One of the best things about Christmas is the TV schedule! Whether you want to laugh at Elf or feel nostalgic watching Home Alone or It’s A Wonderful Life; you’ve got it all over Christmas.
Freeview is now available across the UK and the array of films for Christmas 2017 there is surely something for everyone. So don’t think that because you haven’t got paid subscription TV you’re going to miss out, because you’re not!
We’ve picked our top 5 free films for you to enjoy over Christmas.
The Snowman (and The Snowman and The Snowdog)
Christmas Eve Channel 4 at 5:20pm
This is the perfect start to your Christmas, with The Snowman followed by The Snowman and The Snowdog! Wordless animated fantasies which will whisk you away with the beautiful music and the magical stories – these are a must watch.
The Great Gatsby
Christmas Eve BBC2 at 9:30pm
Let yourself be taken back in time to the 1920’s to F Scott Fitzgerald’s great literary creation, The Great Gatsby. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, the new-money millionaire who throws lavish parties to win back an old flame. So, if 1920’s clothing and music is your thing you’ll love this film.
Scrooge – A Christmas Carol
Christmas Day Channel 5 at 9:20am
Christmas Day wouldn’t be complete without watching Scrooge – A Christmas Carol! Alastair Sim is without doubt the best Scrooge in this 1951 classic of Charles Dickens novel. Scrooge is an old bitter man given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts who attempt to remind him what Christmas is all about.
Christmas Day More4 at 8pm
If you’ve not seen it yet, now is your chance! Bringing you songs such as Bring Him Home and Anne Hathaway’s moving rendition of I Dreamed a Dream; Les Misérables is a powerful story of the French Revolution that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster – perfect after a few Christmas sherries.
Boxing Day ITV2 at 12:30pm
Emma Thompson is the modern-day Mary Poppins (which is also showing on Boxing Day BBC1 at 3:45pm), who’s comically ugly looks and magical stick to help her teach some out of control children the way to behave. This is a great film for all ages and is guaranteed to get some laughs from children (and adults).
These are just a handful of free films available over Christmas, there are so many more! So don’t forget to go through your planner or TV guide, set your reminders and get your mince pies at the ready….