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From classics like Oliver Twist to fighting guinea-pigs and Gruffalo offspring. There are tons of films on the box to enjoy this Christmas. Here’s my pick of the best films on the box for children, parents and all the family. Happy viewing!

    • Wednesday 21st December – Friday 23rd December

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    Wednesday 21st December

    The one you remember from childhood…
    Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
    Beep beep. The little VW gets the hots for another car and causes havoc for his driver.
    BBC2 9.10am
    Certificate: U

    The one where you don’t have a clue what’s going on…
    Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
    Aquatic pokemon and pirates
    CITV 1.00pm
    Certificate: U

    The one for a good old sing-along
    Oliver Twist
    You want more? Well, you’ve got it with this classic.
    Channel 4 1.25pm
    Certificate: PG

    Thursday 22nd December

    Perfect for early risers

    The Smurfs
    Those little blue critters head to New York.
    Filmflex 6.00am
    Certificate: U

    Perfect for reindeer fans
    A lost reindeer leads to love. Ahh just the stuff to make you feel as fluffy as fresh snowfall.
    Channel 5 1.20pm
    Certificate: PG

    Perfect for a touch of Christmas magic
    Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
    Dustin Hoffman stars as the owner of a very special toy shop.
    ITV2 6.35pm
    Certificate: U

    Friday 22nd December

    Perfect for those who like telling little porkie/mince-pies

    A modern remake about the puppet who has a penchant for fibs and nasal growth.
    BBC 2 9.20am
    Certificate: PG

    Perfect hoot for mini twitchers
    Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
    Get your feathers in a flap as an evil bird captures innocent owl babies. Warning: younger kids may find some parts scary.
    Sky Movies Premiere +1 10:30am
    Certificate: PG

    Christmas Eve

    Perfect for all the little piggies
    Charlotte’s Web
    Charlotte spins a web of magic to save Fern’s little piggy from the market.
    Channel 4 10.10am
    Certificate: U


    Perfect for a bit of pig on frog action!
    The Muppet Christmas Carol
    A Muppet remake of Dickens’ classic. No Christmas is complete without it.
    Channel 4 12:00pm
    Certificate U

    Perfect for reinforcing Father Christmas’ status
    The Polar Express
    Be wowed by the brilliant animation in this festive caper featuring the voice of Tom Hanks.
    ITV1 London 1:45pm
    Certificate U

    Perfect for animal lovers
    Try not to get your fur all ruffled as secret agent guinea-pigs take on an evil billionaire.
    BBC1 3.05pm
    Certificate: PG

    Perfect for using up the Kleenex
    ET: The Extra-Terrestrial
    Don’t phone anyone’s home when this is on.
    ITV1 London 3:35pm
    Certificate U

    Perfect before bedtime
    Nanny McPhee
    Witness the magic of the modern-day Mary Poppins. The icing on the Christmas cake? Colin Firth. The follow up Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang is on Christmas Day (Sky Movies Family 1:15pm).
    ITV2 8:00pm
    Certificate U

    Christmas Day

    Perfect for Panda fans
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    The first of Christmas’ black and white movies (the other is on BBC 1 at 12.35pm). In KF 2 Po faces an evil peacock.
    Sky Box Office HD1 7:45am
    Certificate PG

    Perfect start to the big day
    James and the Giant Peach
    A peach of a movie based on Roald Dahl’s novel.
    Channel 4 8:30am
    Certificate U

    Perfect for Dahl fans

    More Dahl magic brought to life as Matilda stands up to her horrid headmistress.
    Watch 1:25pm
    Certificate PG

    Perfect for premiere action
    Monsters vs Aliens
    Not content with just monsters there are aliens too! Even worse, they turn up on a bride’s big day. Surely that’s enough to turn anyone into a bridezilla.
    BBC1 London 3:10pm
    Certificate PG

    Perfect for book lovers

    The Gruffalo’s Child

    There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo? Well, actually there is and he’s got a daughter. Julia Donaldson’s book is brought to life. (ps: The Gruffalo is on on Boxing Day at 9.10am BBC1)
    BBC1 London 6:30pm

    Perfect for roaring good fun
    Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
    A sloth plays mummy to dinosaurs which leads to dino-sastrous consequences.
    Channel 4 7.15pm
    Certificate: U

    Boxing Day

    Great for avid bookies
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid
    Family comedy as a young boy journals his attempts to gain respect.
    Certificate PG
    Sky Movies Family 9:10am

    Great for jungle VIPs
    The Jungle Book 2
    Mowgli goes back to the jungle and catches up with his animal chums.
    Certificate U
    BBC1 London 10:00am

    Perfect for balloon sculpturists…
    Tie a big bunch of balloons to your house and see what happens. Talking dogs and birds called Kevin – crazy stuff.
    Certificate U
    Sky Movies Family 10:50am

    Perfect for curling up

    Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties
    A moggy travels to London and starts mixing with some seriously snooty kits.
    Certificate U
    ITV1 London 12:30pm

    Perfect for ogre lovers
    Shrek 2
    Shrek fails to impress his in-laws and faces competition from the Fairy Godmother’s son.
    Certificate U
    BBC1 London 4:00pm

    Great for travel buffs
    Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
    The animals crash-land in Africa and face wild animals for the first time.
    Certificate PG
    BBC1 London 6:10pm


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