<br />

BBC1 ● CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

THE SMEDS<br />

AND THE SMOOS<br />

One-off<br />

Since 2009, the BBC’s<br />

half-hour animations,<br />

based on the books<br />

written by Julia<br />

Donaldson and<br />

illustrated by Axel<br />

Scheffler, have become<br />

a festive staple. Stories such<br />

as<br />

The Gruffalo and Stick<br />

Man<br />

have captivated young<br />

children and their parents


all ages’ The<br />

ghosts<br />

of Christmas<br />

present<br />

Forever friends: The characters<br />

are voiced by Jude Coward<br />

Nicoll (The Boy), Tom Hollander<br />

(The Mole), Idris Elba (The Fox)<br />

and Gabriel Byrne (The Horse)<br />

alike, but in a time of so<br />

much conflict, this year’s<br />

offering, The Smeds And The<br />

Smoos – which features the<br />

voices of Bill Bailey, Adjoa<br />

Andoh, Meera Syal and<br />

Rob Brydon – seems<br />

particularly poignant.<br />

On a far-off<br />

planet, the<br />

Smeds (red)<br />

never mix<br />

with the<br />

Smoos (blue)<br />

– until a<br />

young Smed,<br />

Janet, and a<br />

young Smoo,<br />

Bill, fall in love<br />

and elope in<br />

a rocket.<br />

Their families must<br />

reluctantly join forces in<br />

the search for the runaway<br />

couple – touching down on<br />

other worlds inhabited by<br />

various weird and wonderful<br />

aliens during the process,<br />

and eventually befriending<br />

each other.<br />

‘I mean, really, the story is<br />

totally pinched from Romeo<br />

And Juliet, but with a happy<br />

ending!’ smiles Julia, talking<br />

Winning partnership:<br />

Author Julia and<br />

illustrator Axel<br />

to Total TV Guide in a<br />

London hotel, alongside<br />

her long-term collaborator<br />

Axel (since 1993, they have<br />

worked on no fewer than<br />

28 books together).<br />

‘We’ve got<br />

Romeo<br />

And Juliet, we’ve got<br />

West Side Story,<br />

and they’re<br />

tragic tales.<br />

So maybe<br />

viewers of<br />

The Smeds<br />

And The<br />

Smoos would<br />

take a bit of<br />

hope. There<br />

is so much<br />

prejudice in the<br />

world – I hope<br />

people might learn<br />

to be less so.’<br />

German-born Axel agrees.<br />

‘I worked on the book at a<br />

time of great division in this<br />

country, at the time of Brexit,’<br />

he says. ‘I think it’s a strong<br />

message for unity, against<br />

prejudice and about working<br />

together and overcoming<br />

differences. I think that’s<br />

the big theme of this story.’<br />

Martina Fowler<br />

COMEDY<br />

BBC1 ● CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

GHOSTS<br />

Christmas special<br />

If you’re a living person who<br />

socialises with ghosts, it might<br />

be tricky to think of a present for<br />

your dead friends. Equally, for<br />

the departed, being deceased<br />

is a major obstacle to getting<br />

your Christmas shopping done.<br />

But Alison Cooper (Charlotte<br />

Ritchie) is determined to give her<br />

spirited buddies a treat they’ll<br />

appreciate this Christmas – and<br />

they want to return the favour…<br />

‘Mike [Kiell Smith-Bynoe] and<br />

Alison are spending Christmas<br />

Day away from Button House, as<br />

they’re going to see his parents,’<br />

reveals Charlotte, 33. ‘So Alison<br />

has prepped some surprises<br />

for the ghosts.’<br />

Given how needy the ghosts<br />

can be, is she concerned about<br />

how they’ll cope without her?<br />

‘It’s Kitty [Lolly Adefope] who<br />

Alison worries about the most,’<br />

says Charlotte. ‘She’s so childlike<br />

How do you buy<br />

a gift for a spook?<br />

Charlotte Ritchie<br />

reveals allÉ<br />

Spirit of Christmas:<br />

Charlotte and her<br />

ghostly chums<br />

– and so excited about the day!<br />

But deep down, Alison enjoys<br />

time away from the ghosts. It’s<br />

like parents who get away from<br />

their kids for the evening.’<br />

So, what about those presents?<br />

‘Alison is really thoughtful,’ she<br />

says. ‘She spends so much time<br />

with the ghosts, the gifts she<br />

comes up with are so specific<br />

and lovely. They’re touched. At<br />

this point, the audience knows<br />

the characters well, so you’ll<br />

understand just how much each<br />

ghost will adore their gift.’<br />

Keen to enter into the spirit of<br />

the season, the ghosts arrange<br />

their own present for Alison.<br />

‘Their ability to get anything<br />

material is quite limited!’ says<br />

Charlotte. ‘So, their gift has to<br />

be of a very personal nature.’<br />

But what can it possibly be?<br />

Charlotte isn’t letting on.<br />

‘It involves a lot of input and<br />

a lot of soul,’ she hints. ‘It’s a real<br />

treat. When you see what they<br />

do for Alison, it will feel like a<br />

gift for the viewer, too…’<br />

Tom Spilsbury<br />

TVguide<br />

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Merry<br />

click-mas!<br />

set, but I’m too intimidated<br />

by it to get started.<br />

What was the funniest<br />

moment from filming?<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

CHANNEL 4 ● CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

CELEBRITY LEGO<br />

MASTERS AT<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

One-off<br />

Why did you want to take<br />

on hosting duties for this<br />

LEGO Masters special?<br />

I’ve seen the show, and the<br />

US version, and it’s such a<br />

great idea! The building takes<br />

real skill, but it’s also goofy<br />

fun for the whole family.<br />

Do you ever play with LEGO?<br />

I loved LEGO as a kid. I’ve<br />

got The Beatles White Album<br />

Hard taskmaster?<br />

Alex Horne teams up<br />

with Sophie Duker<br />

Pulling<br />

our leg-o:<br />

Nish and<br />

a festive<br />

build<br />

We quiz host<br />

Nish Kumar<br />

on his LEGO<br />

masterpieces<br />

The reveal of Alex Horne and<br />

Sophie Duker’s build was<br />

sublime. I’ll say no more!<br />

Whose skills were you<br />

most impressed by?<br />

Ava [TV star Scarlett Moffatt’s<br />

sister] and the Ellis-Bextors<br />

[singer Sophie’s sons Kit and<br />

Sonny] were sensational.<br />

If you were taking part, what<br />

would your Christmas jumper<br />

design be, and what festive<br />

scene would you build?<br />

For my jumper, I’d have<br />

Santa firing presents out of a<br />

cannon, and the snow globe<br />

would be a tribute to the<br />

greatest-ever festive story –<br />

The Muppet Christmas Carol.<br />

We hear Alex and Sophie<br />

made a LEGO model of you<br />

during filming…<br />

Yes, it was actually a good<br />

likeness – but it broke!<br />

Tom Spilsbury<br />

COMEDY<br />

BBC2 ● BOXING DAY<br />

DETECTORISTS<br />

One-off<br />

The advent of streaming and<br />

on-demand services such as<br />

BBC iPlayer and Netflix means<br />

people are often discovering<br />

shows some time after their<br />

first screening. Mackenzie<br />

Crook believes his BAFTAwinning<br />

comedy Detectorists,<br />

C<br />

which returns for a one-off<br />

special, is something<br />

of a case in point.<br />

‘In the five years since<br />

the last series aired, the<br />

programme has acquired<br />

a lot more fans than<br />

originally watched it,’ says<br />

Mackenzie, who’s talking to<br />

Total TV Guide via Zoom from<br />

the shed (which functions as<br />

his writing space) at his home<br />

in London’s Muswell Hill. ‘It’s<br />

had this slow growth of<br />

audience, and all these new<br />

viewers have never had the treat of a brand-new episode<br />

(Mackenzie) and Lance (Toby<br />

to watch. That’s one of the big<br />

reasons why I wanted to write<br />

this special.’<br />

For those of you yet to<br />

discover the charms of the<br />

warm, gentle series, it centres<br />

on best friends Andy<br />

Getting<br />

the party<br />

started: Jason<br />

Manford,<br />

Alesha Dixon,<br />

and (inset)<br />

special guest<br />

Katherine<br />

Jenkins<br />

Jones), who spend virtually all<br />

their spare time searching for<br />

rare historical artefacts with<br />

the Danebury Metal Detecting<br />

Club (DMDC). In this fresh<br />

outing, the scout hut – their<br />

HQ – is in grave danger of<br />

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Precious family:<br />

Andy with Becky<br />

(Rachael Stirling) and<br />

son Stan (Asa James<br />

Wallace), and pal<br />

Lance (main picture)<br />

Mackenzie Crook<br />

on the return of his<br />

critically acclaimed<br />

sitcom – and doing<br />

the ‘gold dance’<br />

an you dig it?<br />

being sold to developers and<br />

funds are desperately needed to<br />

save it from being demolished.<br />

There is hope on the horizon,<br />

however, when Lance manages<br />

to secure permission for him<br />

and Andy to search 10 acres of<br />

farmland where the discovery<br />

of a delicate precious relic could<br />

potentially save the venue.<br />

In a case of life imitating art,<br />

Mackenzie reveals that creating<br />

a series about metal-detecting<br />

made him want to follow in the<br />

footsteps of Andy and Lance.<br />

‘I wasn’t into it before, but<br />

once I started researching the<br />

subject, I got myself a metal<br />

detector. I can’t be called a<br />

detectorist, because I only go<br />

out once or twice a year, but<br />

it’s a fascinating hobby’.<br />

Has he himself unearthed<br />

anything worthy of the DMDC’s<br />

‘finds table’? With that,<br />

Mackenzie turns away from the<br />

camera to a shelf behind him<br />

and produces a small gold item,<br />

which he proudly holds up.<br />

‘You probably can’t see it<br />

too clearly on the screen,<br />

but it’s either an earring or a<br />

pendant that’s Roman gold.<br />

I had it verified by the British<br />

Museum and then it went<br />

before a coroner. It had to fulfil<br />

various criteria to be declared<br />

treasure – such as being made<br />

of precious metal. It was then,<br />

as per protocol, offered to<br />

museums, but none were<br />

interested. So I got to keep it!’<br />

Detectorists fans will know it’s<br />

customary for anyone who finds<br />

gold to perform a celebratory<br />

‘gold dance’. Did Mackenzie get<br />

on down after his discovery?<br />

‘When I dug it up, it was quite<br />

dark, so I couldn’t make out<br />

what I had. But back at home,<br />

I could see it properly – and I did<br />

a little jig in my kitchen!’<br />

Clyde McGarrigle<br />

Queen of the New Year<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

ITV1 ● NEW YEAR’S EVE<br />

THE NATIONAL<br />

LOTTERY’S NEW<br />

YEAR’S EVE BIG BASH<br />

First off, it’s brilliant that<br />

ITV1 is doing this New<br />

Year’s Eve party, because it<br />

has never done anything like<br />

it before. People often don’t<br />

feel like leaving the house<br />

to celebrate, so it’s great<br />

that they can enjoy this twohour<br />

extravaganza from<br />

the comfort of their homes.<br />

I’m hosting it with Jason<br />

Alesha Dixon invites you to see in<br />

2023 with her, Jason Manford and<br />

some glitzy guests at Wembley Arena<br />

Manford at Wembley Arena<br />

and 8000 people will be<br />

joining us, so there<br />

will be an awesome<br />

atmosphere. There’ll<br />

be some brilliant<br />

performances<br />

from Adam<br />

Lambert – who<br />

I’m a huge fan<br />

of [who isn’t?]<br />

– Katherine<br />

Jenkins, Tom<br />

Grennan, Cirque du Soleil<br />

and the Sugababes, which<br />

will be quite nostalgic.<br />

The night will honour<br />

National Lottery<br />

players, who raise<br />

an incredible<br />

£30m-plus a<br />

week and help<br />

out so many<br />

charities. We will<br />

be looking back<br />

at <strong>2022</strong>’s highs<br />

and lows, such as the<br />

Lionesses winning Euro <strong>2022</strong><br />

and the sad passing of our<br />

wonderful Queen Elizabeth.<br />

It’ll be joyous, poignant,<br />

emotive and, ultimately, we<br />

want people to enter 2023<br />

feeling optimistic.<br />

We’ll be up against Jools’<br />

Annual Hootenanny on<br />

BBC2 and Sam Ryder’s New<br />

Year special on BBC1 – I’m<br />

all for healthy competition!<br />

It’s fun. The networks worry<br />

about ratings more than<br />

I would. All I can focus on<br />

is doing the best job I can,<br />

and hopefully we will put<br />

on an incredible show.<br />

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MRS BROWN’S BOYS<br />

BBC1 • CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

& NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

We’ll be fecking the halls,<br />

with Agnes and her peeps<br />

Where Cathy’s new<br />

boyfriend gives everyone<br />

the creeps<br />

But what’s really scary<br />

– if you want all the<br />

inside skinnies<br />

Is our heroine has to tarry<br />

with some extremely<br />

spooky TWINNIES!<br />

'Tis the high<br />

THE FESTIVE POTTERY<br />

THROW DOWN<br />

Channel 4 • CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

Here they come, James Fleet,<br />

Sunetra Sarker, Jamie Laing,<br />

Plus Jenny Éclair – all doing<br />

the pottery thang<br />

As they’re vying to craft the best<br />

festive scene in clay<br />

Before a wheely tough speed<br />

challenge dampens their day<br />

Feature: Graham Kibble-White. Photos: Alamy, BBC,<br />

Channel 4, Getty Images, ITV, Shutterstock<br />

THE MASKED SINGER<br />

ITV1 • NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

There’s been a Duck, a<br />

Unicorn, Nicola Roberts<br />

as Queen Bee<br />

A Pharoah, a monster,<br />

Teddy Sheringham<br />

dressed as a Tree!<br />

And the madness<br />

resumes once more, with<br />

Joel Dommett as host,<br />

Our wish list: A Partridge,<br />

a Christmas fairy plus,<br />

please, Marley’s ghost<br />

BLANKETY BLANK<br />

BBC1 • CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

These festive verses<br />

can be a challenge, if<br />

we might be frank<br />

Coming up with new<br />

rhymes leave us<br />

drawing a blank<br />

But talking of such,<br />

here’s a Christmas<br />

Bradders again<br />

Plus - theatrical stamp<br />

and a flourish – his<br />

chequebook and pen!<br />

MICHAEL MCINTYRE’S<br />

CHRISTMAS WHEEL<br />

BBC1 • CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

Gino D’Acampo, Alesha<br />

Dixon and, oh look,<br />

it’s Bear Grylls<br />

All reporting for a spin,<br />

and some quizzery thrills<br />

With Michael at the wheel,<br />

posing questions<br />

and narrating<br />

While celeb guests like<br />

Fleur East do the<br />

actual rotating<br />

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THE REPAIR SHOP<br />

BBC1 • BOXING DAY<br />

Festive fix-ups and<br />

spruces from the gang<br />

in the barn<br />

Visitors with keepsakes,<br />

and an emotional yarn<br />

Who’ll return for their<br />

items, now clean<br />

as a whistle<br />

While Jay Blades looks<br />

on, sometimes<br />

straightens a chisel<br />

lights of<br />

THE CHASE CELEBRITY<br />

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS ITV1 •<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY & BOXING DAY<br />

What your seasonal schedule<br />

needs is a dab more of Bradley<br />

Watching even more celebs tackle<br />

another quiz badly<br />

There’s a Wonderland-themed ep<br />

– what is this fresh hell?<br />

But also a glamour special… with<br />

Ms Vicki Michelle!<br />

WHEN TINA TURNER CAME<br />

TO BRITAIN<br />

BBC2 • CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

Born Anna Mae Bullock, in<br />

Brownsville, Tennessee<br />

She renamed herself Tina –<br />

and the rest’s history<br />

A film explores our role in<br />

making her simply the best<br />

A well-won accolade, as her<br />

peers will attest<br />

And across<br />

these pages – a<br />

cornucopia of<br />

treats, and fun<br />

for all ages!<br />

CHRISTMAS COMEDY CLUB<br />

WITH LOST VOICE GUY<br />

ITV1 • CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

Something light to attend you,<br />

while you’re slowly getting tiddly<br />

A spot of fast-moving comedy from<br />

BGT’s own Lee Ridley<br />

Josie Long and Paul Zerdin both<br />

add to the fun<br />

Plus Dara O’Briain, fresh from<br />

becoming Taskmaster’s No 1<br />

CELEBRITY MASTERCHEF<br />

FESTIVE EXTRAVAGANZA<br />

BBC1 • FRI 30 DEC<br />

Are you a roast potato ace,<br />

a top turkey stuffer?<br />

Well, Christmas cookery<br />

can’t get any tougher<br />

Than the challenges dolled<br />

out as culinary chores<br />

For AJ Pritchard, Chizzy<br />

Akudolu, Megan McKenna,<br />

Kitty Scott-Claus<br />

THE GREATEST SNOWMAN<br />

Channel 4 • BOXING DAY<br />

A perfect Christmas scene, a<br />

sheer landscape where it’s<br />

oh-so-snowin’<br />

Plus host Sue Perkins, with<br />

dear old pal Laurence<br />

Llewelyn-Bowen<br />

Throw in a gaggle of celebs, as<br />

that’s par for the course<br />

To create competitive ice<br />

sculptures, and that’s yer<br />

festive tour de force!<br />

MORTIMER &<br />

WHITEHOUSE: GONE<br />

FISHING CHRISTMAS<br />

BBC2 • CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

Halibut, coalfish, char, ling and<br />

– yes – trout<br />

Bring Bob and Paul to Norway, on<br />

a special day out<br />

It’s an angler’s delight, so watch<br />

the old pals frolic<br />

Plus crack gags, shoot the breeze,<br />

and talk a load of old pollock<br />

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Photos: Alamy, BBC, Getty Images, Shutterstock, Tracey Paddison/Shutterstock<br />

Light at<br />

the end<br />

Tony Curran and Martin Compston<br />

star as two old friends facing tragedy<br />

DRAMA<br />

BBC1 ● WED 28 DEC &<br />

THURS 29 DEC<br />

MAYFLIES<br />

Two episodes<br />

Tony Curran<br />

(Tully Dawson)<br />

‘I hadn’t read Mayflies [Andrew<br />

O’Hagan’s novel, from which<br />

this is adapted], but I knew the<br />

director, Peter Mackie Burns,<br />

and he asked me to do it.<br />

‘The first thing that jumped<br />

out when I saw the screenplay<br />

was just the humanity. The<br />

relationship between Jimmy<br />

and Tully is so powerful and<br />

moving, and for west coast of<br />

Scotland lads, it’s very tender.<br />

‘The character of Tully [who<br />

has to tell his friend he has<br />

terminal cancer] was going<br />

to be challenging – it scared<br />

me but also attracted me.<br />

‘It’s a poignant and beautiful<br />

story that I think people will<br />

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enjoy, and with a euthanasia<br />

aspect, hopefully it can start<br />

a conversation as well.’<br />

Martin Compston<br />

(Jimmy Collins)<br />

‘For me, doing this was a nobrainer.<br />

It’s centred around<br />

the relationship between two<br />

characters, the other played<br />

by Tony, who is an old and<br />

dear friend of mine, and it was<br />

filming in our native Scotland.<br />

‘It wasn’t until we got on set<br />

that I realised these beautiful<br />

scripts are so emotionally<br />

draining. In their first scene,<br />

Tully gives Jimmy devastating<br />

news and, from then on, it’s<br />

their journey together. Every<br />

day was tough, you felt like<br />

the tears were coming.<br />

‘So it was full on, but to go<br />

through that with one of your<br />

best pals was a joy. It was a<br />

draining but enjoyable shoot.’<br />

Nick Fiaca<br />

● Both eps also available on<br />

BBC iPlayer from Holiday<br />

Tues 27 Dec<br />

Friends for life:<br />

Tully and Jimmy<br />

have been pals since<br />

their youth (left)<br />

Life has moved on for<br />

Catherine Cawood and<br />

her grandson, as the<br />

drama returns after<br />

a six-year break<br />

DRAMA<br />

Troubled teen: Ryan is<br />

now older and exploring<br />

his background<br />

BBC1 ● NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

HAPPY VALLEY<br />

Six episodes<br />

‘Considering how long ago<br />

it finished, it’s surprising how<br />

many people still go on about<br />

Happy Valley,’ laughs writer<br />

Sally Wainwright. ‘It made an<br />

impact, which is wonderful<br />

for everyone involved.’<br />

Indeed, it’s been six years<br />

since we last visited police<br />

officer Catherine Cawood<br />

(Sarah Lancashire), her<br />

grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah),<br />

his father, banged-up killer<br />

Tommy Lee Royce (James<br />

Norton), and her sister Clare<br />

(Siobhan Finneran).<br />

But now the show is making<br />

a dramatic return – and things<br />

have changed, especially<br />

for Catherine.<br />

‘Catherine is probably in<br />

the best place we’ve ever seen<br />

her,’ reveals Sally. ‘In series<br />

one, Ryan was only seven<br />

or eight, and so what had<br />

happened to her daughter<br />

was relatively recent.<br />

‘The idea is that in the last<br />

six years, nothing has occurred<br />

that’s given us any reason to<br />

believe Ryan thinks about<br />

his dad much.<br />

‘It also made sense that<br />

now, Catherine probably is in<br />

a better place. She’s coming up<br />

to retirement, she has plans.<br />

Ryan is nearly old enough to<br />

be considering leaving home<br />

and moving on. So it comes as<br />

a real shock to her when she<br />

realises that he has been<br />

thinking about Tommy.’<br />

Sally left a deliberate time<br />

gap between series so the<br />

character of Ryan could reach<br />

adulthood and think about<br />

his relationship with his father<br />

– who raped his mother and


Sympathy for the devil?<br />

James Norton’s Tommy Lee Royce is a changed man…<br />

Tommy is still in prison, serving multiple life sentences,<br />

but he has changed. He has moved on and matured –<br />

there’s a definite shift in his demeanour and temperament.<br />

I think that’s because, for the first time in a long time, he’s<br />

got hope. He has information about something we don’t<br />

know about yet – but that knowledge in this situation has<br />

given him a sense of contentment.<br />

Catherine and Ryan are the two big poles of his<br />

existence. Catherine has her family and doesn’t want to<br />

think about Tommy, but Tommy forces his way into her<br />

life and her consciousness. They are, in the best way,<br />

obsessed with each other. There’s a deep hatred. They<br />

have a kind of shared experience and so, in that<br />

way, they are inextricably linked and will always<br />

be, in some way, kind of married together.<br />

New man:<br />

Tommy has<br />

moved on,<br />

but for<br />

better or<br />

worse?<br />

caused her to take her own life.<br />

‘We could only really come<br />

back when Ryan got to be 16 or<br />

17 – old enough to have some<br />

agency in the world and to think<br />

for himself about what he wants<br />

and who he is – to let us really<br />

explore that,’ explains Sally.<br />

‘As I was writing the last series,<br />

it became apparent that might<br />

be a way to go forward. But it<br />

kind of just turned out that way,<br />

because I got sidetracked by<br />

writing Gentleman<br />

Jack, which took so<br />

long due to being<br />

such an intense<br />

thing – reading the<br />

diaries, and then<br />

turning them into<br />

drama. But it worked<br />

out well and that<br />

amount of<br />

time passed.<br />

‘The last<br />

shot of<br />

series<br />

Writer extraordinaire:<br />

Sally Wainwright<br />

two of Happy Valley was<br />

when Catherine and Ryan<br />

were out for a walk on the<br />

fields above Hebden Bridge,<br />

and there’s that final image<br />

of Catherine watching him<br />

with a look of terror on her<br />

face, thinking, “What if he<br />

grows up wrong? What if<br />

he’s like his dad?”<br />

‘He was quite badly<br />

behaved at school and<br />

always in trouble, and he<br />

couldn’t concentrate. It’s<br />

addressing that and finding<br />

out where he is now.<br />

‘The big question,<br />

though, is which side will<br />

‘Catherine is<br />

probably in the<br />

best place we’ve<br />

ever seen her’<br />

Stepping in: Catherine has been raising<br />

grandson Ryan after his mother’s death<br />

he come down on?’ adds Sally.<br />

‘Will he see his dad as someone<br />

who’s afflicted and who we<br />

should be sympathetic towards,<br />

or will he see him in<br />

the way Catherine<br />

does? For him to want<br />

to explore that is<br />

deeply distressing for<br />

Catherine and fires up<br />

extreme emotions.’<br />

It’s all as compelling<br />

as ever, taking many<br />

a dark turn. But what about<br />

Happy Valley made it such<br />

a big hit with viewers?<br />

‘I think it’s probably a<br />

combination of things – the<br />

cast, the writing, being well<br />

directed, and very realistic<br />

when it touched on a genuine<br />

problem,’ says Sally. ‘Rural<br />

areas are badly affected by<br />

drug and alcohol issues. It<br />

also covered the fact that<br />

police officers like Catherine<br />

just get to mop up the debris of<br />

what happens, and never feel<br />

like the problems get solved.<br />

That was Catherine’s complaint<br />

in the first season, but this time<br />

we get closer to some of the<br />

drug kingpins in the area.<br />

‘I think its success was due<br />

to Sarah in that role, and James<br />

as Tommy. They both really put<br />

their heart and soul into it, and<br />

it came across on screen in such<br />

a palpable way.’<br />

Jon Peake<br />

TVguide 17<br />

Total


Totally<br />

The comeback kids<br />

DRAMA<br />

BBC1 ● TUES 3 JAN<br />

WATERLOO ROAD<br />

All seven eps also available on<br />

BBC iPlayer from Tues 3 Jan<br />

When Waterloo Road became<br />

a BBC iPlayer hit during<br />

lockdown, it also led to a new<br />

lease of life for the schoolbased<br />

drama, whose doors<br />

closed in 2015 after nine years<br />

on air. As a new term begins,<br />

it also marks the return of<br />

original cast member Angela<br />

Griffin playing Kim Campbell,<br />

now the school’s new head<br />

teacher. However, she never<br />

thought she’d be back in the<br />

role she left 12 years ago.<br />

‘Oh, my God, no,’ says<br />

Angela, 46. ‘Once it finished,<br />

it didn’t even enter my head<br />

the show would come back.<br />

Not many can, and do, return.’<br />

It was a lunch with<br />

executive producer Cameron<br />

Roach, whose company was<br />

pitching the revamped show<br />

to the BBC, that convinced<br />

Angela to rejoin.<br />

‘I thought, “I’m not sure,<br />

I’ll go and see what the deal<br />

is.” But that just made me go,<br />

“I definitely want to reboard.”<br />

‘It’s 100 per cent the<br />

same, but totally different.<br />

It’s a show made for <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

I didn’t want to go back<br />

and play the character as<br />

she was, because that’s<br />

boring. The life events that<br />

have occurred to Kim since<br />

we last saw her mean it does<br />

feel like more like a spin-off<br />

than a reboot.’<br />

Angela is one of three<br />

original cast members to<br />

return, alongside Adam<br />

Thomas and Katie Griffiths,<br />

while new faces include Kym<br />

Marsh. Is she nervous about<br />

the reaction to the new look?<br />

‘There are some people here<br />

who are, but I’m not, because<br />

I know it’s good. The heart of<br />

Waterloo Road is right there.’<br />

Nick Fiaca<br />

Angela Griffin reveals<br />

why she’s back in the<br />

show she left more<br />

than a decade ago…<br />

Surf ’s<br />

up<br />

Jo Joyner on<br />

working with<br />

a Neighbours<br />

legend<br />

DRAMA<br />

CHANNEL 5 ●<br />

HOLIDAY TUES 27 DEC-FRI 30 DEC<br />

RIPTIDE<br />

Four episodes<br />

Did you watch Lie With Me on Channel<br />

5 last year? Written by Neighbours<br />

executive producer Jason Herbison, it<br />

saw Charlie Brooks – EastEnders’ Janine<br />

– camping it up in an Aussie mansion<br />

while her husband enjoyed kinky sex<br />

with the nanny in the basement. A<br />

similar perfect blend of Walford and<br />

Erinsborough will see Danny Dyer (Mick<br />

Carter) star in a five-part thriller called<br />

Heat next year, in his first role since<br />

quitting the Square.<br />

And this week, Jo<br />

Joyner (aka Tanya<br />

Branning) plays<br />

Alison, whose<br />

wealthy new<br />

husband Sean<br />

vanishes off<br />

the Aussie<br />

coast during<br />

his morning<br />

Disappeared:<br />

Sean (Peter<br />

O’Brien) goes<br />

missing while<br />

surfing<br />

surf. Did he<br />

get caught in a<br />

lethal riptide and<br />

drown – or is there<br />

something more sinister to it?<br />

‘When we meet Alison, she’s a happy,<br />

chilled person. Like all the best thrillers,<br />

she’s in a really good place before it<br />

all goes wrong, right?’ laughs Jo.<br />

Sean is played by Peter O’Brien,<br />

better known as Neighbours’ hunky<br />

Shane Ramsay back in the day. Ripper!<br />

‘When I got back from Australia and<br />

told my friends, “Yeah, the guy who<br />

played my husband was in Neighbours,”<br />

they were all, like, “What? I really<br />

fancied Peter O’Brien!”’<br />

But is Alison all she appears? There’s<br />

a hint in episode one that her stepson<br />

suspects she’s a gold-digger.<br />

‘Towards the end of the show, the<br />

audience hold a lot of the cards, and<br />

that has its own thrill, because they<br />

know who is in jeopardy and who isn’t.’<br />

Back in Blighty, Jo is looking forward<br />

to getting stuck in to the festivities.<br />

‘We never watch any telly on<br />

Christmas Day! And this year we<br />

certainly won’t, because I’ve got my<br />

best friend [Ackley Bridge actor] Sunetra<br />

Sarker coming, and she’s a big games<br />

master. Her husband and I do the food,<br />

she’s in charge of the quizzes, while my<br />

husband takes care of the fire.’<br />

Martina Fowler<br />

TVguide 19<br />

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‘It’s funny,<br />

odd, moving...<br />

and English’<br />

DRAMA<br />

ITV1 ● HOLIDAY MON 2 JAN-WED 4 JAN<br />

STONEHOUSE<br />

All three eps also available on<br />

ITVX from Holiday Mon 2 Jan<br />

I was born the month<br />

before John Stonehouse<br />

faked his own death in<br />

November 1974. So I didn’t<br />

know much about the story<br />

before this project came<br />

along. And I conflated it with<br />

the 1970s TV series The Fall<br />

And Rise Of Reginald Perrin.<br />

The younger Stonehouse<br />

was a bit of a rising star in<br />

the Labour party. A bright,<br />

self-possessed man. But he<br />

also did a bit of moonlighting<br />

for the Czech Secret Service!<br />

John Preston’s scripts are<br />

brilliant. I found it funny, odd,<br />

moving and English, a similar<br />

feel to the TV drama Quiz<br />

[about the Who Wants To Be A<br />

Millionaire? scandal] I was in.<br />

John is very good at writing<br />

perfectly crafted scenes that<br />

swing along and are very nice<br />

to play. There is also a rather<br />

poignant theme through this<br />

involving a boyhood memory<br />

that Stonehouse carries<br />

with him when things<br />

are going wrong.<br />

Ultimately, he was only<br />

discovered in Australia<br />

[where he was building<br />

a new life under a new<br />

identity] because somebody<br />

thought he was Lord Lucan!<br />

Graham Kibble-White<br />

● The Real Stonehouse also<br />

airs on ITV1 Thurs 5 Jan<br />

Matthew<br />

Macfadyen<br />

plays the<br />

Labour MP<br />

who – in debt<br />

and about to<br />

be exposed as<br />

a spy – faked<br />

his own death<br />

Faker: The real<br />

John Stonehouse<br />

The redeem team<br />

DRAMA ITVX ● ALL FOUR EPS<br />

Vicky McClure and<br />

Johnny Harris reunite<br />

for a moving drama<br />

AVAILABLE<br />

FROM THURS 29 DEC<br />

WITHOUT SIN<br />

It’s 12 years since This Is England<br />

’86 – a spin-off from the 2006 film<br />

– aired on Channel 4. Line Of Duty<br />

star Vicky McClure played factory<br />

worker Lol, and Johnny Harris<br />

(The Salisbury Poisonings) her<br />

violent rapist father, Mick.<br />

Vicky and Johnny became close<br />

friends, and jumped at the<br />

chance of working with each<br />

other again on<br />

Without Sin.<br />

Vicky plays Stella, a mother<br />

deep in grief following the<br />

murder of her daughter<br />

Maisy, which Stella<br />

happened upon after<br />

a night out – with Charles,<br />

played by Johnny, standing<br />

over Maisy’s body.<br />

‘Stella has got strained<br />

relationships with her ex and<br />

her mum, and she’s smoking<br />

cannabis – which is making<br />

her even more insular and<br />

paranoid,’ says Vicky.<br />

In the first episode, Stella<br />

is persuaded to visit Charles<br />

in prison – and Johnny is<br />

mesmerisingly ambivalent.<br />

‘I guess the challenge was<br />

that I knew where Charles<br />

was going and whether he<br />

was guilty,’ says Johnny.<br />

We’re chatting to the pair,<br />

who are executive producers<br />

of the drama, at a community<br />

arts centre in Vicky’s home<br />

city of Nottingham, where<br />

Without Sin is set, and where<br />

she still lives. ‘I was adamant it<br />

was shot here. The city hones<br />

a lot of incredible talent. It’s a<br />

beautiful place which is ready<br />

to be seen on the screen.’<br />

Martina Fowler<br />

TVguide 21<br />

Total<br />

Photos: Alamy, Getty Images, ITV, Rex/Shutterstock


More<br />

great NEW<br />

Streaming<br />

Compiled by Dan Turner<br />

releases Streaming<br />

Secrets and<br />

spies: Charlie<br />

Cox and Oona<br />

Chaplin in<br />

espionage<br />

drama Treason<br />

REALITY<br />

Joe Millionaire: For Richer Or Poorer<br />

■ all 10 eps available from Wed 28 Dec<br />

A millionaire and an average Joe date 20 women,<br />

who don’t know which one is secretly wealthy. When<br />

all is revealed, will love or money be more important?<br />

Disney+<br />

Netflix<br />

COMEDY<br />

Chelsea Handler: Revolution<br />

■ available from Holiday Tues 27 Dec<br />

The award-winning stand-up lets loose on her life<br />

choices, rowdy rescue dogs, dating frustrations<br />

and why society owes women an apology.<br />

Chicago Party Aunt<br />

■ part two available from Fri 30 Dec<br />

Diane is a troublemaker with a talent for avoiding<br />

adulthood – and a soft spot for her nephew.<br />

Animated comedy with the voice of Lauren Ash.<br />

DRAMA<br />

Copenhagen Cowboy<br />

■ season one available from Thurs 5 Jan<br />

After a lifetime of servitude, Miu trawls through<br />

Copenhagen’s criminal netherworld searching for<br />

justice and revenge in this dark Danish crime thriller.<br />

Ginny & Georgia<br />

■ season two available from Thurs 5 Jan<br />

Picking up from the season one finale, how will<br />

Georgia react when she discovers Ginny and Austin<br />

are gone? With Brianne Howey and Antonia Gentry.<br />

Kaleidoscope<br />

■ all eight eps available from New Year’s Day<br />

Betrayal, greed and other threats undermine a master<br />

thief’s plans for an elaborate heist. Mystery thriller<br />

with Giancarlo Esposito and Rufus Sewell.<br />

Treason<br />

■ all five eps available from Boxing Day<br />

An MI6 deputy’s bright future takes a sharp turn after<br />

rĀeunion with a Russian spy forces him to question<br />

his entire life. With Charlie Cox and Oona Chaplin.<br />

The Witcher: Blood Origin<br />

■ all four eps available from Christmas Day<br />

More than a thousand years before the events of<br />

The Witcher, seven outcasts in an Elven world join<br />

forces in a quest against an all-powerful empire.<br />

Woman Of The Dead<br />

■ season one available from Thurs 5 Jan<br />

In a quest to find out who killed her husband, a<br />

woman ends up exposing her small community’s<br />

deepest and ugliest secrets. Austrian thriller.<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

The Circle USA<br />

■ first four eps available from Wed 28 Dec<br />

Eight new players set up single profiles to sniff<br />

out catfish, form friendships and make the most of<br />

second chances in this fifth trip around The Circle.<br />

Acorn TV<br />

DRAMA<br />

Garage Sale Mysteries<br />

■ six new eps available from Boxing Day<br />

Store owner turned amateur detective Jennifer<br />

Shannon finds herself falling into more crimes, and<br />

then trying to solve them. With Lori Loughlin.<br />

All 4<br />

ENTERTAINMENT<br />

LEGO Masters USA<br />

■ season three available from New Year’s Day<br />

Twelve new teams of builders face off in the hope of<br />

winning the brick-built trophy and a $100,000 cash<br />

prize. Will Arnett, the voice of Lego Batman, hosts.<br />

Discovery+<br />

FACTUAL<br />

Lucky!<br />

■ all eight eps available from Holiday Tues 27 Dec<br />

A portrait of Bernie Ecclestone, revealing his life<br />

story and the truth behind the birth, growth, and<br />

phenomenal success of Formula 1.<br />

FAMILY<br />

Encanto At The Hollywood Bowl<br />

■ available from Wed 28 Dec<br />

A staged concert performance of music from the<br />

Academy Award-winning Disney animation Encanto Ā<br />

featuring the original voice cast.<br />

Star Wars: The Bad Batch<br />

■ eps releasing weekly from Wed 4 Jan<br />

Animated adventures of the elite clones of the Bad<br />

Batch as they battle a rapidly changing galaxy in<br />

the immediate aftermath of the Clone Wars.<br />

MUSIC<br />

If These Walls Could Sing<br />

■ available from Fri 6 Jan<br />

Mary McCartney tells the stories of some of Abbey<br />

Road Studios’ iconic recordings. This documentary<br />

was previously due to air on Fri 16 Dec.<br />

ITVX<br />

FACTUAL<br />

A Murder In The Family<br />

■ all three eps available from Thurs 5 Jan<br />

Investigates three murders, where the victim and<br />

perpetrator are family, telling stories of ordinary<br />

relationships that take deadly turns.<br />

REALITY<br />

Loaded In Paradise<br />

■ all 15 eps available from Thurs 29 Dec<br />

Five party-loving pairs hop around Greece’s Aegean<br />

Islands in a race to take control of – and spend –<br />

€50,000 pre-loaded on a cash card.<br />

You know the<br />

drill: Martin<br />

Compston<br />

deals with<br />

strange events<br />

on an oil rig<br />

Total<br />

22 TVguide


Lionsgate+<br />

DRAMA<br />

BMF<br />

■ eps releasing weekly from Fri 6 Jan<br />

Second season following two brothers from Detroit<br />

who created America’s largest domestic narcotics<br />

distribution network. With Demetrius Flenory Jr.<br />

Paramount+<br />

DRAMA<br />

La Brea<br />

■ season two, part one available from Boxing Day<br />

When a massive sinkhole opens in the middle of Los<br />

Angeles, those who fall in are caught in a strange and<br />

dangerous primeval land. With Natalie Zea.<br />

FACTUAL<br />

Love Rats<br />

■ volume two available from Tues 3 Jan<br />

Series sharing stories that reveal the dating world is<br />

a hunting ground for manipulative crooks who leave a<br />

trail of broken hearts and often empty bank accounts.<br />

REALITY<br />

The Challenge: Australia<br />

■ all 10 eps available from Wed 4 Jan<br />

Twenty-two Australian reality television contestants<br />

and celebrities compete against one another in a<br />

series of challenges, hoping to avoid elimination.<br />

Prime Video<br />

FILMS New releases STREAMING<br />

Netflix<br />

Apple TV+<br />

Netflix<br />

White Noise<br />

4★<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

■ available from Fri 30 Dec<br />

Writer-director Noah Baumbach takes<br />

on Don DeLillo’s supposedly unadaptable<br />

satirical novel. Adam Driver stars as Jack<br />

Gladney, a professor of Hitler studies,<br />

whose blended family with second wife<br />

Babette (Greta Gerwig) is upended when<br />

an ‘Airborne Toxic Event’ hits their town.<br />

Driver is on magnificent form in this<br />

cerebral black comedy. With Don Cheadle,<br />

Jodie Turner-Smith and André 3000.<br />

Emancipation<br />

★★★<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

■ available now<br />

Will Smith stars in director Antoine Fuqua’s<br />

drama based on the true story of ‘Whipped<br />

Peter’ Ā Ā enslaved black man wh Āescaped<br />

the cruel treatment of a Louisiana plantation<br />

in the 1860s. After outwitting his pursuers’<br />

sniffer dogs, Peter (Smith) joins the Union<br />

Army t Āfight against th ĀConfederates in<br />

the US Civil War. Smith disappears into the<br />

role, while Ben Foster is chilling as Fassel,<br />

the crazed slave catcher on Peter’s trail.<br />

The Pale Blue Eye<br />

■ Mystery ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

■ available from Fri 6 Jan<br />

In the year 1830, a student at West Point<br />

PREVIEW<br />

military academy is found hanged – and, in<br />

a ghoulish development, his heart is stolen.<br />

Retir Ā detective Augustus Landor (Christian<br />

Bale) is asked to investigate the bizarre<br />

crime and, needing assistance in cracking<br />

the cadets’ code of silence, Augustus<br />

enlists a moody, dissolute youth by the<br />

name of Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling)…<br />

With Gillian Anderson and Robert Duvall.<br />

New to BUY or RENT Please check streaming providers for availability<br />

FACTUAL<br />

Wildcat<br />

■ available from Fri 30 Dec<br />

British Army veteran Harry Turner finds life has new<br />

meaning when he is entrusted with an orphaned<br />

baby ocelot while travelling the Amazon.<br />

Pick of the season<br />

DRAMA<br />

PRIME VIDEO<br />

The Rig<br />

■ all six eps available from Fri 6 Jan<br />

Martin Compston stars as communications<br />

operator Fulmer, stationed on fictional North<br />

Sea oil platform Kinloch Bravo. As with any<br />

workplace drama, there are tensions between<br />

the management and the shop floor, and<br />

Fulmer is caught in the middle of the warring<br />

factions. But while this may begin like a<br />

compelling industry-based drama, by the end<br />

of episode one – when a strange fog cuts off<br />

all communication, leaving the crew isolated<br />

in the ferocious North Sea – something sinister<br />

and perhaps supernatural seems to be afoot…<br />

She Said<br />

★★★<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan<br />

star as real-life New York Times<br />

reporters Jodi Kantor an ĀMegan<br />

Twohey, who investigate sexual<br />

abuse and misogyny in the movie<br />

industry ĀThe intrepid duo navigate<br />

a web of fear, rumour and money,<br />

at the heart of which sits producer<br />

Harvey Weinstein. It’s one-paced<br />

and talky, but it’s still an important<br />

document of the #MeToo era.<br />

Also starring Patricia Clarkson.<br />

Barbarian<br />

★★★<br />

■ Horror ■ 18 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

Late one night, Tess (Georgina<br />

Campbell) arrives at a rented<br />

room in Ādodgy part ĀChicago<br />

only to find Āalready occupied by<br />

Keith (Bill Skarsgård). Despite her<br />

initial misgivings, she decides to<br />

stay over — and soon learns the<br />

grotesque truth about the place.<br />

Despite some silly plotting and<br />

ropey logic, this is undeniably<br />

creepy, and Campbell makes<br />

a fine heroine. With Justin Long.<br />

See How They Run ★★★<br />

■ Mystery ■ 12 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

In this starry, spoofy 1950s-set<br />

whodunnit, a Hollywood director<br />

(Adrien Brody) is murdered after<br />

the 100th performance of Agatha<br />

Christie’s play The Mousetrap Ā<br />

It’s up to the alcoholic Inspector<br />

Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and<br />

rookie copper Stalker (Saoirse<br />

Ronan) to investigate the crime<br />

an Āth Ācas Āo Āeccentr Āsuspects.<br />

With Ruth Wilson, Tim Key ĀHarris<br />

Dickinson and David Oyelowo.<br />

Features: Jon Gower, Clyde McGarrigle. Photos: Alamy, Apple, Getty Images, Netflix, Prime Video, Shutterstock<br />

TVguide 23<br />

Total


Totally<br />

Soaps<br />

EMMERDALE<br />

ITV1 · see listings for details<br />

While Cain gets a blast from<br />

the past behind bars, back<br />

in the village, Chas faces<br />

a lonely Christmas…<br />

Features: Mark Peters. Photos: Alamy, BBC, Getty Images, ITV, Shutterstock<br />

OH,<br />

BROTHER<br />

Having resigned himself to<br />

being apart from his loved<br />

ones this Christmas, Cain finds<br />

himself confronted by a dark<br />

family secret when a visitor<br />

arrives at the prison…<br />

As Caleb expresses his shock<br />

at the news that Faith has died,<br />

it finally becomes clear they’re<br />

brothers – and that Cain had<br />

lied to him three decades ago<br />

that their mum had passed<br />

EASTENDERS<br />

BBC1 · see listings for details<br />

As she wakes up by Mick’s<br />

side in The Queen Vic on<br />

Christmas Day, it seems Janine<br />

has everything she ever wanted.<br />

But Shirley is plotting to bring<br />

her house of cards tumbling<br />

down around her ears, and<br />

although she hasn’t quite pieced<br />

the entire puzzle together<br />

yet, she knows she’s a<br />

liar, and is determined<br />

to prove it…<br />

As her mother-in-law<br />

tries to make peace<br />

with Mick, Janine’s rattled<br />

to spot Jada arriving at the<br />

Watts house and, terrified that<br />

she’s there to spill the beans<br />

about her crimes, she decides to<br />

invite Shirley and Linda to stay<br />

for lunch in the hope of keeping<br />

them all apart. But her efforts<br />

may be in vain when Jada drops<br />

a bombshell on Sharon…<br />

Once again, The Vic is host<br />

to a tense Christmas dinner, as<br />

a vicious row brews between<br />

PLUS Aware this could be their last<br />

Christmas together, Jay plans to propose<br />

to Lola. But will she accept?… The<br />

Slaters’ New Year’s Eve party ends in<br />

disaster after a carbon monoxide leak.<br />

Total<br />

24 TVguide<br />

away. Now, Caleb wants to<br />

know why he robbed him of<br />

the chance to get to know her.<br />

Rattled, Cain tries to get<br />

ready for Moira’s visit, but he’s<br />

plagued by painful memories<br />

– and in a flashback, the truth<br />

about the two lads is revealed…<br />

Meanwhile, back in the<br />

village, Chas is also facing a<br />

lonely Yuletide, and after an<br />

awkward run-in with a hostile<br />

Shirley and Janine and, with<br />

tensions at breaking point,<br />

Scarlett’s arrival proves to be<br />

the catalyst for months of<br />

secrets and lies to boil over.<br />

As the scales fall from his<br />

eyes, Mick’s world is shattered<br />

as he’s forced to face the<br />

bitter truth about all<br />

the women in his life.<br />

Will he finally see<br />

Janine’s true colours?<br />

Will he fight for his<br />

one true love – whoever<br />

she may be? Only one thing<br />

is certain – one way or another,<br />

this will be Mick Carter’s last<br />

day in Walford…<br />

Naughty or nice?<br />

Despite Phil banning him from the<br />

house, Alfie’s still determined to give<br />

Kat and the boys a magical Moon<br />

Christmas. So he pops on his Santa<br />

suit and climbs on to the roof of the<br />

Mitchells’, intending to abseil down<br />

as a seasonal surprise.<br />

Inevitably, things don’t go<br />

Mandy and Belle, she seeks<br />

refuge in The Woolpack – only<br />

to find Paddy and Eve there<br />

with Rhona and Marlon.<br />

Despite their best efforts, the<br />

tension proves too much for<br />

the estranged couple, and Chas<br />

takes off, intending to say her<br />

final farewells to her mum. But<br />

as she lights the firework with<br />

Faith’s ashes, a stranger appears<br />

and drops a bombshell…<br />

to plan, and when Phil finds out<br />

everything that went on during his<br />

absence, he’s enraged that the woman<br />

he loves has betrayed him so badly.<br />

Sam’s horrified by the state he’s in<br />

when she finds him sitting alone and<br />

brooding in the dark at Peggy’s, but<br />

her attempts to reason with her<br />

Hands off! Kim<br />

has a warning<br />

for Gabby<br />

PLUS The season of goodwill<br />

comes to an abrupt end at Home<br />

Farm when Kim warns Gabby to<br />

keep her relationship with Nicky<br />

strictly business, then Dawn makes<br />

a drastic decision… Nicola wastes<br />

no time in stirring things up as<br />

Rhona accuses Naomi of being<br />

a bad influence on April.<br />

THE LUNCH FROM<br />

Christmas Day at<br />

The Vic ends in<br />

carnage when<br />

Mick is forced to<br />

face the truth…<br />

brother fall flat when an embarrassed<br />

Kat admits she may have let her<br />

mouth run away with her.<br />

Terrified that she might have blown<br />

his plan wide open, Phil delivers a dire<br />

threat – but just when he thinks he’s<br />

back on top, the hardman realises<br />

he’s been double crossed.<br />

Absolutely desperate, he’s forced<br />

to make a deal with the Devil… But<br />

is it already too late?


CORONATION ST<br />

ITV1 · see listings for details<br />

Stuffed: Liam<br />

makes some very<br />

bad decisions<br />

Love thy<br />

neighbour<br />

Determined not to let him wallow<br />

in self-pity, Liam’s neighbours have<br />

all invited him over for Christmas –<br />

and he’s accepted every one! But<br />

he may live to regret his greed…<br />

First, he feasts at Wishing Well<br />

Cottage, then it’s off to Holdgate,<br />

where Rishi clearly expects him<br />

to clear his plate. Stuffed, he hauls<br />

himself to Bernice’s – and she,<br />

too, has saved him some leftovers.<br />

But as he tucks in, over at Tug<br />

Ghyll, Leyla sadly settles down<br />

to a ready meal for one…<br />

Back at Brook Cottage, the old<br />

chemistry between Bernice and<br />

Liam seems to have reignited,<br />

and a charged moment ends in<br />

a passionate kiss. But it suddenly<br />

becomes clear he may have bitten<br />

off more than he can chew…<br />

HELL<br />

Horrified: Sam<br />

pleads with her<br />

brother to think<br />

rationally<br />

WINTER<br />

WEDDING<br />

Tyrone wants to make an honest woman of Fiz – but where is she?<br />

After a nightmarish couple<br />

of years dealing with affairs,<br />

unruly kids and the ghosts of<br />

their exes, Fiz and Tyrone are<br />

finally back on an even keel.<br />

So he’s determined to cement<br />

their future with a Christmas<br />

Day wedding – if only he’d<br />

told her about it…<br />

While he’s been planning the<br />

surprise ceremony, an oblivious<br />

Fiz has become increasingly<br />

disillusioned by her boyfriend’s<br />

apparent disinterest in the festive<br />

season and she’s gutted when<br />

she opens a boring gift on<br />

Christmas morning. Failing to<br />

pick up on her mood, an excited<br />

Tyrone secretly gets Hope and<br />

Accidents happen<br />

Spotting a drunken Teddy on his way to<br />

the Rovers, Stephen wonders what he’s<br />

discovered in Canada. His worst fears are<br />

realised when the worried dad reveals<br />

that Leo never got there – and his texts<br />

came from Weatherfield. But fate takes<br />

a hand when his nemesis crosses the<br />

street, and is mown down by a van…<br />

With Teddy out cold, Stephen lies to<br />

Jenny that he told him he spoke to Leo in<br />

Canada, and he never wants to see either<br />

Ruby ready but when they<br />

descend the stairs dressed in<br />

their wedding outfits, there’s no<br />

sign of Fiz…<br />

Finding a note informing him<br />

that she’s gone to buy a turkey,<br />

Tyrone calls his girlfriend’s<br />

phone – but she’s left it behind!<br />

Chesney and Gemma order<br />

the panicked lad to head to the<br />

hotel and Bernie and Dev offer<br />

to wait for his bride to return,<br />

while out on a deserted country<br />

road, Fiz’s car breaks down and,<br />

realising she’s forgotten her<br />

phone, she sets off on foot…<br />

As the minutes tick by, Tyrone<br />

loses hope and finally tells his<br />

guests the wedding is off. As<br />

of them again. Convinced he’s dodged<br />

another bullet, Stephen’s thrilled to<br />

discover that Six Fellas have settled<br />

out of court and paid him £10,000 in<br />

compensation. Heading out to watch<br />

the New Year fireworks, he smugly<br />

tells Elaine he has a feeling 2023 is<br />

going to be a very good year.<br />

But as he later joins Jenny on a visit to<br />

the hospital, Teddy suddenly opens his<br />

eyes! Is Stephen’s luck about to run out?<br />

they head to the Rovers to<br />

tuck into the buffet, has his<br />

romantic gesture backfired<br />

spectacularly – or will Fiz<br />

show up in time to grant<br />

his Christmas wish?<br />

PLUS With Roy refusing to<br />

embrace modern technology and<br />

use his new mobile phone, Nina<br />

heads to the woods to meet him,<br />

but ends up taking a tumble into<br />

the river. Knocked unconscious,<br />

she rolls into the murky depths…<br />

With Max’s help, Griff sets a trap<br />

for Spider, and soon the undercover<br />

cop is out cold on the ground.<br />

Has he been rumbled?<br />

Mown down:<br />

Teddy is injured<br />

FOR HOLLYOAKS SEE SOAP PLANNER OVERLEAF<br />

Fairytale wedding:<br />

But will it really be<br />

happy ever after<br />

for Fiz and Tyrone?<br />

TVguide 25<br />

Total


Soap planner<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

FORTNIGHT<br />

at a glance!<br />

EastEnders Coronation St Emmerdale Hollyoaks<br />

SUN<br />

25<br />

DEC<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

As lunch at The Vic<br />

descends into chaos,<br />

it seems time’s up for Mick –<br />

could this be his last Christmas?<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

Oblivious to Tyrone’s<br />

plans, Fiz is stranded<br />

on a lonely country road – will<br />

she miss her surprise wedding?<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

A Christmas Day visitor<br />

forces Cain to relive his<br />

past, but why has his long-lost<br />

brother come back into his life?<br />

MON<br />

26<br />

DEC<br />

TUES<br />

27<br />

DEC<br />

WED<br />

28<br />

DEC<br />

THURS<br />

29<br />

DEC<br />

FRI<br />

30<br />

DEC<br />

The morning after the night before,<br />

the fallout from the shocking<br />

events of Christmas Day start to<br />

hit home. Will the truth come out?<br />

Kat’s frantic after Phil goes<br />

AWOL, and Sam finds him in a<br />

bad way at Peggy’s. Can she<br />

offer help to her brother?<br />

Zack melts Whitney’s heart with<br />

a kind gesture and offers to cook<br />

her dinner. Could there be hope<br />

for their future together after all?<br />

With recent events weighing<br />

heavily on her mind, Shirley<br />

realises she’s made a big mistake.<br />

Is it too late to make amends?<br />

A misunderstanding arouses<br />

Gail’s suspicions that Stephen is<br />

hiding something, so she calls<br />

Gabrielle. What will she learn?<br />

After his trip with Sean and Dylan,<br />

Laurence asks Todd to give him<br />

a chance to win him over. But he<br />

gets more than he bargained for…<br />

Terrified he’s about to be exposed,<br />

Stephen confronts Teddy – but<br />

then fate takes a hand when a<br />

van drives down the Street…<br />

Peter changes his shift so he can<br />

spend New Year’s Eve with Carla,<br />

but she’s less than impressed<br />

when he unveils his plans…<br />

In prison, Cain awaits Moira’s<br />

arrival and in a flashback to 1991,<br />

the truth about what happened<br />

with Caleb is revealed…<br />

Marcus and Ethan realise they’ve<br />

made a very dangerous enemy<br />

when Greg orders them to drop<br />

their complaint – or else…<br />

Paddy’s stress levels are at<br />

breaking point when he gives Chip<br />

an accidental overdose of sedative.<br />

How much more can he take?<br />

David’s heartbroken when he<br />

realises Jacob has been referring<br />

to Liam as his dad. Just how can<br />

he win back the lad’s trust?<br />

Felix is determined to unmask the<br />

arsonist, but in the event it’s<br />

Goldie who makes a chilling<br />

discovery about their identity…<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

Olivia and Prince’s<br />

wedding day arrives,<br />

but as tensions rise, an explosive<br />

confession could ruin everything.<br />

SAT<br />

31<br />

DEC<br />

SUN<br />

1<br />

JAN<br />

MON<br />

2<br />

JAN<br />

TUES<br />

3<br />

JAN<br />

WED<br />

4<br />

JAN<br />

THURS<br />

5<br />

JAN<br />

FRI<br />

6<br />

JAN<br />

Total<br />

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The Slaters throw a raucous New<br />

Year’s Eve party, but the festivities<br />

come to an abrupt end when the<br />

revellers start to drop like flies…<br />

Triumphant, Phil thinks he’s<br />

back on top, but Kat’s seething<br />

about the mess he’s made.<br />

However, he has an ally…<br />

After advice from Suki, Nish offers<br />

Ben and Lola a compromise, but<br />

Harvey’s appalled by his tactics<br />

and publicly humiliates him…<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

As his desperation<br />

mounts, Phil realises he<br />

has no choice but to approach<br />

his worst enemy for help…<br />

With Vinny eager to get involved in<br />

the business, Nish gives him an<br />

important job. But they have very<br />

different ways of doing things…<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

Convinced he’s in the<br />

clear, Stephen joins<br />

Elaine for the New Year fireworks.<br />

But is he really home and dry?<br />

Unable to contact Roy, Nina<br />

starts searching for him in the<br />

woods, but slips, bangs her<br />

head and rolls into the river…<br />

Unaware that he’s walking into<br />

a trap, Spider responds to a call<br />

from Max and is confronted by<br />

a crowbar-wielding Griff…<br />

Damon persuades Jacob to quit<br />

his job and start work at the<br />

Bistro, but his son soon starts<br />

to regret making the move…<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

It’s the night of the New<br />

Year’s Eve party and<br />

Bob’s behind the decks. But is he<br />

really in tune with his audience?<br />

While Brenda announces she<br />

and Eric are retiring, Bernice<br />

shows off her plans for the B&B.<br />

But will her dreams be shattered?<br />

A curious friendship forms when<br />

Naomi gives April a pep talk about<br />

her relationship with Arthur. But is<br />

her advice really worth taking?<br />

Dawn power dresses for her<br />

meeting, but feels guilty about<br />

missing Clemmie’s swimming.<br />

Something’s got to give…<br />

When she catches April wearing a<br />

garish nail varnish, Rhona accuses<br />

Naomi of being a bad influence<br />

and battle lines are drawn…<br />

The bad blood between Kim and<br />

Dawn finally reaches boiling<br />

point, while at the salon, Mandy’s<br />

in a sack-happy mood…<br />

Must<br />

see<br />

★ Home And Away and Doctors return on Holiday Monday 2 January. See listings for details.<br />

Bobby’s reign of terror<br />

might finally be over –<br />

but everything depends on James’<br />

powers of persuasion…<br />

Maxine’s attempts to intercept<br />

Eric’s package are thwarted,<br />

but he accidentally leaves an<br />

incriminating letter behind…<br />

After walking in on Beau looking<br />

at a very dodgy website, Nancy<br />

does a little sleuthing and is<br />

shocked by what she finds…<br />

James and Maxine meet up with<br />

Eric’s former flatmate, who fills<br />

them in on some disturbing<br />

information about his past…<br />

Features: Mark Peters. Photos: Alamy, BBC, ITV, Lime Pictures, Shutterstock


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What was the first programme they remember?<br />

What did they creep downstairs to watch after lights out?<br />

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Films<br />

Edited by Jon Gower<br />

Sky/Virgin/BT<br />

Fantastic<br />

Beasts: The Secrets<br />

Of Dumbledore<br />

PREMIERE<br />

FROM CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

★★★<br />

SC Premiere 12.30pm & 8.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

Although they’ve never quite caught<br />

the imagination in the way the Harry<br />

Potter movies did, the Fantastic<br />

Beasts prequels, involving a younger<br />

Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and<br />

his protégé Newt Scamander (Eddie<br />

Redmayne), still have plenty of magic<br />

to keep fans of JK Rowling’s Wizarding<br />

World happy. This instalment is set in<br />

a stunningly rendered 1930s Germany,<br />

where the dark magician Gellert<br />

Grindelwald plans to destroy all<br />

Muggles and assume control of the<br />

world. Because of their blood pact,<br />

Dumbledore can’t intervene directly,<br />

so he assembles a team of talents to<br />

battle Grindelwald’s army of bad<br />

spellers. Mads Mikkelsen replaces<br />

Johnny Depp (the latter stepped<br />

down owing to his defamation case<br />

against The Sun) and is at the same<br />

time subtler and more chilling in the<br />

role than Depp ever was. With Ezra<br />

Miller, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner<br />

and Katherine Waterston. British TV<br />

premiere. UK-US/Dir David Yates<br />

Reviews: Jon Gower, Pauline Brown, Madeline Pritchard, Alix Buscovic, Michael Jones<br />

NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

ITV1 8.00pm-11.05pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

Daniel Craig’s swan song as Bond<br />

– the 25th entry in the franchise –<br />

draws together narrative strands<br />

from his previous outings and<br />

delivers a dizzying emotional<br />

punch. Believing that he was<br />

betrayed by his lover Madeline<br />

Swann (Léa Seydoux), 007 has<br />

retired and is living in Jamaica.<br />

But he’s called back into the fray<br />

by his old CIA pal Felix Leiter<br />

(Jeffrey Wright), who wants him<br />

to extract a boffin from Spectre’s<br />

clutches. There’s a fiendish new<br />

weapon on the scene, plus a pair<br />

of kickass heroines in Bond’s<br />

00-colleague Nomi (Lashana<br />

Lynch) and Cuban agent Paloma<br />

(Ana de Armas). And even if<br />

Rami Malek disappoints slightly<br />

as scarred supervillain Lyutsifer<br />

Safin, this is a fitting finale for<br />

Craig, with its suitably outrageous<br />

action and lump-in-the-throat<br />

payoff. Christoph Waltz, Naomie<br />

Harris and Ralph Fiennes also<br />

star, while Billie Eilish sings the<br />

tingly theme. British TV premiere.<br />

UK-US/Dir Cary Joji Fukunaga<br />

Freeview<br />

PREMIERE<br />

PREMIERE<br />

No Time To Die<br />

Total<br />

28 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guide<br />

The Duke<br />

1.15pm & 10.55pm<br />

■ Biopic ■ 12 ■ 2020<br />

From Christmas Eve<br />

4★<br />

The National Gallery has been<br />

robbed just the once Ā Ā1961,<br />

Goya’ Āportrait Āthe Duke Ā<br />

Wellington was half-inched Ā<br />

cabbie Kempton Bunton (played<br />

her Ā Ā Jim Broadbent). The<br />

60-year-old held it for ransom Ā<br />

demanding that the government<br />

give fr Ā Ā licences Āpensioners<br />

and war veterans. The late Roger<br />

Michell’ Ālast film Ā Āfeel-good<br />

celebration ĀBritish stubbornness<br />

and good humour ĀAlso starring<br />

Helen Mirren. British Ā premier Ā<br />

UK-France/Dir Roger Michell<br />

The Bad Guys<br />

10.10am & 6.10pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

From Boxing Day<br />

4★<br />

The Usual Suspects meets Pulp<br />

Fiction Ā Ā way ĀKung Fu<br />

Panda Ā Āthis zippily animated<br />

tale about Ācriminal gang forced<br />

Ā Ā straight Ā Āphilanthropic<br />

guinea pig and Ā(literally) foxy<br />

politician. Ā Wolf (voiced Ā Sam<br />

Rockwell), Snake (Mar ĀMaron),<br />

Ā Tarantula (Awkwafina), Shark<br />

(Craig Robinson) and Piranha<br />

(Anthony Ramos) ar Āthe titular<br />

rotters, who pretend Ā Ā good<br />

Āavoid the slammer ĀCue Āstring<br />

Āside-splitting scrapes. British<br />

Ā premier ĀUS/Dir Pierre Perifel<br />

Boxing Day<br />

2.20pm & 10.30pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

From Boxing Day<br />

★★★<br />

When LA-based Melvin (director<br />

and co-writer Aml Ameen) flies<br />

home ĀLondon for Christmas,<br />

he’ Āgot plenty Ābaggage with<br />

him. This includes Ā American<br />

girlfriend, Lisa (Aja Naomi King),<br />

who thr Ā Ā when Ā proposed<br />

Āher ĀBut that’ Ānothing Āwhat<br />

he’ Āgot stor Ā Ā Āhome, with<br />

his boisterous Caribbean-British<br />

family and superstar Ā (Little<br />

Mix’ ĀLeigh-Anne Pinnock). Love<br />

Actually Āthe obvious touchstone<br />

for this amiable comedy ĀBritish<br />

Ā premier ĀUK/Dir Aml Ameen<br />

Downton Abbey:<br />

A New Era<br />

9.45am & 5.50pm<br />

■ Drama ■ PG ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

From New Year’s Day<br />

★★★<br />

This further visit Āthe old pile Ā<br />

another gossamer-light diversion.<br />

Downton has Āleaky roof and<br />

Lor ĀGrantham (Hugh Bonneville)<br />

Āstrapped for cash, Ā Ā Ā<br />

forced Āallow Āghastly film cr Ā<br />

into his home. Ther Ā Āalso the<br />

mystery Ā Āsplendid villa Ā<br />

the Côte d’Azur that’ Ābeen<br />

inherited Ā the hoity-toity Violet<br />

(Maggie Smith). Michelle Dockery,<br />

Elizabeth McGover ĀJim Carter Ā<br />

Tuppence Middleton and Nathalie<br />

Baye also appear ĀBritish Ā<br />

premier ĀUK-US/Dir Simon Curtis<br />

Operation Mincemeat<br />

9.25am & 8.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

From Friday 6 January<br />

★★★<br />

Ā1943, during World W ĀII,<br />

British intelligence ran Ādaring<br />

espionage operation. The corpse<br />

Ā Āhomeless man carrying false<br />

invasion plans — detailing a ĀAllied<br />

assault Ā Greece and Sardinia<br />

rather than the true objective Ā<br />

Sicily Ā was floated of Āthe coast<br />

ĀSpain. Would the Germans take<br />

the bait? Based Ā the book Ā<br />

Ben Macintyr Āthis Ā Āreal ripping<br />

yar ĀStarring Colin Firth, Kelly<br />

Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen<br />

and Penelope Wilton. British Ā<br />

premiere ĀUK-US/Di ĀJohn Madden<br />

SKY/ VIRGIN/ BT 14-day guide overleaf<br />

Pokémon Detective<br />

Pikachu<br />

★★★<br />

BBC1 3.00pm-4.35pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

Although the various incarnations<br />

Āthe Nintendo game have been<br />

hugely successful, the movies Ā<br />

far have been pretty awful. But this<br />

mix Ālive action and animation,<br />

with Ryan Reynolds Ā the voice<br />

ĀPikachu, Ā Ācut above the rest.<br />

It’ Āsilly Āknockabout stuf Āthat<br />

owes much ĀWho Framed Roger<br />

Rabbit and has the adorable<br />

yellow furball helping young Tim<br />

(Justice Smith) find his missing<br />

dad. With Kathryn Newton and Ken<br />

Watanabe. Freeview premier ĀUS-<br />

Japan-Canada/Dir Rob Letterman<br />

Christmas Eve<br />

Shaun The Sheep:<br />

Farmageddon<br />

BBC1 1.00pm-2.20pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2019<br />

The stop-motion ruminant retur Ā<br />

for Āsecond feature-length yar Ā<br />

Her Āaliens visit Mossy Bottom<br />

Farm and dog-like extraterrestrial<br />

Lu-La announces herself Ā eating<br />

all ĀShaun’ Āpizzas. Can the flock<br />

protect Lu-La fr Ā the unwanted<br />

attentions Āthe Ministry ĀAlien<br />

Detection’ ĀAgent Red, and help<br />

her retur Āhome? It’ Āamiable,<br />

almost wordless fun featuring<br />

plenty for childr Ā and adults<br />

alike Āenjoy ĀFreeview premier Ā<br />

UK-France-Belgium-US/Dirs<br />

Will Becher ĀRichard Phelan<br />

Christmas Day<br />

Aladdin<br />

BBC1 3.10pm-5.10pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

Christmas Day<br />

★★★<br />

Disney’ Ādogged quest Āremake<br />

their back catalogue Āclassic<br />

animations Ā lavish, live-action<br />

blockbusters continued with this<br />

reimagining Āthe 1992 hit. Ā the<br />

story should Ā familiar Ā urchin<br />

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls for<br />

Āprincess (Naomi Scott), buddies<br />

Ā with Āwisecracking genie (Will<br />

Smith) and battles the nasty Jafar<br />

(Marwan Kenzari). It’ Ācolourful and<br />

eventful, but the songs fall rather<br />

flat and Smith’ Ādjinn isn’ ĀĀpatch<br />

Ā Robin Williams’. Freeview<br />

premier ĀUS/Dir Guy Ritchie<br />

The Mitchells<br />

vs The Machines<br />

ITV1 3.30pm-5.45pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2021<br />

When the Robopocalypse arrives<br />

Ā and every single electronic Ā<br />

mechanical device Ā the planet<br />

tur Ā Ā humankind Ā only the<br />

Mitchells, Ādysfunctional family<br />

zipping around Ā Ābur Āorange<br />

1993 station wagon, can stop<br />

them. This witty and inventive<br />

animated sci-fi adventur Āfeatur Ā<br />

some lovely artwork, thrills aplenty<br />

and great characterisation. Maya<br />

Rudolph ĀDanny McBride an ĀOlivia<br />

Colman provide the voices. British<br />

Ā premier ĀUS-Hong Kong/Dirs<br />

Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe<br />

Boxing Day<br />

1917<br />

4★ 4★ 4★<br />

BBC1 9.00pm-10.50pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2019<br />

T Ā young lance corporals (Dean<br />

Charles-Chapman and Geor Ā<br />

MacKay) face Āharrowing journey<br />

across the muddy Ābloody trenches<br />

ĀWorld W Ā ĀFrance Ādeliver<br />

Āvital message. Sam Mendes’<br />

drama Ānot without its flaws, but<br />

Āhas real immediacy (it’ Āstitched<br />

together Ā that Āappears Ā Ā<br />

shot Ātwo long takes) and Ā<br />

Āpowerful evocation Āthe horrors<br />

Āwar ĀWith Colin Firth, Benedict<br />

Cumberbatch, Richar ĀMadden<br />

and Mark Strong. British Ā<br />

premiere ĀUK-US/Di ĀSam Mendes<br />

Holiday Tuesday 27 December<br />

FREEVIEW 14-day guide page 34<br />

TVguide 29<br />

Total


Films Sky/Virgin/BT<br />

14-day<br />

CHRISTMAS EVE<br />

24 December<br />

This Is Christmas<br />

SC Premiere 11.25am<br />

■ Comedy ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

★★★<br />

Emma (Kaya Scodelario) takes the<br />

train into London every day fr Ā<br />

the picture-perfect village wher Ā<br />

she lives. Also making the daily<br />

commute ĀAdam (Alfr Ā Enoch).<br />

When their train breaks down Ā<br />

the middle Ānowher Ā Ālooks like<br />

everyone’ ĀChristmas plans ar Ā<br />

going Ā Ā thrown into disarray Ā<br />

But then Adam decides it’ Ātime<br />

Ā Ā the unthinkable, Ā actually<br />

speaking Āhis fellow passengers.<br />

Can Ā persuade the whole<br />

carriage Āhold Ācelebration Ā<br />

their own? UK/Dir Chris Foggin<br />

Spider-Man:<br />

No Way Home<br />

SC Hits 3.05pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

Spider-Man’ Ātrue identity has<br />

been broadcast Āthe world, Ā<br />

the web-slinger (T Ā Holland)<br />

approaches Ā Strange (Benedict<br />

Cumberbatch) for help. Alas, the<br />

magician’ Āspell Āmake everyone<br />

forget that Spidey Āreally Peter<br />

Parker goes wrong, allowing other<br />

versions Āthe superher Ā Ā as<br />

well Ā many familiar foes Ā out<br />

into the universe. This Āenjoyable<br />

knockabout fun. With Zendaya,<br />

Jamie Foxx, Willem Dafoe, Marisa<br />

Tomei, Tobey Maguir Āand Andrew<br />

Garfield. US/Dir Jon Watts<br />

The Batman<br />

SC Premiere 8.00pm<br />

This Is Christmas<br />

SC Premiere 11.25am<br />

The Secret Life Of Pets<br />

SC Animation 6.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2016<br />

This amusing peek into the lives<br />

Āhousehold pets when their<br />

owners aren’ Āaround (think Toy<br />

Story with animals) Ābursting<br />

with gags. Pamper Ā pooch Max<br />

Āmiffed when his mistress brings<br />

mongr Āstray Duke into their<br />

home. But their rivalry has Ā Ā<br />

set aside Ā they tackle Āfurry<br />

uprising led Ā Āvengeful rabbit<br />

named Snowball. Louis CK, Kevin<br />

Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper Ā<br />

Lake Bell and Albert Brooks<br />

provide voices. Japan-US/Dirs<br />

Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney<br />

The Batman<br />

SC Premiere 8.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

The Caped Crusader retur Ā Ā<br />

again Ā and this time he’ Āplayed<br />

Ā Robert Pattinson. Billionair Ā<br />

Bruce Wayne has been Batman for<br />

two years, but hasn’ Āmade Ādent<br />

ĀGotham’ Ārampant criminal<br />

underworld. Now Ācryptic notes<br />

addressed Āhim ar Ābeing left<br />

behind Āthe scenes Āelaborate<br />

murders Āthe city’ Āelites. This Ā<br />

the best representation ĀBatman<br />

since Christopher Nolan’ ĀDark<br />

Knight trilogy ĀWith Paul Dano, Zoë<br />

Kravitz, Andy Serkis and Colin<br />

Farrell. US/Dir Matt Reeves<br />

The Odd Couple<br />

SC Greats 10.30pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 1968<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Writer Neil Simon’ Āwonderful<br />

comedy about two grumpy old<br />

men Ālaugh-a-minute stuf Ā<br />

Pernickety fusspot Felix (Jack<br />

Lemmon) Ākicked out Ā his<br />

missus and moves Āwith his best<br />

buddy Oscar (Walter Matthau),<br />

who’ Ā Āconfirmed bachelor and<br />

slob. And it’ Ānot long befor Āthe<br />

pair ar Ādriving each other Ā<br />

the wall. This was the second Ā<br />

many big-screen collaborations<br />

between Matthau and Lemmon<br />

and the duo ar Āperfect foils for<br />

one another ĀUS/Dir Gene Saks<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY<br />

25 December<br />

Lawrence Of Arabia<br />

SC Greats 2.10pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1962<br />

ĀWorld W Ā Āenigmatic British<br />

Army officer Ā Lawrence (Peter<br />

O’Toole) organises various Arab<br />

tribes Āfight against the Turks.<br />

Ā promises them the chance Ā<br />

self-rule, only Ārealise that the<br />

Allies plan Ā Ā back Ā their<br />

wor Āwhen the war Āwon. David<br />

Lean’ Āepic Āone Āthe great<br />

movies Āthe 1960s, with its<br />

majestic photography Āthrilling<br />

battle scenes and Āmagnificent<br />

performance fr Ā the then<br />

little-known O’Toole. Also with<br />

Omar Sharif. UK/Dir David Lean<br />

King Richard<br />

SC Hits 3.50pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

A Christmas Story<br />

Christmas ★★★<br />

SC Premiere 4.45pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

Amid all this year’ ĀOscars drama,<br />

Will Smith won Best Actor for<br />

his performance Ā the ultimate<br />

tennis dad Āthis warts-and-all<br />

biopic ĀRichar ĀWilliams, father<br />

Āchamps Serena and Venus.<br />

Smith excels Ā the fiercely<br />

protective, obstreperous and<br />

single-minded patriarch, who<br />

oversees the rise Āhis prodigious<br />

daughters against considerable<br />

odds. Also starring Aunjanue Ellis,<br />

Saniyya Sidney ĀDemi Singleton,<br />

Jon Bernthal and Tony Goldwyn.<br />

US/Dir Reinaldo Marcus Green<br />

The 1983 film A Christmas Story Ā<br />

Āstaple Āthe Ā seasonal Ā<br />

schedules, stars Peter Billingsley<br />

Ā nine-year-old Ralphie, who gets<br />

Ā Āhijinks with his pals Flick<br />

(Scott Schwartz) and Schwartz<br />

⁄ĀĀ Robb). Her ĀBillingsley Ā<br />

back Ā the grown-up Ralph, who<br />

wants Ārecreate the holidays Ā<br />

his youth for his own kids. It’ Ā Ā<br />

silly Ā the original and great fun.<br />

Schwartz and Robb also retur Ā<br />

Ā Ralph’ Āpals. Also starring<br />

Erinn Hayes. US-Mexico-<br />

Hungary-Canada/Dir Clay Kaytis<br />

Sing 2<br />

SC Animation 6.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2021<br />

Theatre-owning koala and talent<br />

scout Buster Moon (voiced by<br />

Matthew McConaughey) Āback<br />

with his menagerie Āpop talents<br />

Āthis sequel Āthe 2016 hit. Here,<br />

Buster and the gang hope Āwin<br />

over media mogul Jimmy Crystal<br />

(Bobby Cannavale) and make it<br />

Āthe entertainment mecca of<br />

Redshor ĀCity ĀThe mix Ātunes<br />

and gags Āeven mor Āenjoyable<br />

than Āwas first time around. With<br />

Scarlett Johansson and Reese<br />

Witherspoon. US/Dirs Garth<br />

Jennings, Christophe Lourdelet<br />

Belfast<br />

SC Hits 6.20pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

Kenneth Branagh writes and<br />

directs this black-and-white<br />

child’s-eye view Āgrowing Ā<br />

ĀNorther ĀIreland Āthe late<br />

1960s. Nine-year-old Protestant<br />

lad Buddy (Jude Hill) pursues<br />

friendships across the religious<br />

divide Ā Ā tiptoes through the<br />

Troubles. Meanwhile, his dad<br />

(Jamie Dornan) dreams Ātaking<br />

his family ĀEngland. Caitríona<br />

Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds<br />

and Colin Morgan also star Āthis<br />

nostalgic, funny and rather touching<br />

piece. UK/Dir Kenneth Branagh<br />

The Northman<br />

SC Action 10.20pm<br />

■ Epic ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

The gory Viking tale that inspir Ā<br />

Shakespeare’ ĀHamlet Āthe<br />

basis Ādirector Robert Eggers’<br />

spectacular epic. After his father<br />

King Aurvandil (Ethan Hawke) Ā<br />

murder Ā Ā his dastardly uncle<br />

Fjölnir (Claes Bang), Amleth<br />

(played Ā Ā adult Ā Āmuscly<br />

Alexander Skarsgår Āflees and<br />

swears revenge. It’ Āatmospheric,<br />

full Āfir Āand fury and steeped<br />

Āmystery and magic. Also<br />

starring Anya Taylor-Joy ĀNicole<br />

Kidman, Willem Dafoe and Björk.<br />

US-China/Dir Robert Eggers<br />

Sing 2<br />

SC Animation 6.00pm<br />

BOXING DAY<br />

26 December<br />

The Amazing Maurice<br />

SC Premiere 4.20pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

4★<br />

Based Ā ĀTerry Pratchett book,<br />

this clever twist Ā The Pied Piper<br />

Of Hamelin featur Ā Āstellar voice<br />

cast ĀBritish thespians. Maurice<br />

(Hugh Laurie) Ā Ātalking cat who<br />

has teamed Ā with Āgang Ā<br />

articulate rats and Ākid called<br />

Keith (Himesh Patel), who plays<br />

the flute. Together they roam the<br />

countryside, while scamming<br />

unsuspecting townspeople Ā<br />

seeming Ālur Āaway all the rats.<br />

With the voice ĀEmilia Clarke.<br />

UK-Germany-US/Dirs Toby<br />

Genkel, Florian Westermann<br />

Oliver!<br />

SC Greats 5.30pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1968<br />

5★<br />

Āthe hands Ācomposer Lionel<br />

Bart, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist<br />

becomes Āsplendid musical treat.<br />

Mark Lester Āsuitably angelic Ā<br />

the lead role, Ā the posh orphan<br />

who winds Ā Āthe workhouse,<br />

and Jack Wild steals scenes along<br />

with pocket watches Ā the rascally<br />

Artful Dodger ĀBut it’ Āthe adults<br />

who stand out: Oliver Reed Ā<br />

Āmenacing Bill Sikes and Ron<br />

Moody Ā wily old codger Fagin.<br />

The soundtrack includes Food,<br />

Glorious Food and Consider<br />

Yourself ĀUK/Dir Carol Reed<br />

In The Line Of Fire<br />

SC Thriller 5.45pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1993<br />

4★<br />

Craggy-faced Clint Eastwood<br />

had Āget super-fit for his role Ā<br />

Āveteran secr Āservice agent Ā<br />

this excellent thriller Ā Ā Ā spends<br />

most Āhis time jogging along<br />

beside the presidential motorcade.<br />

Haunted Ā his failur Ā Āstop<br />

the assassination ĀJFK Ā years<br />

befor Ā Ā Āanxious Āprevent<br />

history fr Ā repeating itself,<br />

especially when Āpsychotic<br />

assassin (John Malkovich, Ātop<br />

creepy form) tur Ā Ā and begins<br />

Āstalk his prey ĀAlso stars Rene<br />

Russo. US/Dir Wolfgang Petersen<br />

Total<br />

30 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


Christmas and New Year film guideSky/Virgin/BT<br />

The Son Of Bigfoot<br />

SC Animation 6.00pm<br />

The Son Of Bigfoot<br />

★★★<br />

SC Animation 6.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2017<br />

This French effort went under<br />

the radar during the spate Ā<br />

recent animated cryptozoological<br />

movies (including Abominable and<br />

Smallfoot Ābut it’ Ā Āserviceable<br />

addition Āthe subgenr ĀTroubled<br />

teenager Adam searches for his<br />

mysterious father and, Ā finding<br />

him, discovers that he’ Āactually<br />

the Bigfoot. With slick artwork<br />

and some serious ideas among<br />

the dad jokes, this Āwell worth<br />

sasquatching. British Ā premier Ā<br />

Belgium-France-US/Dirs Jeremy<br />

Degruson, Ben Stassen<br />

The Lord Of The Rings:<br />

The Fellowship…<br />

SC Hits 8.00pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 2001<br />

5★<br />

…Of The Ring<br />

The first and the best Āthe epic<br />

fantasy trilogy introduces Ā Ā<br />

the hobbits, Ārace Ālittle people<br />

who live Ā idyllic existence ĀThe<br />

Shir ĀBut their peace Āshatter Ā<br />

when the wizar ĀGandalf (Sir Ian<br />

McKellen) breaks the news that<br />

Ā innocent-looking ring belonging<br />

Āhis old pal Bilbo Baggins (Ian<br />

Holm) Āactually Āprofoundly<br />

powerful object Ā and that dark<br />

forces ar Ā Āwork. The sequels<br />

ar Āshowing Ā consecutive<br />

nights. NZ-US/Dir Peter Jackson<br />

The Amazing Maurice<br />

SC Premiere 4.20pm<br />

HOLIDAY TUESDAY<br />

27 December<br />

The Many Saints<br />

Of Newark<br />

SC Thriller 12.10pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

Fans ĀThe Sopranos will lap Ā<br />

this prequel, which not only gives<br />

Ā insight into the life Āthe young<br />

Tony (played Ā the late James<br />

Gandolfini’ Āson, Michael), but<br />

also introduces viewers Ā Āhost<br />

Āfresh characters. The milieu Ā<br />

gangster-ridden Newark, New<br />

Jersey Ā Āthe 1960s, wher ĀTony<br />

grows Ā against Ābackdr Ā Ā<br />

political upheaval and the rise Ā<br />

Ānew crime family ĀAlso starring<br />

Alessandr ĀNivola, Leslie Odom Jr,<br />

Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga and<br />

Ray Liotta. US/Dir Alan Taylor<br />

The Lord Of The Rings:<br />

The Two Towers<br />

SC Hits 8.00pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ 12 ■ 2002<br />

The second part ĀPeter Jackson’s<br />

spectacular take Ā the Tolkein<br />

fantasy trilogy follows straight Ā<br />

fr Ā The Fellowship Of The Ring Ā<br />

Ā Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam<br />

(Sean Astin) continue their journey<br />

ĀMordor Āaccompanied Ā the<br />

pitiful Gollum, the rest Āthe gang<br />

make new allies and prepar Ātheir<br />

defences against the armies Ā<br />

evil. There’ Āaction galor Āand Ā<br />

huge set-piece battle towar Ā the<br />

end, although some will find the<br />

epic running time rather daunting.<br />

US-NZ/Dir Peter Jackson<br />

The Hangover<br />

SC Comedy 8.00pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2009<br />

4★<br />

Doug, Phil, Stu and Alan head Ā<br />

Vegas for Doug’ Āstag weekend.<br />

After Āriotous night, the guys<br />

wake Ā Ātheir hotel room Ā<br />

discover that Doug Āmissing.<br />

There’ Āalso Āreal, live tiger in<br />

the bathroom and Ābaby Āthe<br />

wardrobe! The lads remember<br />

almost nothing Ātheir debauch,<br />

Ā must retrace their steps Āthey<br />

ar Ā Āget their pal Āhis wedding<br />

Ā time. It’ Ā Āside-splitting classic.<br />

Stars Bradley Cooper Ā Ā Helms,<br />

Zach Galifianakis and Mike Tyson.<br />

US-Germany/Dir Todd Phillips<br />

The Matrix<br />

Resurrections<br />

SC Action 8.00pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 15 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Āthe fourth Matrix movie, which<br />

follows Ā fr Ā 2003’ ĀRevolutions,<br />

humanity’ Ārobot overlor Ā have<br />

rescued the seemingly lifeless<br />

body ĀNeo (Keanu Reeves) and<br />

plunged him back into their web of<br />

virtual reality ĀBut soon our her Ā Ā<br />

seeing glitches Āthe fabric Āthis<br />

existence and it’ Ātime for mor Ā<br />

CGI action. With its pop philosophy<br />

and ‘bullet time’ effects, the<br />

original was Ābona fide classic Ā<br />

alas, ther Āar Ā Ā fresh revelations<br />

her ĀWith Carrie-Anne Moss.<br />

US-Australia/Dir Lana Wachowski<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

28 December<br />

The Godfather<br />

SC Greats 1.40pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 1972<br />

Director Francis For ĀCoppola’ Ā<br />

epic gangster movie is, without<br />

Ādoubt, one Āthe greatest films<br />

ever made. ĀPacino became<br />

Ā instant star playing Michael<br />

Corleone, the World W Ā Āher Ā<br />

who reluctantly enters the ‘family<br />

business’, while Marlon Brando<br />

Ābrilliant Ā Michael’ Āfather Vito,<br />

the archetypal Mafia don. Gripping,<br />

violent and visually breathtaking,<br />

this sticks Āyour head long<br />

after the credits have rolled. The<br />

whole trilogy Āshowing today Ā<br />

US/Dir Francis Ford Coppola<br />

The Lord Of The Rings:<br />

The Return Of…<br />

SC Hits 8.00pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ 12 ■ 2003<br />

…The King<br />

The thir Āand final, film sees<br />

Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Aragor Ā<br />

(Viggo Mortensen) and their allies<br />

regrouping Āthe mountain city<br />

ĀMinas Tirith. Massing against<br />

them Ā Āterrifying or Āarmy and<br />

Sauron’ Āmenagerie Āweir Ā<br />

beasts. Hobbits Frodo (Elijah<br />

Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin),<br />

meanwhile, hope Ādestr Ā the<br />

One Ring Ā Āthe deceitful Gollum<br />

(Andy Serkis) doesn’ Āstop them…<br />

It’ Ā Āwonderful spectacle. US-<br />

NZ-Germany/Dir Peter Jackson<br />

Firestarter<br />

SC Premiere 10.25pm<br />

■ Horror ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) Ā<br />

Ā 11-year-old who Āstruggling<br />

Ācontr Āher super power Ā Ā<br />

incendiary form Ātelekinesis.<br />

Meanwhile, shadowy government<br />

types want Āharness her abilities<br />

for their own ends, Ā they send<br />

dead-eyed telepath Rainbir Ā<br />

(Michael Greyeyes) Āsnatch her Ā<br />

It’ Ānot Ā scary Ā Ā gloriously<br />

off-the-chain Ā you’d hope Ā<br />

Stephen King yar Āwould be, but<br />

Āstill makes decent small-screen<br />

entertainment. Also starring Zac<br />

Efron. US/Dir Keith Thomas<br />

Firestarter<br />

SC Premiere 10.25pm<br />

THURSDAY<br />

29 December<br />

Doubt<br />

The Hours<br />

SC Greats 6.05pm<br />

SC Greats 4.20pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2008<br />

Ā ĀCatholic school Ā1960s New<br />

York, Ānaive nun (Amy Adams)<br />

suspects progressive priest Father<br />

Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman, in<br />

one Āhis finest performances) of<br />

abusing Āyoung black boy ĀThis<br />

Ājust the ammunition requir Ā<br />

Ā the terrifying, old-fashioned<br />

principal Sister Aloysius (Meryl<br />

Streep) Āher quest Āget rid<br />

Āthe liberal-leaning padr ĀIt’ Ā<br />

powerful, beautifully acted and<br />

thought-provoking Ā even Āsome<br />

Āthe dialogue Āoverblown.<br />

US/Dir John Patrick Shanley<br />

The Hours<br />

SC Greats 6.05pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2002<br />

4★<br />

There’ Ā Āfantastic cast Āwriter<br />

David Har Āand director Stephen<br />

Daldry’ Āadaptation Āthe novel<br />

Ā Michael Cunningham. Nicole<br />

Kidman donned Ādistracting<br />

prosthetic nose Āstar Ā Virginia<br />

Woolf, whose novel Mrs Dalloway<br />

forms Ālink between the writer’ Ā<br />

life and those Ātwo other women<br />

Ā 1950s Los Angeles housewife<br />

Laura (Julianne Moore), and<br />

lesbian publisher Clarissa (Meryl<br />

Streep) Āearly 2000s New York.<br />

It’ Āalmost unbearably moving.<br />

US-UK/Dir Stephen Daldry<br />

The Fugitive<br />

SC Thriller 8.00pm<br />

■ Action ■ 15 ■ 1993<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Nonstop action Āthe name Ā<br />

the game Āthis superb rehash<br />

Āthe classic 1960s Ā series.<br />

Harrison For Āplays Ā Richar Ā<br />

Kimble, who Āunjustly convicted<br />

Ākilling his wife. But, during Ā<br />

(spectacularly staged) train crash,<br />

Ā escapes and goes after the<br />

real culprit Ā Āone-armed chap<br />

Ā saw fleeing the scene. Tommy<br />

Lee Jones plays the Ā Marshal<br />

whose pursuit Ā Ā innocent man<br />

becomes Ā obsession. Also<br />

starring Sela War Āand Julianne<br />

Moor ĀUS/Dir Andrew Davis<br />

FRIDAY<br />

30 December<br />

The Wrong Man<br />

TCM Movies 4.45pm<br />

■ Drama ■ PG ■ 1956<br />

4★<br />

Henry Fonda takes the lead Āthis<br />

underrated Hitchcock movie Ā<br />

Āmild-manner Ā jazz musician<br />

who Āarrested for armed robbery.<br />

Ā didn’ Ā Ā Ā Ācourse, but on Ā<br />

Āthe witnesses has identified him<br />

i Ā Āline- Ā an Āh Āha Ān Āconcrete<br />

alibi. The law Āmeanwhile, tries Ā<br />

steamroller him into submission.<br />

Based Ā Āreal-life story Āthis<br />

documentary-style drama charts<br />

his nightmarish experiences, while<br />

also following his wife (Vera Miles)<br />

Ā she starts Ācrack under the<br />

strain. US/Dir Alfred Hitchcock<br />

Uncharted<br />

SC Hits 6.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

Close Encounters Of<br />

The Third Kind<br />

SC Greats 10.00pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ PG ■ 1977<br />

★★★<br />

T Ā Holland discar Ā his Spidey<br />

costume Āplay Ādifferent kind<br />

Āadventur Ā Āthis Raiders-style<br />

romp. Small-time rogue Nathan<br />

Drake (Holland) teams Ā with<br />

fortune hunter ‘Sully’ Sullivan<br />

(Mark Wahlber Ā Āsear Ā for<br />

Nate’ Āmissing brother Sam.<br />

Along the way Āthey join Sully’ Ā<br />

fellow treasur Āfreak Chloe Frazer<br />

(Sophia Ali) Āthe quest for the<br />

spoils Āthe explor ĀMagellan.<br />

There’ Ānot Ālot Āit, but it’ Ā<br />

boisterous, swaggering fun.<br />

US-Spain/Dir Ruben Fleischer<br />

Hot Fuzz<br />

SC Comedy 8.00pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2007<br />

5★<br />

This hilarious spoof Āthe second<br />

part ĀEdgar Wright and Simon<br />

Pegg’ Ā‘Cornetto trilogy’ (Shaun<br />

Of The Dead and The World’s End<br />

ar Āthe others). London supercop<br />

Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) Ā<br />

relocated Ā Āquiet village wher Ā<br />

he’ Āpair Ā with buffoonish<br />

constable Danny Butterman (Nick<br />

Frost). Nicholas Ābor Ā out Ā<br />

his mind Āstart with, but that’ Ā<br />

befor Āthe sleepy little idyll Ā<br />

rocked Ā Āseries Āmurders…<br />

Also with Timothy Dalton and Jim<br />

Broadbent. UK/Dir Edgar Wright<br />

5★<br />

One night, while he’ Āinvestigating<br />

Āpower outage Ā Ādeserted<br />

highway ĀRoy Neary (Richar Ā<br />

Dreyfuss) Ābuzzed Ā ĀUFO<br />

Ā and the experience sparks Ā<br />

obsessive quest Ālocate the<br />

extraterrestrials’ landing site.<br />

Steven Spielberg’ Āsci-fi spectacle,<br />

showing Āits ‘Collector’ ĀEdition’,<br />

Ābewitching and Dreyfuss Ā<br />

wonderful Ā the ordinary Joe<br />

who alienates his entir Āfamily<br />

Ā Ā struggles Āmake sense<br />

Āwhat he’ Āseen. With François<br />

Truffaut. US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

TVguide 31<br />

Total


Films Sky/Virgin/BT<br />

14-day<br />

NEW YEAR’S EVE<br />

31 December<br />

Hounded<br />

SC Premiere 8.00pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

Saving Private Ryan<br />

SC Greats 8.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 1998<br />

★★★<br />

Āthis class-conscious<br />

satir Ā Āgang Ātearaways<br />

attempt Āburgle Āstately home<br />

but ar Ācaptur Ā Ā the owners.<br />

Befor Āthey know it, they ar Ālet<br />

loose Ā the vast estate with tof Ā<br />

Āmurderous pursuit Ā horseback<br />

and Āpack Āhounds Ā their<br />

scent. The humour Āpretty dry Ā<br />

but this featur Ā caricatur Ā rather<br />

than characters and mor Ānuance<br />

would have added Āthe interest.<br />

Samantha Bond and Malachi<br />

Pullar-Latchman star ĀBritish Ā<br />

premier ĀUK/Dir Tommy Boulding<br />

4★<br />

Steven Spielberg’ Āwar epic stars<br />

Matt Damon Ā James Ryan,<br />

Āparatrooper who Āmissing Ā<br />

action and whose thr Ā brothers<br />

have all been killed Ācombat.<br />

Consequently Āthe powers-that-be<br />

assign Captain Miller (T Ā Hanks)<br />

Āfind the soldier and ensur Āthat<br />

the remaining Ryan boy makes Ā<br />

home alive. The visceral combat<br />

scenes, especially the opening<br />

D-Day assault Ā Omaha beach,<br />

make this Āharrowing experience,<br />

but it’ Āalso Āpowerfully moving<br />

one. US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

Dune<br />

SC Sci-fi/Horror 10.00pm<br />

Hounded<br />

SC Premiere 8.00pm<br />

The Lost City<br />

SC Hits 8.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

★★★<br />

Ther Āar Āshades ĀRomancing<br />

The Stone about this effervescent<br />

action-comedy ĀRomance novelist<br />

Loretta Sage (Sandra Bullock, who<br />

gamely spends the entir Āmovie<br />

Ā Āsequinned magenta jumpsuit)<br />

Ā Ā Ābook tour when she Ā<br />

kidnapped Ā Āmisguided mogul<br />

(Daniel Radcliffe) who thinks<br />

she can help him find Ālost city Ā<br />

Āmadcap screwball caper ensues,<br />

with Channing Tatum, Ā Loretta’ Ā<br />

himbo sidekick, and Brad Pitt<br />

thrown Āfor good measur Ā<br />

US/Dirs Aaron ĀAdam Nee<br />

Dune<br />

SC Sci-fi/Horror 10.00pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

2001: A Space Odyssey<br />

TCM Movies 11.35pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ U ■ 1968<br />

4★<br />

With this handsome adaptation,<br />

Frank Herbert’ Āseminal 1965<br />

space opera triumphantly shakes<br />

of Āthe shame ĀDavid Lynch’ Ā<br />

critically panned 1984 version.<br />

Timothée Chalamet Āsuperbly<br />

cast Ā Paul Atreides, the<br />

princeling who Āstrangely drawn<br />

Āthe desert planet ĀArrakis<br />

Ā the sour Ā Āspice, the most<br />

valuable substance Āthe known<br />

universe. After Āstately start, this<br />

explodes into life Āthe second<br />

half. With Rebecca Ferguson.<br />

US-Canada/Dir Denis Villeneuve<br />

5★<br />

This sci-fi masterpiece, co-written<br />

Ā Arthur ĀClarke, Ā Āstunning<br />

cosmic and philosophical journey Ā<br />

which Āflooded with compelling<br />

sequences and unforgettable<br />

imagery ĀIt’ Āessentially split into<br />

thr Ā parts: the story Āhow<br />

primitive humans learned Ākill,<br />

Ā eerie voyage Āthe edge Āthe<br />

solar system and Ā encounter<br />

(of sorts) with alien life. Keir Dullea<br />

and Gary Lockwood star Āwith<br />

Douglas Rain providing the voice<br />

Āthe ship’ Ārenegade computer Ā<br />

HAL. UK-US/Dir Stanley Kubrick<br />

NEW YEAR’S DAY<br />

1 January<br />

The Bourne Ultimatum<br />

SC Action 11.30am<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2007<br />

Bad Santa<br />

SC Comedy 12.45pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2003<br />

My Best Friend’s<br />

Wedding<br />

SC Comedy 6.10pm<br />

■ Romcom ■ 12 ■ 1997<br />

Der Kaiser<br />

SC Premiere 12.05am<br />

5★<br />

All five Bour Ā movies ar Āshowing<br />

today but this Ādefinitely the best<br />

Āthe franchise. Matt Damon<br />

retur Ā Ā rogue CIA assassin<br />

Jason Bourne, and Ā this point<br />

our amnesiac her Ā Āgetting into<br />

the nitty-gritty Āhow and why<br />

Ā became Āsuperspy ĀBut can he<br />

stay alive for long enough Āput<br />

together the remaining pieces<br />

Āthe puzzle? Julia Stiles, Joan<br />

Allen, David Strathair ĀAlbert<br />

Finney and Edgar Ramír Āalso<br />

star Āthis slick, pacy instalment.<br />

US-Germany/Dir Paul Greengrass<br />

4★<br />

Billy Bob Thornton Ābrilliant Ā<br />

Willie, Ādepartment-stor ĀSanta<br />

who hates childr Ā and whose<br />

drunken and obscene behaviour<br />

really should disqualify him fr Ā<br />

the job. Unsurprisingly Ā Ā has<br />

Ā ulterior motive Ā Ā and his<br />

dwarf sidekick Marcus (Tony Cox)<br />

plan Ār Ā the stor Ā Āits takings.<br />

It’ Ādeeply tasteless Ā this Ā<br />

definitely not ĀChristmas tale<br />

for youngsters, but Ācertainly Ā<br />

Ālaugh-out-loud seasonal classic.<br />

Also starring Laur Ā Graham.<br />

US-Germany/Dir Terry Zwigoff<br />

4★<br />

College chums and old flames<br />

Julianne (Julia Roberts) and<br />

Michael (Dermot Mulroney) once<br />

made Ālight-hearted pact Ā<br />

the effect that, Āneither found<br />

someone else, they’d marry each<br />

other ĀYears later Āwhen Michael<br />

announces his engagement Āthe<br />

gorgeous Kimberly (Camer Ā<br />

Diaz), Julianne realises that she’ Ā<br />

Ālove with her old buddy Ā<br />

cue Āvisit fr Ā the green-eyed<br />

monster ĀThis Ā Ā absolute hoot,<br />

yet it’ Āalso rather touching. With<br />

Rupert Everett. US/Dir Ā Hogan<br />

Escape From Alcatraz<br />

TCM Movies 9.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 1979<br />

Clint Eastwood Āthe star Āthis<br />

gritty prison drama, playing Frank<br />

Morris, Ā inmate who mounts Ā<br />

audacious escape attempt fr Ā<br />

the supposedly impregnable<br />

island jail ĀAlcatraz. Frank’ Ā<br />

battle with the system and his<br />

relentless efforts Āreach the<br />

mainland ar Ācompelling, even Ā<br />

Ā air Āgloom does pervade the<br />

piece. This was the fifth and final<br />

collaboration between Eastwood<br />

and director Don Siegel. With<br />

Patrick McGoohan and Fr Ā<br />

War ĀUS/Dir Don Siegel<br />

Marathon Man<br />

SC Greats 10.05pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1976<br />

4★<br />

This nail-biting thriller was adapted<br />

for the screen Ā William Goldman,<br />

fr Ā his own novel ĀMatur Āstudent<br />

and fanatical long-distance runner<br />

Babe (Dustin Hoffman) Ācaught<br />

Ā Ā Āplot involving Āsadistic<br />

Nazi dentist (Laurence Olivier),<br />

the CIA and Āstash Ādiamonds.<br />

After Ātortuously convoluted<br />

opening, the tension Āwound<br />

Āexcruciating levels Ā the<br />

grisly Āsquirm-inducing payof Ā<br />

pile up. Also stars Roy Scheider Ā<br />

William Devane and Marthe<br />

Keller ĀUS/Dir John Schlesinger<br />

Der Kaiser<br />

SC Premiere 12.05am<br />

■ Biopic ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

4★<br />

PREVIEW<br />

Klaus Steinbacher (whom many<br />

viewers will know fr Ā Sky’ Ā<br />

drama series Das Boot Āstars her Ā<br />

Ā legendary German footballer<br />

Franz Beckenbauer ĀNot only did<br />

‘Der Kaiser’ captain his country<br />

ĀWorld Cup glory Ā1974, but<br />

Ā also took them Āthe pinnacle<br />

again Ā1990 Ā their coach. And<br />

yet, behind the scenes and Āhis<br />

private life, Ā has often attracted<br />

controversy ĀAlso stars Ferdinand<br />

Hofer ĀChristine Eixenberger<br />

and Sina Tkotsch. Subtitles.<br />

Germany/Dir T Ā Trageser<br />

HOLIDAY MON<br />

2 January<br />

Ace Ventura,<br />

Pet Detective<br />

SC Comedy 3.10pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 12 ■ 1994<br />

★★★<br />

This lively comedy brought<br />

rubber-faced funnyman Jim<br />

Carr Ā Āprominence. Ā stars<br />

Ā goofy gumshoe Ace Ventura,<br />

who Āhir Ā Ā the Miami<br />

Dolphins American football team<br />

Āfind their missing mascot —<br />

Āreal, live dolphin. It’ Ā Ālot Āfun<br />

and the imaginative sight gags,<br />

along with Carrey’ Āenergetic<br />

gurning and quickfir Āimpressions,<br />

make Ā for Āplot that lacks<br />

substance. With Courteney Cox,<br />

Tone Loc, Udo Kier and Sean<br />

Young. US/Dir T Ā Shadyac<br />

The Importance<br />

Of Being Earnest ★★★<br />

SC Greats 4.10pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ U ■ 2002<br />

The 1952 adaptation ĀOscar<br />

Wilde’ Āsparkling comedy Ā<br />

manners Āthe better version,<br />

but this star-studded take has<br />

bags Ācharm, too. Algernon<br />

(Rupert Everett) and Jack (Colin<br />

Firth) both, for reasons that ar Ā<br />

not important, insist Ā using the<br />

alias ‘Ernest Worthing’ while<br />

wooing the ladies. Naturally Āthis<br />

leads Āall kinds Āconfusion and<br />

farcical mix-ups… Judi Dench,<br />

Reese Witherspoon, Frances<br />

O’Connor and T Ā Wilkinson<br />

also star ĀUS-UK/Dir Oliver Parker<br />

Hustle & Flow<br />

SC Drama 6.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2005<br />

★★★<br />

Terrence Howar Āshines Āthis<br />

lurid crime drama. Ā plays Djay,<br />

ĀMemphis pimp and drug dealer<br />

who wants Āleave his dodgy<br />

ways behind and make Ābig<br />

Āthe music biz Ā Āhip-hop<br />

star ĀIt’ Āsome feat for Howar Āto<br />

make his character sympathetic,<br />

given the way Djay ruthlessly<br />

exploits the women Āhis life, but<br />

Ā succeeds and was rewarded<br />

with Ā Oscar nomination for<br />

his performance. With Anthony<br />

Anderson, Taryn Manning and<br />

Ludacris. US/Dir Craig Brewer<br />

Total<br />

32 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


Christmas and New Year film guideSky/Virgin/BT<br />

DAY<br />

Ace Ventura,<br />

Pet Detective<br />

SC Comedy 3.10pm<br />

The Man From<br />

U.N.C.L.E.<br />

TCM Movies 9.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2015<br />

★★★<br />

Older viewers will recall Robert<br />

Vaughn and David McCallum Ā<br />

the groovy 1960s spy show Ābut<br />

Āthis reboot Henry Cavill and<br />

Armie Hammer play the unlikely<br />

duo ĀCIA man Napoleon Solo<br />

and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin. The<br />

pair team Ā Āthe height Āthe<br />

Cold W Ā Āfoil Āshadowy criminal<br />

organisation. Alicia Vikander Ā<br />

Ālively presence Ā Gaby Āthe<br />

thir Āmember Ātheir team, Āthis<br />

deft, tongue-in-cheek spy yar Ā<br />

Also stars Hugh Grant and Jar Ā<br />

Harris. US-UK/Dir Guy Ritchie<br />

The Outfit<br />

SC Greats 10.00pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

4★<br />

Writer-director Graham Moor Ā(The<br />

Imitation Game Ācast several Brits<br />

Āthis gripping, talky gangster<br />

flick set Ā1950s Chicago. Mark<br />

Rylance brings his usual quiet<br />

excellence Āthe role ĀLeonar Ā<br />

Ā English tailor who has set Ā<br />

shop Āthe Windy City ĀHis clients<br />

ar Āmainly hoodlums, including<br />

ageing capo Roy (Simon Russell<br />

Beale), who use his back room Ā<br />

Āhang-out until rivalries and Ārat<br />

begin Āthreaten the arrangement.<br />

With Zoey Deutch and Johnny<br />

Flynn. UK-US/Dir Graham Moore<br />

The Man From U.N.C.L.E.<br />

TCM Movies 9.00pm<br />

TUESDAY<br />

3 January<br />

The Phantom<br />

Of The Open<br />

Dirty Harry<br />

The Phantom<br />

Of The Open<br />

SC Greats 8.00pm<br />

TCM Movies 9.00pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1971<br />

4★<br />

SC Greats 8.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

W ĀBrits love Āheroic failur Āan Ā<br />

this chucklesome story Āreal-life<br />

golfing disaster Maurice Flitcroft<br />

(brilliantly played Ā Mark Rylance)<br />

Ā Ā ther Āwith the best Āthem.<br />

Flitcroft, who has never played<br />

Āfull round, blithely enters the<br />

prestigious British Open Ā Āpr Ā<br />

only Ābreak the world recor Āwith<br />

Āwhopping Ā over par and Ā<br />

receive Āban fr Ā ever entering<br />

again. Undaunted, Ā tur Ā Ā Ā<br />

subsequent years Ā Āselection<br />

Āridiculous disguises. With Sally<br />

Hawkins. UK/Dir Craig Roberts<br />

4★<br />

Her ĀClint Eastwood made<br />

his first appearance Āthe role<br />

Ācool cult cop ‘Dirty’ Harry<br />

Callahan, Ārebellious loner who<br />

blurs the line between the law and<br />

vigilantism Ā Ā metes out justice<br />

with his .44 Magnum. Harry hunts<br />

down Ācreepy serial killer (Andy<br />

Robinson) who Āstalking the<br />

dark streets ĀSan Francisco.<br />

Memorable sequences abound,<br />

including Āfrantic dash across<br />

town Ā the psychopath sends<br />

Harry sprinting fr Ā phone box<br />

Āphone box. US/Dir Don Siegel<br />

20th Century Women<br />

4★<br />

SC Drama 10.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 15 ■ 2016<br />

Annette Bening stars Ā bohemian<br />

single mother Dorothea, who Ā<br />

struggling Āraise her sensitive<br />

teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade<br />

Zumann) Ālate-1970s California.<br />

Concerned that her influence may<br />

not Ā enough, she enlists her<br />

friend Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and<br />

Jamie’ Āpal Julie (Elle Fanning) to<br />

shar Āthe burden, with amusingly<br />

haphazar Ābut ultimately positive,<br />

results. The soundtrack Āfabulous<br />

and Bening Āsimply brilliant. With<br />

Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat and<br />

Alison Elliott. US/Dir Mike Mills<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

4 January<br />

The Electrical Life<br />

Of Louis Wain<br />

SC Greats 3.50pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

Louis Wain’ Āanthropomorphised<br />

caricatur Ā Ācats entertained<br />

Victorian England. But the artist’ Ā<br />

whimsical drawings belied Ā<br />

personal life that was dogged<br />

Ā tragedy and mental-health<br />

problems. Benedict Cumberbatch<br />

stars Ā Wain Āthis playful biopic,<br />

which details the latter’ Ābattle<br />

with schizophrenia and struggle<br />

Āprovide for his family Ā Ā we Ā<br />

Ā his romance with his sisters’<br />

governess (Clair ĀFoy). Also stars<br />

Toby Jones and with narration from<br />

Olivia Colman. UK/Dir Will Sharpe<br />

Captain Phillips<br />

SC Thriller 6.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2013<br />

4★<br />

T Ā Hanks plays Captain Richar Ā<br />

Phillips Āthis dramatisation Āthe<br />

2009 hijacking Āthe Ā merchant<br />

container ship Maersk Alabama.<br />

The selfless and steadfast skipper<br />

tries Āoutwit Āband ĀSomali<br />

pirates, led Ā the wily Muse (the<br />

brilliant Barkhad Abdi), who boar Ā<br />

his undefended craft and hold the<br />

cr Ā Āransom. It’ Ā Āsplendidly<br />

told story Āexceedingly tense and<br />

superbly acted, although claims<br />

Āinaccuracy Ā members Āthe<br />

ship’ Ācr Ā have taken the gloss off<br />

ĀĀbit. US/Dir Paul Greengrass<br />

A Quiet Place Part II<br />

SC Sci-fi/Horror 6.20pm<br />

■ Horror ■ 15 ■ 2020<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

The first movie introduced Ā Ā<br />

the Abbott family Āsurvivors Ā Ā<br />

post-apocalyptic world dominated<br />

Ā bloodthirsty alien beasts that<br />

hunt Ā sound. Āthis follow-up,<br />

mom Evelyn (Emily Blunt) Āonly<br />

just holding things together ĀBut<br />

there’ Āhope Āthe form Āher<br />

hearing-impair Ā daughter Regan<br />

(Millicent Simmonds), who has<br />

discover Ā the creatures’ Achilles<br />

heel. There’ Āless suspense this<br />

time and mor Āaction, but it’ Āsti Ā<br />

Ārip-roaring ride. With Cillian<br />

Murphy ĀUS/Dir John Krasinski<br />

The Electrical Life<br />

Of Louis Wain<br />

SC Greats 3.50pm<br />

THURSDAY<br />

5 January<br />

Godzilla vs. Kong<br />

SC Sci-fi/Horror 8.00pm<br />

In The Bedroom<br />

SC Drama 6.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2001<br />

Sissy Spacek and T Ā Wilkinson<br />

wer ĀOscar-nominated for their<br />

touching performances Āthis<br />

brooding drama. College kid<br />

Frank (Nick Stahl), the son ĀMatt<br />

and Ruth Fowler (Wilkinson and<br />

Spacek), Āback Ā his summer<br />

vacation. But his romance with<br />

mum-of-two Natalie (Marisa Tomei)<br />

and the arrival Āher estranged<br />

husband (William Mapother) kicks<br />

of ĀĀtragic chain Āevents…<br />

Director Todd Field’ Āfirst film i Ā<br />

Ā years, Tár Ā Ā Ācinemas next<br />

week. US/Dir Todd Field<br />

Godzilla vs. Kong<br />

SC Sci-fi/Horror 8.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

After the decidedly ropey Godzilla:<br />

King Of The Monsters Āthis fourth<br />

film Āthe MonsterVerse series<br />

brings together the giant Japanese<br />

flame-breathing lizar Āand the<br />

equally massive movie ape for<br />

Ātitanic battle. When Godzilla<br />

launches Ā attack Ā Ācompany<br />

called Apex Cybernetics, Kong<br />

steps in. Alexander Skarsgår Ā<br />

Millie Bobby Brown and Rebecca<br />

Hall ar Āamong the human cast,<br />

but this Āreally all about the CGI<br />

face-offs, which don’ Ādisappoint.<br />

US/Dir Adam Wingard<br />

Django Unchained<br />

SC Hits 10.05pm<br />

■ Western ■ 18 ■ 2012<br />

4★<br />

Buckets Āblood ar Āspilled and<br />

spatter Ā ĀQuentin Tarantino’ Ā<br />

typically lively and very enjoyable<br />

spaghetti wester Āset Āthe Deep<br />

South Āthe 1850s. German<br />

bounty hunter Schultz (Christoph<br />

Waltz) frees slave Django (Jamie<br />

Foxx) Āretur Āfor his help. The Ā<br />

make Āfine team and, befor Ālong,<br />

they set out Āfind Django’ Āwife<br />

Ā Āhunt that leads Ādandified<br />

plantation owner Calvin Candie<br />

(Leonar Ā DiCaprio). With Samuel<br />

ĀJackson and Kerry Washington.<br />

US/Dir Quentin Tarantino<br />

FRIDAY<br />

6 January<br />

The Fighter<br />

SC Hits 6.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2010<br />

This sports drama Āthe gripping<br />

true story Ātwo Boston boxers.<br />

Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) was<br />

once Āpromising fighter Ābut now<br />

he’ Ā Āhopeless crack addict who<br />

Ātrading Ā past glories. Micky<br />

War Ā(Mark Wahlberg), Dicky’ Ā<br />

half-brother Ā Ā Ādecent man with<br />

his own hopes Āthe ring. But<br />

Micky constantly finds himself Ā<br />

the shadow Āhis overbearing,<br />

bragging sibling. It’ Ā Āconvincingly<br />

acted character study Āwhich<br />

also stars Melissa Leo and Amy<br />

Adams. US/Dir David ĀRussell<br />

That Awkward<br />

Moment<br />

SC Comedy 6.20pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2014<br />

★★★<br />

The romantic misadventur Ā Ā<br />

thr Ā buddies, Jason, Daniel and<br />

Mikey (Zac Efron, Miles Teller<br />

and Michael ĀJordan), form the<br />

basis Āthis appealing romcom.<br />

The guys make Āpact Āstay fr Ā<br />

and single Ā but their dalliances<br />

with Āselection Āalluring women<br />

threaten Āspoil their laddish<br />

plan. Ā you might expect, it’ Ā<br />

not exactly deep. However Āthe<br />

likeable cast carries Āalong.<br />

Also starring Imogen Poots,<br />

Mackenzie Davis and Jessica<br />

Lucas. US/Dir T Ā Gormican<br />

Last Night In Soho<br />

SC British Icons 12.15am<br />

■ Mystery ■ 18 ■ 2021<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Ādirector Edgar Wright’ Āslick<br />

entertainment, fashion student<br />

Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) Ā<br />

transported, Āher dreams, back<br />

Ātime Āthe seedy streets Ā<br />

Soho during the Swinging Sixties.<br />

Ther Āshe inhabits the form Āthe<br />

sultry Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy),<br />

Āsinging starlet who Ābeing<br />

wooed Ā dashing wide boy Jack<br />

(Matt Smith). Soon, however ĀEllie’s<br />

nocturnal escape fr Ā reality<br />

tur Ā into Āgory nightmar Ā Also<br />

starring Terence Stamp and Diana<br />

Rigg. UK/Dir Edgar Wright<br />

Last Night In Soho<br />

SC British Icons 12.15am<br />

TVguide 33<br />

Total


Films Freeview<br />

CHRISTMAS EVE 24 December<br />

King Of Kings<br />

BBC2 9.55am-12.25pm<br />

■ Biblical epic ■ U ■ 1961<br />

Critics dubbed Nicholas Ray’ Ālife<br />

ĀChrist ĀW Ā ĀTeenage Jesus’<br />

Ā Āmocking reference Āthe<br />

director’ Ā1955 film Rebel Without<br />

A Cause ĀJoking aside, the movie<br />

Ā Ācompelling treatment that<br />

favours solid storytelling over the<br />

usual Hollywood sanctimonies.<br />

Jeffr Ā Hunter takes the lead, and<br />

he’ Ājoined by Āamong others,<br />

Robert Ryan Ā John the Baptist,<br />

Siobhan McKenna Ā Mary ĀRip<br />

Tor Ā Ā Judas, Carmen Sevilla as<br />

Mary Magdalene and Brigid Bazlen<br />

Ā Salome. US/Dir Nicholas Ray<br />

How To Train<br />

Your Dragon<br />

C4 11.30am-1.25pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2010<br />

DreamWorks’ splendidly animated<br />

CGI adventur Āblends Ācolourful<br />

spectacle with Ā engaging story Ā<br />

Viking lad Hiccup befriends Ā<br />

injur Ā dragon Ā Āfearsome<br />

Night Fury Ā and comes Ārealise<br />

that just about everything humans<br />

think about the beasts Āwrong,<br />

Ā they ar Āreally just like gigantic<br />

pussycats. It’ Ā Āgood-natured,<br />

jocular effort with some nifty<br />

action. Featuring the voices of<br />

Jay Baruchel, Gerar ĀButler<br />

and America Ferrera. US/Dirs<br />

Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders<br />

Scrooge:<br />

A Christmas Carol<br />

C5 11.30am-1.25pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1951<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

5★<br />

Arguably the best version Āthe<br />

Dickens fable (not Ā Ā confused<br />

with the new Netflix animation Ā<br />

the same name) stars Alastair Sim<br />

Ā Ebenezer Scrooge. Ā most<br />

will know Āthe miserly old geezer is<br />

visited Ā the ghosts ĀChristmas<br />

Past, Present and Futur Āwho try<br />

Āteach the skinflint the err Ā Ā<br />

his ways. Sim Āperfectly cast and<br />

some ĀBritain’ Āfinest character<br />

actors, including Mervyn Johns,<br />

Jack Warner ĀHermione Baddeley<br />

and Geor Ā Cole, lend support.<br />

UK/Dir Brian Desmond Hurst<br />

It’s A Wonderful<br />

Life C4 1.25pm<br />

Arthur Christmas<br />

ITV1 12.45pm-2.35pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2011<br />

★★★<br />

Āthe North Pole, Santa’ Ā<br />

operation Ānow Āslick, hi-tech<br />

affair ĀBut, under the command Ā<br />

his stickler Ā Āson, Steve (voiced<br />

Ā Hugh Laurie), has the whole<br />

shebang lost sight Āthe spirit<br />

Āthe season? When Ālittle girl<br />

doesn’ Āget her presents, it’ Āu Ā<br />

ĀSanta’ Āother lad, the bumbling<br />

Arthur (James McAvoy), and the<br />

retir Ā Grandsanta (Bill Nighy)<br />

Āmake sur Āthings ar Āput right.<br />

Aardman’ Āfun animation featur Ā<br />

some lovely touches. UK-US/<br />

Dirs Sarah Smith, Barry Cook<br />

Planes, Trains<br />

& Automobiles<br />

C5 1.25pm-3.15pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 1987<br />

It’s A Wonderful Life<br />

C4 1.25pm-4.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1946<br />

4★<br />

Steve Martin and John Candy<br />

make Āwonderful pairing Ā<br />

this hilarious farce. Martin stars<br />

Ā super-smooth Ā exec Neal<br />

Page, whose cool Āruffled Ā Ā<br />

frantically tries Āget home for<br />

Thanksgiving. He’ Ā Āthe mer Ā<br />

Āsnowbound planes, dodgy<br />

cabbies, delayed trains, duf Āhir Ā<br />

cars Ā and bumbling salesman<br />

Del (Candy), who sticks ĀNeal<br />

like Ālimpet, making the trip even<br />

mor Āfraught. The ending Ā Ālittle<br />

mushy Ābut the gags just keep<br />

coming. US/Dir John Hughes<br />

5★<br />

Here’ Ā Ātrue seasonal classic Ā<br />

warm your heart. James Stewart<br />

stars Ā good-natur Ā small-town<br />

businessman Geor Ā Bailey Ā<br />

Convinced that his life has been<br />

Āfailur ĀGeor Ā thinks that his<br />

only option Ā Āend Āall Ā a Ā<br />

ĀChristmas too! But bumbling<br />

angel Clarence (Henry Travers)<br />

saves Geor Ā and shows him what<br />

the town would have been like Ā<br />

Ā had never existed. Also stars<br />

Donna Reed Āplus Lionel Barrymore<br />

Ā the Scrooge-like villain Ā<br />

Potter ĀUS/Dir Frank Capra<br />

The Secret<br />

Life Of Pets 2<br />

BBC1 1.40pm-3.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2019<br />

★★★<br />

Max and his pals ar Āback Āthis<br />

follow-up Āthe 2016 hit, which<br />

imagined what household pets<br />

get Ā Āwhen their owners ar Ā<br />

out Ā essentially it’ ĀToy Story<br />

with animals. This time, the<br />

pamper Ā Jack Russell terrier Ā<br />

unsettled when his owner gets<br />

married and has Ābaby ĀThe<br />

animation Ācharming but it’ Ānot<br />

backed Ā Ā Āstrong enough<br />

story ĀWith the voices ĀPatton<br />

Oswalt, Kevin Hart and Harrison<br />

For ĀUS-France-Japan/Dirs<br />

Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val<br />

North By Northwest<br />

BBC2 1.40pm-3.55pm<br />

■ Thriller ■ PG ■ 1959<br />

Alfr Ā Hitchcock’ Āace chase<br />

thriller stars the debonair Cary<br />

Grant Ā advertising exec Roger<br />

Thornhill, who gets caught Ā Ā<br />

Ācase Āmistaken identity Ā Ā<br />

begins Āwaking nightmar Ā Ā<br />

Roger Āhunted Ā suave villain<br />

Philip Vandamm (James Mason).<br />

Unforgettable scenes include<br />

Ācrop-dusting plane pursuing<br />

the unlucky man through Āfield<br />

Ācor Āand Āprecarious face-off<br />

Ā Ā Rushmor ĀWith Eva Marie<br />

Saint, Leo Ā Carroll and Martin<br />

Landau. US/Dir Alfred Hitchcock<br />

Chariots Of Fire<br />

BBC2 4.55pm-6.55pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1981<br />

5★<br />

5★<br />

Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), Ā<br />

ambitious Jewish undergraduate<br />

a ĀCambridge Āan ĀEric Liddell (Ian<br />

Charleson), ĀScottish missionary Ā<br />

face prejudice, hardship and<br />

personal doubts Ā and of Āthe<br />

track Āthe 1924 Olympics Ā<br />

Paris. This multi-award-winning<br />

British classic Āwonderfully<br />

uplifting and featur Ā that famous,<br />

haunting music Ā Vangelis Ā<br />

tears will well Ā and you’ll have<br />

Ālump Āyour throat. With Nigel<br />

Havers, Cheryl Campbell and Ian<br />

Holm. UK/Dir Hugh Hudson<br />

The Nutcracker And The<br />

Four Realms ★★★<br />

BBC1 5.25pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 2018<br />

Disney’ Āfairy-tale offering<br />

Āakin Ā Ā explosion Ā<br />

Ātinsel factory ĀIt’ Āfreely adapted<br />

fr Ā the ballet, which was Ātur Ā<br />

based Ā the story about toys<br />

coming Ālife. ĀVictorian London,<br />

young Clara (Mackenzie Foy)<br />

hunts for the key Ā Āmechanical<br />

silver egg. Then, at a Christma Ā<br />

ball held by her godfather (Morgan<br />

Freeman), she finds Āgateway Ā<br />

four magical worlds and embarks<br />

Ā Āfestive adventur ĀWith Keira<br />

Knightley ĀFreeview premier ĀUS/<br />

Dirs Lasse Hallström, Joe Johnston<br />

Home Alone<br />

C4 5.25pm-7.25pm<br />

■ Family ■ PG ■ 1990<br />

Macaulay Culkin shot Āstardom<br />

Āthis irrepressible comedy Āwhich<br />

became one Āthe biggest family<br />

films ever Ā Ā plays Kevin, the<br />

little lad whose parents forget him<br />

when they jet of Ā Ā holiday for<br />

Christmas. But he’ Ā Āresourceful<br />

and inventive boy Āand when Āpair<br />

Āknuckle-headed burglars (Joe<br />

Pesci and Daniel Ster Āattempt Ā<br />

break in, Kevin Āmor Āthan read Ā<br />

Āprotect the house. Kids will<br />

love the cartoonish slapstick,<br />

although it’ Āoften wince-inducing<br />

stuf ĀUS/Dir Chris Columbus<br />

How The Grinch<br />

Stole Christmas<br />

ITV2 7.00pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Family ■ PG ■ 2000<br />

4★<br />

Terminator: Dark Fate<br />

★★★<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.35pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 15 ■ 2019<br />

4★<br />

WackyJim Carrey Āassisted Ā<br />

brilliant make-up effects, takes<br />

Ā the role Ā Ā Seuss’ grumpy<br />

green misery guts Āthis inspir Ā<br />

adaptation Āthe children’ Ābook.<br />

The hateful, reclusive Grinch lives<br />

Ā Āmountain cave, existing Ā<br />

Ādiet Ālettuce juice, castor oil<br />

and sour milk, with only his dog<br />

Max for company Ā Ā wonder<br />

Ā has taken against the good<br />

townspeople ĀWhoville and their<br />

joyous Yuletide celebrations…<br />

This Ā Āfabulous, madcap family<br />

comedy ĀUS/Dir Ron Howard<br />

Although Ācan’ Ācompete with the<br />

first two entries, the sixth movie Ā<br />

the unstoppable saga (ther Āwas<br />

also Ā Ā show and Ācouple Ā<br />

web series) Ājust about the best<br />

since T2 ĀLinda Hamilton makes<br />

Āwelcome retur Ā Ā Sarah Connor<br />

and Arnold Schwarzenegger Ā<br />

back, too, Ā Āgood-guy android<br />

named Carl. They’r Ājoined Ā<br />

Mackenzie Davis, playing Ā<br />

cybernetically enhanced super<br />

soldier who helps fight of Āanother<br />

malevolent killer robot. US-Spain-<br />

Hungary-China/Dir T Ā Miller<br />

Four Weddings<br />

And A Funeral<br />

C4 10.40pm-12.55am<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 15 ■ 1994<br />

This effervescent comedy-drama<br />

Ā once the highest-grossing<br />

British film ever Ā stars Hugh<br />

Grant Ā Ācharming, stuttering<br />

singleton who seems Āspend<br />

most Āhis time Āother people’ Ā<br />

weddings. Then ĀTexan beauty<br />

(Andie MacDowell) walks into his<br />

life… The script, Ā Richar ĀCurtis,<br />

Āboth hilarious and poignant,<br />

while the talented supporting cast,<br />

including Simon Callow ĀKristin<br />

Scott Thomas, James Fleet, John<br />

Hannah and Charlotte Coleman,<br />

Ā Ātreat. UK/Dir Mike Newell<br />

MASH<br />

La La Land<br />

4★<br />

5★<br />

GREAT! movies 11.45pm-2.10am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 1970<br />

Set during the Korean conflict,<br />

Robert Altman’ Āclassic satir Ā<br />

views the horrors Āwar fr Ā the<br />

skewed perspective Ā Āgang Ā<br />

Ā Army docs. It’ Ā Ā episodic<br />

piece that chronicles the japery<br />

Āwisecracking surgeons Trapper<br />

John (Elliott Gould) and Hawkeye<br />

(Donald Sutherland). The duo’ Ā<br />

antics should have you Āstitches,<br />

especially when they ar Āhaving<br />

fun Āthe expense Ātheir uptight<br />

colleague ‘Hot Lips’ O’Houlihan<br />

(Sally Kellerman). With Robert<br />

Duvall. US/Dir Robert Altman<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 1.00am-3.05am<br />

■ Musical ■ 12 ■ 2016<br />

• Not Scotland<br />

Ā the sun beats down mercilessly<br />

Ā Āgridlocked Ā freeway Āthe<br />

frustrated commuters burst into<br />

song, dancing around (and Ā top<br />

of) their cars. Then, Āmoment Ā<br />

road rage erupts between Mia<br />

(Emma Stone), who dreams Ā<br />

movie stardom, and Sebastian<br />

(Ryan Gosling), Āstruggling jazz<br />

pianist. But this tur Ā out Ā Ā<br />

the spark for Āpoignant, Āthin,<br />

tale Āromance, with some nice<br />

tunes thrown in. Also stars John<br />

Legend. US/Dir Damien Chazelle<br />

The Nutcracker<br />

And The Four Realms<br />

BBC1 5.25pm<br />

Total<br />

34 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guideFreeview<br />

CHRISTMAS DAY25 December<br />

Rise Of The Guardians<br />

★★★<br />

C4 7.40am-9.35am<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2012<br />

Childr Ā across the world ar Ā<br />

under threat fr Ā the dastardly<br />

Pitch Black. But help Ā Āhand<br />

fr Ā Āgang Āsuperheroes Ā<br />

although they’r Ānot the usual<br />

comic-book kind. Her Āit’ ĀSanta<br />

Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter<br />

Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the silent<br />

Sandman, the Tooth Fairy (Isla<br />

Fisher) and the reluctant but<br />

mischievous Jack Frost (Chris Pine)<br />

who ar Āthe good guys. It’ Ā Ā<br />

enjoyable, colourful and dynamic<br />

tale with some glorious CGI<br />

animation. US/Dir Peter Ramsey<br />

Kung Fu Panda 2<br />

C4 9.35am-11.25am<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2011<br />

4★<br />

Āthis second adventur Āfor<br />

Ā (voiced Ā Jack Black), the<br />

overweight panda must use his<br />

martial-arts skills Āsave China<br />

fr Ā enslavement Ā Ādemented<br />

peacock (Gary Oldman) and his<br />

wolf army ĀThis cracking yar Ā<br />

Ājam-packed with jokes and<br />

exciting action and the artwork Ā<br />

even mor Ābeautiful than Āwas<br />

first time around. Also featuring<br />

the voices ĀDustin Hoffman,<br />

Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy<br />

Liu, David Cross and Jackie<br />

Chan. US/Dir Jennifer Yuh<br />

Abominable<br />

Abominable<br />

BBC1 11.35am<br />

BBC1 11.35am-1.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2019<br />

★★★<br />

When violin-playing teen tomboy<br />

Y Ā(voiced Ā Chloe Bennet) meets<br />

ĀHimalayan Yeti Ā the roof Ā<br />

her Shanghai apartment block, she<br />

wins his trust Ā feeding him bao<br />

buns. Then she helps him Āevade<br />

the attentions Ābusinessman<br />

and rare-animal collector Burnish<br />

(Eddie Izzar Āand scheming<br />

zoologist Ā Zara (Sarah Paulson).<br />

Can Y Āand her friends reunite the<br />

cute furball with his family? It’ Ā<br />

Āslight story but the animation<br />

Āimpressive. China-US-Japan/<br />

Dirs Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman<br />

White Christmas<br />

BBC2 11.35am-1.30pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1954<br />

4★<br />

Crooning Bing Crosby and<br />

clowning Danny Kaye star Āthis<br />

perennial family favourite. They<br />

play Bob Wallace and Phil Davis,<br />

Āpair Āarmy buddies who team<br />

Ā Ā Āsong-and-dance duo and<br />

take Āholiday Ā Āsnowless ski<br />

resort. Singing siblings Betty and<br />

Judy (Rosemary Clooney and<br />

Vera-Ellen) take the lads’ minds<br />

of Āthe disappointment. The<br />

musical routines ar Āstill merry and<br />

bright, while Crosby’ Ārendition Ā<br />

the title song adds Āwarm, fuzzy<br />

glow ĀUS/Dir Michael Curtiz<br />

The Great Escape<br />

C4 1.50pm-5.15pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1963<br />

This World W Ā Āyar Āwhich Ā<br />

based loosely Ā Ātrue story Ā Ā<br />

the very finest PoW drama. The<br />

Germans build what they believe<br />

Ā Ā Ā ‘escape-proof Ācamp and<br />

foolishly fill Āwith Allied breakout<br />

specialists, who promptly dream<br />

Ā Ā audacious plan Āscarper Ā<br />

It’ Ā Āstirring adventur Āfeaturing<br />

Āmagnificent scor Āfr Ā Elmer<br />

Bernstein. The top cast includes<br />

Steve McQueen, Gordon Jackson,<br />

James Garner ĀDonald Pleasence,<br />

Richar ĀAttenborough and David<br />

McCallum. US/Dir John Sturges<br />

Gentlemen<br />

Prefer Blondes<br />

BBC2 3.10pm-4.40pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1953<br />

• Wales showing on Boxing Day<br />

Adapted fr Ā the 1949 Broadway<br />

hit, this jaunty musical stars Jane<br />

Russell and Marilyn Monroe. The<br />

sassy duo play Two Little Girls<br />

From Little Rock who get jobs Ā<br />

cabar Āartistes Ā Ācruise liner Ā<br />

wher Āthe curvy chanteuses<br />

cause Ābit Ā Āstir among the<br />

male passengers. Monroe’ Ātrilling<br />

rendition ĀDiamonds Are A Girl’s<br />

Best Friend Āthe highlight. Also<br />

starring Charles Cobur ĀElliott<br />

Reid and Geor Ā ‘Foghor Ā<br />

Winslow ĀUS/Dir Howard Hawks<br />

The Kid Who<br />

Would Be King<br />

Film4 4.20pm-6.45pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

Some Like It Hot<br />

BBC2 4.40pm-6.35pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ U ■ 1959<br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Bullied 12-year-old schoolboy<br />

Alex (Louis Ashbour Ā Serkis) Ā<br />

astonished Āpull Excalibur out Ā<br />

Āblock Āconcrete, but reluctantly<br />

accepts his mission Ā Āsave<br />

the world fr Ā the evil sorceress<br />

Morgana (Rebecca Ferguson).<br />

Writer-director Joe Cornish (The<br />

Adam And Joe Show ĀAttack<br />

The Block Ācrafted this ripping<br />

kids’ fantasy that’ Āfull Āwizar Ā<br />

wheezes and nasty scrapes.<br />

Also with Dean Chaumoo, Angus<br />

Imrie, Rhianna Dorris and Patrick<br />

Stewart. UK-US/Dir Joe Cornish<br />

5★<br />

After two musicians (Tony Curtis<br />

and Jack Lemmon) witness 1929’s<br />

ĀValentine’ ĀDay Massacr Āthey<br />

Ā Ā the run, donning drag and<br />

changing their names ĀDaphne<br />

and Josephine, Ā that they can<br />

join Ā all-female band bound<br />

for Miami. Befor Ālong, they’ve<br />

both fallen for sexy singer Sugar<br />

Kane (Marilyn Monroe). There’ Ā<br />

Āglorious chemistry between<br />

Curtis, Lemmon and Monroe and<br />

this sparkling far Ā fizzes with<br />

iconic Hollywood moments. With<br />

Geor Ā Raft. US/Dir Billy Wilder<br />

Back To The Future<br />

ITV2 5.45pm-8.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1985<br />

Marty McFly (Michael ĀFox) Ā Ā<br />

ordinary teenager whose eccentric<br />

scientist pal Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown<br />

(Christopher Lloyd) has invented<br />

Ātime machine, which Āhoused<br />

Ā ĀDeLorean sports car ĀBut,<br />

when Ā zaps himself backwar Ā<br />

Āthe 1950s, Marty accidentally<br />

changes history Ā which puts<br />

his very existence Ārisk. Āwhole<br />

Ā years since its release, this<br />

enjoyable romp feels Ā fresh<br />

and fun Ā ever ĀAlso starring<br />

Lea Thompson and Crispin<br />

Glover ĀUS/Dir Robert Zemeckis<br />

Grease<br />

Film4 6.45pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Musical ■ PG ■ 1978<br />

Venom<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.10pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 15 ■ 2018<br />

Love Actually<br />

ITV1 10.45pm-1.10am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2003<br />

4★<br />

5★<br />

Who’d have thought that Ādaf Ā<br />

love story about Ācouple Ārather<br />

mature-looking teens Ā1950s<br />

California would become one<br />

Āthe best-loved musicals ever?<br />

Bad boy Danny (John Travolta)<br />

and Aussie goody-two-shoes<br />

Sandy (Olivia Newton-John)<br />

rekindle their holiday romance<br />

after unexpectedly ending Ā Ā<br />

the same school. The leads have<br />

charisma Ābur Āand the songs<br />

Ā including Summer Nights<br />

and Greased Lightning Ā ar Ā<br />

electrifying. US/Dir Randal Kleiser<br />

★★★<br />

With Ā antiher Āwho’ Ābest known<br />

Āthe comics world Ā Ā enemy<br />

ĀSpider-Man, this stand-alone<br />

adventur Āwas critically panned<br />

but was Āmonster smash Āthe<br />

box office and went Ā Āspawn<br />

Āsequel. T Ā Har Ā plays<br />

Eddie Brock, Ājournalist who<br />

Āinhabited Ā Ā alien parasite<br />

that tur Ā him into Ābefanged<br />

beast Ā which Āuseful when<br />

baddie Riot (Riz Ahmed) tur Ā<br />

up. Eddie’ Āstruggles with the<br />

creature’ Ābloodthirsty natur Āar Ā<br />

Āscream. US/Dir Ruben Fleischer<br />

★★★<br />

The Prime Minister falls for his tea<br />

lady ĀĀfaded rocker releases Ātrite<br />

Christmas single, Ābest man Ā<br />

smitten with his pal’ Ānew bride…<br />

Yep, Āmust Ā another showing<br />

for Richar ĀCurtis’ ultra-schmaltzy<br />

romcom. This does pile Ā the<br />

slush, but it’ Āirresistibly watchable<br />

feel-good stuf Āwith Ātremendous<br />

cast, including Hugh Grant, Bill<br />

Nighy ĀEmma Thompson, Keira<br />

Knightley ĀAlan Rickman, Liam<br />

Neeson, Laura Linney ĀChiwetel<br />

Ejiofor ĀColin Firth and Andr Ā<br />

Lincoln ĀUK-US/Di ĀRichard Curtis<br />

Catch Me If You Can<br />

C4 10.55pm-1.30am<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2002<br />

Āthis riveting, fast-paced true(ish)<br />

story ĀLeonar Ā DiCaprio plays<br />

Frank Abagnale Jr ĀĀteenage con<br />

man who amazed 1960s America<br />

Ā Ā managed Āpass himself<br />

of Ā Ā everything fr Ā Ādoctor Ā<br />

Ā airline pilot, spending millions<br />

Ādollars Ā didn’ Āhave. Ā<br />

would have got away with Ātoo,<br />

Ā Āhadn’ Ābeen for Ādetermined<br />

Fed (played Ā T Ā Hanks),<br />

whose relentless pursuit resulted<br />

Āthe pair developing Āmutual<br />

respect. Also starring Christopher<br />

Walken. US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

When Harry Met Sally<br />

BBC1 12.05am-1.40am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 1989<br />

What’s Love Got<br />

To Do With It<br />

BBC2 12.40am-2.30am<br />

■ Biopic ■ 18 ■ 1993<br />

5★<br />

This superb comedy hinges on<br />

that old chestnut: can Āman and<br />

Āwoman Ā friends without sex<br />

getting Āthe way? Nora Ephron’s<br />

screenplay dreams Ā some<br />

wonderful situations for the pals<br />

Āquestion, played Ā Billy Crystal<br />

and Meg Ryan, Ā they meet down<br />

the years Ācommiserate over<br />

each other’ Āfailed relationships.<br />

It’ Ābeautifully written and fizzes<br />

with snappy one-liners, although<br />

it’ Āstill best known for Ryan’s<br />

head-turning scene Ā ĀNew<br />

York diner ĀUS/Dir Rob Reiner<br />

★★★<br />

Singing superstar Tina Turner Ā<br />

the subject Āthis biopic based<br />

Ā her autobiography I, Tina Ā<br />

The movie focuses heavily Ā her<br />

relationship with her husband and<br />

musical partner Ike Turner Āand it<br />

paints Ābleak portrait Ā Āshowbiz<br />

success story and marriage that<br />

turned sour ĀAngela Bassett hits<br />

all the high notes Ā Tina, but<br />

Laurence Fishbur Ā ĀSimply<br />

The Best Ā the increasingly<br />

paranoid and violent Ike. The<br />

fine soundtrack includes Nutbush<br />

City Limits ĀUS/Dir Brian Gibson<br />

East Is East<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

C4 1.30am-3.15am<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 15 ■ 1999<br />

Salfor Ā Āthe 1970s Āthe setting<br />

for this culture-clash tale. Pakistani<br />

chip-shop owner Geor Ā (Om Puri)<br />

and his white British wife (Linda<br />

Bassett) try Āraise their seven<br />

kids Ā Muslims. But the decadent<br />

attractions Āwester Āmusic,<br />

bacon butties and the opposite<br />

sex make Āall Ābit Ā Āstruggle Ā<br />

It’ Āwell written and nicely played,<br />

with some very funny moments.<br />

Now-familiar faces among the<br />

lively cast include Jimi Mistry Ā<br />

Chris Bisson and Archie Panjabi.<br />

UK/Dir Damien O’Donnell<br />

TVguide 35<br />

Total


Films Freeview<br />

BOXING DAY26 December<br />

Hotel For Dogs<br />

C4 7.35am-9.30am<br />

■ Comedy ■ U ■ 2009<br />

★★★<br />

Orphans Andi (Emma Roberts)<br />

and Bruce (Jake ĀAustin) have<br />

adopted Ācute Jack Russell<br />

called Friday ĀThe trouble is, they<br />

must keep Friday Āsecr Āfr Ā<br />

their foster parents (Lisa Kudr Ā<br />

and Kevin Dillon). And their efforts<br />

Āensur Āthat mum and dad stay<br />

Āthe dark lead them Ā Āderelict<br />

hotel, which soon becomes home<br />

Ādozens Āstrays. There’ Ā<br />

Ācast Āadorable tykes Āthis<br />

good-natur Ā family comedy ĀWith<br />

Don Cheadle and Kyla Pratt. US-<br />

Germany/Dir Thor Freudenthal<br />

Great Expectations<br />

BBC2 9.15am-11.10am<br />

■ Drama ■ PG ■ 1946<br />

Big Hero 6<br />

BBC1 10.25am-12noon<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2014<br />

5★<br />

Āthis version ĀCharles Dickens’<br />

classic tale, John Mills Āperfectly<br />

cast Ā Pip, who advances fr Ā<br />

humble beginnings Āwealthy<br />

manhood, thanks Ā Āsecr Ā<br />

benefactor ĀOther memorable<br />

performances include Finlay Currie<br />

Ā the sinister convict Magwitch<br />

and Martita Hunt Ā barmy Miss<br />

Havisham. Ther Āar Ātwo utterly<br />

unforgettable scenes: the eerie<br />

opening set Ā Āmisty graveyar Ā<br />

and Ādramatic conflagration. Also<br />

starring Alec Guinness and Jean<br />

Simmons. UK/Dir David Lean<br />

Breakfast At Tiffany’s<br />

C5 9.35am-11.50am<br />

■ Romance ■ PG ■ 1961<br />

5★<br />

This enchanting take Ā Truman<br />

Capote’ Āwitty novella, Āstory Ā<br />

decadence Ā1940s Manhattan,<br />

sidesteps the darker edges Āits<br />

sour Ā material and Ātransformed<br />

into the finest candyfloss. Audr Ā<br />

Hepbur Āwas the ideal choice<br />

(although Marilyn Monr Ā had<br />

been mooted) Āplay the kooky<br />

heroine, Holly Golightly Āand her<br />

poignant rendition ĀMoon River<br />

Ā Āhighlight. The rugged Geor Ā<br />

Peppar Ā Ā Āgreat foil for the<br />

elegant star ĀAlso with Mickey<br />

Rooney ĀUS/Dir Blake Edwards<br />

4★<br />

The spirit ĀJapanese manga<br />

cultur Āinfuses Disney’ Āplayful<br />

CGI animation (although Ā Ā Ā<br />

fact based Ā Ālong-defunct<br />

Marvel comic). It’ Āabout Āgiant<br />

inflatable robot called Baymax<br />

(voiced Ā 30 Rock’ ĀScott Adsit)<br />

and his teenage buddy Hir ĀAfter<br />

Hiro’ Āelder brother Ākilled Ā<br />

suspicious circumstances, the<br />

pair team Ā with four gifted pals<br />

Āinvestigate. This Ā Āvisual<br />

treat, jam-packed with humour Ā<br />

excitement and real emotion.<br />

US/Dirs Don Hall, Chris Williams<br />

My Fair Lady<br />

C5 11.50am-3.00pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1964<br />

Frozen<br />

BBC1 12.25pm-2.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2013<br />

Your childr Ā might have driven<br />

you half out Āyour wits with their<br />

reedy renderings Āthe songs<br />

fr Ā this hit fairy tale, but it’s still<br />

Āreal gem. Princess Elsa (voiced<br />

Ā Idina Menzel) Ācursed with<br />

Āpower that tur Ā everything<br />

she touches Āsnow Āice,<br />

condemning her homeland Ā<br />

suffer eternal winter Ā Ā her sister<br />

Anna (Kristen Bell) sets out Ā<br />

save the kingdom. The story Ā<br />

simple but cleverly done, very<br />

funny and beautifully animated.<br />

US/Dirs Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee<br />

The Heroes<br />

Of Telemark<br />

★★★<br />

BBC2 2.20pm-4.30pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ U ■ 1965<br />

• Not N Ireland/Wales<br />

Loosely based Ā actual events,<br />

this powerful World W Ā Ādrama<br />

stars Kirk Douglas and Richar Ā<br />

Harris. Knut Strand (Harris), head<br />

Āthe Norwegian Resistance,<br />

works with scientist Ā Pederson<br />

(Douglas) Āsabotage Āfacility<br />

critical Āthe Nazis’ development<br />

Ā Ā atomic bomb. Most Āthe<br />

action Āset against jaw-dropping<br />

Scandinavian snowscapes, and<br />

the tension builds Ā Āgripping<br />

climax. Also starring Michael<br />

Redgrave. UK/Dir Anthony Mann<br />

Mary Poppins<br />

BBC1 2.25pm-4.40pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1964<br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Julie Andrews was effectively<br />

typecast fr Ā the moment she<br />

agreed Āstar Āthis enchanting<br />

Edwardian fantasy fr Ā Disney Ā<br />

She plays Āspellbinding nanny<br />

whose magic makes even<br />

household chor Ā enjoyable for<br />

Ācouple Āneglected kids. Dick<br />

V Ā Dyke’ Āhilariously mangled<br />

cockernee accent Āalso famous<br />

Ā for all the wrong reasons. The<br />

movie Āgreat fun, though, and<br />

Andrews won Ā Oscar for her<br />

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious<br />

tur ĀUS/Dir Robert Stevenson<br />

Ghostbusters<br />

BBC1 4.40pm-6.20pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 12 ■ 1984<br />

This fabulous musical, Āromantic It’ Ābeen half Ālifetime since the<br />

comedy without Ākiss based Ā Ghostbusters first power Ā Ā<br />

Geor Ā Bernar ĀShaw’ ĀPygmalion Ā their proton packs Āsave the<br />

stars waif-like Audr Ā Hepbur Ā Ā Big Apple fr Ā spectres, but this<br />

Eliza Doolittle, the cockney flower goofy far Ā has wor Āwell. Āteam<br />

girl taught Ā‘speak proper’ Ā Ācranky parapsychologists (Bill<br />

chauvinistic pr ĀHenry Higgins Murray ĀDan Aykroyd and Harold<br />

(Rex Harrison). The latter brings Ramis) set Ā Āspook-catching<br />

his unique ‘talking’ style Āthe business ĀNew York. But when<br />

songs, while Hepburn’ Āincluding their client (Sigourney Weaver) Ā<br />

Wouldn’t It Be Lovely and I Could possessed Ā Ādemonic force, all<br />

Have Danced All Night Āwer Ā hell (quite literally) breaks loose.<br />

dubbed Ā Mar ĀNixon. It’ Ā The recent reboots ar Ā Ā match<br />

delightful escapism. With Stanley for this spirited original. With Rick<br />

Holloway ĀUS/Dir George Cukor Moranis. US/Dir Ivan Reitman<br />

Calendar Girls<br />

Peter Rabbit<br />

C4 5.55pm-7.30pm<br />

■ Family ■ PG ■ 2018<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

C5 5.00pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2003<br />

This gently amusing Britcom<br />

Ābased Ā the true story of<br />

ĀWomen’ ĀInstitute ĀYorkshir Ā<br />

whose members famously posed<br />

naked for charity ĀAfter Annie<br />

(Julie Walters) loses her husband<br />

Ācancer Āher best friend Chris<br />

(Helen Mirren) comes Ā with the<br />

idea Ā Ārisqué calendar Ātake<br />

Annie’ Āmind of Āthings, and Ā<br />

raise money for the hospital<br />

wher Āher husband was treated.<br />

With Annette Crosbie, Celia<br />

Imrie, Penelope Wilton and John<br />

Alderton. UK-US/Dir Nigel Cole<br />

The Magnificent Seven<br />

BBC2 5.30pm-7.30pm<br />

■ Western ■ PG ■ 1960<br />

5★<br />

Gunslinging baldie Chris Larabee<br />

(Y ĀBrynner) rounds Ā Ābunch<br />

Ālike-minded fellows Āprotect<br />

ĀMexican village fr Ā Āgroup Ā<br />

marauding bandits Āthis terrific<br />

remake ĀAkira Kurosawa’ Ā<br />

classic Seven Samurai ĀSteve<br />

McQueen, Charles Bronson,<br />

James Cobur Āand Eli Wallach ar Ā<br />

among the top-drawer cast and<br />

there’ Ā Ārousing scor Āfr Ā Elmer<br />

Bernstein. It’ Āthe ultimate Boy’ Ā<br />

Own movie. Also stars Brad<br />

Dexter ĀRobert Vaughan and Horst<br />

Buchholz. US/Dir John Sturges<br />

★★★<br />

Beatrix Potter’ Āmischievous<br />

bunny Āgiven Ā21st-century<br />

makeover Āthis rabbit stew Ā<br />

CGI animation and live action. Ā<br />

seems crude and uninspir Ā when<br />

compar Ā Āthe Paddington<br />

movies Ā but most family films<br />

do, and ther Ā Āfun Ā Ā had<br />

her Ā Ā cheeky young Peter<br />

(voiced Ā James Corden) sets<br />

about Ā McGregor’ Āvegetable<br />

patch. Also starring Domhnall<br />

Gleeson, Sam Neill, Margot<br />

Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Rose<br />

Byrne ĀAustralia-US/Dir Will Gluck<br />

Jumanji: The<br />

Next Level<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.25pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2019<br />

GoodFellas<br />

BBC2 10.15pm-12.35am<br />

■ Crime drama ■ 18 ■ 1990<br />

★★★<br />

Mor Āhapless fools ar Āsucked<br />

into the retr Āvideo game Āthis<br />

sequel Āthe 2017 hit. The four<br />

mismatched friends fr Ā the<br />

previous instalment ar Āfinding<br />

real life Ādisappointment. Ā<br />

Spence (Alex Wolf Āreassembles<br />

the console and magics himself<br />

back into the imaginary digital<br />

world ĀJumanji. Danny DeVito<br />

and Danny Glover join the regular<br />

cast ĀDwayne Johnson, Kevin<br />

Hart, Kar Ā Gillan and Jack<br />

Black Āthis daft but enjoyable<br />

adventur ĀUS/Dir Jake Kasdan<br />

5★<br />

Based Ā Ātrue story ĀMartin<br />

Scorsese’ Ādynamic gangster<br />

epic Ā Ācompelling morality tale<br />

featuring great performances. The<br />

narrative covers Ā years Āthe life<br />

Āsmall-time hoodlum turned FBI<br />

squealer Henry Hill (Ray Liotta),<br />

Ānice(ish) guy who gets Āway<br />

over his head. The superb Liotta is<br />

ably abetted Ā Lorraine Bracco,<br />

Ā his long-suffering wife, plus, as<br />

Henry’ ĀMafiosi pals, Robert Ā<br />

Nir ĀPaul Sorvino and, best<br />

Āall, Āseething, terrifying Joe<br />

Pesci. US/Dir Martin Scorsese<br />

Widows<br />

Film4 11.25pm-2.05am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 2018<br />

Anchorman 2: The<br />

Legend Continues ★★★<br />

C4 12.55am-2.55am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2013<br />

4★<br />

This female-led crime flick delivers<br />

bags Āsuspense. Veronica, Linda<br />

and Alice (Viola Davis, Michelle<br />

Rodriguez and Elizabeth Debicki)<br />

ar Āleft Ādebt Ā Ānasty Chicago<br />

gangster after their husbands<br />

ar Ākilled during Ābotched heist.<br />

Ā the bereaved trio, along with<br />

Linda’ Āchum Belle (Cynthia Erivo),<br />

decide Āpull of Ātheir spouses’<br />

planned follow-up caper Ātheir<br />

stead. Ther Āar Āsome fantastic<br />

moments. With Liam Neeson,<br />

Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall.<br />

US-UK/Dir Steve McQueen<br />

Will Ferrell retur Ā Ā the moron Ā<br />

newsreader Ron Burgundy Āthis<br />

hit-and-miss sequel. The 1970s<br />

ar Āover Āand, after Āseries Ālife<br />

and career disasters, Ron tries Ā<br />

mount Ācomeback Ā Ā24-hour<br />

news channel. That’ Āthe spur Ā<br />

reunite the old gang (Steve Carell,<br />

David Koechner ĀPaul Rudd and<br />

Christina Applegate). Many Āthe<br />

best gags fr Ā the previous film<br />

ar Ādusted of Āand reworked, while<br />

ther Āar Ācameos fr Ā Harrison<br />

For ĀMarion Cotillar Āand Will<br />

Smith. US/Dir Adam McKay<br />

Frozen<br />

BBC1 12.25pm<br />

Total<br />

36 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guideFreeview<br />

HOLIDAY TUESDAY<br />

27 December<br />

The Adventures<br />

Of Robin Hood<br />

BBC2 9.35am-11.15am<br />

■ Adventure ■ U ■ 1938<br />

Missing Link<br />

BBC1 10.00am-11.30am<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

Rio<br />

ITV1 11.00am-1.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2011<br />

5★<br />

Err ĀFlynn Ā Ā brilliant form Ā<br />

the legendary Sherwood Forest<br />

outlaw Āthis giddily enjoyable<br />

spot Āthigh-slapping fun. It’ Ā Ā<br />

Technicolor treat Ā Robin battles<br />

the nasty Guy ĀGisbour Ā (Basil<br />

Rathbone) and smarmy Prince<br />

John (Claude Rains) while working<br />

his charms Ā the delectable<br />

Maid Marian (Olivia Ā Havilland).<br />

Some fantastic sets, frantic fight<br />

scenes and Ā infectious sense<br />

Āhigh adventur Āmake this Ā<br />

swashbuckling classic. US/Dirs<br />

Michael Curtiz, William Keighley<br />

4★<br />

Ā Link (superbly voiced Ā Zach<br />

Galifianakis), first name Susan,<br />

Āthe last Āhis kind, Āyeti<br />

languishing Ā Āforest Āthe Ā<br />

northwest. Ā has hear Āthat Ā<br />

might have some cousins Āthe<br />

Himalayas, Ā Ā enlists the help<br />

Āplummy adventurer ĀSir Lionel<br />

Frost (Hugh Jackman), and sets<br />

of Ā Āsear Ā Āhis long-lost<br />

family ĀThis delightful animation,<br />

which featur Ā Āstellar voice<br />

cast, richly deserved its Oscar<br />

nomination. With David Walliams.<br />

Canada-US/Dir Chris Butler<br />

Night At The<br />

Museum: Battle… ★★★<br />

C5 10.00am-12.10pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 2009<br />

…Of The Smithsonian<br />

Ben Stiller stars again Āthis<br />

gag-crammed sequel Āthe 2006<br />

hit. Larry (Stiller) has left his job<br />

Ā Āguar Ā ĀNew York’ ĀMuse Ā<br />

ĀNatural History wher Āafter<br />

dark, the exhibits come magically<br />

Ālife. But when Ā lear Ā that hi Ā<br />

old pals ar Ā Ā Ā put into storage,<br />

Larry must save them Ā and put<br />

Āstop Āthe plans Ā Ā Egyptian<br />

prince (Hank Azaria) who dreams<br />

Ātaking over the world. Also stars<br />

Amy Adams and Robin Williams.<br />

US-Canada/Dir Shawn Levy<br />

★★★<br />

When Ātranspir Ā that pamper Ā<br />

pet macaw Blu (Jesse Eisenber Ā<br />

Āthe last male Āhis species,<br />

Ā Āsent ĀRio Ā Janeir Ā Ā<br />

mate with the lovely Jewel (Anne<br />

Hathaway). The maladjusted<br />

parr Āfails Āmeasur Ā Ā Ā<br />

her idea Ā Āmate, but bigger<br />

problems await when the pair<br />

ar Ābirdnapped and must find<br />

their way home. This amusing<br />

animation will keep kids happy Ā<br />

but Āisn’ Āreally sharp enough<br />

Ākeep adults entertained for<br />

long. US/Dir Carlos Saldanha<br />

Oklahoma!<br />

C5 11.05am-1.55pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1955<br />

The NeverEnding<br />

Story<br />

BBC1 11.30am-1.00pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ U ■ 1984<br />

Lemony Snicket’s<br />

A Series Of…<br />

C4 11.50am-1.55pm<br />

■ Family ■ PG ■ 2004<br />

4★<br />

This barnstorming version Ā<br />

Rodgers ĀHammerstein’ Āhit<br />

Broadway musical Āpacked with<br />

great tunes, including Oh, What<br />

A Beautiful Mornin’ ĀThe Surrey<br />

With A Fringe On Top and the<br />

rousing title number ĀGordon<br />

MacRae and Shirley Jones belt<br />

out the classics Ā the cowboy<br />

and the farmer’ Ādaughter who<br />

begin Āplayful courtship, much<br />

Āthe annoyance Āthe brutish<br />

Jud Fry (Rod Steiger). The whole<br />

shebang Ā Āriot Āsound and<br />

colour ĀUS/Dir Fred Zinnemann<br />

4★<br />

This magical adventur Ābased<br />

Ā ĀGerman children’ Ābook Ā<br />

Āfeast Āfine puppetry Āanimation<br />

and (then) state-of-the-art special<br />

effects. Young Bastian (Barr Ā<br />

Oliver) reads Āfairy tale Āwhich<br />

the land ĀFantasia Āthreatened<br />

Ā Ā entity called The Nothing.<br />

He’ Ā Ā enthralled that he’ Ādrawn<br />

into the action and joins young<br />

warrior Atreyu (Noah Hathaway)<br />

Ā Āquest Ādefeat the menace.<br />

The theme tune was Ābig hit for<br />

Kajagoogoo singer Limahl. US-<br />

Germany/Dir Wolfgang Petersen<br />

★★★<br />

…Unfortunate Events<br />

Jim Carr Ā dominates this dark,<br />

gothic flight Āfancy based Ā the<br />

bestselling children’ Ābook. Thr Ā<br />

wealthy kids, orphaned after their<br />

parents die Ā Āfir Āar Āsent Ā<br />

live with their creepy guardian,<br />

Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). But Olaf<br />

knows Ā can get his mitts Ā the<br />

family fortune Āthe youngsters<br />

die, Ā Ā sets out Ābring about<br />

their demise Āall manner Āwild<br />

and wacky ways. Also starring<br />

Meryl Streep and Emily Browning.<br />

US-Germany/Dir Brad Silberling<br />

E.T. The<br />

Extra-Terrestrial<br />

ITV1 1.30pm-3.45pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ U ■ 1982<br />

Hello, Dolly!<br />

BBC2 1.30pm-3.50pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1969<br />

Hello, Dolly!<br />

BBC2 1.30pm<br />

How To Train Your<br />

Dragon: The…<br />

BBC1 1.45pm-3.20pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

5★<br />

Āwhole four decades after its<br />

first release, Steven Spielberg’ Ā<br />

beguiling family sci-fi has lost little<br />

Āits charm. The story Āabout<br />

Ācute alien who Āstranded alone<br />

Ā Earth. It’ Ānot long befor Āthe<br />

authorities ar Ā Ā his trail, but<br />

fortunately for our short-legged<br />

visitor Ā10-year-old Elliott (Henry<br />

Thomas) and his little sister (Dr Ā<br />

Barrymor Āar Āgoing Ākeep him<br />

safe. E.T Āhimself looks phoney Ā<br />

moder Āstandards, but Spielberg’ Ā<br />

fairy tale Āstill genuine movie<br />

magic. US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

4★<br />

Āthis lavish musical set Ā1890s<br />

New York, Barbra Streisand Ā<br />

superb Ā Dolly Levi, widow and<br />

matchmaker extraordinair ĀThe<br />

professional meddler takes<br />

Āfancy Āgrumpy businessman<br />

Horace Vandergelder (played by<br />

jowly, growly Walter Matthau), and<br />

sets about ensnaring him. Ther Ā<br />

ar Āsome spirited songs, including<br />

the title number Āand Streisand’ Ā<br />

verve and ener Ā ar Āsomething<br />

Ābehold. Brit Michael Crawfor Ā<br />

also appears Āthis nostalgic<br />

delight. US/Dir Gene Kelly<br />

4★<br />

…Hidden World<br />

Capable young Viking Hiccup (Jay<br />

Baruchel) and his fire-breathing<br />

pal Toothless retur Āfor the thir Ā<br />

Āthe wonderful animated series.<br />

Now he’ Āall grown up, Hiccup has<br />

become the chieftain Āhis tribe<br />

and continues Āpursue his dream<br />

Āhaving humans and dragons live<br />

together Āharmony ĀThe cast Ā<br />

voices includes America Ferrera,<br />

Gerar ĀButler and Cate Blanchett.<br />

Followed Ā the short How To<br />

Train Your Dragon: Homecoming Ā<br />

US/Dir Dean DeBlois<br />

Hook<br />

C5 1.55pm-4.50pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ U ■ 1991<br />

Funny Girl<br />

BBC2 3.50pm-6.15pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1968<br />

★★★<br />

Āthis revamp Ā Ā Barrie’ ĀPeter<br />

Pan Āthe eternal boy has somehow<br />

grown Ā Ā Ā Āworkaholic<br />

businessman and apathetic dad<br />

(Robin Williams) who has forgotten<br />

all his youthful adventures. But Ā<br />

rediscovers his inner child when<br />

Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman)<br />

and Smee (Bob Hoskins) kidnap<br />

his kids and spirit them of Ā Ā<br />

Neverland. Āall looks extremely<br />

impressive, but the overall effect<br />

Ā Ā Āself-indulgent pantomime.<br />

With Maggie Smith and Julia<br />

Roberts. US/Steven Spielberg<br />

4★<br />

Barbra Streisand was already Ā<br />

established stage star when she<br />

made her film debut Ā real-life<br />

Ziegfeld Follies sensation Fanny<br />

Brice. Āthe years either side Ā<br />

World W Ā Ācomedienne and<br />

singer Fanny hits the big time,<br />

while being romanced Ā suave<br />

gambler Nick Arnstein (Omar<br />

Sharif). The high points Āthe<br />

movie ar ĀStreisand’ Āfantastic<br />

renditions Āsome terrific songs,<br />

including the classics People Ā<br />

Don’t Rain On My Parade and<br />

My Man ĀUS/Dir William Wyler<br />

The Goonies<br />

C5 4.50pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 1985<br />

★★★<br />

Āyou like all those 1980s-inspir Ā<br />

flights Āfancy like It and Stranger<br />

Things Āthen here’ Ā Āwelcome<br />

showing Āone Āthe era’ Āoriginal<br />

escapades. Adapted fr Ā Āstory<br />

Ā Steven Spielber Ā Ā who else?<br />

Ā this lively adventur Āhas Āgang<br />

Ākids finding Ā old pirate map.<br />

Hidden treasur Āawaits them but<br />

Āseries Ādeadly traps stand Ā<br />

the youngsters’ way ĀIt’ Āfairly<br />

predictable, but entertaining too.<br />

Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Cor Ā<br />

Feldman and Martha Plimpton<br />

star ĀUS/Dir Richard Donner<br />

Donnie Brasco<br />

The Untouchables<br />

C4 12.05am-2.05am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1987<br />

4★<br />

Prohibition-era crimebuster Eliot<br />

Ness and notorious gangster Ā<br />

Capone never met Āreal life, but<br />

this stylish thriller isn’ Āabout Āl Ā<br />

facts get Āthe way Ā Āgripping<br />

tale. Squeaky-clean agent Ness<br />

(Kevin Costner) Āhunting down<br />

Chicago kingpin Capone (Robert<br />

Ā Niro), aided Ā his team Ā<br />

mavericks. Stealing the movie<br />

ĀOscar-winning Sean Connery,<br />

Āpictur Ā Ācharisma and brawn<br />

Ā uncompromising Irish cop<br />

Jim Malone. Also starring Andy<br />

Garcia. US/Dir Brian Ā Palma<br />

Escape From New York<br />

Film4 1.55am-4.00am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1981<br />

4★<br />

GREAT! movies 9.00pm-11.35pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 18 ■ 1997<br />

Up-and-coming mobster Donnie<br />

Brasco (Johnny Depp) Āguided<br />

Āthe ways Āthe Mafia Ā dying<br />

small-time hood Lefty Ruggier Ā<br />

(Al Pacino). What the latter doesn’t<br />

realise, though, Āthat his protégé<br />

Āactually Ā undercover FBI<br />

agent… This gangster flick with<br />

Āheart Ā Ārichly atmospheric<br />

exploration Āthe natur Ā Āloyalty<br />

and friendship, and featur Ā<br />

terrific performances fr Ā its<br />

charismatic leads. With Michael<br />

Madsen, Anne Heche and Bruno<br />

Kirby ĀUS/Dir Mike Newell<br />

4★<br />

Hit the rewind button Ā this cult<br />

‘futuristic’ thriller Āset Āthe yea Ā<br />

1997. Society has fallen apart and<br />

Manhattan Ānow one vast prison.<br />

Things Ā pear-shaped when the<br />

Ā President (Donald Pleasence)<br />

crash-lands behind the walls and<br />

Ātaken hostage Ā the inmates.<br />

Enter eyepatch-wearing antiher Ā<br />

Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) Ā<br />

save the day ĀThis dynamic action<br />

flick fr Ā director John Carpenter<br />

Āsilly but massively entertaining.<br />

With Ernest Borgnine and Lee V Ā<br />

Cleef. UK-US/Dir John Carpenter<br />

How To Train<br />

Your Dragon:<br />

The Hidden World<br />

BBC1 1.45pm<br />

TVguide 37<br />

Total


Films Freeview<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

28 December<br />

The Third Man<br />

BBC2 9.35am-11.15am<br />

■ Thriller ■ PG ■ 1949<br />

Wallace And Gromit<br />

In The Curse…<br />

BBC1 11.40am-1.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2005<br />

5★<br />

Āthis all-time great, Joseph<br />

Cotten stars Ā Holly Martins, Ā<br />

American pulp writer who arrives<br />

Āpost-war Vienna looking for his<br />

shady pal Harry Lime. Āappears<br />

that his old friend Ādead Ā<br />

although that doesn’ Āseem Ā<br />

satisfy the curiosity Āmilitary cop<br />

Major Calloway (Trevor Howard).<br />

Alida Valli co-stars Ā Harry’ Ā<br />

alluring mistress, while Orson<br />

Welles manages Āsteal the movie<br />

Ā Ābrief appearance. And there’ Ā<br />

that memorable zither scor Ā Ā<br />

savour… UK/Dir Carol Reed<br />

5★<br />

…Of The Were-Rabbit<br />

Āmonstrous, rampaging rabbit<br />

Ā Ā the loose and chomping its<br />

way through the entries for the<br />

local Giant Vegetable competition.<br />

But fear not Ā cheese-loving<br />

inventor Wallace (voiced Ā Peter<br />

Sallis) and his canine sidekick<br />

Gromit ar Ā Ā the case. This Ā<br />

crammed with fantastic jokes,<br />

wacky slapstick and, best Āall,<br />

those wonderful, lovingly moulded<br />

clay characters. Also with the<br />

voice ĀHelena Bonham Carter Ā<br />

UK-US/Dirs Steve Box, Nick Park<br />

The Secret Garden<br />

★★★<br />

C5 11.45am-2.10pm<br />

■ Family ■ U ■ 1993<br />

Āthis, the umpteenth version<br />

ĀFrances Hodgson Burnett’ Ā<br />

classic children’ Ānovel, proper<br />

little madam Mary (Kate Maberly)<br />

and kindly servant’ Āboy Dickon<br />

(the excellent Andr Ā Knott)<br />

restor Ā Āhidden walled garden,<br />

hoping Ābring Ālittle light into<br />

the life ĀMary’ Āsickly cousin<br />

(Heydon Prowse). It’ Ā Ādelightful,<br />

old-fashioned tale, which featur Ā<br />

Āsplendid performance fr Ā<br />

Maggie Smith Ā scheming<br />

housekeeper Mrs Medlock.<br />

US-UK/Dir Agnieszka Holland<br />

South Pacific<br />

BBC2 1.30pm-3.55pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1958<br />

Moana<br />

BBC1 3.50pm<br />

Ā the Yanks battle the Japanese Dracula (voiced Ā Adam Sandler)<br />

during World W ĀII, Ānurse (Mitzi runs Āholiday resort wher Āthe<br />

Gaynor) finds love with Āwidower likes ĀFrankenstein’ Āmonster<br />

(Rossano Brazzi) Ā Ā idyllic can get away for Āwell-earned<br />

island amid the coral reefs. This break fr Ā the scariest beast Ā<br />

Rodgers ĀHammerstein musical all Ā mankind. Drac’ Āshelter Ā<br />

Ācrammed with classic songs daughter Mavis Āapproaching<br />

Ā including Some Enchanted her 118th birthday and he’ Ā<br />

Evening ĀHappy Talk ĀI’m Gonna terrified Āwhat might happen<br />

Wash That Man Right Outa My Āshe flies the nest. But then<br />

Hair and There Is Nothing Like A Āyoung backpacker (Andy<br />

Dame Ā and spectacular scenery Ā Samber Āstumbles into their<br />

which combine Āgive the film midst… Ther Āar Āsome good<br />

Ā enduring appeal. With Ray visual gags Āthis cheery cartoon<br />

Walston. US/Dir Joshua Logan tale. US/Dir Genndy Tartakovsky<br />

Come Away<br />

The Man In The<br />

Iron Mask<br />

C5 2.10pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 1998<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

GREAT! movies 2.00pm-3.55pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 2020<br />

Alice In Wonderland collides with<br />

Peter Pan Āthis fanciful origin<br />

story ĀHer ĀAlice and Peter ar Ā<br />

the offspring ĀRose and Jack<br />

Littleton (Angelina Jolie and David<br />

Oyelowo). When tragedy strikes<br />

the family Āthe childr Ā retreat into<br />

their own imaginary worlds. It’ Ā<br />

dazzling, yet its air Āromantic<br />

gloom might not appeal Āthe kids<br />

it’ Āaimed at. Keira Chansa, Jordan<br />

ĀNash, Michael Caine, Gugu<br />

Mbatha-Raw and Anna Chancellor<br />

ar Āalso among the first-rate<br />

cast. UK/Dir Brenda Chapman<br />

★★★<br />

It’ Āfrilly sleeves and swordfights<br />

all the way Ā Leonar Ā DiCaprio<br />

stars Āthe fourth adaptation Ā<br />

Alexandr ĀDumas’ classic tale.<br />

This Ā Āright rollicking romp,<br />

too. Leo plays both the tyrannical<br />

French King Louis XIV and his<br />

twin brother Phillipe, who has<br />

been languishing Ā Ādungeon<br />

for years until D’Artagnan (Gabriel<br />

Byrne) and his ageing cronies<br />

(Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich<br />

and Gérar ĀDepardieu) come<br />

swashbuckling Āhis rescue.<br />

US-France/Dir Randall Wallace<br />

Finding Dory<br />

BBC1 2.20pm-3.50pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2016<br />

Forgetful fish Dory Āback Āthis<br />

superb sequel Ā2003’ ĀFinding<br />

Nemo ĀThis time, the blue tang<br />

(voiced Ā Ellen DeGeneres) sets<br />

out Āfind her parents, which<br />

Ā Ā easy task when she can’ Ā<br />

remember anything much about<br />

them. So, she enlists the help<br />

Āher pal Marlin the clownfish<br />

(Albert Brooks) and his son Nemo.<br />

While Ādoesn’ Āquite have the<br />

narrative drive Āits predecessor Ā<br />

this does have pathos, humour<br />

and wondrous animation. US/Dirs<br />

Andrew Stanton ĀAngus MacLane<br />

Hotel Transylvania<br />

★★★<br />

ITV1 2.45pm-4.30pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2012<br />

Moana<br />

BBC1 3.50pm-5.30pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2016<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Disney’ Ābright-and-breezy<br />

animated adventur Ā Āset Ā Ā<br />

island Āancient Polynesia, wher Ā<br />

the chief’ Āplucky daughter Moana<br />

(voiced Ā Auli’i Cravalho) sets out<br />

across the Pacific Ālift Ācurse<br />

that’ Āblighting the fishermen Ā<br />

her village. She’ Āaccompanied Ā<br />

dim-witted chicken Heihei (Alan<br />

Tudyk) and egotistical demigod<br />

Maui (Dwayne Johnson). The<br />

artwork Āstunning, the songs ar Ā<br />

infectious and the cast Āsuperb.<br />

US/Dirs Ron Clements, Don Hall,<br />

John Musker ĀChris Williams<br />

The Mask Of Zorro<br />

C5 4.15pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1998<br />

Jumanji: Welcome<br />

To The Jungle ★★★<br />

C4 6.50pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2017<br />

Die Hard 2<br />

ITV1 10.15pm-12.20am<br />

■ Action ■ 18 ■ 1990<br />

4★<br />

Ā19th-century California, ageing<br />

vigilante Zorr Ā(Anthony Hopkins)<br />

decides it’ Ātime Āhang Ā his<br />

cape and pass Ā the mantle Ā<br />

the handsome Alejandr Ā(Antonio<br />

Banderas). Soon, the latter Ā<br />

slashing the letter ‘Z’ into people’s<br />

clothing, just like his mentor once<br />

did. Catherine Zeta-Jones tur Ā<br />

Ā Ā the fesist Elena, Zorro’ Ā<br />

long-lost daughter and Alejandro’ Ā<br />

potential love interest. It’ Ā Ālivel Ā<br />

swashbuckler and everyone looks<br />

like they had great fun making it.<br />

US/Dir Martin Campbell<br />

This reboot Ā1995’ ĀJumanji<br />

Āfurther entry came out Ā2019,<br />

and another Ā Ādevelopment)<br />

upgrades the original’ Āmagical<br />

jungle-based boar Āgame Āits<br />

video equivalent. Four teens Ā<br />

detention start playing and ar Ā<br />

sucked into Āworld wher Āthey<br />

assume digital avatars (Dwayne<br />

Johnson, Kar Ā Gillan, Kevin<br />

Hart and Jack Black) and must<br />

negotiate all sorts Āperils. The<br />

sparky cast brings plenty Ā<br />

infectious fun Āthis pleasingly<br />

daft jaunt. US/Dir Jake Kasdan<br />

4★<br />

Bruce Willis puts Ā the grubby<br />

white vest for the second time<br />

Ā maverick cop John McClane.<br />

Her Āhe’ Ā Āthe airport waiting for<br />

his missus (Bonnie Bedelia) when<br />

terrorists take control, shutting the<br />

runways down and blowing things<br />

up. Can McClane kill the bad guys<br />

and save the day Ābefor Āhis wife’ Ā<br />

plane runs out Āfuel? Nonstop<br />

action and Willis Āprime gung-ho,<br />

wisecracking form make this one<br />

Āsavour Āeven Ā Ā Ādesperately<br />

lacking Ā Alan Rickman-quality<br />

villain. US/Dir Renny Harlin<br />

Pirates Of The<br />

Caribbean: Salazar’s<br />

Revenge BBC1 10.30pm<br />

Pirates Of The<br />

Caribbean…<br />

BBC1 10.30pm-12.30am<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2017<br />

★★★<br />

…Salazar’s Revenge<br />

• Not Scotland<br />

The fifth Āthe franchise, the bes Ā<br />

since The Curse Of The Black<br />

Pearl, recaptur Ā some Āthe<br />

wit and wackiness Āthe original.<br />

Johnny Depp hams Ā Ā yet again<br />

Ā the swaggering Captain Jack<br />

Sparrow Āwho Āscouring the<br />

seas for the Trident ĀPoseidon,<br />

pursued Ā Āghostly pirate Ā the<br />

name of Salazar (Javier Bardem).<br />

Brenton Thwaites and Orlando<br />

Bloom also star ĀUS/Dirs Joachim<br />

Rønning, Espen Sandberg<br />

Heat<br />

BBC2 10.30pm-1.15am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1995<br />

Āmaster criminal (Robert Ā Nir Ā<br />

wants Āpull of Ā‘one last job’<br />

befor Āretirement Ā and Ā<br />

obsessive cop (Al Pacino) Ā<br />

determined Āstop him. Director<br />

Michael Mann’ Ācrime thriller Ā<br />

stylish, intelligent, thoroughly<br />

engrossing and has the added<br />

bonus Ā Āface-of Ābetween the<br />

two finest screen actors Ātheir<br />

generation. The scene Āwhich<br />

the two men meet, Āconversation<br />

Ā Ādiner Ā Āelectrifying. With Val<br />

Kilmer ĀJon Voight and Ashley<br />

Judd. US/Dir Michael Mann<br />

Carrie<br />

Film4 1.50am-4.00am<br />

■ Horror ■ 18 ■ 1976<br />

Rosemary’s Baby<br />

C4 1.50am-4.10am<br />

■ Horror ■ 18 ■ 1968<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Along with The Exorcist ĀThe Omen<br />

and Halloween Āthis adaptation<br />

of Stephen King’ Ānovel Āamong<br />

the mor Āmemorable movies Āthe<br />

1970s horr Āboom. Shy Ārepressed<br />

schoolgirl Carrie (Sissy Spacek)<br />

Ātaunted Ā her classmates and<br />

tormented Ā her religious maniac<br />

Ā Āmother (Piper Laurie). But<br />

Carrie Ādeveloping psychic<br />

powers and, Ā Ātruly shocking<br />

climax, exacts Āterrible revenge.<br />

Look out for Āpre-Saturday Night<br />

Fever John Travolta Ā one Āthe<br />

bullies. US/Dir Brian Ā Palma<br />

5★<br />

Director Roman Polanski’ Āhorr Ā<br />

has spawned Āhost Āimitations,<br />

but none lives Ā Āthis classic.<br />

Fragile Rosemary (Mia Farrow)<br />

and her husband Guy (John<br />

Cassavetes) move into Āgothic<br />

New York apartment block and are<br />

quickly befriended Ā their elderly<br />

neighbours, the Castevets (Ruth<br />

Gordon and Sidney Blackmer). But<br />

Rosemary Āspooked Ā Āfew<br />

strange incidents Ā and then falls<br />

pregnant Ābizarr Ācircumstances.<br />

It’ Ādeeply sinister and impeccably<br />

made. US/Dir Roman Polanski<br />

Total<br />

38 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guideFreeview<br />

THURSDAY<br />

29 December<br />

Ever After:<br />

A Cinderella Story ★★★<br />

C5 8.55am-11.20am<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 1998<br />

Dr Ā Barrymor Āplays the title<br />

character Āthis refreshing<br />

reworking Āthe fairy tale, set<br />

ĀRenaissance Europe. Her Ā<br />

somewhat anachronistically Ā<br />

Cinderella Ā Āsort Āprototype<br />

feminist. Dougray Scott plays her<br />

Prince Charming and Angelica<br />

Huston Āher wicked stepmother Ā<br />

Perhaps Barrymor Ā Ātoo much<br />

the sassy 20th-century Californian<br />

Āpull of Āthe role ĀCinders, but<br />

she gives ĀĀgood old bash. Also<br />

with Jeroen Krabbé and Jeanne<br />

Moreau. US/Dir Andy Tennant<br />

You’ve Got Mail<br />

C5 11.20am-1.45pm<br />

■ Romcom ■ PG ■ 1998<br />

★★★<br />

This sweetly charming movie Ā<br />

Ā update Āthe James Stewart<br />

classic The Shop Around The<br />

Corner ĀKathleen (Meg Ryan) runs<br />

Āsmall children’ Ābookshop which<br />

Āthreatened Ā Ānearby big<br />

discount operation run Ā Joe<br />

(T Ā Hanks). Naturally Āthe pair<br />

ar Ā Āloggerheads Ā and<br />

blissfully unawar Āthat they’ve<br />

been romancing each other Ā<br />

email. Ā course, it’ Āonly Āmatter<br />

Ātime befor Āthey realise the<br />

truth behind their secr Āonline<br />

identities. US/Dir Nora Ephron<br />

Cars 3<br />

Jerry Maguire<br />

C4 12.05am<br />

BBC1 11.25am-1.00pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2017<br />

Cast Away<br />

C5 1.45pm-4.35pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 2000<br />

★★★<br />

Having been usurped Ā the zippy<br />

Jackson Storm (voiced Ā Armie<br />

Hammer), stock-car champion<br />

Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson)<br />

must face the fact that he’ Āno<br />

longer the fastest set Āwheels<br />

on the track. After Āterrible cras Ā<br />

Lightning embarks Ā Āquest Ā<br />

regain his mojo and finds Ā Ā Ā<br />

unexpected quarter ĀThis second<br />

sequel isn’ Āvintage Pixar Ā any<br />

means, and Ālacks the poetry<br />

Āsuch all-time greats Ā Toy<br />

Story, but it’ Āstill pacy Ācolourful<br />

entertainment. US/Dir Brian Fee<br />

4★<br />

Director Robert Zemeckis’<br />

modern-day take Ā Robinson<br />

Crusoe Ā Ā intelligent and<br />

moving look Āloneliness and the<br />

passage Ātime. T Ā Hanks stars<br />

Ā FedEx troubleshooter Chuck<br />

Noland, who promises his fiancée<br />

Kelly (Helen Hunt) that he’ll Ā<br />

home Ātime for Christmas. But,<br />

after his plane crashes Āsea,<br />

Chuck Āstranded Ā Ādesert<br />

island with only his wits and Ā<br />

assortment Āsoggy parcels,<br />

including Āvolleyball, Ākeep him<br />

alive. US/Dir Robert Zemeckis<br />

Zootropolis<br />

BBC1 1.55pm-3.35pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2016<br />

• Wales 1.30pm-3.10pm<br />

Ā Āworld wher Āall sorts Ācute<br />

(and not Ā cute) talking animals<br />

happily (and not Ā happily)<br />

co-exist, rural rabbit Judy Hopps<br />

(voiced Ā Ginnifer Goodwin)<br />

dreams Ābecoming Ābig-city<br />

cop. And she gets her chance<br />

when she and wily Āsmart-talking<br />

fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman)<br />

try Ācrack open Ācriminal<br />

conspiracy ĀDisney’ Āinventive and<br />

amusing tale will enthral viewers<br />

Āall ages. US/Dirs Byron<br />

Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush<br />

Evil Under The Sun<br />

★★★<br />

BBC2 2.25pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Mystery ■ PG ■ 1982<br />

Peter Ustinov’ Āsecond case Ā<br />

Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’ Ā<br />

pompous Belgian sleuth, Āset Ā<br />

Ā exclusive island resort, wher Ā<br />

Āspiteful actress (Diana Rigg)<br />

meets Āsticky end. Ā usual,<br />

everyone Āthe vicinity had pretty<br />

good reasons for wanting Ā Ā<br />

her in, and Poirot’ Ālittle gr Ā cells<br />

ar Ātaxed Āthe limit. It’ Ā Āspiffing<br />

mystery and Ustinov’ Āsparkling<br />

performance makes for Āvery<br />

entertaining affair ĀWith Maggie<br />

Smith, James Mason and Jane<br />

Birkin. UK/Dir Guy Hamilton<br />

Hotel Transylvania 2<br />

★★★<br />

ITV1 2.45pm-4.30pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2015<br />

Āthe haunted hotel for horrific<br />

holidaymakers, mortal Jonathan<br />

(voiced Ā Andy Samber Āgets<br />

married ĀDracula’ Ādaughter<br />

Mavis (Selena Gomez), and the<br />

happy couple have Āhalf-human<br />

son. But his grandpa, Dracula<br />

(Adam Sandler), Āeager Āsee<br />

the little monster’ Āvampir Āside<br />

dominate… The humour lacks<br />

bite, although this amiable<br />

animation Ātoothsome enough.<br />

With the voices ĀSteve Buscemi,<br />

Kevin James and Fran Drescher Ā<br />

US/Dir Genndy Tartakovsky<br />

The BFG<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 3.35pm-5.25pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 2016r<br />

• Wales 3.10pm-5.00pm<br />

The much-loved family fable Ā<br />

Roald Dahl gets the full Spielber Ā<br />

treatment her ĀSophie (Ruby<br />

Barnhill) Āterrified Āfirst when<br />

she encounters the 24ft-tall<br />

character Āthe title (played Ā<br />

ĀCGI-enhanced Mark Rylance).<br />

But BFG stands for Big Friendly<br />

Giant, Āgentle soul who doesn’ Ā<br />

eat children… unlike his nasty<br />

fellow behemoths. The special<br />

effects ar Āfabulous and Rylance<br />

Ābrilliant. With Penelope Wilton.<br />

US-India/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

Death On The Nile<br />

★★★<br />

BBC2 4.15pm-6.30pm<br />

■ Mystery ■ PG ■ 1978<br />

Ā all-star parade hams Ā Ā Ā<br />

the hilt Āthis lavish adaptation<br />

Āthe Agatha Christie whodunnit,<br />

which Ā Ā watchable Ā the<br />

recent Kenneth Branagh version.<br />

Made befor ĀEvil Under The Sun Ā<br />

this marks Peter Ustinov’ Ādebut<br />

Ā dapper Belgian sleuth Hercule<br />

Poirot, who just happens Ā Ā Ā<br />

Āsteamer chugging down the Nile<br />

when there’ Ā Āmurder Ā boar Ā<br />

Naturally Āthere’ Ā Āboatload Ā<br />

suspects, including Maggie Smith,<br />

David Niven, Bette Davis and Mia<br />

Farrow ĀUK/Dir John Guillermin<br />

The Terminal<br />

★★★<br />

C5 4.35pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2004<br />

ĀSteven Spielberg’ Āamusing<br />

shaggy-dog story ĀT Ā Hanks<br />

stars Ā Viktor Navorski, Ācitizen<br />

Ā Āfictional Easter ĀEuropean<br />

state who arrives ĀJFK airport<br />

only Ādiscover that, owing Ā<br />

Ācoup, his homeland Ā longer<br />

exists. With nowher Āelse Āgo,<br />

Viktor Āforced Ālive Āthe<br />

terminal building, Ālabyrinthine<br />

limbo with Ābustling ethnic<br />

community ĀIncredibly Āthis was<br />

inspir Ā Ā Āreal-life case. With<br />

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley<br />

Tucci. US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

Instant Family<br />

4★<br />

Film4 6.45pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2018<br />

Mark Wahlber Āand Rose Byr Ā<br />

star Āthis warm and fuzzy yar Ā<br />

playing childless couple Pete and<br />

Ellie Wagner Āwho decide Āfoster<br />

Ātrio ĀHispanic siblings. The<br />

childr Ā tur Āout Ā Ā Ābigger<br />

handful than the Wagners could<br />

ever have imagined, but they<br />

gradually establish Ābond. It’ Ā<br />

Āwinsome and touchy-feely film<br />

about the ups and downs Ā<br />

family life, which manages Ā<br />

tickle your funnybone without<br />

having Āresort Ācartoonish<br />

situations. US/Dir Sean Anders<br />

Bad Boys For Life<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.25pm<br />

■ Action ■ 15 ■ 2020<br />

★★★<br />

The thir Ā Āthe intermittent series<br />

(the first was Ā1995) has cops<br />

Lowr Ā and Burnett (Will Smith<br />

and Martin Lawrence) back Ā the<br />

mean streets ĀMiami. This time<br />

they must come Āterms with their<br />

advancing years Ā they take on<br />

Āruthless mother-and-son drugs<br />

cartel. The plot Āneither her Ānor<br />

ther Ā Ā this Āall about the<br />

rapport between the two stars.<br />

Also stars Jacob Scipio, Vanessa<br />

Hudgens, Kate del Castillo and<br />

Paola Nuñez. US-Mexico/Dirs<br />

Adil ĀArbi, Bilall Fallah<br />

Unstoppable<br />

ITV1 10.45pm-12.25am<br />

■ Action ■ 12 ■ 2010<br />

Desperately<br />

Seeking Susan<br />

BBC2 10.55pm-12.35am<br />

■ Caper ■ 15 ■ 1985<br />

★★★<br />

No-nonsense thrills ar Āthe name<br />

Āthe game Āthis suspense<br />

flick. Ārunaway train loaded with<br />

flammable chemicals Āheading<br />

for ĀPennsylvania town Ā70mph.<br />

Ther Ā Ānasty bend awaits that<br />

will surely mean derailment. Trying<br />

Āstop the whole thing fr Ā going<br />

‘kaboom!’ ar Āveteran engine<br />

driver Frank Barnes (Denzel<br />

Washington) and rookie conductor<br />

Will (Chris Pine). The excitement<br />

mounts Ā the locomotive gains<br />

momentum. Also starring Rosario<br />

Dawson. US/Dir Tony Scott<br />

★★★<br />

Madonna stars Ā girl-about-town<br />

Susan, whose life gets tangled Ā<br />

with that Ādopey housewife<br />

Roberta (Rosanna Arquette, Āher<br />

breakthrough role). All kinds Ā<br />

comic complications ensue, with<br />

arty type Dez (Aidan Quinn) also<br />

managing Āget himself involved<br />

Āthe high jinks. This entertaining,<br />

Ādated, feminist caper was The<br />

Queen ĀPop’ Āfirst real movie role<br />

and Āremains her best Ā Āal Ā<br />

went downhill fr Ā her ĀMadonna:<br />

Truth Or Dare follows afterwards.<br />

US/Dir Susan Seidelman<br />

The Others<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 11.00pm-12.45am<br />

■ Horror ■ 12 ■ 2001<br />

• Scotland & Wales 11.30pm-1.15am<br />

Holed Ā Ā Ācreepy house Ā<br />

Jersey during World W ĀII, Grace<br />

(Nicole Kidman) awaits news Ā<br />

her missing husband. The house<br />

Ā Ā kept Ādarkness because<br />

Āher two children’ Āaller Ā Ā<br />

sunlight and the servants (the<br />

fantastic Fionnula Flanagan and<br />

Eric Sykes) ar Ā Āweir Ābunch.<br />

And then, things start going bump<br />

Āthe night… Kidman Āgreat Ā<br />

this splendidly old-fashioned<br />

spooky tale. US-France-Spain/<br />

Dir Alejandro Amenabar<br />

Jerry Maguire<br />

4★<br />

C4 12.05am-2.25am<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 15 ■ 1996<br />

Successful sports agent Jerry<br />

(T Ā Cruise) has Āsudden attack<br />

Āidealism, which results Āhim<br />

losing his job. Ā Ā has Āset up<br />

Ā his own, with only devoted P Ā<br />

Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) and<br />

her cute little boy for support. His<br />

sole client Ā Ācharismatic but<br />

self-centr Ā Ā footballer Rod<br />

Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr, wh Ā<br />

won Ā Academy Awar Āfor his<br />

performance). Somehow Āthis<br />

festival Āschmaltz manages Ā<br />

get away with the worst Āits<br />

excesses ĀUS/Dir Cameron Crowe<br />

TVguide 39<br />

Total


Films Freeview<br />

FRIDAY<br />

30 December<br />

Ben-Hur<br />

C5 8.45am-1.00pm<br />

■ Epic ■ PG ■ 1959<br />

Still the best historical epic ever Ā<br />

this tale Ārebellion Āancient<br />

Rome stars Charlton Heston Ā<br />

the lead role. ĀJerusalem,<br />

Jewish prince Ben-Hur clashes<br />

with commanding officer Messala<br />

(Stephen Boyd) because the<br />

prince refuses Āinform Ā Jews<br />

hostile Āthe Roman regime.<br />

Messala frames his former friend<br />

for Ā assassination attempt and<br />

sentences him Ālife Ā Āslave.<br />

Highlights include Āstunning sea<br />

battle and the ferocious, iconic<br />

chariot race. US/Dir William Wyler<br />

Kung Fu Panda 3<br />

BBC1 11.15am-12.35pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2016<br />

★★★<br />

Āwas always going Ā Ā har Ā Ā<br />

maintain the high standar Ā set<br />

Ā the first two films, and the thir Ā<br />

adventur Āisn’ Āquite Āthe same<br />

league. There’ Āstill plenty Ā<br />

enjoyment Ā Ā had, though, Ā<br />

pudgy panda Ā (voiced Ā Jack<br />

Black) fends of ĀĀmalevolent,<br />

knife-wielding yak demon called<br />

Kai. Ā ever Āit’ Āfull Āmartial-arts<br />

action and slapstick. Voices include<br />

Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman,<br />

Angelina Jolie and Ā Simmons.<br />

China-US/Dirs Alessandro<br />

Carloni, Jennifer Y Ā Nelson<br />

Bend It Like Beckham<br />

★★★<br />

C4 12.30pm-2.40pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2002<br />

Jess (Parminder Nagra) year Ā<br />

Ā Ā Āfootball star Ājust like<br />

her her ĀDavid Beckham. But<br />

her parents, who ar Āstrict Sikhs,<br />

disapprove. They want Jess Ā<br />

settle down and marry Āsuitable<br />

young man, Ā they certainly<br />

wouldn’ Ālike the idea Āher<br />

knocking around with soulful-eyed<br />

football coach Joe (Jonathan Rhys<br />

Meyers). Keira Knightley ĀShaznay<br />

Lewis, Juliet Stevenson and<br />

Archie Panjabi also tur Āout for<br />

this effervescent British feel-good<br />

flick. UK/Dir Gurinder Chadha<br />

Superman<br />

C5 1.00pm-3.55pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1978<br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

Christopher Reeve was plucked<br />

fr Ā obscurity Āplay the titular<br />

comic-book her Ā Āthis splendid<br />

adventur Ā Āboy fr Ā Ādoomed<br />

planet Āsaved Ā his parents and<br />

sent ĀEarth, wher Ā Ā comes Ā<br />

realise that Ā has extraordinary<br />

powers. Reeve Āwonderful Ā<br />

both the beefcake her Āand his<br />

awkwar Āalter ego, newspaper<br />

reporter Clark Kent, while the<br />

special effects still look great more<br />

than four decades on. With Margot<br />

Kidder ĀGene Hackman and Marlon<br />

Brando. US/Dir Richard Donner<br />

Witness For The<br />

Prosecution<br />

BBC2 2.30pm-4.25pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1957<br />

Maleficent<br />

BBC1 3.50pm-5.20pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ PG ■ 2014<br />

Where Eagles Dare<br />

C5 3.55pm-7.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1968<br />

4★<br />

Did dark and possibly dangerous<br />

Leonar ĀVole (Tyrone Power)<br />

murder his mistress? And does<br />

his smouldering wife (Marlene<br />

Dietrich) hold the key Āthe<br />

mystery? Wily Ā Wilfrid Robarts<br />

(Charles Laughton) aims Āfind<br />

out, Ā Ā can just get his nurse<br />

(Elsa Lanchester) of Āhis back<br />

for five minutes… Director Billy<br />

Wilder’ Ātantalising and twisting<br />

courtroom drama, Āfine adaptation<br />

ĀAgatha Christie’ Āstage play Ā<br />

gather Ā Ācaseload ĀOscar<br />

nominations. US/Dir Billy Wilder<br />

★★★<br />

Angelina Jolie and her razor-sharp<br />

cheekbones ar Āperfectly suited<br />

Āthis reimagining ĀSleeping<br />

Beauty ĀThe narrative unfolds from<br />

the perspective Ācold-hearted<br />

fairy Maleficent (Jolie), who casts<br />

Āsoporific spell Ā the young<br />

Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning). But<br />

Maleficent isn’ Āquite Ā wicked as<br />

she looks… It’ Āvisually beguiling,<br />

with surprises aplenty Ā the<br />

makers play with the familiar story.<br />

Also starring Juno Temple, Imelda<br />

Staunton and Lesley Manville.<br />

US-UK/Dir Robert Stromberg<br />

4★<br />

This terrific adaptation ĀAlistair<br />

MacLean’ ĀWorld W Ā Āthriller<br />

has Richar ĀBurton and Clint<br />

Eastwood swooping into ĀNazi<br />

castle ĀAustria, Ā Āmission Ā<br />

rescue Ā American officer who<br />

knows the details Āthe upcoming<br />

D-Day landings. It’ Ā Āreal ripping<br />

yar Āloaded with twists, and the<br />

action Ā including explosions,<br />

cable-car fir Ā and parachute<br />

jumps Ā never lets up. Also<br />

starring Mary Ur ĀPatrick Wymark,<br />

Michael Horder Āand Donald<br />

Houston. UK/Dir Brian ĀHutton<br />

Murder On The<br />

Orient Express<br />

BBC2 4.25pm-6.30pm<br />

■ Mystery ■ PG ■ 1974<br />

Sonic The<br />

Hedgehog<br />

C4 4.45pm<br />

4★<br />

When Āgangster Āmurder Ā Ā<br />

the famous train, smug Belgian<br />

sleuth Hercule Poir Ā(Albert<br />

Finney) needs his ‘little gr Ā cells’<br />

Āpick his pompous way through<br />

Ācarriage-load Āsuspects. This<br />

excellent screen version ĀAgatha<br />

Christie’ Āclassic whodunnit has<br />

Āwonderful scor Ā Ā Richar Ā<br />

Rodney Bennett and Āsplendid<br />

big-name cast. Those Āthe frame<br />

include Sean Connery ĀVanessa<br />

Redgrave, Ingrid Bergman, John<br />

Gielgud, Michael York and Laur Ā<br />

Bacall. UK/Dir Sidney Lumet<br />

Sonic The Hedgehog<br />

★★★<br />

C4 4.45pm-6.30pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 2020<br />

The superfast blue critter Ā1990s<br />

video games Ācast Ā Ā alien<br />

fugitive (voiced Ā Ben Schwartz)<br />

hiding out Ārural Montana. When<br />

Ā causes Āhuge blackout, the<br />

government sends dastardly<br />

boffin Ā Robotnik (Jim Carrey) Ā<br />

investigate, while Sonic teams Ā<br />

with Āfriendly local sherif Ā(James<br />

Marsden). Ā the cartoonish<br />

villain, Carr Ā Āthe best thing Ā<br />

this slightly pedestrian adventur Ā<br />

merrily revisiting past glories Ā the<br />

go-to for rubber-faced wackiness.<br />

US-Japan-Canada/Dir Jeff Fowler<br />

Eddie The Eagle<br />

Raiders Of<br />

The Lost Ark<br />

C4 8.00pm-10.15pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1981<br />

Spectre<br />

ITV1 8.00pm-10.40pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2015<br />

★★★<br />

Film4 6.55pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ PG ■ 2016<br />

There’ Ā Āfar mor Āinteresting<br />

story struggling Āemer Ā fr Ā<br />

this lively but formulaic feel-good<br />

flick, which Āinspir Ā Ā the true<br />

tale Āperennial underdog Eddie<br />

‘The Eagle’ Edwards. When the<br />

bespectacled and distinctly<br />

unathletic Eddie (Tar Ā Egerton)<br />

becomes the first ever ski jumper<br />

Ārepresent Britain Āthe Winter<br />

Olympics, his pluck and character<br />

charm the world. Hugh Jackman<br />

co-stars Ā Eddie’ Āgruf Ā(and<br />

entirely fictitious) coach. UK-US-<br />

Germany/Dir Dexter Fletcher<br />

5★<br />

The best adventur Āmovie ever<br />

made stars Harrison For Ā Ā<br />

dynamic archaeologist Indiana<br />

Jones. After getting into Āfew<br />

scrapes ĀSouth America, Indy<br />

heads ĀNorth Africa, wher Ā Ā<br />

fends of ĀHitler’ Ācronies while<br />

trying Āfind the fabled Ark Ā<br />

the Covenant. It’ Ābreathless,<br />

full-speed excitement with some<br />

amusing comic moments thrown<br />

Āfor good measur Ā Ābelated<br />

fifth outing for Indy ĀThe Dial Of<br />

Destiny Ā Ādue for release Ā2023.<br />

US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

4★<br />

Like all his appearances Ā Bond,<br />

including his fifth and final outing<br />

ĀNo Time To Die ĀDaniel Craig’ Ā<br />

fourth assignment delves deep<br />

into the spy’ Āpsyche. This time,<br />

James must investigate Āsinister<br />

criminal secr Āsociety Ā and the<br />

megalomaniac (Christoph Waltz)<br />

who runs it. Although it’ Ānot quite<br />

Ā satisfying Ā Casino Royale Ā<br />

Skyfall Āthis Āstill Āslick, exciting<br />

yar Āwith the craggy Craig Ā<br />

dynamic Ā ever ĀLéa Seydoux,<br />

Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes<br />

also star ĀUS-UK/Dir Sam Mendes<br />

Spectre<br />

ITV1 8.00pm<br />

My Old School<br />

BBC2 9.00pm-10.45pm<br />

■ Documentary ■ 15 ■ <strong>2022</strong><br />

This partly dramatised, partly<br />

animated documentary<br />

explor Ā Āsensational news story<br />

fr Ā the 1990s. Brandon Lee,<br />

Āsixth former Ā ĀScottish school,<br />

caused Āscandal when the<br />

supposed teen was revealed Ā<br />

Ā Āthirtysomething named Brian<br />

MacKinnon. Unlike his peers,<br />

Brian refused Āappear Ā camera<br />

Ā his wor Ā ar Ālip-synced<br />

instead Ā Alan Cumming Ā and<br />

the conceit Āsurprisingly effective.<br />

With Lulu and Clar ĀGrogan. British<br />

Ā premier ĀUK/Dir Jono McLeod<br />

Bad Times At<br />

The El Royale<br />

Film4 11.10pm-2.00am<br />

■ Mystery ■ 15 ■ 2018<br />

Daddy’s Home 2<br />

C4 11.15pm-1.10am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 12 ■ 2017<br />

The Full Monty<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Although it’ Āappetising stuf Āthis<br />

mystery fails Āmake the most Ā<br />

its ingredients. The year Ā1969<br />

and four disparate characters<br />

conver Ā Ā Ārundown motel Ā<br />

the California-Nevada border ĀThe<br />

place Āteeming with secrets and<br />

nobody Āquite who they seem Ā<br />

Ā Ā Ārecipe for lurid mayhem.<br />

The cast, which includes Jef Ā<br />

Bridges, Chris Hemsworth and Jon<br />

Hamm, Āfantastic and the vibe Ā<br />

Tarantino-tweaks-Twin Peaks Ābut<br />

this Āhip without being hypnotic.<br />

US/Dir Drew Goddard<br />

★★★<br />

Chalk-and-cheese ‘co-dads’<br />

Brad and Dusty (Will Ferrell and<br />

Mark Wahlberg), who set their<br />

differences aside Āthe end Āthe<br />

first film, plan Āblended Christmas<br />

Ā both their families spending the<br />

Yuletide season together ĀThrowing<br />

Āmonkey wrench into the trifle are<br />

the guys’ polar-opposite fathers,<br />

touchy-feely Don (John Lithgow)<br />

and former astronaut Kurt (Mel<br />

Gibson). The casting Āspot-on,<br />

although the comedy veers<br />

fr Ā the cringe-inducing Āthe<br />

mawkish. US/Dir Sean Anders<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 11.30pm-1.00am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 1997<br />

• N Ireland 12.30am-2.00am<br />

Thanks Āits winning combination<br />

Ā Ābleak backdrop, Ābig heart<br />

and some earthy humour Āthis<br />

Britcom was Āhuge hit. It’ Āset Ā<br />

ĀSheffield that Āreeling fr Ā the<br />

decline Āthe steel industry ĀGaz<br />

(Robert Carlyle), Ā unemployed<br />

steelworker Ā Āinspir Ā Ā the<br />

arrival Āthe Chippendales Ā<br />

form his own motley troupe Ā<br />

male strippers. Ā they have the<br />

bottle Ā Ā ‘the full monty’ and<br />

Ā starkers? Also starring T Ā<br />

Wilkinson. UK/Dir Peter Cattaneo<br />

Total<br />

40 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guide Freeview<br />

NEW YEAR’S EVE 31 December<br />

Shadowlands<br />

BBC2 10.15am-12.20pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1993<br />

Prepar Āfor Āgood blub during<br />

this moving true-life tale Āthe<br />

romance between starchy<br />

academic, and author ĀThe Lion,<br />

The Witch And The Wardrobe Ā<br />

Ā Lewis (Anthony Hopkins) and<br />

feisty American poet Joy Gresham<br />

(Debra Winger). Their relationship<br />

evolves slowly: she’ Ā Ābreath Ā<br />

fresh air Āshaking Lewis out Āhis<br />

complacent, donnish lifestyle. But<br />

tragedy enters their lives when Joy<br />

becomes gravely ill. You’d need<br />

Āheart Āstone not Āshed Ātear.<br />

UK/Dir Richard Attenborough<br />

Charlotte’s Web<br />

C4 10.55am-12.50pm<br />

■ Family ■ U ■ 2006<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Āplucky piglet called Wilbur Ā<br />

worried that Ā might end Ā Ā<br />

bacon Ā Christmas. But then Ā<br />

befriends Āspider called Charlotte<br />

(voiced Ā Julia Roberts), who<br />

has Āfew ideas about how Wilbur<br />

might avoid the (pork) chop…<br />

Adults may find this Ābit mawkish<br />

but the animals ar Āadorable,<br />

ther Āar Āone Ātwo good gags<br />

and the blend Ālive action and<br />

computer-generated animation<br />

Āperfectly polished. Also stars<br />

Dakota Fanning and Steve<br />

Buscemi. US/Dir Gary Winick<br />

The Searchers<br />

C5 11.10am-1.45pm<br />

■ Western ■ U ■ 1956<br />

5★<br />

John Wayne stars Ā Ethan<br />

Edwards, Āmysterious former<br />

Confederate soldier who embarks<br />

Ā Āgrim five-year quest Ātrack<br />

down his niece Debbie (Natalie<br />

Wood), who has been abducted<br />

Ā Comanche raiders. Edwar Ā<br />

Ānot your typical Wild West her Ā<br />

Ā Ā Ā Ābitter racist, driven Ā<br />

hatr Ā and revenge, who believes<br />

that Debbie has been tainted Ā<br />

her captors. This powerful piece<br />

ĀJohn Ford’ Āgreatest western<br />

and featur Ā Wayne’ Āfinest<br />

performance. US/Dir John Ford<br />

Local Hero<br />

The Remains<br />

Of The Day<br />

BBC2 1.05pm-3.10pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1993<br />

Coco<br />

Coco<br />

BBC1 1.15pm<br />

BBC1 1.15pm-2.50pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2017<br />

4★<br />

Film4 12.40pm-2.55pm<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ PG ■ 1983<br />

With its beautiful scenery Āgentle<br />

humour and rogues’ gallery Ā<br />

grotesques, there’ Ā Āpleasant<br />

whif Ā ĀWhisky Galore! about this<br />

magical British comedy-drama.<br />

Eccentric Texas oilman Felix<br />

Happer (Burt Lancaster) plans<br />

Ābuild Ārefinery Ā Ā idyllic<br />

Scottish beach. Ā Ā sends his<br />

subordinate Mac (Peter Riegert)<br />

Ānegotiate with the locals and,<br />

contrary Āexpectations, they<br />

can’ Āwait Āget their hands Ā the<br />

cash… With Denis Lawson and<br />

Peter Capaldi. UK/Dir Bill Forsyth<br />

4★<br />

Previously Ā unlikely romantic<br />

pairing in Howards End ĀAnthony<br />

Hopkins and Emma Thompson<br />

wer Āreunited for this absorbing<br />

weepie set Ā1930s England.<br />

Hopkins Ā Ā wonderful form<br />

Ā repressed manservant Stevens,<br />

whose unquestioning loyalty and<br />

servitude Āhis upper-crust boss<br />

comes Āthe cost Āhis own<br />

happiness. Thompson Āthe<br />

extrovert housekeeper who<br />

penetrates his brittle shell. Also<br />

stars Christopher Reeve and<br />

James Fox. UK/Dir James Ivory<br />

4★<br />

ĀMexican youngster Ā the name<br />

ĀMiguel dreams Ābecoming<br />

Āmariachi, against the wishes<br />

and traditions Āhis family Ā Ā<br />

when, guitar Āhand, Miguel Ā<br />

magically whisked of Ā Āthe Land<br />

Āthe Dead, the lad takes the<br />

opportunity Āconfront his own<br />

ancestors Ā Ā attempt Āfind<br />

out the truth about his clan’ Ā<br />

baffling ban Ā musicianship.<br />

Pixar’ Āfinest film since Toy Story 3<br />

Āartful, funny ĀĀvisual feast and<br />

incredibly moving. US/Dirs Lee<br />

Unkrich, Adrian Molina<br />

Zulu<br />

C5 1.45pm-4.35pm<br />

■ Action ■ PG ■ 1964<br />

The film that catapulted Michael<br />

Caine Āstardom Ā Āsmashing,<br />

action-filled yar Āabout 1879’ Ā<br />

Inside Out<br />

BBC1 2.50pm-4.20pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2015<br />

4★<br />

After moving fr Ā the Midwest Ā<br />

San Francisco, tweenager Riley<br />

Āunhappy ĀWithin her head, five<br />

distinct emotions (all delightfully<br />

drawn and personified) guide her<br />

moods and responses. But Riley’ Ā<br />

chief emotion, Joy Āloses contr Ā<br />

Ā Sadness takes over Āwhile Fear Ā<br />

Disgust and Anger make things<br />

even worse. It’ Ā Ābold and brilliant<br />

idea, dazzlingly animated, with<br />

Āscript that Āsmart, witty and<br />

warm. Featuring the voices ĀAmy<br />

Poehler and Bill Hader ĀUS/Dirs<br />

Pete Docter ĀRonnie Del Carmen<br />

Indiana Jones And The<br />

Temple Of Doom<br />

C4 6.40pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1984<br />

The adventurous archaeologist’ Ā<br />

second escapade Āactually<br />

Āprequel, set the year befor Ā<br />

Battle ĀRorke’ ĀDrift. Around ‰ĀĀRaiders… Āhas Indy (Harrison<br />

South Wales Borderers Ā many For Āteaming Ā with nightclub<br />

Āwhom ar Āwounded Ā defend singer Willie (Kate Capshaw) and<br />

Ātiny Natal mission station young assistant Short Round<br />

against thousands Āangry Zulus. (Ke Huy Quan). Together the trio<br />

Ādown-to-earth engineer (Stanley sear Ā for Āmysterious stone<br />

Baker) teams Ā with Āseemingly that’ Ābeen stolen fr Ā Āremote<br />

foppish officer (Caine) Ā the village Āthe foothills Āthe<br />

Brits make their valiant last stand. Himalayas. This perhaps lacks<br />

The tension Āsuperbly handled the sheer magic Āthe first movie Ā<br />

and the battle sequences ar Ā but it’ Āstill Āsparkling adventure.<br />

spectacular ĀUK/Dir Ā Endfield US/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

West Side Story<br />

BBC2 3.10pm-5.35pm<br />

■ Musical ■ PG ■ 1961<br />

4★<br />

The plot ĀShakespeare’ ĀRomeo<br />

And Juliet Ādusted of Āand<br />

shifted fr Ā 16th-century Verona<br />

Ā1950s New York City Āthis<br />

finger-clickin’-good musical<br />

(remade Ā2021). Ā rival street<br />

gangs the Jets and the Sharks plan<br />

Ārumble, Tony (Richar ĀBeymer),<br />

who was Āfounder member Āthe<br />

Jets, and Maria (Natalie Wood),<br />

the sister Āthe Sharks’ leader Ā<br />

fall Ālove. Beymer makes Ālimp<br />

her Ābut the choreography and<br />

the songs ar Ābrilliant. US/Dirs<br />

Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise<br />

Chitty Chitty<br />

Bang Bang<br />

ITV1 3.20pm-6.05pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1968<br />

5★<br />

4★<br />

This lavish musical fantasy Ābased<br />

Ā Ian Fleming’ Āchildren’ Ābook,<br />

stars Dick V Ā Dyke Ā crackpot<br />

Edwardian inventor Caractacus<br />

Potts. Our her Ābuilds Āfabulous<br />

motor car and, along with his<br />

kids, travels Āthe European<br />

principality ĀVulgaria Ārescue<br />

his dad (Lionel Jeffries) fr Ā<br />

Ādastardly baddie. It’ Āwonderful<br />

fun and, like all the best children’ Ā<br />

stories, quite scary Āplaces Ā<br />

not least when Robert Helpmann’ Ā<br />

nightmare-inducing Child Catcher<br />

Ā Ā screen. US/Dir Ken Hughes<br />

Yesterday<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

BBC1 7.20pm-9.10pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ 12 ■ 2019<br />

• Scotland 7.40pm-9.30pm<br />

Aspiring musician Jack (Himesh<br />

Patel) has Ābit Ā ĀSliding Doors<br />

moment when he’ Āhit Ā Ābus.<br />

After recovering, Jack realises<br />

that Ā now lives Ā Ā alternate<br />

universe Āwhich the Beatles<br />

never existed. And Ā he’ Āthe only<br />

person who knows any Āthe Fab<br />

Four’ Āsongs, he’ Āsoon passing<br />

them of Ā Ā his own and hitting<br />

the big time. Ā course, there’ Ā<br />

Āmoral somewher Ā Āthis frippery<br />

fr Ā Danny Boyle and Richar Ā<br />

Curtis. UK-US/Dir Danny Boyle<br />

Stan & Ollie<br />

BBC4 10.40pm-12.15am<br />

■ Drama ■ PG ■ 2018<br />

4★<br />

The casting ĀSteve Coogan and<br />

John ĀReilly Ā comedy legends<br />

Laur Āand Hardy Ā Āthis re-creation<br />

Ātheir 1953 tour ĀBritain, was<br />

inspired. The ageing slapstick<br />

duo attempt Ācomeback Āsmall<br />

venues the length and breadth Ā<br />

the Ā and Ireland. But they must<br />

deal with Āhectic schedule, illness<br />

and their own complex relationship.<br />

The stars’ performances Ā<br />

way beyond impersonation into<br />

something far mor Āpoignant and<br />

profound. With Shirley Henderson.<br />

UK-Canada-US/Dir Jon ĀBaird<br />

Sexy Beast<br />

Film4 11.10pm-12.55am<br />

■ Drama ■ 18 ■ 2000<br />

Alan Partridge:<br />

Alpha Papa<br />

BBC2 1.30am-2.55am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2013<br />

North Norfolk Digital’ Āmid-morning<br />

radio host, the pompous Ā Alan<br />

Partridge (Steve Coogan), finds<br />

himself stuck Āthe middle when<br />

his sacked colleague (Colm<br />

Meaney) holds the station’ Āstaf Ā<br />

hostage. Can Alan become the<br />

unlikely her Ā Āthe hour? Coogan<br />

hits the back Āthe net once<br />

again. His cult anti-her Ā Ā<br />

Āblowhar Āand Āmonster Ā<br />

self-interest Ā and Ā Ā fresh an Ā<br />

vividly funny Ā ever ĀAlso starring<br />

Simon Greenall and Tim Key Ā<br />

UK-France/Dir Declan Lowney<br />

Airplane!<br />

Yesterday<br />

BBC1 7.20pm<br />

C4 2.05am-3.35am<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 1980<br />

4★<br />

Former safecracker ‘Gal’ Dove (Ray<br />

Winstone) Āenjoying retirement on<br />

the Costa del Sol. But Gal’ Āworld<br />

collapses when psychotic har Ā<br />

man Don Logan (Ben Kingsley Āwho<br />

Ā Ā absolute revelation) comes to<br />

visit. Logan’ Āboss (Ian McShane)<br />

has come Ā with Ānifty scheme<br />

and needs Gal’ Āexpertise; the<br />

latter Āunwilling, but Logan isn’ Ā<br />

someone you can easily say Ā<br />

to… The simmering tension Ā<br />

punctuated Ā some snappy<br />

humour ĀWith Amanda Redman.<br />

UK-US/Dir Jonathan Glazer<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

The star-laden disaster flicks Ā<br />

the 1970s, such Ā The Towering<br />

Inferno and, especially Āthe Airport<br />

movies, ar Āmercilessly lampooned<br />

her ĀThe cr Ā Ā Āpassenger<br />

plane comes down with food<br />

poisoning, Ā it’ Ā Ā Ātraumatised<br />

war pilot T Ā Striker (Robert Hays)<br />

Āconquer his fear Āflying, save<br />

everyone Ā boar Āand win back<br />

the affections Āair hostess Elaine<br />

(Julie Hegarty). The gags ar Ā Ā<br />

relentless that you barely notice<br />

the occasional dud. US/Dirs Jim<br />

Abrahams, David ĀJerry Zucker<br />

TVguide 41<br />

Total


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NEW YEAR’S DAY1 January<br />

Early Man<br />

BBC1 10.00am-11.20am<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2018<br />

Aardman Animations’ lovingly<br />

detailed stop-motion yar Āabout<br />

Stone Age soccer Ā Āspirited<br />

lark. When his village Āswallowed<br />

up Ā ĀBronze Age tribe led Ā<br />

the smarmy Lor ĀNooth (voiced<br />

Ā T Ā Hiddleston), Mancunian<br />

caveman Dug (Eddie Redmayne)<br />

challenges their conquerors Ā<br />

Āgame Āfootie. The starry<br />

supporting cast Āvoices includes<br />

Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall,<br />

Johnny Vegas, Richar ĀAyoade,<br />

Rob Brydon and Miriam Margolyes.<br />

UK-US-France/Dir Nick Park<br />

Seven Brides For<br />

Seven Brothers<br />

C5 11.05am-1.15pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1954<br />

4★<br />

This rowdy Āfoot-stomping MGM<br />

musical Āabout Ābunch of<br />

brothers Āthe Oregon mountains<br />

looking for wives. But forget all<br />

about the plot, it’ Āthe spectacular<br />

choreography (especially the<br />

memorable barn-raising number)<br />

and outstanding songs (including<br />

Bless Your Beautiful Hide Āthat<br />

count Āthis bold and brash<br />

production. Howar ĀKeel takes the<br />

lead Ā the eldest brother Āwhile<br />

the supporting cast includes Jane<br />

Powell, Russ Tamblyn and Julie<br />

Newmar ĀUS/Dir Stanley Donen<br />

Spartacus<br />

ITV4 12.35pm-4.20pm<br />

■ Epic ■ PG ■ 1960<br />

4★<br />

5★<br />

Stanley Kubrick’ Āextraordinary<br />

swor Ā ’n’ sandals epic stars Kirk<br />

Douglas Ā Ātrainee gladiator who<br />

Āpushed too far Ā his barbaric<br />

masters. After making his escape,<br />

our her Āraises Ā army Āslaves<br />

Ārevolt against the Roman<br />

Empir ĀThere’ Ālots Āspectacular<br />

action and blood-stirring battles,<br />

and Āfair few moving moments<br />

too, not least the lump-in-the-throat<br />

‘I’m Spartacus’ scene. Also stars<br />

Laurence Olivier ĀJean Simmons,<br />

Tony Curtis and Peter Ustinov Ā<br />

US/Dir Stanley Kubrick<br />

Cinderella<br />

BBC1 1.50pm<br />

Singin’ In The Rain<br />

C5 1.15pm-3.25pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1952<br />

Cinderella<br />

BBC1 1.50pm-3.30pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ U ■ 2015<br />

Disney’ Ālive-action adaptation<br />

Āthe fable, directed Ā luvvie<br />

Kenneth Branagh, featur Ā great<br />

visual wizardry Ātur Āmice into<br />

horses, Āpumpkin into Ācarriage<br />

and Ā on. Lily James stars Ā the<br />

downtrodden girl who Ābullied<br />

Ā her wicked stepmother (Cate<br />

Blanchett), but who then blossoms,<br />

thanks Āher fairy godmother<br />

(Helena Bonham Carter). Āhas<br />

Āliberal sprinkling Āmagic. Also<br />

starring Richar ĀMadden, Stellan<br />

Skarsgår Āand Der Ā Jacobi.<br />

US-UK/Dir Kenneth Branagh<br />

The Bridge On The<br />

River Kwai<br />

C4 1.50pm-5.05pm<br />

■ Drama ■ PG ■ 1957<br />

5★<br />

Gene Kelly stars in, choreographs<br />

and co-directs this dazzling<br />

musical, Ādelightful evocation Ā<br />

Hollywood during the transition<br />

fr Ā silent films Ātalkies. The title<br />

number Ā Āwhich Ājoyful Kelly tap<br />

dances through puddles, Āworth<br />

the price Āadmission Ā itself,<br />

and that’ Ā Ā top Āthe whimsical<br />

script, giddy routines such Ā<br />

Good Morning and Make ’Em<br />

Laugh Ānot Āmention first-class<br />

support fr Ā Debbie Reynolds<br />

and Donald O’Connor ĀUS/Dirs<br />

Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly<br />

4★<br />

5★<br />

Alec Guinness Āmagnificent Ā<br />

this classic PoW drama, playing<br />

Āblinker Ā British Army colonel<br />

who believes that, Ā helping his<br />

Japanese captors Āconstruct<br />

Ārailway bridge, Ā Āfulfilling his<br />

sacr Ā duty Ā Ā officer and Ā<br />

gentleman. Director David Lean’ Ā<br />

war epic received critical acclaim<br />

and won seven Oscars, but Āalso<br />

received Āhostile reaction fr Ā<br />

many survivors Āthe camps.<br />

With William Holden, Sessue<br />

Hayakawa and Jack Hawkins.<br />

UK-US/Dir David Lean<br />

Footloose<br />

C5 3.25pm-5.40pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 1984<br />

★★★<br />

Kevin Bacon stars Ā city boy Ren<br />

Āthis nostalgia fest. Relocated Ā<br />

Āsmall town Āthe Bible Belt, Ā<br />

finds life very dull, mainly because<br />

dancing has been banned Ā Ā<br />

uptight preacher (John Lithgow).<br />

Ā rebellious Ren sets out Āget<br />

the local kids strutting their stuf Ā<br />

again. The soundtrack featur Ā<br />

Holding Out For A Hero ĀLet’s<br />

Hear It For The Boy and Kenny<br />

Loggins’ title track, Āsong that’ Ā<br />

Ā infectious it’ Āearned Āplace<br />

Āthe Ā National Recording<br />

Registry ĀUS/Dir Herbert Ross<br />

Penguins Of<br />

Madagascar<br />

ITV1 3.50pm-5.30pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2014<br />

★★★<br />

This daft animation, Āspin-of Ā<br />

fr Ā the Madagascar movies,<br />

featur Ā penguins Skipper Ā<br />

Kowalski, Rico and Private Ātheir<br />

younger days. The flightless pals<br />

ar Āpitted against Ā octopus<br />

called Dave (voiced Ā John<br />

Malkovich), who has Āgrudge<br />

against their species and wants<br />

Āzap them with his devilish ray<br />

gun. The excellent cast Āvoices<br />

includes T Ā McGrath, Chris<br />

Miller ĀChristopher Knights and<br />

Benedict Cumberbatch. US/Dirs<br />

Eric Darnell, Simon ĀSmith<br />

Mary Poppins Returns<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 4.00pm-6.05pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ U ■ 2018<br />

• Wales 3.30pm-5.30pm<br />

Emily Blunt wields Julie Andrews’<br />

brolly with aplomb Āthis sequel,<br />

which comes Āwhopping Ā<br />

years after the classic original.<br />

The star brings just the right<br />

amount Āstarchiness Āthe<br />

role Āthe enchanting nanny Ā<br />

she visits the Banks children, who<br />

ar Ānow carewor Āadults Āneed<br />

Āsome cheering up. Churls will<br />

cry sacrilege, but this Āvibrant<br />

and inventive with Āmagnificent<br />

cast, including Lin-Manuel<br />

Miranda. US/Dir Rob Marshall<br />

Planet Of The Apes<br />

BBC2 4.45pm-6.30pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ PG ■ 1968<br />

• Not Wales<br />

Charlton Heston stars Āthis<br />

sci-fi classic Ā astronaut Taylor Ā<br />

who crash-lands Ā Ā unknown<br />

planet wher Āintelligent talking<br />

apes rule and have humans Ā<br />

their slaves. Fortunately ĀTaylor<br />

Ātaken Ā Ā Ācouple Āmor Ā<br />

enlightened chimps (wonderfully<br />

played Ā Roddy McDowall and Kim<br />

Hunter). The sharply satirical script<br />

Ābrilliant, the make-up effects are<br />

fantastic and the final scene Āone<br />

Ācinema’ Ālandmark moments.<br />

US/Dir Franklin ĀSchnaffer<br />

Spies In Disguise<br />

Film4 4.50pm-6.50pm<br />

■ Animation ■ PG ■ 2019<br />

Indiana Jones And<br />

The Last Crusade<br />

C4 5.15pm-7.40pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1989<br />

5★<br />

★★★<br />

Suave, two-fisted superspy Lance<br />

Sterling (voiced Ā Will Smith) Ā<br />

accidentally turned into Āpigeon<br />

Ā bungling tech whizz Walter<br />

(T Ā Holland), who Ā Ā ĀLance’s<br />

Bond. Ā Lance must adapt Āhis<br />

new avian form Āorder Ābattle<br />

Ā evil mastermind named Killian<br />

(Ben Mendelsohn), while Walter<br />

tries Āreverse the process. Ther Ā<br />

are plenty Ālaughs Āthis rollicking<br />

but ultimately rather straightforward<br />

cartoon adventur ĀAlso stars<br />

Reba McEntir Āand Rashida Jones.<br />

US/Dirs Nick Bruno, Troy Quane<br />

4★<br />

Harrison Ford’ Āthir Āappearance<br />

Ā the dashing, whip-wielding<br />

treasure-hunter sees him having<br />

Ārescue his kidnapped father<br />

(Sean Connery). Once reunited,<br />

the quarrelsome pair join forces in<br />

Āquest Āfind the Holy Grail, and<br />

then must try Āstop Āfr Ā falling<br />

into the hands Āthe Nazis. This is<br />

Ābelting romp, full Āspectacular<br />

action, but it’ Āthe pairing ĀFord<br />

and Connery that really makes it<br />

Ā special. Denholm Elliott, Alison<br />

Doody and John Rhys-Davies also<br />

star ĀUS/Dir Steven Spielberg<br />

Mary Poppins Returns<br />

BBC1 4.00pm<br />

Dirty Dancing<br />

C5 5.40pm-7.30pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 1987<br />

★★★<br />

After the duf Āsequel, the spin-of Ā<br />

Ā series, the stage musical, the<br />

reality show and the appalling<br />

remake, here’ Āanother chance<br />

Ācatch Patrick Swayze strutting<br />

his stuf Ā Āthe original film. The<br />

soundtrack guarantees enjoyment<br />

Ā and then there’ Āthe soapy<br />

story Āabout wallflower Baby<br />

(Jennifer Grey) being brought out<br />

Āher shell Ā dance instructor<br />

Johnny Castle (Swayze). The<br />

sweaty Āsteamy scenes Ābump<br />

and grind have rightly gained iconic<br />

status. US/Dir Emile Ardolino<br />

Die Hard<br />

ITV4 9.00pm-11.40pm<br />

■ Action ■ 15 ■ 1988<br />

Bruce Willis ĀNew York cop John<br />

McClane Āthis stupendous action<br />

flick, one Āthe very best movies<br />

Āthe genr ĀBreezing into Ā Ā<br />

Christmas Eve Āvisit his estranged<br />

wife (Bonnie Bedelia), Ā finds<br />

that terrorists have taken over her<br />

office building. But McClane Ā<br />

just the right man Āyippee-ki-yay<br />

his way through the bad guys and<br />

their snarling leader Hans Gruber<br />

(Alan Rickman). The film spawned<br />

Āstring Āimitations and (mostly)<br />

decent sequels, but none tops the<br />

original. US/Dir John McTiernan<br />

Primal<br />

Film4 11.20pm-1.15am<br />

■ Adventure ■ 15 ■ 2019<br />

Long Shot<br />

BBC1 11.45pm-1.45am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2019<br />

5★<br />

★★<br />

This frantic action yar Ā<br />

about Āprofessional hunter<br />

tackling Ā assassin and Āload<br />

Āescaped wild animals Ā boar Ā<br />

Āship Āthe middle Āthe ocean,<br />

Āless fun than Āshould be.<br />

Nicolas Cage chews the scenery<br />

Ā Frank Walsh, the big-game<br />

specialist trying Ābring down<br />

the grinning gun for hir Ā(Kevin<br />

Durand), who has set loose the<br />

dangerous menagerie, including<br />

Ālaughable CGI white jaguar ĀAlso<br />

starring Famke Janssen. Freeview<br />

premier ĀUS/Dir Nicholas Powell<br />

4★<br />

Seth Rogen plays unemployed<br />

reporter Fr Ā Flarsky Āwho Ā<br />

hir Ā Ā Āspeechwriter Ā Ā<br />

Presidential hopeful Charlotte Field<br />

(Charlize Theron). She, Ātranspires,<br />

used Ā Ā Fred’ Ābabysitter Āupon<br />

whom Ā had Ā almighty boyhood<br />

crush. Yup, this Ā Ādaf Āscrewball<br />

comedy with Ā unlikely romantic<br />

pairing and plenty Āsatirical stabs<br />

Āthe major political figur Ā Āthe<br />

day Ā Āworks surprisingly well, too,<br />

thanks Āits sparky screenpla Ā<br />

and strong leads. Also stars Bob<br />

Odenkirk. US/Dir Jonathan Levine<br />

Total<br />

42 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guide Freeview<br />

HOLIDAY MONDAY<br />

2 January<br />

Carry On Screaming<br />

ITV3 8.35am-10.35am<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 1966<br />

One Āthe very best Āthe series,<br />

this monstrously funny Carry On<br />

Ā Āspoofy horr Ātreat that<br />

combines Ā eerie, Hammer-style<br />

atmospher Āwith silly sight gags,<br />

dreadful puns and relentless<br />

innuendo. Harry ĀCorbett stars<br />

Ā Ācopper investigating some<br />

spooky goings-on Āthe home Ā<br />

flamboyant mad scientist Ā Watt<br />

(Kenneth Williams) and his purring<br />

seductress Ā Āsister (Fenella<br />

Fielding). With Jim Dale, Joan<br />

Sims, Charles Hawtr Ā and Angela<br />

Douglas. UK/Dir Gerald Thomas<br />

In Which We Serve<br />

BBC2 9.20am-11.10am<br />

■ War drama ■ U ■ 1942<br />

This quietly moving World W Ā Ā<br />

morale-booster Āthe story of<br />

Ādoomed British battleship and<br />

its crew Ā Ā their stricken vessel<br />

sinks, those Ā boar Āthink<br />

Āhome. The debonair Noël<br />

Cowar Āwrote, co-directed and<br />

also miscast himself Ā Captain<br />

Kinross, Āwhimsical war her Ā<br />

based Ā Lor ĀMountbatten Ā<br />

and Ā just about gets away with<br />

it. Also starring John Mills, Celia<br />

Johnson and, Āhis movie debut,<br />

Richar ĀAttenborough. UK/Dirs<br />

Noël Coward, David Lean<br />

Death Becomes Her<br />

★★★<br />

ITV1 12.05pm-2.00pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 1992<br />

Fading movie star Madeline (Meryl<br />

Streep) steals her best friend’ Ā<br />

hubby (Bruce Willis), Āwimpy<br />

plastic surgeon whom she hopes<br />

can restor Āher fading looks. But<br />

her former buddy Helen (Goldie<br />

Hawn) plans Āget even, Ā<br />

matter what Ātakes. Bitching, bad<br />

behaviour and Ā elixir Āeternal<br />

youth ar Āthrown into the mix Ā<br />

this special-effects-laden black<br />

comedy ĀThe visual extravagances<br />

threaten Āoverwhelm the rather<br />

flimsy plot, but the leads ar Āvery<br />

good. US/Dir Robert Zemeckis<br />

Flash Gordon<br />

ITV4 12.15pm-2.30pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 12 ■ 1980<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

Based Ā the thrilling sci-fi serials<br />

Āthe 1930s, this tremendous<br />

slice Āham stars the profoundly<br />

wooden Sam ĀJones Ā Flash, the<br />

New York Jets quarterback who<br />

finds himself halfway across the<br />

galaxy with only Ā hours Āsave<br />

the Earth. Max von Sydow camps<br />

Ā Ā Ā the despicable Ming the<br />

Merciless, Brian Blessed shouts<br />

Ālot while wearing polystyrene<br />

wings and Queen soundtrack Āall<br />

with Āton Āhit tunes. With Topol Ā<br />

Melody Anderson and Timothy<br />

Dalton. UK-US/Dir Mike Hodges<br />

Ice Age:<br />

Continental Drift ★★★<br />

C5 2.10pm-3.55pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2012<br />

The prehistoric pals’ fourth featur Ā<br />

sees Manny the mammoth, Diego<br />

the sabre-toothed tiger and Sid the<br />

sloth separated fr Ā their friends<br />

when Āchunk Āice breaks away<br />

fr Ā the main glacier ĀThe rest<br />

Āthe film Ā Āfrenetic odyssey as<br />

the thr Ā chums try Āfind their<br />

way home, meeting new friends<br />

and some odd pirates along the<br />

way ĀThis lacks the ener Ā Ā<br />

the first movies, but the ideas ar Ā<br />

still fresh. With the voices ĀRay<br />

Romano and Denis Leary ĀUS/Dirs<br />

Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier<br />

The Man Who<br />

Never Was<br />

BBC2 12.40pm-2.20pm<br />

■ War drama ■ U ■ 1956<br />

The Battle Of The<br />

River Plate<br />

BBC2 2.20pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ U ■ 1956<br />

★★★<br />

This enjoyable World W Ā Āyar Ā<br />

Āabout ĀBritish plot Āconfuse<br />

the Germans. The plan Ā Ādr Ā<br />

Ācorpse into the sea of Āthe coast<br />

ĀNazi-friendly Spain. When the<br />

body Āpicked up, the authorities<br />

will discover Āset Āred-herring<br />

plans that identify Greece Ā the<br />

hot spot for Ā Allied invasion.<br />

Operation Mincemeat Āwhich<br />

premier Ā Ā Sky Cinema Ā<br />

Friday ĀJanuary Ā Ābased Ā the<br />

same true story ĀClifton Webb,<br />

Gloria Grahame and Stephen<br />

Boyd star ĀUK/Dir Ronald Neame<br />

★★★<br />

It’ Āback Āthe days ĀWorld W ĀII<br />

for Powell and Pressburger’ Ātale<br />

Āthe clash between the Royal<br />

Navy and the German ‘pocket<br />

battleship’ Admiral Graf Spee.<br />

Made Āmatter-of-fact style by<br />

the directors Āsuch classics<br />

Ā The Life And Death Of Colonel<br />

Blimp and Black Narcissus Āthis Ā<br />

thrilling stuf Ā ĀĀlittle stif Ā Ātimes,<br />

and the cast, which includes John<br />

Gregson, Peter Finch, Anthony<br />

Quayle and Bernar ĀLee, gives<br />

Āeverything. UK/Dirs Michael<br />

Powell, Emeric Pressburger<br />

The Greatest<br />

Showman<br />

Ice Age:<br />

Continental Drift<br />

C5 2.10pm<br />

The Pirates! In<br />

An Adventure…<br />

ITV2 4.30pm-6.20pm<br />

■ Animation ■ U ■ 2012<br />

Shazam!<br />

ITV2 6.20pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ 12 ■ 2019<br />

C4 7.00pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Musical ■ PG ■ 2017<br />

4★<br />

…With Scientists<br />

This eccentric animation comes<br />

fr Ā the creators ĀWallace and<br />

Gromit. The Pirate Captain (Hugh<br />

Grant) Ādesperate Āwin the<br />

Pirate Āthe Year awar ĀBut can<br />

Ā outdo the swaggering Yankee<br />

Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven), the<br />

bootylicious Cutlass Liz (Salma<br />

Hayek) Āthe dynamic Pegleg<br />

Hastings (Lenny Henry)? The story<br />

moves Ā Ārelentless pace and Ā<br />

full Āquips Ā sharp Ā Āswor Ā<br />

and touches Āsurreal hilarity ĀUK-<br />

US/Dirs Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt<br />

★★★<br />

Ā Comics departed fr Ā their<br />

po-faced Justice League franchise<br />

for this fun-filled adventur ĀTeen<br />

foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel)<br />

meets Āwizar Āwho gives him the<br />

ability Ātransform into Āmighty<br />

superher Ā(Zachary Levi, ĀChuck<br />

and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel<br />

fame) just Ā saying ‘Shazam!’<br />

Then Ā must face of Āagainst<br />

demonic villain Ā Sivana (Mark<br />

Strong). There’ Āage-swap comedy<br />

Āthe vein ĀBig Āmixed with some<br />

ding-dong special-effects battles.<br />

US-Canada/Dir David ĀSandberg<br />

★★★<br />

This crowd-pleasing musical Ā<br />

(very) loosely based Ā the life Ā<br />

legendary ringmaster Ā Barnum.<br />

Ā1840s New York, Āpenniless<br />

Barnum (Hugh Jackman) sets Ā<br />

his spectacle, populating Āwith<br />

‘freaks’ Āpull Āthe public. But<br />

PT’ Āsights ar Āset Ā higher<br />

things, and his head Āturned Ā<br />

opera singer Jenny Lind (Rebecca<br />

Ferguson). With songs including<br />

Never Enough ĀThis Is Me and the<br />

soaring Rewrite The Stars Āthere’ Ā<br />

something for everyone. With Zac<br />

Efron. US/Dir Michael Gracey<br />

Bad Boys<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.20pm<br />

■ Action ■ 18 ■ 1995<br />

William Shakespeare’s<br />

Romeo + Juliet<br />

BBC2 10.00pm-11.55pm<br />

■ Drama ■ 12 ■ 1996<br />

★★★<br />

Āthis cult buddy movie, Martin<br />

Lawrence and Will Smith star<br />

Ā hotshot cops who confiscate<br />

Āstash Āheroin fr Ā Ānasty<br />

gang. But the bad guys promptly<br />

steal Āback fr Ā under their<br />

noses and, Ācourse, this goes<br />

down like Ālead balloon with their<br />

boss (Joe Pantoliano) who shouts<br />

Āeveryone and gives the lads<br />

thr Ā days Āredeem themselves.<br />

It’ Āclichéd but energetic enough<br />

Āgloss over the really dumb<br />

parts. Āfourth Āthe series Ā Ā<br />

the works. US/Dir Michael Bay<br />

Fast & Furious:<br />

Hobbs & Shaw<br />

ITV2 9.00pm-11.40pm<br />

■ Action ■ 12 ■ 2019<br />

4★<br />

The long-running, tyre-squealing<br />

series enters superher Āterritory<br />

with this ludicrously over-the-top<br />

but terrifically entertaining spin-off.<br />

FBI man Luke Hobbs (Dwayne<br />

Johnson) and mercenary Deckar Ā<br />

Shaw (Jason Statham) form Ā<br />

uneasy Āwisecracking alliance<br />

against Āsuper-power Ā terrorist<br />

named, wait for it… Brixton Lor Ā<br />

(Idris Elba). Every opportunity Ā<br />

Ā big Āgrasped Āthis superior<br />

tosh. Also stars Vanessa Kirby Ā<br />

Clif ĀCurtis and Helen Mirren.<br />

US-Japan/Dir David Leitch<br />

4★<br />

This remarkable modern-day<br />

restaging ĀShakespeare’ Āfamous<br />

romantic tragedy Ādirected with<br />

great verve Ā flamboyant Aussie<br />

Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge! Ā<br />

Leonar Ā DiCaprio and Clair Ā<br />

Danes give superb performances<br />

Ā the star-crossed young lovers,<br />

with John Leguizamo lending fine<br />

support Ā Tybalt. West Side Story<br />

also did the gangs-and-guns<br />

thing, but this Ā Āfar grittier effort<br />

and the Bard’ Āoriginal verse Ā<br />

retained. Also starring Harold<br />

Perrineau. US/Dir Baz Luhrmann<br />

The Shawshank<br />

Redemption<br />

4★<br />

BBC1 10.30pm-12.45am<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 1994<br />

• Not Scotland<br />

Mild-manner Ā accountant Andy<br />

(Tim Robbins) Ābanged Ā for<br />

life for his wife’ Āmurder and fac Ā<br />

brutal treatment Āthe hands Ā<br />

inmates and guar Ā alike. Āthe<br />

draconian jail, Ā befriends fellow<br />

lifer Red (Morgan Freeman) and<br />

gets Ācushy job working for the<br />

corrupt chief warden Ā which<br />

allows him Āplot his revenge.<br />

This prison drama based Ā<br />

ĀStephen King story regularly<br />

tops people’ Ā‘favourite movie<br />

ever’ lists. US/Dir Frank Darabont<br />

Personal Shopper<br />

GREAT! movies 10.55pm-1.05am<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2016<br />

Kristen Stewart gives one Ā<br />

her best performances yet Āthis<br />

enigmatic piece about Āyoung<br />

American woman, Āpsychic with<br />

Āheart condition, who acts Ā the<br />

paid dogsbody Ā Ādemanding<br />

star ĀAdrift ĀParis and grieving for<br />

her recently deceased twin brother,<br />

she flits between fashion houses<br />

and her sibling’ Āhome, mooning<br />

over his loss and encountering<br />

ghostly presences. It’ Ā Āstylish<br />

and uncanny tale. Also stars Lars<br />

Eidinger ĀFrance-Germany-Czech<br />

Republic/Dir Olivier Assayas<br />

Arkansas<br />

Shazam!<br />

ITV2 6.20pm<br />

Film4 11.20pm-1.40am<br />

■ Crime drama ■ 15 ■ 2020<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Āthe behest Ātheir shady boss<br />

Fr Ā (Vince Vaughn), small-time<br />

dealers Kyle (Liam Hemsworth)<br />

and Swin (director and co-writer<br />

Clark Duke) head for the titular<br />

state with Ātruckload Āillegal<br />

drugs. This rambling crime yar Ā<br />

Āenjoyably offbeat Ā its only<br />

problem Āthat the superb<br />

supporting players, led Ā the<br />

underrated Vaughn, ar Āoften<br />

mor Ācompelling than the leads.<br />

With John Malkovich, Vivica<br />

ĀFox and Michael Kenneth<br />

Williams. US/Dir Clark Duke<br />

TVguide 43<br />

Total


Films Freeview<br />

TUESDAY<br />

3 January<br />

Carousel<br />

BBC2 2.15pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Musical ■ U ■ 1956<br />

Roll up, roll Ā for this magical<br />

film adaptation Āthe great<br />

Rodgers ĀHammerstein musical.<br />

Gordon McRae stars Ā funfair<br />

barker Billy Āwho marries mill<br />

worker Julie (Shirley Jones).<br />

Billy screws Ā Āhis attempt Ā<br />

provide for his family Ābut gets Ā<br />

belated chance Āmake amends.<br />

With its poignant plot and some<br />

Āthe songwriting duo’ Ābest<br />

tunes (including You’ll Never Walk<br />

Alone ĀJune Is Bustin’ Out All<br />

Over and If I Loved You Āthis is<br />

Āreal treat. US/Dir Henry King<br />

The Pink Panther<br />

Film4 4.15pm-6.30pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ PG ■ 1963<br />

The Woman In Black<br />

BBC1 10.40pm<br />

4★<br />

Now You See Me 2<br />

★★★<br />

Film4 6.30pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Caper ■ 12 ■ 2016<br />

4★<br />

Peter Sellers’ vowel-strangling<br />

Inspector Clouseau made his<br />

debut Āthis inspir Ā farce. The<br />

inept cop Ā Ā the trail Ā Ācat<br />

burglar Ā suspects Āintending<br />

Āsteal the jewel Āthe title. Its<br />

owner ĀĀbeautiful easter Āprincess<br />

(Claudia Cardinale), Ā Ā vacation<br />

Ā Āswish ski resort, wher ĀEnglish<br />

tof ĀSir Charles Lytton (David Niven)<br />

and his brash nephew Geor Ā<br />

(Robert Wagner) also happen<br />

Ā Ā staying… It’ Ā Āhilarious<br />

crime caper with bags Ābrilliant<br />

slapstick. UK/Dir Blake Edwards<br />

Maverick illusionists The Four<br />

Horsemen (Jesse Eisenber ĀDave<br />

Franco, Woody Harrelson and<br />

Lizzy Caplan) get Ā Āpickle when<br />

they tangle with Āmegalomaniacal<br />

tech billionair Ā(Daniel Radcliffe).<br />

Meanwhile, their boss, FBI agent<br />

Dylan (Mark Ruffalo), Ā Ādanger<br />

Ābeing rumbled. Did Ā really<br />

need Āsecond movie (or the<br />

forthcoming third)? Probably not,<br />

but Ādoes conjur Ā Ā some slick<br />

entertainment and it’ Ānot afraid<br />

Āpoke fun Āitself. With Michael<br />

Caine. US-France/Dir Jon Ā Chu<br />

The Terminator<br />

5Star 9.00pm-11.00pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 15 ■ 1984<br />

Bad Boys II<br />

Film4 9.00pm-11.55pm<br />

■ Action ■ 15 ■ 2003<br />

5★<br />

Arnold Schwarzenegger became<br />

Āmajor box-office draw thanks<br />

ĀJames Cameron’ Āsci-fi classic.<br />

The star Āmesmerising Ā Ā<br />

invincible 21st-century cybor Ā<br />

sent back Ātime Āassassinate<br />

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton),<br />

whose unbor Āson will one day<br />

become Āthreat Āthe machines<br />

ruling the world. It’ Ā Ātaut chase<br />

thriller with spiralling tension Ā<br />

the robot keeps Ā coming. Arnie<br />

also utters the promise Āretur Ā<br />

that became his catchphrase.<br />

US-UK/Dir James Cameron<br />

★★★<br />

The first Bad Boys movie made<br />

Ābig star out ĀWill Smith. Eight<br />

years later Āalong came this<br />

high-octane sequel, Āwhich<br />

Smith again teams Ā with Martin<br />

Lawrence. They play Mike and<br />

Marcus, Āpair Āwise-cracking,<br />

rule-bending cops who ar Ātrying<br />

Ācollar ĀCuban bad guy (Jor Ā<br />

Mollà). Meanwhile, Mike Āsecretly<br />

dallying with Marcus’ Ālittle sister<br />

(Gabrielle Union). It’ Ā Ābrash and<br />

noisy romp that doesn’ Āhav Ā<br />

much between the ears. With Joe<br />

Pantoliano. US/Dir Michael Bay<br />

The Woman In Black<br />

★★★<br />

BBC1 10.40pm-12.10am<br />

■ Horror ■ 12 ■ 2012<br />

• N Ireland 11.10pm-12.40am<br />

Āthis adaptation ĀSusan Hill’ Ā<br />

gothic novel set ĀEdwardian<br />

England, Daniel Radclif Āacquits<br />

himself well Ā Āwidowed lawyer<br />

who Āsent Ā Ādismal Yorkshir Ā<br />

coastal village Āsettle the affairs<br />

Ā Ādeceased resident. Ther Ā<br />

Ā finds the locals hostile, the rain<br />

relentless and the dead woman’ Ā<br />

mansion creepy Ā hell. This<br />

splendidly spooky and suspenseful<br />

yar Ādrips with dread and Ā<br />

booby-trapped with shocks.<br />

UK-Canada/Dir James Watkins<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

4 January<br />

Pride And Prejudice<br />

BBC2 2.15pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1940<br />

4★<br />

The Adjustment Bureau<br />

GREAT! movies 9.00pm<br />

Laurence Olivier Āperfectly cast Āthis adrenaline-pumping action<br />

her Ā Ā the arrogant Ā Darcy Ā movie, former war her ĀFrancis Ā<br />

opposite Ā outstanding (if slightly Hummel (Ed Harris) and his men<br />

too old for the part) Greer Garson take over the prison island Ā<br />

Ā Elizabeth Bennet. Some may Alcatraz. Then they announce that<br />

complain that this Jane Austen they’r Āgoing Ādr Ā nerve gas<br />

adaptation, based Ā Āplay and Ā San Francisco Ā unless the Ā<br />

co-scripted Ā Aldous Huxley Ā Ā Government pays compensation to<br />

less, veers too far fr Ā the origina Ā the families Ādead special-forces<br />

novel. However Āit’ Ā Āfine relic Ā operatives. Despite the fact that<br />

cinema’ ĀGolden Age and Ābears Hummel has Āpoint, Āchemical<br />

comparison with the mor Ārecent weapons boffin (Nicolas Cage)<br />

versions. With Maureen O’Sullivan, and Āformer SAS man (Sean<br />

Edmund Gwenn and Mary Boland. Connery) ar Āsent Ā Āsort out<br />

US/Dir Robert ĀLeonard the rebels. US/Dir Michael Bay<br />

One Day<br />

Film4 6.50pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Romance ■ 12 ■ 2011<br />

★★★<br />

The pretty Ābookish Emma (Anne<br />

Hathaway) spends her last night<br />

Āuniversity with smooth posh boy<br />

Dexter (Jim Sturgess). After that,<br />

Ā get Ārevisit them Ā the same<br />

day Ā Ā July Āacross the course o Ā<br />

almost two decades, with the pair<br />

sometimes together Āsometimes<br />

apart. It’ Ā Ā episodic, slightly<br />

overwrought adaptation ĀDavid<br />

Nicholls’ bestseller but, Āyou<br />

can forgive Hathaway’ Āwobbly<br />

Yorkshir Āaccent, it’ Āworth Ālook.<br />

Also stars Rafe Spall and Romola<br />

Garai. UK-US/Dir Lone Scherfig<br />

The Adjustment<br />

Bureau<br />

4★<br />

GREAT! movies 9.00pm-11.10pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 12 ■ 2011<br />

Rising political star David Norris<br />

(Matt Damon) falls for Āballet<br />

dancer (Emily Blunt). Fate, Āthe<br />

form Āthe bureaucratic outfit Ā<br />

the title, steps Ā Āseparate the<br />

pair Ā but David refuses Āaccept<br />

his supposed destiny ĀAdapted<br />

fr Ā Āstory Ā author Philip Ā<br />

Dick, whose stories form the basis<br />

ĀBlade Runner ĀTotal Recall and<br />

others, this combines intelligent<br />

existential sci-fi, Āthrilling chase<br />

flick and Āfirst-rate romantic<br />

adventur ĀAlso stars Anthony<br />

Mackie. US/Dir George Nolfi<br />

The Rock<br />

ITV4 10.00pm-12.45am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 15 ■ 1996<br />

The Box<br />

The Florida Project<br />

Film4 1.45am-4.00am<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2017<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

GREAT! movies 11.10pm-1.25am<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ 12 ■ 2009<br />

When Norma and Arthur (Cameron<br />

Diaz and James Marsden) receive<br />

Ābox fr Ā Āmysterious man<br />

(Frank Langella), they’r Āpromised<br />

Ācool $1m Āthey press Ābutton<br />

Ā it. But the offer has Ādeadly<br />

drawback, and Āstring Āsurreal<br />

events ensues. This creepy sci-fi<br />

hokum fr Ā the director ĀDonnie<br />

Darko Ābased Ā Ā old Twilight<br />

Zone story Ā Richard I Am Legend<br />

Matheson and it’ Āall rather daft.<br />

Fortunately Ā Āalso happens Ā Ā<br />

enjoyable and cleverly constructed,<br />

too. US/Dir Richard Kelly<br />

4★<br />

Willem Dafoe earned himself<br />

ĀBest Supporting Actor Oscar<br />

nomination for his performance Ā<br />

this poignant and beautifully acted<br />

tale Ā Āprecocious six-year-old<br />

girl. Moonee (Brooklynn Prince)<br />

enjoys Ācarefr Ā existence Āthe<br />

Sunshine State near the Disney<br />

World park, while her tattooed<br />

mother (Bria Vinaite) must cope<br />

with harsh economic realities.<br />

Dafoe Āincredibly winning Ā<br />

Bobby Āthe kindly manager Ā<br />

the candy-colour Ā motel wher Ā<br />

they live. US/Dir Sean Baker<br />

THURSDAY<br />

5 January<br />

Scott Of The Antarctic<br />

★★★<br />

BBC2 2.15pm-4.00pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1948<br />

John Mills Āexcellent Ā the<br />

explor Ā Āthe title, Ātypically<br />

British her ĀAnd, for once, those<br />

English stif Āupper lips ar Ājustified<br />

Ā Ā the extreme cold Ā Ā the<br />

reckless Scott leads his expedition<br />

Āthe South Pole and into disaster Ā<br />

It’ Ā Āgripping and tragic true-life<br />

tale, featuring Ārousing scor Ā<br />

Ā Ralph Vaughan Williams,<br />

fabulous Technicolor photography<br />

and solid support fr Ā James<br />

Robertson Justice, Kenneth Mor Ā<br />

Der Ā Bond, Diana Churchill and<br />

Anne Firth. UK/Dir Charles Frend<br />

Dr No<br />

ITV4 6.45pm-9.00pm<br />

■ Adventure ■ PG ■ 1962<br />

Few would have imagined back<br />

Ā1962 that Ā Bond films would<br />

Ā produced over the six decades<br />

since but, even fr Ā this rollicking<br />

first adventur Āit’ Āeasy Āsee<br />

why James Bond will always<br />

retur ĀSean Connery stars Ā the<br />

smooth superspy who Ā Ā handy<br />

with Āsexual quip Ā Ā Āwith his<br />

Walther PPK. Joseph Wiseman<br />

plays his foe, who Āplotting Ā<br />

wreck the Ā space programme,<br />

while Ursula Andress emerges<br />

fr Ā the sea Āstyle. With Jack<br />

Lor ĀUK/Dir Terence Young<br />

Fast & Furious 8<br />

The Jesus Rolls<br />

Film4 11.10pm<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

ITV1 10.45pm-1.00am<br />

■ Action ■ 12 ■ 2017<br />

• Not UTV<br />

Ā ever Āthe stunt-laden franchise<br />

makes for reliable entertainment.<br />

V ĀDiesel retur Ā Ā speed-freak<br />

Dom, who’ Ā Ā his honeymoon<br />

ĀCuba with Letty (Michelle<br />

Rodriguez) when he’ Āwaylaid<br />

Ā cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize<br />

Theron). The latter forces Dom<br />

Ābetray his cr Ā and assist her<br />

Āher crazy plan Āspark of ĀĀ<br />

nuclear war Ā but the old gang’ Ā<br />

tyr Ā ar Āsoon squealing Āthe<br />

rescue. With Dwayne Johnson.<br />

China-US-Japan/Dir ĀGary Gray<br />

Total<br />

44 TVguide<br />

5★ Don’ ĀMiss 4★ Excellent ★★★Good ★★Average ★ Poor Premiere


14-day Christmas and New Year film guide Freeview<br />

The Jesus Rolls<br />

Film4 11.10pm-12.50am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 2019<br />

Fatal Attraction<br />

C5 11.15pm-1.25am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 18 ■ 1987<br />

★★★<br />

John Turturr Āwrites, directs<br />

and stars Āthis meandering<br />

but engaging remake Āthe ribald<br />

French comedy Les Valseuses Ā Ā<br />

revives Āminor character fr Ā the<br />

Coen brothers’ The Big Lebowski Ā<br />

Bowling fanatic, sexual reprobate<br />

and petty crook Jesus Quintana<br />

(Turturr Ā Āreleased fr Ā Sing<br />

Sing prison and embarks Ā<br />

Ācrime spr Ā with his pals Petey<br />

(Bobby Cannavale) and Marie<br />

(Audr Ā Tautou). Also starring<br />

Susan Sarandon. Freeview<br />

premier ĀUS/Dir John Turturro<br />

Smug yuppie lawyer and happily<br />

married family man Dan Gallagher<br />

(Michael Douglas) risks everything<br />

when Ā has Āpassionate fling<br />

with publisher Alex Forrest (Glenn<br />

Close). After Dan refuses Ācarry<br />

Ā with the affair ĀAlex embarks<br />

upon Ācampaign Āintimidation<br />

that ends Ā Āfrenzy Āviolence.<br />

This, the movie that gifted the<br />

phrase ‘bunny boiler’ Āthe English<br />

language, Ā Ābuttock-clenchingly<br />

tense stalker thriller featuring Ā<br />

great performance Ā Close. With<br />

Anne Archer ĀUS/Dir Adrian Lyne<br />

Gran Torino<br />

ITV4 11.20pm-1.45am<br />

■ Drama ■ 15 ■ 2008<br />

4★<br />

★★★<br />

Clint Eastwood stars Ā grouchy<br />

widower Walt, who sits Ā his<br />

por Ā all day nursing his contempt<br />

for all the non-white folk Āhis<br />

neighbourhood. But when Ālad<br />

fr Ā the Asian family next door<br />

tries Ānick Walt’ Ābeloved Gran<br />

Torino car Ā Āforges Ā unlikely<br />

connection between the racist<br />

old-timer and the teenager ĀThis<br />

thoughtful story Āwhich Eastwood<br />

also directed, Ā Ā intense and<br />

compelling drama about crime<br />

and prejudice, although it’ Āhardly<br />

subtle. US/Dir Clint Eastwood<br />

FRIDAY<br />

6 January<br />

The Mouse<br />

That Roared<br />

Film4 11.00am-12.45pm<br />

■ Comedy ■ U ■ 1959<br />

4★<br />

Peter Sellers stars Āthr Ā roles<br />

Āthis classic British satir Ā Ā<br />

tiny Ātinpot country Āthe Duchy<br />

ĀGrand Fenwick, declar Ā war<br />

Ā the US, planning Āsurrender<br />

and then benefit fr Ā the Land Ā<br />

the Free’ Āgenerous aid package.<br />

But the ‘invasion force’ Ā Ā<br />

men with bows and arrows Ā<br />

does much, much better than<br />

expected… This highly amusing<br />

oddity fr Ā the Cold W Āera<br />

also stars Jean Seber ĀWilliam<br />

Hartnell, David Kossof Āand Leo<br />

McKer ĀUK/Dir Jack Arnold<br />

The Red Shoes<br />

BBC2 2.00pm-4.15pm<br />

■ Drama ■ U ■ 1948<br />

5★<br />

This lavish Technicolor classic<br />

Āone Āthe most famous ballet<br />

movies ever made. Based loosely<br />

Ā ĀHans Christian Andersen<br />

fairy tale, Āstars Moira Shearer<br />

Ā flame-hair Ā ballerina Vicky.<br />

Our heroine Ātor Ābetween her<br />

dream role, offer Ā Ā impresario<br />

Boris Lermontov (Anton Walbrook),<br />

and her love for composer Julian<br />

Craster (Marius Goring), which<br />

Lermontov has forbidden. The<br />

dance sequences ar Āquite<br />

breathtaking. UK/Dirs Michael<br />

Powell, Emeric Pressburger<br />

Jason And<br />

The Argonauts<br />

Film4 4.30pm-6.35pm<br />

■ Fantasy ■ U ■ 1963<br />

The Red Shoes<br />

BBC2 2.00pm<br />

4★<br />

Todd Armstrong stars Ā the Greek<br />

her ĀJason, who takes Ā all sorts<br />

Āmythological beasties Āhis<br />

quest for the Golden Fleece,<br />

which will help restor Āhim Ā<br />

his rightful place Ā the throne<br />

ĀThessaly ĀThis featur Ā some<br />

splendid monsters and creatur Ā<br />

courtesy Āmaster animator Ray<br />

Harryhausen. Highlights include<br />

Ā army Āsword-wielding<br />

skeletons that spring fr Ā the<br />

ground and Āgiant bronze statue<br />

that comes Ālife. With Nancy<br />

Kovack. UK-US/Dir Don Chaffey<br />

Starman<br />

4★<br />

GREAT! movies 4.50pm-7.10pm<br />

■ Sci-fi ■ PG ■ 1984<br />

Director John Carpenter’ Āmix Ā<br />

sci-fi and romance Ā Ābit like E.T.<br />

for grown-ups. Jef ĀBridges plays<br />

Ā alien who Āstranded Ā Earth<br />

and rather keen Āget home. Ā<br />

Ā borrows the physical form of<br />

Ādead man and persuades the<br />

fellow’ Āgrieving widow (Kar Ā<br />

Allen) Ājoin him Ā Āroad trip<br />

Āhelp him rendezvous with his<br />

ship. It’ Ā Āquirky and moving<br />

tale, with excellent performances<br />

and Āsurprisingly tender touch<br />

fr Ā Ādirector best known for<br />

horror ĀUS/Dir John Carpenter<br />

Black Hawk Down<br />

★★★<br />

GREAT! movies 9.00pm-11.55pm<br />

■ War drama ■ 15 ■ 2001<br />

This painfully realistic drama Ā<br />

based Ā actual events. What was<br />

meant Ā Ā Āsmash-and-grab<br />

raid Ā Ā African warlor Ātakes<br />

Ādisastrous tur Āwhen Ā Black<br />

Hawk helicopters come under fir Ā<br />

American soldiers find themselves<br />

stranded behind enemy lines Ā<br />

hundreds Ātooled-up Somali<br />

reinforcements close in. It’ Ā Āver Ā<br />

well-made piece, but the shocking<br />

action becomes quite exhausting.<br />

Starring Josh Hartnett, T Ā<br />

Sizemor ĀEric Bana and Ewan<br />

McGregor ĀUS/Dir Ridley Scott<br />

48 HRS.<br />

Film4 10.50pm-12.45am<br />

■ Comedy ■ 15 ■ 1982<br />

This Āthe film that launched<br />

comedian Eddie Murphy Āthen<br />

aged only 21, fr Ā stand-up Ā<br />

superstardom. Ā plays badass<br />

con man Reggie Hammond, who<br />

Āreleased Ā parole fr Ā jail f Ā<br />

just two days Āhelp hard-boiled<br />

cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) track<br />

down Ācouple Āpsychopaths.<br />

The motormouthed comic Ā<br />

Ā four-letter overdrive, giving Ā<br />

dynamite performance, while the<br />

gruf ĀNolte provides the perfect<br />

foil Āthis spiky blend Āaction<br />

and laughs. US/Dir Walter Hill<br />

Manhunter<br />

4★<br />

BBC2 11.05pm-1.00am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 18 ■ 1986<br />

• Not Wales<br />

The first screen outing for the<br />

cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal<br />

Lecter (spelt Lecktor here), this<br />

Āmor Ādaring and inventive than<br />

The Silence Of The Lambs Ā<br />

Hannibal Ā Āstars William Petersen<br />

Ā Will Graham, Āretir Ā cop<br />

dragged back Ā the FBI Ā<br />

trace Āmurder Āknown Ā the<br />

Tooth Fairy ĀLecktor (Brian Cox)<br />

gives Graham the benefit Āhis<br />

experience fr Ā his white cell. It’ Ā<br />

Āvivid depiction Ā Ānightmarish<br />

world. US/Dir Michael Mann<br />

Fighting With<br />

My Family<br />

4★<br />

4★<br />

C4 11.30pm-1.25am<br />

■ Comedy-drama ■ 12 ■ 2019<br />

Florence Pugh gives Āpile-driver<br />

Ā Āperformance Āthis chipper<br />

Britcom based Ā the true story<br />

Āwrestling superstar Paige.<br />

Pugh Āimmensely likeable Ā<br />

Norwich-bor ĀSaraya who, coming<br />

fr Ā Āwrestling clan, has been<br />

groomed for life Ā the canvas.<br />

Writer-director Stephen Merchant<br />

may not have the physique for<br />

wrestling, but he’ Āgot all the<br />

storytelling moves; his nimble film<br />

provides Ā much entertainment<br />

Ā any smackdown. UK-US-<br />

Mexico/Dir Stephen Merchant<br />

Basic Instinct<br />

C5 11.30pm-1.45am<br />

■ Thriller ■ 18 ■ 1992<br />

4★<br />

Buckets Āsleaze and Ānegative<br />

portrayal Ācertain characters here<br />

provoked the fury Āfeminists and<br />

gay-rights activists the world over Ā<br />

Āyou can get past that, however Ā<br />

this crafty erotic thriller Ārivetin Ā<br />

stuf ĀWhile investigating Āmurder,<br />

male-chauvinist cop Nick Curran<br />

(Michael Douglas) falls for his chief<br />

suspect: sexpot novelist Catherine<br />

Tramell (Shar Ā Stone). Stone’ Ā<br />

most famous role Ā and that<br />

notorious leg-crossing scene<br />

Ā helped send her career into<br />

overdrive. US/Dir Paul Verhoeven<br />

Thunderbolt<br />

And Lightfoot<br />

Film4 12.45am-3.10am<br />

■ Caper ■ 18 ■ 1974<br />

4★<br />

Clint Eastwood took Ābreak fr Ā<br />

blowing away bad guys Ā Dirty<br />

Harry Āplay Thunderbolt, Ā old<br />

lag Ā the run fr Ā two nasty<br />

former cohorts (Geoffr Ā Lewis<br />

and Geor Ā Kennedy), who ar Ā<br />

convinced that Ā ran of Āwith<br />

the proceeds Ātheir last heist.<br />

Ā Oscar-nominated Jef ĀBridges<br />

steals the show Ā the young car<br />

thief who encourages Thunderbolt<br />

Āpull of Ā‘one last job’. This fine<br />

buddy movie was Deer Hunter<br />

director Michael Cimino’ Āfeatur Ā<br />

debut. US/Dir Michael Cimino<br />

In Bruges<br />

4★<br />

C4 1.25am-3.10am<br />

■ Comedy-thriller ■ 18 ■ 2008<br />

After Ābungled hit which has<br />

earned the volcanic wrath Ātheir<br />

boss Harry (Ralph Fiennes), Irish<br />

assassins Ken and Ray (Brendan<br />

Gleeson and Colin Farrell) lie low<br />

Āthe titular Belgian city Ā Ā far<br />

Ā Ray Āconcerned, the place<br />

Ā Ādump. But then Harry issues<br />

Ā alarming new instruction that<br />

shakes things Ā completely ĀIt’s<br />

Ābrilliantly written, darkly comic<br />

thriller fr Ā the director ĀThree<br />

Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri<br />

and The Banshees Of Inisherin Ā<br />

UK-US/Dir Martin McDonaugh<br />

In Bruges<br />

C4 1.25am<br />

TVguide 45<br />

Total


Sport<br />

Christian<br />

action<br />

There is a mouthwatering Big Bash<br />

double header on Boxing Day. First<br />

up, Dan Christian (pictured) and<br />

Sydney Sixers take on Melbourne<br />

Stars at the SCG. Then it’s Perth<br />

Scorchers against Adelaide Strikers<br />

at the Optus Stadium.<br />

Sky Sports Cricket/Main<br />

Event, Boxing Day<br />

<br />

On your<br />

Marcs<br />

Alpine skier Marco Odermatt<br />

(pictured) has had a stellar year,<br />

winning the overall and giant slalom<br />

World Cup titles last winter, as well as<br />

securing gold at the Olympics in Yanqing,<br />

China. On Boxing Day, the<br />

Swiss superstar continues the defence<br />

of his world crowns in the<br />

Italian resort of Bormio.<br />

Eurosport 1, Wed 28<br />

& Thurs 29 Dec<br />

SPORT<br />

<br />

<br />

● SEE STORIES FOR DETAILS<br />

CHRISTMAS SPORT<br />

<br />

The<br />

12<br />

plays Christm<br />

<br />

plays of<br />

Fred<br />

Claus<br />

Leicester Tigers host Gloucester<br />

in the Premiership on Christmas<br />

Eve, before Harlequins take on Bristol<br />

Bears on December 27. Full-back Freddie<br />

Steward (pictured) and defending<br />

champions the Tigers are also in action<br />

on 30 December when they head to<br />

the AJ Bell Stadium to take on Sale.<br />

BT Sport 1, Christmas Eve,<br />

Tues 27 & Fri 30 Dec<br />

Brady<br />

bunch<br />

Among the NFL’s festive games,<br />

Arizona Cardinals face Tampa Bay<br />

Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium<br />

on Christmas Day. The Bucs will<br />

look to star quarterback Tom<br />

Brady (pictured) for a lift.<br />

Sky Sports NFL/Main<br />

Event, Christmas Day<br />

Total<br />

46 TVguide


as<br />

second.<br />

Sporting action<br />

to keep you<br />

entertained<br />

over the festive<br />

fortnight<br />

Trebles<br />

and doubles<br />

Greek<br />

bearing gifts<br />

The Boston Celtics face a tough<br />

test on Christmas Day at home<br />

against a Milwaukee Bucks<br />

line-up led by the towering<br />

‘Greek Freak’ Giannis<br />

Antetokounmpo (pictured).<br />

Sky Sports Mix,<br />

Christmas Day<br />

Propping<br />

up the par<br />

The Tournament of Champions<br />

takes place on the Hawaiian<br />

island of Maui. At the <strong>2022</strong> event,<br />

Spain’s Jon Rahm (pictured) shot<br />

33-under-par ... and finished<br />

second. Sky Sports Golf/<br />

Main Event, starts<br />

Thurs 5 Jan<br />

The PDC World Championship<br />

has become a Christmas tradition.<br />

The festive feast of darts began on 15<br />

December. Is <strong>2022</strong> runner-up Michael<br />

‘Bully Boy’ Smith (pictured) still in<br />

contention for his first world title?<br />

Sky Sports Darts/Main<br />

Event, Tues 27 Dec-<br />

Tues 3 Jan<br />

Wish<br />

upon<br />

a Starfelt<br />

Carl Starfelt (pictured) and his Celtic<br />

side face Hibernian on 28<br />

December before, on 2 January,<br />

they tackle old foes Rangers.<br />

Sky Sports Football/Main<br />

Event, Wed 28 Dec &<br />

Mon 2 Jan<br />

This year’s traditional Boxing<br />

Day (Christmas Day night here)<br />

<br />

Gee<br />

Christmas<br />

jumpers<br />

<br />

Norwegian ski jumper Silje Opseth<br />

(pictured) will be confident of more<br />

glory in the World Cup meeting in<br />

Villach, Austria. However, home<br />

favourites Marita Kramer and Eva<br />

Pinkelnig may have something to<br />

say about that. Eurosport 1,<br />

Weds 28 & Thurs 29 Dec<br />

Gee<br />

whizz<br />

Test match sees Australia take on<br />

South Africa at the MCG. The Aussies<br />

will be hoping that their<br />

all-rounder Cameron Green<br />

(pictured) takes charge.<br />

BT Sport 1, starts<br />

Christmas Day<br />

<br />

Angel<br />

Gabriel<br />

After a month-long break for the<br />

World Cup, the Premier League is<br />

finally back. Gabriel Martinelli<br />

(pictured) and Arsenal will look to<br />

increase their lead at the top of the<br />

table when they take on West<br />

Ham on 26 December.<br />

Video,<br />

Prime<br />

<br />

Prime Video,<br />

Boxing Day<br />

Fortune<br />

favours the<br />

Brave<br />

Paul Nicholls’ pair Bravemansgame<br />

(pictured) and Hitman, and Venetia<br />

Williams’ L’Homme Presse, are among<br />

those fancied to win this year’s King<br />

George VI Chase at Kempton Park.<br />

Willie Mullins’ nephew Danny<br />

won on 28/1 shot Tornado<br />

Flyer last year. ITV1,<br />

Boxing Day<br />

Sport planner overleaf<br />

Photos: Getty Images<br />

● Schedules are subject to change due to coronavirus<br />

TVguide 47<br />

Total


FOOTBALL<br />

7.00 AM<br />

Western United v<br />

Melbourne Victory<br />

BT Ā Sport 3<br />

12.00 NOON Sunderland v<br />

Blackburn Rovers<br />

Sky Showcase, Sky<br />

Sports Football, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

12.30 PM Brentford v<br />

Tottenham Hotspur<br />

Prime Video<br />

2.30 Barnet v<br />

Boreham Wood<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 3.00.<br />

3.00 Crystal Palace<br />

v Fulham<br />

Prime Video<br />

Kick-off 3.00.<br />

3.00 Everton v<br />

Wolverhampton<br />

Wanderers<br />

Prime Video<br />

Kick-off 3.00.<br />

3.00 Leicester City v<br />

Newcastle United<br />

Prime Video<br />

3.00 Southampton v<br />

Brighton & Hove Albion<br />

Prime Video<br />

3.00 Aston Villa v Liverpool<br />

Prime Video<br />

5.00 Cardiff City v Queens<br />

Park Rangers<br />

Sky Sports Football, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-off 5.15.<br />

7.30 Luton Town v<br />

Norwich City<br />

Sky Sports Football, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-off 7.45.<br />

8.00 Arsenal v<br />

West Ham United<br />

Prime Video<br />

3.15 AM Melbourne City<br />

Women v Perth<br />

Glory Women<br />

Ā Sport 4<br />

TUESDAY<br />

6.00 AM Melbourne City v<br />

Central Coast Mariners<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

6.00 Adelaide United<br />

Women v Wellington<br />

Phoenix Women<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

8.45 Adelaide United v<br />

Newcastle Jets<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

12.00 NOON Leyton Orient<br />

v Stevenage<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Kick-off 12.30.<br />

2.45 PM Bolton Wanderers<br />

v Derby County<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Also 4.30pm Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-off 3.00.<br />

5.00 Reading v<br />

Swansea City<br />

Sky Sports Football, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-off 5.15.<br />

Liverpool<br />

v Leicester City<br />

Sky Sports Premier League/<br />

Main Event Friday 7pm<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

5.30 Chelsea v<br />

Bournemouth<br />

Prime Video<br />

Kick-off 5.30.<br />

7.30 Burnley v<br />

Birmingham City<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.00 Manchester United<br />

v Nottingham Forest<br />

Prime Video<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

6.00 AM Western United<br />

Women v Newcastle<br />

Jets Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

2.00 PM Troyes v Nantes<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

4.00 Auxerre v Monaco<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

6.00 Clermont Foot v Lille<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 6.00.<br />

7.30 Hibernian v Celtic<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.00 Paris Saint-Germain<br />

v Strasbourg<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.00 Brest v Lyon<br />

Ā Sport 4<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

3.30 PM Girona<br />

v Rayo Vallecano<br />

Viaplay Sports 1<br />

4.00 Lorient v Montpellier<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 4.00.<br />

5.30 Queens Park Rangers<br />

v Luton Town<br />

Sky Sports Football,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-off 6.00.<br />

6.00 Reims v Rennes<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 6.00.<br />

6.15 Real Betis v<br />

Athletic Bilbao<br />

Viaplay Sports 1<br />

Kick-off 6.15.<br />

8.00 Blackpool v<br />

Sheffield United<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Kick-off 8.15.<br />

8.00 Marseille v Toulouse<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.00 Nice v Lens<br />

Ā Sport 4<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.30 Atletico Madrid v Elche<br />

Viaplay Sports 1<br />

Kick-off 8.30.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

8.45 AM Western United<br />

v Brisbane Roar<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

3.30 PM Getafe v Mallorca<br />

Viaplay Sports 2<br />

6.15 Celta Vigo v Sevilla<br />

Viaplay Sports 2<br />

7.00 Liverpool v<br />

Leicester City<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-off 8.00.<br />

8.30 Real Valladolid v<br />

Real Madrid<br />

Viaplay Sports 2<br />

9.15 SC Braga v Benfica<br />

Ā Sport 4<br />

Kick-off 9.15.<br />

4.00 AM Brisbane Roar<br />

Women v Sydney FC<br />

Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

4.00 Melbourne Victory<br />

Women v Canberra<br />

United Women<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

4.00 Newcastle Jets<br />

Women v Adelaide<br />

United Women<br />

Ā Sport 4<br />

CRICKET<br />

SATURDAY<br />

6.00 AM Hobart Hurricanes v<br />

Melbourne Renegades<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

The BBL match.<br />

SUNDAY<br />

11.30 PM Australia v<br />

South Africa<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Also Monday<br />

11.30pm Ā Sport 2<br />

Tuesday 11.30pm<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Wednesday 11.30pm<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Thursday 11.30pm<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

The Second Test.<br />

4.30 AM Canterbury Kings v<br />

Auckland Aces<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

MONDAY<br />

7.00 AM Sydney Sixers v<br />

Melbourne Stars<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

10.00 Perth Scorchers v<br />

Adelaide Strikers<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

4.50 Pakistan v<br />

New Zealand<br />

Sky Sports Cricket<br />

Also 5am Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Also Tuesday 4.50am<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, 5am<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Wednesday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket, 5am<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Thursday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket, 5am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Friday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket Ā5am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage of the First Test.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

7.45 AM Sydney Thunder v<br />

Brisbane Heat<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

7.45 AM Sydney Sixers v<br />

Melbourne Renegades<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

THURSDAY<br />

7.00 AM Brisbane Heat v<br />

Sydney Thunder<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

10.00 Perth Scorchers v<br />

Melbourne Stars<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

FRIDAY<br />

7.25 AM Melbourne<br />

Renegades v<br />

Sydney Sixers<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

4.00 AM Sydney Thunder v<br />

Hobart Hurricanes<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

WINTER<br />

SPORT<br />

TUESDAY<br />

8.45 AM Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of the second<br />

run in the women’s giant<br />

slalom on day one of the<br />

World Cup meeting in<br />

Semmering, Austria.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

8.45 AM Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

All the action from the<br />

second run in the<br />

women’s giant slalom on<br />

day two of the World Cup<br />

meeting in Semmering.<br />

10.15 Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of the men’s<br />

downhill competition in<br />

the World Cup meeting<br />

from Bormio in Italy.<br />

1.00 PM Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of day one of<br />

the women’s HS98 World<br />

Cup competition staged<br />

in Villach, Austria.<br />

3.25 Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of the<br />

qualifying session for the<br />

men’s HS137 in the<br />

opening Four Hills event<br />

of the season from<br />

Oberstdorf in Germany.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

10.15 AM Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Further coverage of the<br />

World Cup meeting from<br />

Bormio, Italy, featuring<br />

the men’s super-G.<br />

12.00 NOON Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

All the action from day<br />

two of the women’s HS98<br />

World Cup competition<br />

in Villach, Austria.<br />

1.45 PM Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of the first run<br />

in the women’s World<br />

Cup slalom event at<br />

Semmering, Austria.<br />

3.00 Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Further coverage of<br />

the first of the Four Hills<br />

events, featuring the<br />

men’s HS137 competition<br />

at Oberstdorf in Germany.<br />

Japanese superstar<br />

Ryōyū Kobayashi was<br />

victorious in this event<br />

last season before<br />

eventually becoming<br />

overall champion of the<br />

Four Hills tournament.<br />

5.30 Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage of the second<br />

run in the women’s<br />

World Cup slalom at<br />

Semmering, Austria.<br />

Sky 401- 409/416 Virgin 501- 510 BT 420-429 Sky 413/414/417/423 Virgin 527-530 BT 408-413<br />

Total<br />

48 TVguide


RUGBY<br />

UNION<br />

SATURDAY<br />

2.30 Ā Leicester Tigers<br />

v Gloucester<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe<br />

Premiership match<br />

staged ĀWelfor ĀRoad<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

1.00 Ā Harlequins Women<br />

v Bristol Bears Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe Women<br />

Premier 15s match<br />

fr Ā Twickenham<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.30.<br />

3.45 Harlequins v<br />

Bristol Bears<br />

ITV1, Ā Sport 1<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

concluding match of<br />

the 13th round of<br />

Premiership fixtures, held<br />

ĀTwickenham. Quins<br />

have enjoyed Āstrong<br />

season Ā far and will<br />

hope Āqualify for the<br />

play-offs, while Bristol’s<br />

primary goal looks to<br />

Ā Āavoid relegation,<br />

but both teams will<br />

want Āput Ā Āshow<br />

Āthe home ĀEnglish<br />

rugby ĀKick-of Ā4.15.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

7.00 Ā Sale Sharks v<br />

Leicester Tigers<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe<br />

Premiership encounter<br />

taking place Ā Ā Bell<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

Leicester Tigers<br />

v Gloucester<br />

BT Sport 1 Saturday 2.30pm<br />

The reigning Premiership<br />

champions welcome Gloucester<br />

ĀWelfor ĀRoad. Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

DARTS<br />

TUESDAY<br />

12.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Showcase, Sky<br />

Sports Arena, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Also 7pm Sky Sports<br />

Arena, 7.30pm Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Action fr Ā day 10<br />

ĀAlexandra Palace.<br />

Scotland’ ĀPeter Wright<br />

claimed the title for<br />

Āsecond time last<br />

year Ādefeating<br />

England’ ĀMichael<br />

Smith 7-5 Āthe final.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

12.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Also 7pm Sky Sports<br />

Arena, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Day Ā ĀAlexandra<br />

Palace ĀLondon.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

12.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Also 7pm Sky Sports<br />

Arena, 8pm Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āday 12.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

12.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Also 7pm Sky<br />

Sports Arena<br />

Coverage Āday 13<br />

ĀAlexandra Palace.<br />

Ā Ā Ā December<br />

OTHER<br />

SPORT<br />

AMERICAN<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

5.00 Ā NFL<br />

Saturday Sky Sports<br />

NFL, Sky Sports Main<br />

Event<br />

Kick-of Ā6.00.<br />

9.15 NFL<br />

Saturday Sky Sports<br />

NFL, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

1.00 Ā Pittsburgh Steelers<br />

v Las Vegas Raiders<br />

Saturday Sky Sports<br />

NFL, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL<br />

week Ā match ĀAcrisure<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.15.<br />

1.00 Middle Tennessee Blue<br />

Raiders v San Diego<br />

State Aztecs<br />

Saturday Ā Sport 1<br />

The NCAA clas Ā ĀClarence<br />

T Ā ĀChing Athletics<br />

Complex. Kick-of Ā1.00.<br />

5.30 Ā Miami Dolphins v<br />

Green Bay Packers<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL week<br />

Ā match ĀHar ĀRock<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā6.00.<br />

9.15 Los Angeles Rams<br />

v Denver Broncos<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Action fr Ā the NFL<br />

week Ā match ĀSoFi<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā9.30.<br />

1.10 Ā Arizona Cardinals v<br />

Tampa Bay Buccaneers<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL week<br />

Ā game ĀState Farm<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.20.<br />

7.30 Ā New Mexico State<br />

Aggies v Bowling<br />

Green Falcons<br />

Monday Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā7.30.<br />

1.00 Ā Indianapolis Colts v<br />

Los Angeles Chargers<br />

Monday Channel 5,<br />

Sky Sports NFL, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL<br />

week Ā match ĀLucas<br />

Oil Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.15.<br />

5.00 Ā Georgia Southern<br />

Eagles v Buffalo Bulls<br />

Tuesday Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā5.00.<br />

3.15 Ā Wisconsin<br />

Badgers v Oklahoma<br />

State Cowboys<br />

Tuesday Ā Sport 3<br />

7.00 Ā UCF Knights<br />

v Duke Blue Devils<br />

Wednesday Ā Sport 2<br />

10.30 Ā Kansas Jayhawks v<br />

Arkansas Razorbacks<br />

Wednesday Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā10.30.<br />

2.00 Ā Texas Tech<br />

Red Raiders v Ole<br />

Miss Rebels<br />

Wednesday Ā Sport 2<br />

7.00 Ā Syracuse Orange<br />

v Minnesota Golden<br />

Gophers<br />

Thursday Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā7.00.<br />

10.30 Oklahoma Sooners v<br />

Florida State Seminoles<br />

Thursday Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā10.30.<br />

12.00 M’T Tennessee Titans<br />

v Dallas Cowboys<br />

Thursday Sky Sports NFL,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL<br />

week Ā match ĀNissan<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.15.<br />

2.00 Ā Texas Longhorns v<br />

Washington Huskies<br />

Thursday Ā Sport 3<br />

5.00 Ā Maryland Terrapins<br />

v NC State Wolfpack<br />

Friday Ā Sport 4<br />

Kick-of Ā5.00.<br />

7.00 Ā Pittsburgh Panthers<br />

v UCLA Bruins<br />

Friday Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā7.00.<br />

11.00 Ā Notre Dame Fighting<br />

Irish v South Carolina<br />

Gamecocks<br />

Friday Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā11.00.<br />

1.00 Ā Tennessee<br />

Volunteers v<br />

Clemson Tigers<br />

Friday Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā1.00.<br />

BASKETBALL<br />

5.00 Ā New York Knicks v<br />

Philadelphia 76ers<br />

Sunday Sky Sports<br />

Football, Sky Sports Mix<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

Easter ĀConference match<br />

ĀMadison Square<br />

Garden. Tip-of Ā5.00.<br />

7.30 Dallas Mavericks<br />

v Los Angeles Lakers<br />

Sunday Sky Sports<br />

Football, Sky Sports Mix<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

Wester ĀConference<br />

match ĀAmerican Airlines<br />

Centr ĀTip-of Ā7.30.<br />

10.00 Boston Celtics v<br />

Milwaukee Bucks<br />

Sunday Sky Sports<br />

Football, Sky Sports Mix<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

NBA Easter ĀConference<br />

encounter staged ĀTD<br />

Garden. Tip-of Ā10.00<br />

Australia v<br />

South Africa<br />

BT Sport 1 Sunday 11.30pm<br />

The Second Test begins at<br />

Melbour Ā Cricket Ground.<br />

1.00 Ā Golden State<br />

Warriors v Memphis<br />

Grizzlies<br />

Sunday Sky Sports<br />

Football, Sky Sports Mix<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

Wester ĀConference<br />

encounter taking place at<br />

Chase Centr Ā ĀSan<br />

Francisco. Tip-of Ā1.00.<br />

3.30 Denver Nuggets<br />

v Phoenix Suns<br />

Sunday Sky Sports<br />

Football, Sky Sports Mix<br />

Also 4.30am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

Wester ĀConference<br />

match staged ĀBall<br />

Arena. Tip-of Ā3.30<br />

12.00 M’T Cleveland Cavaliers<br />

v Brooklyn Nets<br />

Monday Sky Sports Mix<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

NBA match taking place<br />

ĀRocket Mortgage<br />

FieldHouse. Tip-of Ā12.00.<br />

12.30 Ā Atlanta Hawks<br />

v Los Angeles Lakers<br />

Friday Sky Sports Main<br />

Event, Sky Sports Mix<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

encounter ĀState Farm<br />

Arena. Tip-of Ā12.30.<br />

CYCLING<br />

12.30 Ā Cyclo-Cross<br />

Monday Eurosport 1<br />

Also 2pm Eurosport 1<br />

Fr Ā Gaver ĀBelgium.<br />

2.00 Ā Cyclo-Cross<br />

Tuesday Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage fr Ā Heusden-<br />

Zolder ĀBelgium.<br />

5.50 Ā Cyclo-Cross<br />

Wednesday Eurosport 1<br />

Also 7.35pm Eurosport 1<br />

Fr Ā Diegem ĀBelgium.<br />

12.40 Ā Cyclo-Cross<br />

Friday Eurosport 1<br />

Also 1.55pm Eurosport 1<br />

Fr Ā Loenhout, Belgium.<br />

HORSE RACING<br />

12.30 Ā Kempton Park<br />

Monday ITV1<br />

Also 12.30pm<br />

Tuesday ITV4<br />

12.40 Ā Leopardstown<br />

And Leicester<br />

Thursday ITV4<br />

WRESTLING<br />

1.00 Ā WWE Raw<br />

Monday Ā Sport 1<br />

1.00 Ā WWE NXT<br />

Tuesday Ā Sport 1<br />

Sky 410 /411 Virgin 521/522<br />

TVguide 49<br />

Total


FOOTBALL<br />

SATURDAY<br />

11.30 AM Ā Wolverhampton<br />

Wanderers v<br />

Manchester United<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā12.30.<br />

5.00 Ā Brighton and Hove<br />

Albion v Arsenal<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā5.30.<br />

4.00 Ā Newcastle Jets<br />

v Sydney FC<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā4.00.<br />

SUNDAY<br />

6.00 Ā Western Sydney<br />

Wanderers v<br />

Macarthur FC<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

8.00 Perth Glory Women v<br />

Western United Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

11.30 Blackburn Rovers<br />

v Cardiff City<br />

Sky Sports Football,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā12.00.<br />

1.00 Ā Tottenham Hotspur<br />

v Aston Villa<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League<br />

Also 2pm Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā2.00.<br />

2.00 Monaco v Brest<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

4.00 Nottingham Forest<br />

v Chelsea<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā4.30.<br />

4.00 Lyon v Clermont Foot<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā4.00.<br />

7.30 Lens v Paris<br />

Saint-Germain<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

2.00 Ā Wellington Phoenix<br />

v Melbourne City<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

MONDAY<br />

8.45 Ā Adelaide United<br />

v Perth Glory<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

11.15 Wellington Phoenix<br />

Women v Western<br />

Sydney Wanderers<br />

Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

11.30 Rangers v Celtic<br />

Sky Sports Football, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā12.30.<br />

2.00 Ā Strasbourg v Troyes<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā2.00.<br />

2.30 Maidstone United v<br />

Dagenham & Redbridge<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

Chelsea v Manchester City<br />

Sky Sports Premier League/Main<br />

Event Thursday 6.30pm<br />

Kick-of Ā8.00.<br />

2.55 Norwich City v Watford<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Also 3pm Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

4.00 Lille v Reims<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

5.00 Brentford v Liverpool<br />

Sky Showcase, Sky<br />

Sports Premier League,<br />

Kick-of Ā5.30.<br />

6.00 Montpellier v Marseille<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā6.00.<br />

7.30 Queens Park Rangers<br />

v Sheffield United<br />

Sky Sports Football<br />

Kick-of Ā8.00.<br />

8.00 Rennes v Nice<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā8.00.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

7.00 Ā Arsenal v<br />

Newcastle United<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

11.30 Ā Salernitana<br />

v AC Milan<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

11.30 Sassuolo v Sampdoria<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

1.30 Ā Spezia v Atalanta<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā1.30.<br />

1.30 Torino v Hellas Verona<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā1.30.<br />

3.30 AS Roma v Bologna<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā3.30.<br />

3.30 Lecce v Lazio<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā3.30.<br />

5.30 Cremonese v Juventus<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā5.30.<br />

5.30 Fiorentina v Monza<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā5.30.<br />

7.30 Crystal Palace v<br />

Tottenham Hotspur<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā8.00.<br />

7.30 Inter Milan v Napoli<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

7.45 Udinese v Empoli<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

6.30 Ā Chelsea v<br />

Manchester City<br />

Sky Sports Premier<br />

League, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Kick-of Ā8.00.<br />

11.00 Perth Glory v Western<br />

Sydney Wanderers<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

4.00 Ā Melbourne Victory<br />

Women v Perth<br />

Glory Women<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

FRIDAY<br />

8.45 Ā Melbourne Victory v<br />

Brisbane Roar<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā8.45.<br />

7.30 Ā Manchester United<br />

v Everton<br />

ITV1<br />

All the action fr Ā the FA<br />

Cup third-round tie ĀOld<br />

Traffordick-of Ā8.00.<br />

4.00 Ā Newcastle Jets<br />

Women v Sydney<br />

FC Women<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

5.00 Adelaide United<br />

Women v Canberra<br />

United Women<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā5.00.<br />

CRICKET<br />

SATURDAY<br />

6.00 Ā Pakistan<br />

v New Zealand<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe First Test.<br />

6.00 Sydney Thunder v<br />

Hobart Hurricanes<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

7.45 Adelaide Strikers v<br />

Melbourne Stars<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

2.10 Melbourne Renegades<br />

v Perth Scorchers<br />

Sky Sports Cricket<br />

Also 2.30am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

SUNDAY<br />

7.45 Ā Brisbane Heat<br />

v Sydney Sixers<br />

Sky Sports Cricket,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

MONDAY<br />

7.45 Ā Hobart Hurricanes<br />

v Adelaide Strikers<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

TUESDAY<br />

7.45 Ā Melbourne Stars v<br />

Melbourne Renegades<br />

Sky Sports Cricket, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

11.30 Ā Australia<br />

v South Africa<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Also Wednesday<br />

11.30pm Ā Sport 1<br />

Thursday 11.30pm<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Friday 11.30pm<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

1.30 Ā Wellington Firebirds<br />

v Northern Brave<br />

Ā Sport 3<br />

4.50 Pakistan v New Zealand<br />

Sky Sports Cricket<br />

Also 5am Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Wednesday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket, 5am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Thursday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket, 5.30am<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Friday 4.50am Sky<br />

Sports Cricket Ā5am Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

10.00 Ā Perth Scorchers v<br />

Sydney Thunder<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

Also 12pm Sky Sports<br />

Cricket, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

THURSDAY<br />

7.45 Ā Adelaide Strikers v<br />

Hobart Hurricanes<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

FRIDAY<br />

7.25 Ā Melbourne Stars v<br />

Sydney Sixers<br />

Sky Sports Mix<br />

WINTER<br />

SPORT<br />

SATURDAY<br />

12.55 Ā Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also Sunday 12.45pm<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe men’s<br />

HS142 competition Āthe<br />

Four Hills event at<br />

Garmisch-Partenkirchen.<br />

2.50 Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also Sunday 3.20pm<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

World Cup coverage from<br />

Ljubno ĀSlovenia.<br />

SUNDAY<br />

10.50 Ā Cross-Country Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Als Ā12.05pm Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe women’s<br />

and men’ Ā10km pursuit<br />

classics Āthe World<br />

Cup meeting fr Ā Val<br />

Mustair ĀSwitzerland.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

10.35 Ā Cross-Country Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also 1.30pm Eurosport 1<br />

Also Wednesday<br />

10.05am Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe Tour<br />

Ā Ski meeting from<br />

Oberstdorf, Germany.<br />

12.25 Ā Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also Wednesday<br />

12.30pm Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe men’s<br />

HS130 event Āthe<br />

thir Ā Āthe Four Hills<br />

competitions this season,<br />

held ĀInnsbruck, Austria.<br />

WEDNESDAY<br />

11.30 Ā Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also 3.30pm Eurosport 1<br />

Also Thursday 1.45pm,<br />

4.30pm Eurosport 1<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

World Cup meeting in<br />

Zagreb, Croatia.<br />

2.30 Alpine Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also 5.30pm Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe World<br />

Cup meeting from<br />

Garmisch-Partenkirchen.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

3.25 Ā Ski Jumping<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Also Friday 3pm<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe men’s<br />

HS142 event Āthe final<br />

Four Hills meeting,<br />

which takes place at<br />

Bischofshofen, Austria.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

11.20 Ā Cross-Country Skiing<br />

Eurosport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe Tour De<br />

Ski meeting fr Ā Val<br />

ĀFiemme ĀItaly.<br />

Sky 401- 409/416 Virgin 501- ‰ĀĀBT 420-429 Sky 413/414/417/423 Virgin 527-530 BT 408-413<br />

Total<br />

50 TVguide


RUGBY<br />

UNION<br />

SATURDAY<br />

2.30 Ā Saracens v<br />

Exeter Chiefs<br />

Ā Sport 2<br />

Coverage Āthe<br />

Premiership match<br />

fr Ā StoneX Stadium.<br />

Saracens have made a<br />

flying start Āthe season<br />

and will Ā confident of<br />

victory against the Chiefs.<br />

Sarries ar Āone Āthe<br />

most successful clubs of<br />

the moder Āera, having<br />

been crowned European<br />

champions thr Ā times, in<br />

2016, 2017 and 2019.<br />

They have also won the<br />

English Premiership five<br />

times, most recently in<br />

2019. Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

SUNDAY<br />

2.00 Ā Northampton<br />

Saints v Harlequins<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

Premiership contest<br />

Ācinch Stadium at<br />

Franklin’ ĀGardens, as<br />

both clubs continue their<br />

quests Āreach the<br />

play-offs. Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

FRIDAY<br />

7.00 Ā Gloucester<br />

v Saracens<br />

Ā Sport 1<br />

Action fr Ā the Premiership<br />

match ĀKingsholm<br />

Stadium, Ā the twotime<br />

European Challenge<br />

Cup winners welcome<br />

Sarries. Kick-of Ā7.45.<br />

Tournament Of<br />

Champions<br />

Sky Sports Golf/Main Event<br />

Thursday from 7.30pm<br />

The new season Āthe PGA<br />

Tour tees of Ā Āthe Plantation<br />

Course ĀKapalua ĀHawaii.<br />

Ā December ĀĀJanuary<br />

DARTS<br />

SUNDAY<br />

12.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena<br />

Coverage Āthe first two<br />

quarter-final matches of<br />

the tournament at<br />

Alexandra Palace.<br />

7.30 World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe<br />

concluding two quarterfinal<br />

matches ĀAlexandra<br />

Palace ĀLondon.<br />

MONDAY<br />

7.30 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena<br />

Also 8pm Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe semi-final<br />

matches Ā day Ā at<br />

Alexandra Palace in<br />

London. Michael<br />

Smith and Peter Wright<br />

wer Āvictorious Āthis<br />

stage last year Ādefeating<br />

James Wade and Gary<br />

Anderson respectively.<br />

TUESDAY<br />

8.00 Ā World Championship<br />

Sky Sports Arena<br />

Also 9.45pm Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe final on<br />

day Ā Āthe tournament<br />

ĀAlexandra Palace in<br />

London. Scotland’s<br />

Peter Wright claimed<br />

the title for Āsecond<br />

time last year Ādefeating<br />

England’ ĀMichael<br />

Smith 7-5 Āthe final.<br />

OTHER<br />

SPORT<br />

AMERICAN<br />

FOOTBALL<br />

5.00 Ā Alabama Crimson<br />

Tide v Kansas<br />

State Wildcat<br />

Saturday Ā Sport 1<br />

Kick-of Ā5.00.<br />

5.00 Iowa Hawkeyes v<br />

Kentucky Wildcats<br />

Saturday Ā Sport 3<br />

Kick-of Ā5.00.<br />

9.00 College Football<br />

Saturday Ā Sport 1<br />

Action fr Ā the NCAA.<br />

5.00 NFL<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL<br />

Coverage Ā Āweek 17<br />

match. Kick-of Ā6.00.<br />

9.20 NFL<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL<br />

Also 11.30pm Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Ā Āweek<br />

Ā match, Ā the NFL<br />

season continues.<br />

1.10 Ā Los Angeles<br />

Chargers v Los<br />

Angeles Rams<br />

Sunday Sky Sports NFL,<br />

Sky Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL<br />

week Ā match ĀSoFi<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.20.<br />

5.00 Ā Mississippi State<br />

Bulldogs v Illinois<br />

Fighting Illini<br />

Monday Ā Sport 4<br />

Action fr Ā the Raymond<br />

James Stadium in<br />

Tampa. Kick-of Ā5.00<br />

6.00 USC Trojans v<br />

Tulane Green Wave<br />

Monday Ā Sport 2<br />

Coverage fr Ā the AT&T<br />

Stadium ĀArlington,<br />

Texas. Kick-of Ā6.00.<br />

6.00 LSU Tigers v Purdue<br />

Boilermakers<br />

Monday Ā Sport 3<br />

Action fr Ā Camping<br />

World Stadium ĀOrlando,<br />

Florida. Kick-of Ā6.00<br />

10.00 Ā Utah Utes v Penn<br />

State Nittany Lions<br />

Monday Ā Sport 2<br />

Action fr Ā Pasadena,<br />

California. Kick-of Ā10.00.<br />

1.00 Ā Cincinnati Bengals<br />

v Buffalo Bills<br />

Monday Channel 5,<br />

Sky Sports NFL, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NFL week<br />

Ā match ĀPaul Brown<br />

Stadium. Kick-of Ā1.30.<br />

BASKETBALL<br />

8.00 Ā Indiana Pacers v<br />

Los Angeles Clippers<br />

Saturday Sky Sports Mix<br />

Also 8.30pm Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

inter-conference match<br />

staged ĀGainbridge<br />

Fieldhouse. Tip-of Ā8.00.<br />

12.00 M’T Chicago Bulls v<br />

Cleveland Cavaliers<br />

Saturday Sky<br />

Sports Mix, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event,<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

inter-conference<br />

encounter ĀUnited<br />

Centr ĀTip-of Ā12.00.<br />

6.00 Ā Indiana Hoosiers v<br />

Nebraska Cornhuskers<br />

Sunday Ā Sport 3<br />

The NCAA clash from<br />

Bloomington Assembly<br />

Hall. Tip-of Ā6.00.<br />

8.00 College Basketball<br />

Sunday Ā Sport 3<br />

10.00 College Basketball<br />

Sunday Ā Sport 3<br />

Ā NCAA fixture.<br />

11.00 Ā Mississippi<br />

State Bulldogs v<br />

Ole Miss Rebels<br />

Sunday Ā Sport 1<br />

Coverage Āthe NCAA<br />

clash fr Ā Humphrey<br />

Coliseum. Tip-of Ā11.00.<br />

1.00 Ā Denver Nuggets<br />

v Boston Celtics<br />

Sunday Sky Sports Mix<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

inter-conference match at<br />

Ball Arena. Tip-of Ā1.00<br />

12.00 M’T College Basketball<br />

Tuesday Ā Sport 4<br />

Action fr Ā the NCAA.<br />

2.00 Ā Texas Red Raiders v<br />

Kansas Jayhawks<br />

Tuesday Ā Sport 4<br />

The NCAA clash from<br />

United Supermarkets<br />

Arena. Tip-of Ā2.00<br />

12.00 M’T College Basketball<br />

Wednesday Ā Sport 3<br />

12.00 M’T Houston Cougars<br />

v SMU Mustangs<br />

Thursday Ā Sport 4<br />

Coverage Āthe NCAA<br />

match fr Ā Hofheinz<br />

Pavilion. Tip-of Ā12.00<br />

12.30 Ā Dallas Mavericks<br />

v Boston Celtics<br />

Thursday Sky<br />

Sports Arena<br />

The NBA inter-conference<br />

match ĀAmerican Airlines<br />

Centr ĀTip-of Ā12.30.<br />

3.00 Ā Denver Nuggets v<br />

Los Angeles Clippers<br />

Thursday Sky Sports<br />

Arena, Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe NBA<br />

Wester ĀConference<br />

match taking place ĀBall<br />

Arena. Tip-of Ā3.00<br />

Northampton Saints<br />

v Harlequins<br />

BT Sport 1 Sunday 2pm<br />

The New Year’ ĀDay clash at<br />

Franklin’ ĀGardens. Kick-of Ā3.00.<br />

4.00 Ā San Francisco Dons<br />

v Gonzaga Bulldogs<br />

Thursday Ā Sport 4<br />

Coverage Āthe NCAA<br />

clash fr Ā W ĀMemorial<br />

Gym. Tip-of Ā4.00.<br />

GOLF<br />

7.30 Ā Tournament<br />

Of Champions<br />

Thursday Sky Sports Golf<br />

Also 11pm Sky Sports<br />

Main Event<br />

Friday 7.30pm Ā11pm<br />

Sky Sports Golf, Sky<br />

Sports Main Event<br />

Coverage Āthe calendaryear<br />

opening tournament<br />

Āthe PGA Tour season,<br />

held Āthe Plantation<br />

Course ĀKapalua in<br />

Hawaii. Australia’s<br />

Camer Ā Smith shot the<br />

lowest Ā hole to-par<br />

scor Ā Āthe history Āthe<br />

PGA Tour Ā his way to<br />

winning last year’ Āevent.<br />

GYMNASTICS<br />

12.00 M’T Alabama Crimson<br />

Tide v Michigan<br />

State Spartans<br />

Friday Ā Sport 4<br />

2.00 Ā Utah Utes<br />

v LSU Tigers<br />

Friday Ā Sport 4<br />

HORSE RACING<br />

1.00 Ā Newbury, Warwick<br />

And Lingfield Park<br />

Saturday ITV4<br />

Coverage Āthe day’s<br />

race meetings.<br />

1.00 Ā Cheltenham,<br />

Musselburgh And<br />

Sunday ITV1<br />

Coverage Āthe day’s<br />

race meetings.<br />

LACROSSE<br />

3.30 Ā Las Vegas<br />

Desert Dogs v<br />

Philadelphia Wings<br />

Friday Ā Sport 4<br />

All the action fr Ā the<br />

National Lacrosse<br />

League encounter at<br />

Michelob ULTRA Arena at<br />

Mandalay Bay Resort &<br />

Casino. Face-of Ā3.30.<br />

WRESTLING<br />

1.00 Ā WWE Raw<br />

Monday Ā Sport 1<br />

1.00 Ā WWE SmackDown<br />

Friday Ā Sport 1<br />

Sky 410 /411 Virgin 521/522<br />

TVguide 51<br />

Total


Main channels<br />

SATURDAY 24 December<br />

Today’s pick<br />

DON’T MISS<br />

The Boy, The Mole,<br />

The Fox And The Horse<br />

BBC1, 4.55pm This beautifully animated<br />

story, based on Charlie Mackesy’s bestselling<br />

book, resolutely wears its heart on its sleeve<br />

(with an ever-tinkling piano soundtrack). But<br />

even cynics will submit to the melancholic<br />

yet uplifting tale of a young boy who’s lost<br />

in the snow and trying to find his way home,<br />

helped by the friends he makes on the<br />

journey. Featuring the vocal talents of Idris<br />

Elba, Tom Hollander and Gabriel Byrne.<br />

BBC1<br />

1<br />

101 101/801 115/101 101 101 101/106/110<br />

6.00 Ā Breakfast The day’s headlines. (S, HD)<br />

9.55 Saturday Kitchen: Countdown To Christmas<br />

Matt Tebbutt welcomes guest chefs Georgina<br />

Hayden and Richard Bainbridge. (S, HD)<br />

11.25 Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

12.25 Ā BBC News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

12.40 The Farmer’s Llamas (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

1.05 Shaun The Sheep: The Flight Before<br />

Christmas Timmy goes missing. (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

1.40 The Secret Life Of Pets 2 ★★★<br />

A<br />

Animation. Max the terrier encounters canineintolerant<br />

cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey<br />

when he visits the countryside. With the voice<br />

of Patton Oswalt. (Cert U, 2019) (S, AD, HD)<br />

3.00 Pokémon Detective Pikachu ★★★<br />

A<br />

PREMIERE Adventur ĀA fomer Pokémon trainer sets<br />

out to find his detective father by teaming up with a<br />

wise-cracking talking Pikachu. With the voice of<br />

Ryan Reynolds. (Cert PG, 2019) (S, AD, HD)<br />

4.35 BBC News (S, HD)<br />

Followed by Regional News/Weather ĀĀ<br />

4.55 The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse<br />

B Adaptation of Charlie Mackesy’s illustrated book about<br />

a boy and his animal companions. (S, AD, HD)<br />

5.25 The Nutcracker And The Four Realms ★★★<br />

A<br />

PREMIERE Fantasy ĀĀgirl Ātransported into Āmagical<br />

world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.<br />

With Mackenzie Foy. (Cert PG, 2018) (S, AD, HD)<br />

BBC2<br />

2<br />

102 102/802 102/115 102 102 102/106/180<br />

6.05 Ā Heaven Made At Christmas<br />

Following the nuns and monks at thr Ā<br />

Benedictine abbeys. (R, S, HD)<br />

7.05 Gardeners’ World Winter<br />

Specials (R, S, HD)<br />

8.05 Countryfile (R, S, HD)<br />

8.55 Inside The Christmas Factory How<br />

Christmas items are made. (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

9.55 King Of Kings ★★★★<br />

A<br />

Biblical epic. Āelling the story of the birth,<br />

life and crucifixion ĀChrist. Narrated Ā<br />

Orson Welles. (Cert U, 1961) (S, HD)<br />

12.25 Ā Homes Under The Hammer<br />

From Liverpool and Cumbria. (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

12.55 Bargain Hunt (R, S, HD)<br />

1.40 North By Northwest ★★★★★<br />

A<br />

Thriller. An innocent Cary Grant is<br />

mistaken for a spy by a foreign agent,<br />

and is drawn into a world of espionage<br />

and adventure. (Cert PG, 1959) (S, HD)<br />

3.55 Charlie Mackesy: The Boy, The<br />

Mole, The Fox, The Horse, And Me<br />

B<br />

The author traces the events that<br />

shaped his artistic imagination. (S, AD, HD)<br />

4.55 Chariots Of Fire ★★★★★<br />

A<br />

Drama. The true story of British runners<br />

Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams (Ian<br />

Charleson and Ben Cross), going for gold<br />

at the 1924 Olympics. (Cert U, 1981) (S, HD)<br />

Britain Get Singing<br />

ITV1, 8.05pm As part of ITV’s mental health<br />

campaign groups from Corrie, Emmerdale, The<br />

Chase, Loose Women and Love Island (above)<br />

feature in this festive singing contest. Roman<br />

Kemp hosts while talent show stars Alesha<br />

Dixon, will.i.am, Jason Manford and Adam<br />

Lambert pass judgement. With singers Kéllé<br />

Bryan, Brenda Edwards and Coleen Nolan<br />

among the Loose crew, they could be hard to<br />

beat. But it’s the studio audience that decides.<br />

YOUR NOTES<br />

TONIGHT’S LOTTERY NUMBERS<br />

7.00 His Dark Materials<br />

2/8. The Break: Asriel’s (James McAvoy) plans<br />

change when unexpected angelic visitors crash into<br />

his republic, bringing vital information with them, and<br />

Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) risks everything to protect<br />

her daughter. Fantasy with Dafne Keen. (S, AD, HD)<br />

8.00 Blankety Blank<br />

Christmas Special: Bradley Walsh hosts a festive<br />

edition of the game show with Jonathan Ross, Alison<br />

Hammond, Joanna Lumley, Alex Horne, Guz Khan<br />

and Joanna Page filling in the blanks. (S, HD)<br />

● Repeated on Tuesday at 1.25am<br />

8.35 I Can See Your Voice<br />

8/8. Paddy McGuinness hosts the series finale of the<br />

mystery singing game show with up to £10K at stake.<br />

A mum and daughter from Poole must sift out the<br />

good singers from the bad without actually hearing<br />

them. Helping them ar ĀJimmy Carr ĀAlison Hammond<br />

and Amanda Holden, and this week they’re joined by<br />

Bad Education star Layton Williams – who’ll also duet<br />

with the last singer standing. Last in series. (S, HD)<br />

● Repeated on Tuesday at 9.00pm on BBC3<br />

9.40 That’s My Jam<br />

2/8. Mo Gilligan hosts the music game show. Nicole<br />

Scherzinger and rugby star boyfriend Thom Evans<br />

take on Joey Fatone from NYSNC and Grammynominated<br />

Aloe Blacc as they face some supersized<br />

musical challenges, pushing their abilities<br />

to the limit as they compete to be declar ĀĀ<br />

this week’ ĀThat’s My Jam champions. (S, HD)<br />

● Repeated on Friday at 1.00am<br />

10.40 Not Going Out<br />

2021 Christmas Special: Lee’s not happy that Lucy’s<br />

bought panto tickets. Sitcom with Lee Mack. (R, S, HD)<br />

11.20 BBC News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

11.45 Midnight Mass From Blackburn Cathedral<br />

B The traditional first Mass of Christmas, live fr Ā<br />

Blackburn Cathedral, presided over by the Dean of<br />

Blackburn, the Most Rev Peter Howell-Jones. (S, HD)<br />

1.00 Ā F La La Land ★★★★ Musical. †ĀĀĀ<br />

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. (Cert 12, 2016)<br />

(S, AD, HD) Followed by Weather For The Week<br />

Ahead (S, HD) 3.05-6.00 BBC News (HD)<br />

6.55 Carols From King’s<br />

B The traditional Christmas celebration<br />

recorded in the candlelit Chapel of<br />

King’s College, Cambridge. (S, HD)<br />

8.10 Dad’s Army<br />

Turkey Dinner: Captain Mainwaring<br />

(Arthur Lowe) organises a Christmas<br />

treat for the struggling senior citizens<br />

of Walmington-on-Sea. (R, S)<br />

8.40 Mortimer & Whitehouse:<br />

Gone Fishing Christmas<br />

B<br />

Bob and Paul head off for a festive<br />

fishing trip to Norway, travelling<br />

to Vesteralen and the Lofoten<br />

Islands in the Arctic Circle. (S, AD, HD)<br />

9.40 The Fast Show<br />

Christmas Special: Festive edition of<br />

the comedy show from 1996. (R, S)<br />

10.25 Christmas Night With<br />

The Two Ronnies 1987<br />

Festive frolics from Messrs Barker and<br />

Corbett with a special Yuletide show of<br />

sketches, jokes and songs from 1987.<br />

Guests include Lynda Baron, Sandra<br />

Dickinson and Frank Finlay. (R, S, HD)<br />

10.40 Top Of The Pops:<br />

Review Of The Year<br />

B<br />

Clara Amfo and Jack Saunders look back<br />

over the year, presenting performances<br />

by Harry Styles, Stormzy and playing<br />

the Christmas Number One. (S, HD)<br />

11.40 Absolutely Fabulous Cold Turkey<br />

(Christmas 2003): Patsy (Joanna Lumley)<br />

is rushed to hospital. (R, S, AD)<br />

12.15 Ā Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely<br />

Champers (R, S, AD, HD) 1.15 Top Of<br />

The Pops (R, S) 2.15 F Lost At<br />

Christmas ★★ Romcom. (Cert 12,<br />

2020) (S, HD) 3.50 My Life At<br />

Christmas With Sally Phillips<br />

(SL, R, S, AD, HD) 4.50-5.35 The Best<br />

Christmas Food Ever (SL, R, S, AD, HD)<br />

CATCH UP See BBC iPlayer for on demand repeats CATCH UP See BBC iPlayer for on demand repeats<br />

Total<br />

52 TVguide<br />

(SL) Sign Language (R) Repeat (S) Subtitles (AD) Audio Description (HD) High Definition


ITV1<br />

3<br />

103<br />

103/803 103/176 103 103/113 103 /111<br />

6.00 Ā CITV Children’s entertainment. (HD)<br />

8.00 Trolls Holiday Holiday special, with the voices of<br />

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake. (S, HD)<br />

8.30 CITV Children’s entertainment. (HD)<br />

9.25 James Martin’s Saturday Morning At Christmas<br />

With Denise Van Outen and Joe Swash. (S, HD)<br />

11.35 John And Lisa’s Christmas Kitchen John Torode<br />

and Lisa Faulkner look back at favourite festive<br />

recipes from the show over the years. (S, HD)<br />

12.35 Ā ITV News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

12.45 Arthur Christmas ★★★<br />

A<br />

Animation. Santa’s son tries to make sure a girl<br />

accidentally missed off his dad’s list gets her<br />

Christmas presents. With the voices of James<br />

McAvoy and Jim Broadbent. (Cert U, 2011) (S, AD, HD)<br />

2.35 Santa Claus: The Movie ★★<br />

A<br />

Family ĀElf Dudley Moore leaves Santa to make a<br />

name for himself, only to be manipulated into aiding<br />

an evil toy-maker’s money-making schemes. With<br />

John Lithgow. (Cert U, 1985) (S, AD, HD)<br />

4.45 ITV News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

5.00 Regional News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

5.15 In For A Christmas Penny Stephen Mulhern heads<br />

B to Peterborough for a festive edition. (S, AD, HD)<br />

6.00 Celebrity Catchphrase Christmas Special:<br />

B Shirley Ballas, Oti Mabuse and Jonathan Ross try<br />

to guess the familiar phrases depicted by festivethemed<br />

animated clues to win cash for charity Ā<br />

Stephen Mulhern hosts. (S, AD, HD)<br />

7.00 Royal Carols: Together At Christmas<br />

B Catherine, Princess of Wales, hosts a Christmas carol<br />

service at Westminster Abbey, supported by the Royal<br />

Foundation, to recognise the efforts of individuals,<br />

families and communities across the UK in<br />

supporting others. The service, which is attended by<br />

other royals, also pays tribute to Elizabeth II and the<br />

values she demonstrated throughout her life. (S, HD)<br />

8.05 Britain Get Singing<br />

B Roman Kemp hosts as groups made up of familiar<br />

faces from ITV’s biggest shows go head-to-head in<br />

a spectacular sing-off. Stars fr Ā Love Island ĀThe<br />

Chase ĀLoose Women ĀEmmerdale ĀĀCoronation<br />

Street – including Michael Le Vell, Denise Welch, Lisa<br />

Riley, Linda Robson, Anne Hegerty, Jodie Prenger and<br />

Danica Taylor – take to the stage, hoping to impress<br />

the studio audience. The Voice’s will.i.am, Britain’s Got<br />

Talent’s Alesha Dixon and Starstruck’s Adam Lambert<br />

and Jason Manford appraise their efforts. (S, HD)<br />

9.20 It’ll Be Alright On The Night<br />

Bradley Walsh stumbles into an icy river, the stars<br />

ĀGardeners’ World endure a noisy nightmare, and<br />

Kim Kardashian makes an embarrassing mistake in<br />

front of the press – David Walliams has these and<br />

more as he introduces funny TV bloopers. (S, AD, HD)<br />

10.20 ITV News/Weather (S, HD)<br />

10.40 Christmas Comedy<br />

B Club With Lost Voice Guy<br />

Festive fun with the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent winner<br />

Lee Ridley and his guests, including ventriloquist<br />

Paul Zerdin, comedians Josie Long and Dara<br />

Ó Briain, and rapper Abandoman. (S, AD, HD)<br />

11.40 Christmas Carols On ITV Jane McDonald hosts<br />

B a traditional Christmas Eve celebration. (S, HD)<br />

12.45 Ā F The Holiday ★★ Romcom. With Camer Ā<br />

Diaz. (Cert 12, 2006) (S, AD, HD) 3.00 Gino’s Italian<br />

Family Adventure: A Festive Feast (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

3.25 John And Lisa’s Christmas Kitchen (R, S, HD)<br />

4.20 Unwind (R, S, HD) 4.55 Buck And Buddy (R, S,<br />

HD) 5.00 Hotel Transylvania (R, S, HD) 5.25 Dorg<br />

Van Dango (R, S, AD, HD) 5.35 Dodo (R, S, HD) 5.50-<br />

6.00 Mr Bean: The Animated Series (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

Channel 4<br />

4<br />

Wales 7<br />

104 104/804/108 104/108 104/108 104/106<br />

6.05 Ā F Rugrats Go Wild ★★★<br />

Animation. (Cert U, 2003) (S, HD) 7.25<br />

The Snowman (R, S, AD, HD) 7.50<br />

The Snowman And The Snowdog<br />

(R, S, AD, HD) 8.25 Father Christmas<br />

(R, S, AD) 9.00 Terry Pratchett’s<br />

The Abominable Snow Baby<br />

(R, S, AD, HD) 9.25 The Tiger Who<br />

Came To Tea (R, S, AD, HD) 10.00<br />

Shrek The Halls (R, S, HD) 10.30<br />

The Simpsons (R, S, AD) 11.30 F<br />

How To Train Your Dragon ★★★★<br />

Animation. (Cert PG, 2010) (S, AD, HD)<br />

1.25 Ā It’s A Wonderful Life ★★★★★<br />

A<br />

Drama. Suicidal small-town<br />

businessman James Stewart is visited<br />

by an angel who tries to change his<br />

mind by showing him the good he has<br />

done. (Cert U, 1946, B/W) (S, AD, HD)<br />

4.00 The Snowman A small boy’s snowman<br />

magically comes to life. (R, S, AD, HD)<br />

4.35 The Snowman And The Snowdog<br />

A young boy’s snowman and snowdog<