Stuff's Alternative Christmas TV Schedule 2015

Afternoon

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 Lego Movie

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.

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Scrooged (Channel Four, 3.45pm)

What's this? Some broadcast telly worth watching!

Quite literally an alternative modern day version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (and therefore a great companion piece to this morning's Muppets), this 1988 comedy casts Bill Murray as its incarnation of Ebenezer Scrooge – a mean, selfish television executive who detests the festive season and all it stands for.

You know exactly where it’s all going to go, of course, but the movie’s 80s charm, its witty reworking of Dickens’ ghosts and Murray’s outrageously curmudgeonly performance all serve to make Scrooged something of a Christmas treat.

Don't want to be tied to live telly times? Here are the streaming options:

Watch it on Amazon Instant Video

Watch it on Netflix

Gravity

Grandad's fast asleep by now and the kids are off playing Christmas computer games, so now's the perfect time to treat yourself to a blockbuster. Why not make it one that’s pretty much only got one character and potentially some of the most nausea-inducing set pieces in cinematic history? (Seriously, probably best that you wait until after Gravity is over before hitting the egg nog.)

If pure visual spectacle is what you’re seeking, you’ll find it in spades in Alfonso Cuarón’s one-woman-against-physics disaster movie. And if the kids do re-invade the lounge it's not a massive disaster: there are a couple of choice words used but the 12A rating means it's not full of bloodied corpses and blue language (but obviously check the BBFC notes for the full facts).

Watch Gravity on Amazon Instant Video (from £3.50)

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