ith only days until the jolly man in the red suit comes down the chimney, it's the perfect time to take a look at what festive treats are coming up on TV and film. I've seen a few great looking TV shows advertised for over the festive season, including a drama about the story of the Olympic ice skaters turned Dancing on Ice teachers, Torvill and Dean.
So here are a few of my picks from TV and film, including a few special Netflix picks.
My TV Picks
Torvill and Dean
So as I said, a great looking drama scheduled for Christmas day is Torvill and Dean. Starring Poppy Lee Friar and Will Tudor, it is about the iconic Olympic ice skating champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean and their journey from they're early years of skating to their Olympic success. This one-off drama is set to be a must see for all the family on Christmas day. To be aired at 9pm.
Not Going Out-Live!
My next pick is a pre-Christmas treat and one of my favourite comedies of all time. Not Going Out stars comedian Lee Mack and Sally Bretton as parents and it is about the joys and mishaps of family life. This episode is a one-off special, not just because its Christmas, but because, for the first time in the show's history it's LIVE! and it aires Friday 21st December 9pm.
A few more TV picks include Christmas specials of favourites like First Dates at Christmas, Love Island Christmas Special and the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
My Netflix Picks
The Christmas Chronicles
Starring Kurt Russell as Santa, this one is probably the biggest and most popular Christmas offering on Netflix this year. After losing their father the previous year, siblings Kate and Teddy hatch a plan to capture Santa on video on Christmas Eve but when their plan falls apart they team up with Santa and his cheeky little elves to save Christmas before its too late. I've watched this one already and absolutely loved it. It's a kind of modern version of Santa Claus the Movie but still with the traditional graphics. On Netflix right now.
My Cinema Picks
Disney's revamped films are so popular right now and this Christmas there's an absolute classic coming to cinemas, it's Mary Poppins! Played by Emily Blunt, the legendary nanny Mary Poppins is back! With co-stars Dick Van Dyke who is back playing chimney sweep Mr Dawes and iconic actress Angela Lansbury as the balloon lady. Mary returns to visit Jane and her brother Michael, who is now a father himself. She helps the family rediscover the joy they had as children. As a Disney fan, I am bursting with excitement for this to be released. You - and I can catch it in cinemas from Friday 21st December.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Starring Mackenzie Foy, Keira Knightley and my birthday twin, comedian Jack Whitehall, this Disney fantasy adventure film sees young Clara on her search for a magical, one-of-a-kind key. But it disappears into a mysterious parallel world where she meets a soldier called Philip, a group of mice and the regents who preside over three realms. Clara and soldier Philip must enter a fourth realm to recover the key and restore the land. I am looking forward to seeing this one as it looks action-packed, magical and also stars my favourite comedian. It's in cinemas now!
A few more shows scheduled for Christmas include a Doctor Who Christmas Special, big storylines on all the soaps and comedian David Walliams brings us another adaptation of one of his children's books The Midnight Gang.
So that's my picks of TV and film for Christmas 2018. Hope you enjoy them and Merry Christmas!