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22nd Dec 2015

JOE’s pick of the best films, sport and entertainment on TV this Christmas

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With livers pickled from Christmas parties, energy zapped from a year’s worth of work, it’s time re-focus our attention to food – and the telly. 

Christmas TV is a double-edged sword because even though we’re spoilt for choice it inevitably means more family rows about what to watch.

Before we slope off to another room with a plate of cold cuts to view exactly what we want, let’s all try and get through a film or two with the family. Even if it does mean Spartacus or Lawrence of Arabia for the 20th time.

Now, get yourself to the sofa…


Alan Partridge, Alpha Papa – Tuesday, December 22, BBC2, 10.30pm

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Wednesday, December 23, BBC1, 1.45pm 

Interstellar – Wednesday, December 23, Sky Select, 10pm

Back to the Future Part II – Christmas Eve, ITV, 11.25am


It’s A Wonderful Life – Christmas Eve, C4, 2.15pm

Casino Royale – Christmas Eve, ITV2, 9pm

Happy Feet – Christmas Day, ITV, 11.30am


The Muppet Christmas Carol – Christmas Day, 1.45pm

The Big Lebowski – Christmas Day, ITV4, 12.05am

The Big Lebowski

The Imitation Game – Amazon Prime, Any time, Sunday, December 27

Behind the Candelabra – Monday, December 28, 9pm, BBC2

The Amazing Spider-Man – Tuesday, December 29, ITV, 7.30pm

Back to the Hood – NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, iTunes


Sunshine on Leith – Wednesday, December 30, C4, 4.35pm

The Naked Gun: from the Flies of Police Squad – Christmas Gold, Sky 110, Virgin 126, BT 310, 10pm

Goldfinger, aka the best Bond ever – New Year’s Eve, ITV, 12.40pm

Pulp Fiction – New Year’s Day, Dave, 10pm



Luther, Series 4, Episode 2, Tuesday, December 22, BBC1, 9pm


TOTP2 Christmas Special 2015 – Wednesday, December 23, BBC2, 11pm

Toast of London starring Matt Berry – Wedneday, December 23, C4, 10pm

Matt Berry

Harry Hill Professor Branesawn Returns – Christmas Eve, BBC1, 5.2opm

Knowing Me, Knowing Yule – with Alan Partridge – Christmas Day, Christmas Gold, 11.40

A Very Murray Christmas is a must see – Netflix, whenever you like

Paddington – Amazon Prime, from Dec 24 (Not just for kids…)

David Beckham: For Love of the Game – Tuesday December 29, BBC1, 9pm


Tommy Cooper: Not like That, like This – Tuesday December 29, ITV Encore, 11.05pm

Charlie Brooker’s 2015 Wipe – Wednesday December 30, BBC2, 9pm

The Graham Norton Show with Jennifer Lawrence, Eddie Redmayne, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg –  New Year’s Eve, BBC1, 10.45pm

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Q&A

Jools Annual Hootenanny – New Year’s Eve, BBC2, 11.10pm

Sherlock – New Year’s Day, BBC1, 9pm

And did you know, there’s a whole channel devoted to Star Wars (funnily enough called Star Wars) where you can watch the early films and behind-the-scenes docs? It’s on Sky 304, Virgin 411, BT 507. That’s a day gone right there. 



Arsenal v Manchester City – Monday, December 21, Sky Sports 1, 8pm

NFL: Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers – Christmas Eve, Sky Sports 1, 1.25am

Football’s Greatest Players – Christmas Eve, Sky Sports 5, 5pm


NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder v Chicago Bulls – Christmas Day, 7.30pm

Stoke City v Manchester United – Boxing Day, Sky Sports 1, 12.45pm


Two big rugby games on Boxing Day too with Wasps v Saracens, 1.30pm and Harlequins v Gloucester, 4.30pm, BT Sport 1

Hearts v  Celtic – Sunday, December 27, Sky Sports 1, 1.30pm

Celtic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle - Scottish Premiership

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday – Monday, December 28, Sky Sports 1, 5pm

Leicester City v Manchester City – Tues, December 29, BT Sport 1, 7pm

Will Jamie Vardy leave City’s defence in tatters?Vardy-journo

Sunderland v Liverpool – Wed, December 30, Sky Sports 1, Wed Dec 30

Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs – New Year’s Day, BT Sport 1, 2.30pm