Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule


You've somehow managed to cram most of a turkey and half a Christmas pudding inside you, to the protestations of your stomach. Time to flop down upon the sofa and vegetate with a couple of antacids. Here's some family viewing that'll keep you ticking over. 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Netflix, Blinkbox)

We're assuming you've already seen the first instalment in the Hobbit trilogy – if not, go and watch it now. The second part is classic adventure cinema at its finest, upping the stakes as Bilbo Baggins and the company of Thorin Oakenshield near their goal – the Lonely Mountain and the treasure buried in its halls.

There is, of course, the small matter of the dragon sleeping on top of it. The film ends on the mother of all cliffhangers – but fortunately, the final instalment is in cinemas now, so you can dash straight out and catch it.

Watch The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Netflix
Buy The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Blinkbox (£8)

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Guardians of the Galaxy (Blinkbox)

Your Stuff correspondent remembers watching Star Wars at Christmas, with Luke Skywalker's adventures interspersed with ads for the MFI sales. This intergalactic epic picks up where that film left off, with wannabe hero Star-Lord assembling a motley crew in search of a deadly superweapon.

The unlikely duo of Rocket Raccoon and talking tree Groot grabbed all the attention, but it's Chris Pratt's Star-Lord who gives the film its heart; an '80s kid who's getting to live out his fantasy of being Han Solo.

Rent Guardians of the Galaxy on Blinkbox (£3.50)

The Lego Movie (Now TV, Blinkbox)

Emmet (Chris Pratt) is a bog-standard Lego minifigure, until he discovers that he's the chosen one who's destined to save the world… stop us if you've heard this one before.

Knowingly eviscerating adventure movie clichés, this clever kids' film celebrates the imagination and the individual – while pointing a stern finger at the sort of adults who collect children's toys. You know who you are.

Watch The Lego Movie on Now TV
Buy The Lego Movie on Blinkbox (£10)

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