Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week: Christmas special!

Plan your Yuletide viewing here with our guide to Christmas telly viewing treats! Hurray!

David Tennant and Bernard Cribbins Doctor Who: The End Of Time

There are so many TV shows and so many good movies coming up over the coming Christmas break that we’re going to have to be straight down the line here, and give you a list of both. We’re taking things right through into the new year for series and specials here…


Series finales

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 7 finale Thursday 17th December 10:04pm More 4 (repeated Friday 18th December at 2:15am)

Have I Got News for You Season 38 final ep Friday 18th December 9:00pm BBC 1

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Paradox concludes 22nd December 9:00pm BBC 1Spooks Series 8 wraps up Wednesday 23rd December 9:00pm BBC 1Merlin Series 2 winds down Saturday 19th December 5:45pm BBC 1


Series launches or repeats

Being Human First season repeats on Wednesday & Thursday December 30th & 31st – 3 episodes per day on BBC3 starting at 1:30am (and week following at 10:30om on BBC HD) in advance of second season launch on Sunday 10th January 9:30pm BBC3

Black Books Thursday 31st December 9:35pm More4

Breaking Bad Season 2 Saturday, 19th December 11:00pm Five USA (and consecutive episodes daily at midnight through 1st January 2010)

Dexter Season 3 Monday 28th December 11:00pm FX (and consecutive episodes daily at similar times through 3rd January 2010)

Doctor Who: The Next Doctor (Christmas 2008) Tuesday 22nd December 7:00pm BBC3

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Doctor Who: The Waters Of Mars  Thursday 24th December 7:00pm BBC3

Doctor Who Confidential (WOM) Thursday 24th December 4:15am BBC3

Doctor Who Confidential: Desert Storm (Easter 2008 special) Friday 1st January 3:35pm BBC HD

Doctor Who Confidential: Lords and Masters Part 1- Friday 25th December 7:00pm BBC3

Doctor Who Greatest Moments: The Doctor Friday 1st January 8:55pm BBC3

Doctor Who at the Proms Thursday 31st December 2:00pm BBC HD

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Hustle – 5th series starts Monday 4th January 9:00pm BBC1

Mad Men Season 2 airs again at midnight Saturday 2nd January BBC4

The Big Bang Theory Season 3 Tuesday 22nd December 11:30pm Channel 4

Weakest Link: Doctor Who Special (repeat) Monday 28th December 5:30pm BBC1


One-offs and Specials

10 Minute Tales… starting with Deep And Crisp And Even Monday 21st December 10:00pm Sky1 (and consecutive episodes daily through 31st December)

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Battlestar Galactica: Razor (2 hour special episode) Tuesday January 5th 9:00pm Sky1

Charlie Brooker’s Screenwipe Review of 2009 (with thanks to jonathanwalshuk for the heads up) Tuesday 22nd December 10:30pm BBC4 (and Wednesday 23rd Dec 12:25am & 10:00pm, Saturday 26th Dec 10:30pm, Wednesday 30th Dec 11:30pm)

Crooked House: The Wainscoting – Friday 18th Dec 2:05am BBC4, Something Old – Friday 18th Dec 11:25pm BBC4, The Knocker – Saturday 19th Dec 11:00pm BBC4

Doctor Who (Animated): The Infinite Quest – Saturday 19th Dec 5:15pm CBBC (and Thursday, 24th December 3:00pm CBBC)

Doctor Who (Animated): Dreamland – Saturday 19th Dec 10:00am BBC2 (and Monday 21st December 3:00pm, Thursday 24th December 9:20am BBC1, Tuesday 29th Dec 3:00pm CBBC)

Doctor Who: The End of Time  Part One – Friday 25th Dec 6:00pm BBC1 (and Sunday 27th Dec 7:00pm BBC3, Friday 1st Jan 12:55pm BBC1), Part Two – Friday 1st Jan 6:40pm

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Doctor Who Confidential: Allons-y! Friday 1st January 7:55pmBBC3

Hamlet starring David Tennant Saturday 26th December 8:10pm BBC2

Knowing Me, Knowing Yule… with Alan Partridge Sunday 27th December 10:00pm BBC2

Micro Men (repeat) Wednesday 30th December 9:05pm BBC4 and Thursday 31st Dec 3:20am BBC4

Pixar Picks (Jack Attack, One Man Band, Lifted) Wednesday 30 December 7:00pm BBC3

Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather Thursday 24 December 10:00am Sky1 (repeated on the 25th and 26th and various times)

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The Day Of The Triffids Episode 1 – Monday 28th December 9:00pm BBC1, Episode 2 – Tuesday 29th December 9:00pm BBC 1

The Gruffalo Friday 25 December 5:30pm BBC1 (repeated Saturday, 26th Dec at 7:00pm BBC3)

The Office Christmas Special Part 1 – Thursday 24th December 9:00pm Dave, followed by Part 2 at 10:00pm

The Royle Family: The Golden Egg Cup Friday 25th December 9:00pm BBC1

If you know of anything we missed, please add your suggestions below. Now on to the films airing through Boxing Day and a bit beyond. There’s quite a lot to share with the younglings of the geek-inclined moms and dads, and plenty scares and laughs for grown-up (or nearly) crowds of cousins and mates too.


Please also note: the ordinal numbers for dates will help you scan through this simple list with your browser’s search function. Enter ’19th’ in your browser’s Find box or window to highlight and/or tab through all movies shown on Saturday. Enjoy!

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Films

A Christmas Carol (1999)On: FiveDate: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 7:05pm (and 4:00pm 27th Dec)

Ace Ventura: When Nature CallsOn: BBC 1    Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 10:55pm

AliensOn: Film4Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)An American Werewolf In LondonOn: SCI FI  Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 10:50pm (and 11:00pm 20th Dec)Barton FinkOn: DaveDate: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Dave Ja Vu)

Basic InstinctOn: ITV1Date: Tuesday 22nd DecemberTime: 10:35pmBeetlejuiceOn: G.O.L.D.  Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Gold+1, 7:00/8:00pm 19th Dec Gold/+1)

Big Trouble In Little ChinaOn: Film4   Date: Tuesday 22nd DecemberTime: 01:55am (and 2:55am Film4+1)

Bill And Ted’s Bogus JourneyOn: Sky Movies Comedy   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 6:20pm (and 4:15am 19th Dec)

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Blade RunnerOn: BBC 2  Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 9:00pm

Bridge To TerabithiaOn: BBC 1   Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 1:30Cinderella (1965)On: BBC 2   Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 09:50am

Citizen KaneOn: BBC 4    Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 7:00pm

Con AirOn: Sky Movies Premiere   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Premiere+1)Corpse BrideOn: ITV1   Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 6:00pmCrankOn: ITV4Date: Monday 21st DecemberTime: 11:00pm (and 10:30pm 23rd Dec)Crocodile DundeeOn: Channel 4    Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 7:10pm (and 8:10pm 4+1)Crouching Tiger, Hidden DragonOn: more4   Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 22:05pmCurious GeorgeOn: ITV1    Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 10:25amDefianceOn: Sky Movies Premiere  Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 2:40pm (and 3:40pm Premiere+1)Dick TracyOn: Channel 4    Date: Tuesday 22nd DecemberTime: 11:55am (and 12:55pm 4+1)Die HardOn: Sky Movies Modern Greats    Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 09:40am (and 10:10pm, 00:05am 21st Dec Sky Christmas)

District 13On: Film4   Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 11:15pm (and 00:15am 25th Dec)Eight Legged FreaksOn: ITV4   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 9:00pm

ElfOn: Film4Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 5:15/6:15pm 31st Dec Film4/+1)Flushed AwayOn: BBC 1   Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 3:00pm

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Gangs Of New YorkOn: Film4Date: Monday 21st DecemberTime: 10:45pm (and 11:45pm Film4+1)

GladiatorOn: ITV1Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 11:15pm

GremlinsOn: ITV2   Date: Monday 21st DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:10pm 24th Dec)

Gulliver’s TravelsOn: Film4  Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 4:40pm (and 5:40pm Film4+1, 1:20/2:20pm 23rd Dec Film4/+1)Happy FeetOn: ITV1   Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 3:40pmHellboy II: The Golden ArmyOn: Sky Movies Christmas   Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 3:20pm (and 1:30pm & 9:00pm 24th Dec Sky Sci-Fi)Indiana Jones And The Temple of DoomOn: Sky Movies Christmas   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 08:05am (and 6:00pm)Indiana Jones And The Last CrusadeOn: Sky Movies Christmas   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 10:05am

Iron ManOn: Sky Movies Christmas    Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 08:30am (and 8:00pm 19th Dec, 2:50pm & 9:00pm 25th Dec Sky Action)Jack-Jack AttackOn: BBC 3     Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 11:05pmJames And The Giant PeachOn: Channel 4  Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 12:05pm (and 1:05pm 4+1)Jesus Christ SuperstarOn: ITV3Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 06:10am

Kiki’s Delivery ServiceOn: Film4   Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 1:05pm (and 2:05pm Film4+1, 12:55/1:55pm 30th Dec Film4/+1)

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Kill Bill: Vol. 1On: FX  Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 11:00pmKing Kong (2005)On: ITV2Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 9:00pm 22nd Dec)Kung Fu HustleOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 11:00pm (and midnight Film4+1)La Vie En RoseOn: BBC 4   Date: Sunday 3rd JanuaryTime: 9:00pmLayer CakeOn: WatchDate: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm Watch+1, 9:30/10:30pm 19th Dec Watch/+1)Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsOn: BBC 3  Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 7:25pm (and 8:25pm 22nd Dec)Lost In SpaceOn: Five USA    Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 5:30pm (and 3:30pm 14th Dec)Lucky Number SlevinOn: E4Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 11:00pm E4+1, 00:05/01:05am 22nd Dec E4/+1)

MadagascarOn: BBC1 Date: Thursday 31st DecemberTime: 4:00pmMars Attacks!On: ITV4Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 11:00pmMarch Of The PenguinsOn: ITV1  Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 4:40pm (and 3:15pm 28th Dec)

Mary Poppins On: BBC1 Date: Wednesday 30th December Time: 3:35pmMatildaOn: FiveDate: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 3:30pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas VacationOn: ITV1   Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 12:30pm (and 7:00pm 25th Dec, 10:00pm 27th Dec ITV2)

Night At The Museum On: Channel 4 Date: Saturday 2nd JanuaryTime: 7:00pmOnce upon A Time In The WestOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 00:30am (and 1:30am Film4+1, 00:50/01:50am 28th Dec Film4/+1)

Over The HedgeOn: BBC 1  Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 4:25pm

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Raiders Of The Lost ArkOn: Sky Movies Christmas   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 06:05am (and 4:00pm)

Rain ManOn: Sky Movies Modern GreatsDate: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 10:00am (and 8:00pm)School Of RockOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 4:55pm (and 5:55pm Film4+1)

Scrooge (1951)On: Five   Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 1:40pm

Shrek The HallsOn: BBC 3  Date: Tuesday 22nd DecemberTime: 8:00pm (amd 4:55pm 25th Dec BBC1, 10:45pm 25th Dec BBC3)SlitherOn: Channel 4  Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 00:10am (and 1:10am 4+1)

Solaris (1972)On: Film4    Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 11:50pm (and 00:50am 20th Dec Film4+1)SpawnOn: TCMDate: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 11:00pm 31st Dec)

SpeedOn: BBC 1   Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 11:45pm

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Superman ReturnsOn: BBC 1   Date: Friday 1st JanuaryTime: 3:15pm

Terminator 2: Judgment DayOn: ITV2  Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 9:00pmTerminal VelocityOn: BBC 1   Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: 11:45pm

The 51st StateOn: Film4Date: Friday 18th DecemberTime: midnight (and 1:00am 19th Dec)The AbyssOn: Film4   Date: Saturday 19th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1)The Ant BullyOn: BBC 1   Date: Thursday 31st DecemberTime: 12:40pmThe Cannonball RunOn: Five USA  Date: Tuesday 22nd DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 5:00pm 26th Dec)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The WardrobeOn: BBC 1    Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 2:15pm (and 7:50pm Tuesady 5th Jan BBC3)

The FugitiveOn: ITV2  Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 11:35pm (and 00:25am 27th Dec)

The IncrediblesOn: BBC 1   Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 3:10pm

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The MatrixOn: ITV2Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 00:40am (and 9:00pm 28th Dec)The Matrix ReloadedOn: ITV2Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 11:45pm (and 9:00pm 29th Dec)

The Matrix RevolutionsOn: ITV2Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 00:50am (and 9:00pm 30th Dec)The Muppet Christmas CarolOn: Five   Date: Monday 21st DecemberTime: 4:25pm (and various times on Sky Movie channels through Dec and Jan)

The Neverending StoryOn: ITV3   Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 1:35pm (and 4:00pm 29th Dec)

The Nightmare Before ChristmasOn: BBC 2   Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 11:30amThe Polar ExpressOn: ITV1Date: Friday 25th December

Time: 1:10pm (and 7:00pm 27th Dec ITV2, 6:00pm 30th Dec ITV2)The Simpsons MovieOn: Channel 4Date: Sunday 3rd JanuaryTime: 7:25pm (and 3:20pm 31st Dec)

The StingOn: ITV4Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 7:15pm (and 7:15pm Sat 9th Jan)The Truman ShowOn: Film4Date: Wednesday 23rd DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9:00/10:00pm 29th Dec Film4/+1)

Time BanditsOn: Film4Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 4:15pm (and 5:15pm Film4+1)Trading PlacesOn: Sky Movies ChristmasDate: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 10:00pm (and 9:50am & 8:00pm 24th Dec Sky Screen 1, 8:45am & 9:45pm 26th Dec Sky Comedy)

X-Men: The Last StandOn: Film4Date: Saturday 26th DecemberTime: 9:00pm (and 10:00pm Film4+1, 9:00/10:00pm 31st Dec Film4/+1)Wallace And Gromit: A Close ShaveOn: G.O.L.D.  Date: Thursday 24th DecemberTime: 6:15pm (and 7:15pm Gold+1, 12:20/1:20pm 25th Dec Gold/+1, 5:50pm 30th Dec BBC1)

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day OutOn: BBC 3Date: Sunday 20th DecemberTime: 7:00pm (and 5:00/6:00pm 24th Dec Gold/+1, 6:00/7:00pm 25th Dec Gold/+1, 555pm 29th Dec BBC1)Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong TrousersOn: BBC 3  Date: Monday 21st DecemberTime: 8:00pm (and 5;35/6:35pm 24th Dec Gold/+1, 11:40am/12:40pm 25th Dec Gold/+1, 5:20pm 31st Dec BBC1)

War Of The Worlds (2005)On: BBC3Date: Saturday 2nd JanuaryTime: 9:05pm (and Fri 8th Jan 8:15pm BBC3)

WestworldOn: TCM    Date: Friday 25th DecemberTime: 11:25pm