What to watch over the holiday season

What to watch over the holiday season

Don't miss our pick of festive films and TV specials over the Christmas period…

Between tucking into our Christmas dinner and visiting the relatives we'll all want to make a date with the movies or turn on the telly, so whether you're looking for a must-see musicals or an amazing adventure story, here's our guide to the releases you won't want to miss…

Get whisked away by Life of Pi, the adaptation of Yann Martel's fantastical adventure story, which sees a boy survive a shipwreck with only a tiger for company. It's a visual feast in 3D.


If rom-coms are your thing then catch Gossip Girl favourite Leighton Meester star opposite Hugh Laurie in The Oranges, the off-beat story of a college graduate who falls for her dad's best friend.

For festive fun and thrills, it's got to be Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Catch up with Bilbo Baggins as he journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a group of Dwarves to reclaim stolen treasure.

Love Glee? Then you'll be hanging off every note in Pitch Perfect, the feel-good story of two rival a cappella groups. It stars Twilight's Anna Kendrick (who knew she was such an amazing singer?)


Christmas Day

Downton Abbey's festive special is expected to pull in record viewings, and we'll definitely be among those tuning in. Sure to be a tear-jerker, it sees Lord and Lady Grantham and the family head to Scotland to visit relatives at Duneagle Castle, while the servants cause havoc at home. (9pm, ITV)

Boxing Day

Sienna Miller stars as The Birds actress Tippi Hedrin, in Hitchcock biopic, The Girl. Expect plenty of retro-fabulous fashion. (8:45pm, BBC 2)

From 30th December...

Holliday Grainger and Jeremy Irvine sizzle as the star-crossed lovers in David Nicholl's adaptation of Great Expectations. The perfect post-Christmas flick, it also stars Helena Bonham Carter as the jilted Ms Havisham, while Ralph Fiennes strikes the perfect balance between sensitive and scary as Pip's benefactor, Magwitch.



Happy viewing!

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