TV & CHRISTMAS
This year, more than ever, we’re looking forward to watching some good tv over Christmas. Here are our top picks of what to watch:
National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night and Jane Eyre, Sky Arts, 21 December, 9pm & 28 December, 9pm
In a collaboration between the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic, catch Twelfth Night featuring Tamsin Greig as a transformed Malvolia and a trailblazing production of Jane Eyre.
The Midnight Sky, Netflix, 23 December
George Clooney is the director and star of this post-apocalyptic, sci-fi film about a lone scientist in the Arctic who races to contact a crew of astronauts returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Also starring Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo.
Roald & Beatrix, The Tail of the Curious Mouse, Sky One, Christmas Eve, 8.15pm
Inspired by the true story of a meeting between a 6 year old Roald Dahl and his idol, Beatrix Potter stars Dawn French as Potter, with supporting turns from Rob Brydon, Nina Sosanya and Jessica Hynes.
The Great Christmas Bake Off, Channel 4, Christmas Eve, 7.40pm
Four previous contestants are invited back into the white tent including Jamie and Rosie from 2019, Ruby from 2018 and James from 2017 for a festive competition.
Zog and the Flying Doctors, BBC1, Christmas Day, 2.35pm
Lenny Henry, Rob Brydon, Hugh Skinner and Alexandra Roach are the lead voices in this latest animation of a popular Julia Donaldson book.
Quentin Blake’s Clown, Channel 4, Christmas Day, 7.45pm
Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, a toy clown who embarks on a quest to find a new loving home after being thrown away with a load of old discarded toys.
Bridgerton, Netflix, Christmas Day
Based on the historical romance novels by Julia Quinn, this Shonda Rhimes’ (also responsible for the series Scandal) series follows the lives and loves of the Bridgerton family in Regency England.
Black Narcissus, BBC One, 27 – 29 December, 9pm
This adaptation of Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel about growing tensions within a small convent of Anglican nuns has a star cast including Gemma Arterton, Alessandro Nivola, Jim Broadbent and the late Diana Rigg.