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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Watchers' Advent Calendar: 18th December

OK, Day 18 of The Watchers' Advent Calendar and we are just a week away from Christmas! Yep, seven days til presents can be opened, turkey can be incinerated and all hell can break loose over a Monopoly board because someone else wanted to be the top hat. 

In a bid to help soothe some of the arguments that can flare up over the festive period, we at The Watchers present a brief guide to the best films available on UK terrestrial TV. So stand by for...

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The Watchers' Guide To Christmas Viewing 2012

There are quite a few movies on over this festive period, so we thought we'd give you our picks of the best (or our favourite) ones to watch.

Whilst not exactly a Christmas film, Back To The Future Part III (Saturday 22nd, ITV1) is well worth a look. It's a whole lotta fun with Marty having to go back to the Wild West to save Doc Brown.

Christmas Eve could present you with a few problems: there's a great double-bill on BBC2 comprising of The Nightmare Before Christmas followed by Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or alternatively The Muppet Christmas Carol (a firm Watchers favourite) is on Channel 4 around the same time.

ITV1 wins the battle of the Christmas Day family movies with Tangled, a neat take on Rapunzel (featuring a kick-ass chameleon named Pascal) [BBC1 has Shrek Forever After which is probably best avoided] whilst Christmas Day night sees the deliriously funny Airplane! on Channel 4.

Boxing Day has quite a few films worth a look; Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland is on BBC1 whilst later in the day the same channel has How To Train Your Dragon (much better than expected). Also, on Boxing Day, turn over to Channel 4 to take in the splendour of The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (the best of the trilogy in our opinion).

Through the rest of the week, Pixar flick Ratatouille (BBC3, Sunday 30th) is always worth a watch as is the genuinely brilliant and slightly trippy Moon (also 30th, BBC2) directed by Duncan Jones and starring Sam Rockwell. Other family favourites on Sunday 30th December include Bedknobs And Broomsticks and Edward Scissorhands.

New Years Eve and the wonderful Julie & Julia (BBC2) is well worth your time (if you're not going out carousing). Brilliant performances by Meryl Streep and Amy Adams makes this a heartwarming joy. 

On New Years Day, I can heartily recommend Up (BBC1). Pixar at its very best. 

Let us know what you'll be watching in the comments below.

Come back tomorrow for some more Christmas movie fun!

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