Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule


It's pitch black outside, the sitting room is discarded with bits of cast-off wrapping paper, and the kids are in bed. Time to fire up some more age-appropriate fare for the grown-ups.

More after the break...

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Lovefilm)

David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's crime novel was billed as the "feel-bad movie of Christmas" on its release – and indeed its chilly Nordic setting is perfect for the time of year. Daniel Craig neatly subverts his Bond persona as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, while Rooney Mara's a revelation as the titular hacker – an unlikely pair investigating a family's long-buried secrets. Unsettling, thrilling and icily beautiful, as you'd expect from Fincher. 


The Woman in Black (Netflix, Blinkbox)

Daniel Radcliffe stars in this adaptation of Susan Hill's classic ghost story – the first film from the revived Hammer Films to really hit the mark since its retu. Like the Hammer films of old, it takes many liberties with the source material, but delivers an effective slow-burn of tension before making you jump out of your seat.

Blinkbox (£3.49 to rent)

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