TV: Viewers spoilt for choice for festive films

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CHRISTMAS is a time for family and friends, merriment and reflection.

But it’s also a time for sprawling out in front of the TV, watching film after film. I love this time of year, when days bleed into one another and the channels load up their schedules with films, both old and new.

This year should be no different. Whether it’s the terrestrial premiere of big-budget superhero blockbuster Avengers Assemble or favourites such as It’s a Wonderful Life, there’s a film for everyone on TV this festive season.

And to make things easier for you, I’ve dug out the treasured red marker pen and made my way through the TV listings to pick a few films that should be a priority.

In addition to Avengers Assemble, BBC One and BBC Two will be screening The Muppets, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, John Carter, and one of my favourite stop-motion animation films of recent time The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, pictured.

Over on Channel 4 you’ll find Fantastic Mr Fox, Turner and Hootch, Muppets Christmas Carol, Scrooged, The Grinch and It’s a Wonderful Life. STV has Casper, ET, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, while Channel Five – who by far have the weakest line-up – will show Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Ben Hur.

Of course, there’s plenty more where they came from – I’ve not even touched on Sky Movies’ line-up, which includes Frozen and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but I only have a limited wordcount to play with here.

Safe to say, however, that the channels – like every year – have pulled out all the stops. So snuggle up and indulge yourself this Christmas.

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