What’s on the box this Christmas

For those of you who can’t be bothered to buy a Radio Times but don’t want to miss out on the best films and TV shows on the small screen this Christmas, Impact has got you covered! Here’s our pick of the best on the box…



We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Channel 4: 7:30pm

Animation starring Olivia Coleman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams about some kids and their adventure to find some bears. Great to watch with the family and guaranteed to make you smile.

Michael MacIntyre’s Big Show

BBC1: 7:25

Last in the series, live from Theatre Royal and featuring Alfie Boe and Michael Ball. This will undoubtedly give you a laugh.


Channel 4: 8pm

Not the same as the adult version, but features some damn cute kids expressing their opinions on Strictly and First Dates.


ITV: 9pm

A chance to see the gorgeous James Norton wearing a dog collar, need I say more?

David Walliams celebrates Dame Shirley Bassey

BBC1: 9pm

If you’re not interested in Grantchester, this is a nice alternative and might be quite funny (providing you like Walliams…).


Despicable Me

ITV: 11:20AM

If you haven’t seen this film, what have you been doing? Not only is it funny, it’s adorable and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

A Christmas Carol

BBC1: 11:30AM

Animated film starring Jim Carey based on the Dickens’ classic. You can’t really make it to Christmas without seeing A Christmas Carol in some form or another so take up the chance!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

ITV: 1:30pm

Okay, it’s the first one, but it’s still Harry Potter so don’t complain! Plus, you’ve got the cute scenes of Hogwarts covered in snow to make you feel festive.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

BBC1: 2:15pm

The lesser known film in the Narnia series but still a good opportunity to be transported back to Narnia.

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

ITV: 4:20pm

The animated classic – completely unmissable.

Shrek the Halls

BBC1: 4:30pm

Festive short featuring everyone’s favourite ogre!

The Snowman

Channel 4: 4:45pm

A chance to hear that infamous track and ignore Storm Barbara with all the snow.

Penguins of Madagascar

BBC1: 4:50pm

Animated comedy spin-off from Madagascar, following those penguins, which will undoubtedly give you a laugh.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Channel 4: 5:50pm

Now this is a classic! If you haven’t seen it, you absolutely have to: it features Kermit, the source of many a meme this year.

The Lady in the Van

BBC2: 9pm

The television premiere of this film that garnered rave reviews on the big screen. Starring the great Maggie Smith, and will probably make you cry.



The Great British Bake Off

BBC1: 4:45pm

The last ever GBBO on BBC *sob* featuring old contestants, and of course, Mary Berry. What could be better?

Doctor Who

BBC1: 5:45pm

Doctor Who fans rejoice, the Christmas special is here! Set in New York, the Doctor faces a deadly alien and other scary monsters.

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC1: 6:45pm

Glitter, sparkle and a few hunky men – the perfect evening viewing!

Call the Midwife

BBC1: 8pm

The return of Call the Midwife! Expect plenty of cute babies and screaming mums. This year it’s set in South Africa, which should provide a change.


ITV: 9pm

This is the first year without Downton Abbey, so ITV are putting Rowan Atkinson on our screens to make up for this sizeable loss. There was an episode of Maigret at Easter time, but for those who missed it, it follows a French detective solving murders.


Channel4: 9pm

Back to the normal version, for a look back at the show’s best bits from 2016.

Mrs Brown’s Boys

BBC1: 10:30pm

Not to everyone’s taste, but if this is your thing then it should provide you with a good laugh.




Despicable Me 2

ITV: 9:55am

If you watched the first one the day before, here’s the opportunity to watch the sequel. Just as good, if not better than its predecessor.

Bee Movie

BBC1: 10:20am

The source of many a YouTube video this year, Bee Movie follows the life of Barry B Benson, as he tries to stop humans eating honey.

The Croods

BBC1: 11:50am

An animated film about a prehistoric family made homeless by an earthquake

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

ITV: 11:55am

ITV is clearly intending to get through them all! It’s not our favourite, but the trio look cute so that’s all that matters really.


BBC1: 3:10pm

Let it go, let it go….

The Lion King

ITV: 3:10pm

A lovely film but it does tend to make the more sensitive of us cry, so avoid if you’ve had one too many glasses of wine at lunch.

Home Alone

Channel 4: 6pm

It’s not really Christmas without a Home Alone film, is it?



The Witness for the Prosecution

BBC1: 9pm

Following on from last year’s success with ‘And Then There Were None’, this Agatha Christie adaptation is set to be fantastic.


BBC1: 10pm

The nation’s favourite kids are back (and looking much older). Expect much hilarity and familiar scenes of ridiculousness.



The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

BBC2: 11am

As someone who’d never watched Tintin before I sat down with my cousins, I was pleasantly surprised by the charm and fun that this film has. Definitely one to watch.


BBC1: 2:40pm

Animated Pixar film about Merida, a Scottish tomboy princess.

Sleeping Beauty

ITV: 2:40pm

The original Sleeping Beauty…will she ever learn not to touch a spinning wheel?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

ITV: 4:10pm

This is when it starts to get exciting…not one to miss.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Channel 4: 4:10pm

On at the same time as Harry Potter, so you have to choose which fandom to side with. A sweet and classic film nonetheless.

How to Train your Dragon 2

BBC1: 4:30pm

A sweet animation that promises to make you smile. Featuring the voices of Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler.

Captain Phillips

ITV: 9pm

A true story starring Tom Hanks about a ship hijacked by Somali Pirates and the stand-off that ensues. Promises to be gripping.

Emily Harbottle

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