Carol, The Men In Black trilogy, Ex-Machina, Slow West amongst Channel 4's Christmas films
(Image above from 'Slow West')
(Festive Films on 4 Listed Below)
Christmas classics on Channel 4 include Miracle on 34th Street (1994) starring Richard Attenborough and Elizabeth Perkins on Sunday 17th December; The Muppets take on Charles Dickens with Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppets Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve; while Christmas Day sees Bill Murray haunted by three spirits bearing festive lessons in Scrooged, plus Macaulay Culkin trying to protect his house from a pair of burglars when he’s accidentally left Home Alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
Disney classics Dumbo and The Little Mermaid take care of Christmas Day and Boxing Day afternoon respectively, while Boxing Day also kicks off the Back to the Future trilogy, with Part II showing on the 27th and Part III on the 28th.
Festive family treats on Film4 include Jingle All the Way on Christmas Eve and Arthur Christmas on Christmas Day; Night at the Museum screens on Christmas Eve followed by Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb on Christmas Day. Christmas Day also sees Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner chasing jewels and missing relatives around Colombia pursued by Danny DeVito in Robert Zemeckis’s comedy-adventure Romancing the Stone.
Marmalade sandwiches replace cold cuts on Boxing Day as Paddington tries to integrate himself with his new family, including Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins; Merlin comes to Manhattan in the first play on Film4 of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Nicolas Cage, Alfred Molina and Jay Baruchel; and Jack Black aims for the big time with his band of private school kids in School of Rock which airs at 9pm.
Anchorman comes to Film4 for the first time on December 18th, also showing on Christmas Eve, while Arnie makes good on his promise to be back, in Film4’s first showing of Terminator Genisys on December 28th. The Men In Black trilogy will also play out in full over the festive period, with the original film airing on December 16th, part II on the 22nd and part III on the 30th.
Cinephile film fans looking for more prestige fare can enjoy the Oscar-nominated Carol from director Todd Haynes starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara on December 19th; Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac star in Alex Garland’s Oscar-winning sci-fi drama Ex Machina on Boxing Day at 9pm; December 27th sees the TV premiere of Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier, winner of the Best Film award at the 2015 London Film Festival; and Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee star in the network premiere of John MacLean’s violent, offbeat western Slow West on December 28 at 11.25pm.
December 13, 2017 7:15am ET by Channel 4