Jolly fare for the holidays

2011-12-16 09:44

Christmas TV is supposed to be cheesy and full of people wearing reindeer jerseys and bursting into choruses of Jingle Bells. Here are five shows with a festive twist and a dose of good cheer

1. Doctor Who:

A Christmas Carol

BBC Entertainment

Christmas Day, 4.05pm

Matt Smith reprises his role as the intergalactic globetrotter Doctor Who in this spacey version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and Christmas cheer.

He’s joined by veteran actor Michael Gambon,recently retired from his role as Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films, and Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins.

2. The Nativity

BBC Entertainment

Tuesday, 4.30pm

This retelling of the traditional Christmas story explores the world as it was in turn-of-the-millennium Judea.

Teen bride Mary brings shame on her family by falling pregnant before her nuptials to the carpenter Joseph, sending the two on an epic journey to Bethlehem.

A reminder that Christmas is not only about presents and mince pies.

3. Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas

M-Net

Saturday, 6.30am

Ron Howard’s wonderfully nonsensical, magical adaptation of Dr Seuss’ children’s book makes it impossible not to be sucked into the weird and tiny land of Whoville.

Jim Carrey is the awful Christmashating Grinch who decides to steal the holidays.

Of course, like the great Mr Scrooge before him, The Grinch learns – from cute little Cindy Lou Who – that Christmas is supercool!

4. Il Volo Christmas Special

M-Net

Saturday, 10pm

Italian teen heart-throbs II Volo released Christmas Favourites recently and here’s the TV special to go with it.

It includes Silent Night and the German version– Stille Nacht, featuring Pia Toscano (of American Idol fame) – and a medley of classic Christmas songs, including Jingle Bell Rock, Let It Snow and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

A serving of double cheese to get you in the spirit.

5. Good Luck Charlie:

The Road Trip Movie

Disney Channel

Today, 7.30pm

For fans of the squeakyclean Disney family show Good Luck Charlie, the Duncan family’s film about an ill-fated pre-Chritmas road trip is good for a couple of feel-good hours.

A trip to visit the grandparents starts badly and sees the family trek across America using any means of transport available- bus, car, hitchhiking and even a tandem bicycle.

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