Here are my TV film picks for the festive period if you want to plan ahead and set the DVR or catchup on BBC iPlayer.
A few quick observations:
- This Christmas is the last before analogue switch off in April 2012.
- A lot of people can now watch HD films on terrestrial Freeview for the first time.
- The films section on BBC iPlayer is a treasure trove of content this time of year.
- There are some really interesting late night horror films on BBC2.
- BBC Four are showing some religious epics of the 1950s and a documentary on how they were made.
If you want to discuss any of the films below on Twitter my username is @filmdetail
Thursday 22nd December
- SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON (1949) is on BBC2 at 2.30pm
- THE DESCENT (2005) is on Film4 at 1.10am
Friday 23rd December
- LOCAL HERO (1983) is on Film4 at 3.20pm
- EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) is on ITV1 at 10.50pm
- FIGHT CLUB (1999) is on Film4 at 11pm
Saturday 24th December
- E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (1982) is on ITV1 at 3.25pm
- LAND OF THE PHARAOHS (1955) is on BBC Four at 9pm
- SON OF RAMBOW (2007) is on BBC3 at 9.20pm
- WALL STREET (1987) is on More4 at 11.50pm
- SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977) is on Film4 at 01.25am
- SPARTACUS (1960) is on ITV1 at 2.10am
Sunday 25th December
Monday 26th September
- SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954) is on C5 at 3.10pm
- THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) is on C5 at 5.10pm
- TITANIC (1997) is on More4 at 5.20pm
- GLADIATOR (2000) is on ITV1 at 11.15pm
- CAT PEOPLE (1942) is on BBC2 at 1.10am
- THE GODFATHER (1972) is C4 at 1am
- VERTIGO (1958) is on ITV1 at 2.05am
Tuesday 27th December
- IN BRUGES (2008) is on Film4 at 9pm
- KING KONG (2005) is on ITV1 at 10.30pm
- TROPIC THUNDER (2008) is on BBC1 at 10.45pm
- I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943) is on BBC2 at 01.30am
Wednesday 28th December
- THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975) is on BBC2 at 1.25pm
Thursday 29th December
- THE IPCRESS FILE (1965) is on BBC2 at 12.05pm
- DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (1988) is on BBC2 at 1.50pm
- THE GODFATHER PART II (1974) is on C4 at 00.20am
- SCARFACE (1983) is on ITV1 at 2.35am
- THE BODY SNATCHER (1945) is on BBC2 at 1.30am
Friday 30th December
- DAVID COPPERFIELD (1935) is on BBC2 at 9am
- EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990) is on @Film4 at 7pm
- BORAT (2006) is on E4 at 10.35pm