The Christmas TV Strategy Guide 2019 – January 1st
1100 – BBC1 – If you can get through the opening ten minutes without turning into a blubbering wreck like I did, then you’ll find a pretty sweet family film following the harrowing beginning
1230 – ITV2 – This selection may test your tolerance levels but you have a range of options here; dancing penguins from Mr Mad Max, the first Hotel Transylvania film and Minions. Lots of Minions.
1425 – BBC2 – A belting theme leads into a great western, just try to ignore the film snobs telling you to watch Seven Samurai instead
1430 – BBC1 – Even without Indiana Jones we can get out daily dose of Christmas Nazis thanks to Julie Andrews and the Austrian countryside
1750 – Sony Movies – A film firmly from the Dad shelf, a cold war thriller in the snow with Ernest Borgnine. Joy!
1800 – Channel 4 – The original and still the best? Not seen the remake so can’t say for sure but think thats the case
1855 – BBC1 – I do miss not having a Christmas Day Doctor Who special but at least the series is back and, hopefully, will be a bit more consistent than the up and down last series
2100 – BBC1 – “From the makers of Sherlock” may not be for everyone but this looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun
2100 – Film4 – Good lord what a film, the Mission Impossible series had been ticking up for a while but this was a massive leap in quality mainly thanks to Tom Cruise deciding he can do all of the stunts no matter how bonkers
2305 – Film4 – Two great examples of the “stick bad people in a room and let them shoot each other” sub genre, although Free Fire is bit more over the top that Tarantino’s classic