So if you need something to watch, or something to park the kids in front of, what films are showing on the key channels on December 25, 2018? From animation to live action, there’s plenty on offer. Here they are in chronological order.
8:05-9:40 Rugrats Go Wild (Channel 4)
The famous tots are stranded on a jungle island, only to run into the Wild Thornberrys.
10:20-12:15 Jack Frost (ITV)
A father who realises he spends too much time away from his family is killed in a car accident. One year later, his spirit takes on the form of a snowman, made by his son, allowing them to spend one last Christmas together.
10:45-13:05 Scrooge (Channel 5)
The 1970 adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, starring Albert Finney and Alec Guinness.
11:00-12:20 Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (BBC One)
Feature-length adventure starring the iconic claymation characters.
12:45-15:10 Guys and Dolls (BBC Two)
All-time classic musical starring Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.
13:05-15:10 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Channel 5)
Classic musical western.
13:30-15:00 The Good Dinosaur (BBC One)
Pixar animation depicting a world in which the dinosaurs never went extinct.
13:45-15:45 Arthur Christmas (Channel 4)
Heartwarming animated comedy starring the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Ashley Jensen and Bill Nighy.
15:10-18:05 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Channel 5)
A car with magical powers takes centre stage in this family favourite.
15:10-16:50 The Jungle Book (BBC One)
Live-action remake of the Disney animation, which was itself based on Rudyard Kipling’s story.
16:00-17:40 The Muppet Christmas Carol (Channel 4)
Michael Caine stars alongside the quirky Muppets in their unique version of the Charles Dickens story.
16:10-17:55 Monsters, Inc (ITV)
Disney/Pixar animation about monsters who scare children in their sleep, but wreak havoc when one little girl crosses over into their world.
17:40-20:00 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (Channel 4)
Comedy sequel in which Kevin McAllister finds himself once again spending the run-up to Christmas separated from his parents – and pursued by criminals Harry and Marv.
22:15-0:00 The Duchess (BBC Two)
Kiera Knightley stars in fact-based period drama.
11:30-1:20 Bridget Jones’s Diary (ITV)
Renee Zellweger plays the thirtysomething who feels growing pressure to find a man in this uproarious rom-com.