Christmas TV highlights: the next chapter

Your SF New Year

SATURDAY 27 DECEMBER
6.50pm (TCM)
Logan's Run
Michael York gets the ultimate anxiety about turning 30 in the '70s classic.

8.00pm (Sky Movies Premiere)
Transformers
The Autobots and Decepticons face off on the big screen.


9.00pm

Crooked House
Missed the Mark Gatiss horror series earlier in the week? Watch it in an omnibus version tonight.


9.40pm (ITV2)

Jurassic Park
Spielberg's original dinosaur rampage adventure.


11.30pm (BBC4)

King Kong
You saw the Peter Jackson remake earlier in the week - now you can see the classic original.

SUNDAY 28 DECEMBER
10.05am (BBC2)
Howl's Moving Castle (BBC2)
It's a lesser Miyazaki, but this Diana Wynne Jones adaptation is still worth a look.


11.30am (BBC1)

The Borrowers
John Goodman stars in this Hollywood version of the Mary Norton kids' novel.

4.00pm (BBC2)
Stingray: The Reunion Party
A new episode of the Gerry Anderson series, featuring some previously unused footage.


5.10pm (BBC2)

All About Thunderbirds
A documentary about the crown jewel in the Anderson canon, no strings attached.

8.00pm (ITV2)
Jurassic Park double bill
ITV's making the most of the dinosaurs this Christmas - tonight it's showing parts 1 and 2 back-to-back.


11.10pm (Channel 4)

Star Trek: Nemesis
The film that banged the final nail into Trek's coffin - until JJ Abrams came along.

11.35pm (BBC1)

Daredevil
Ben Affleck is the man without fear in this much-better-than-you-remember Marvel adaptation.


MONDAY 29 DECEMBER
4.25pm (BBC1)

Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Jim Carrey is Count Olaf in this okay take on the mega-selling children's book series.


8.30pm (BBC1)

Superman Returns
Brandon Routh is a creditable successor to Christopher Reeve in Bryan Singer's Man of Steel reboot.

9.00pm (Five)

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
Based-on-a-true-story demonic drama from the director of the Day The Earth Stood Still remake.


9.00pm (ITV4)

Sanctuary
The penultimate episode of the web drama turned TV drama.


9.00pm (TCM)

Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton is the ghost with the most in Tim Burton's breakout movie.


11.15pm (Film4)

Pan's Labyrinth
It's ace - that's all you need to know.


11.35pm (ITV2)

Jurassic Park 3
Spielberg's gone, but this third effort isn't just making up the numbers.

TUESDAY 30 DECEMBER
2.05pm (Channel 4)

WarGames
The film that got a generation of kids into IT - a forgotten gem.

4.30pm (BBC1)

The Wrong Trousers
The most evil penguin in the world is the nemesis in Wallace and Gromit's finest outing.


6.55pm (Film4)

Freaky Friday
Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan swap bodies in this remake.
11.00pm (BBC1)

Deep Impact
Where Armageddon is preposterous, overblown fun, this asteroid impact movie is a bit of a bore.

NEW YEAR'S EVE
12.05pm (BBC1)

Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas
Brad Pitt is the nautical adventurer in this cartoon.


1.20pm (Five)

Jim Henson's Jack And The Beanstalk
An epic take on the fairy tale.


3.45pm (ITV1)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Why didn't Ian Fleming pit his flying car against Bond? It's the best film that never was!


5.05pm (BBC1)

A Close Shave
Wallace and Gromit pit their wits against a robot dog and meet Shaun the Sheep.


6.20pm (Watch)

Jumanji
If Robin Williams popped out of your board game would you ask for your money back?

11.15pm (TCM)

The Exorcist
Remember the days when this was banned? Now you can watch it on your telly!

NEW YEAR'S DAY
11.55am (BBC1)

The Shaggy Dog
Tim Allen is transformed into a dog. And that's it.


1.00pm (Film4)

My Neighbour Miyazaki
A bona fide classic from Studio Ghibli.

1.50pm (BBC1)

Doctor Who At The Proms
See last summer's Time Lord-themed Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It's followed by this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.


4.25pm (ITV1)

The Spy Who Loved Me
It wouldn't be Christmas without a Bond film, and this is one of the best.


5.15pm (BBC1)

Shrek 2
They think it's all ogre - it is now.


6.00pm (Watch)

Ghostbusters 2
Who you gonna call? Again.


6.50pm (Film4)

Young Sherlock Holmes
Ignore the similarities with Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom. This Conan Doyle-inspired romp is actually much better.

7.00pm (BBC1)

A Matter Of Loaf And Death
Catch the latest Wallace And Gromit again. It beat Doctor Who in the Christmas Day ratings, you know.


8.00pm (Channel 4)

Fantastic Four
Channel 4 probably hoped this would be a good plug for their brand. Alas, the film's a bit ropey.

8.00pm (BBC3)

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
Forget the disappointing sequels. This movie sails close to classic territory.

8.40pm (SCI FI)

Equilibrium
Once upon a time, this was Christian Bale's idea of an action movie.

9.00pm (Watch)

Spider-Man 2
Until The Dark Knight, this was one of the main contenders for the title "Best Superhero Sequel. Ever".

11.55pm (Channel 4)

The Fly
David Cronenberg's body horror masterpiece. Top fact: it's now been made into an opera.


1.45am (Channel 4)

Carrie
The film that turned Stephen King books into Hollywood hot property.

FRIDAY 2 JANUARY
11.05am (BBC1)
The Sword In The Stone
Forget Merlin - this is Disney's take on the Arthurian legend.

5.35pm (BBC1)

A Grand Day Out
Wallace and Gromit fly to the Moon in their first adventure.

9.00pm (TCM)
Coma
An early movie from the late Michael Crichton, where hospital patients are being bumped off for their organs.

11.15pm (ITV1)
Highlander
Who wants to live forever? Er, these guys do.