Gift Guide – DVD box sets

Nothing says "I'm going to steal this present back" like a DVD box set. Here are our top picks for Christmas
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24 – Complete Season 1-8 + Redemption


If you’re not careful you can end up forking out £170 on a stocking filler for a 24 fan… an oversight Jack Bauer would never forgive. Instead pick up this bargain box, containing all eight series of the breathy realtime drama, plus the made-for-TV film 24: Redemption.

Doctor Who: Complete Series 6


Yes, you can pick up the sixth season of British telly’s longest-running sci-fi show for a bit less elsewhere, but does it come with a figurine of the doctor himself, as played by Matt Smith? Well, does it? If not you may want to fix up the tardis and make that right.

Planet of the Apes: Evolution


The classic Charlton Heston original and its four sequels (Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Battle for the Planet of the Apes) scratch the backs of their modern-day ancestors, Tim Burton’s 2001 Planet of the Apes and this year’s Rupert Wyatt-helmed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yup, it’s a whole box of monkey business.

The Killing


Can’t get enough Scando crime drama in your stocking? Denmark’s answer to The Girl Who and Wallander aired on Beeb Four, outgunning Mad Men in the ratings war. To show there’s no accounting for taste, it then lost out to TOWIE in the Bafta’s Audience Award. At least it picked up silverware in the international category.

An Idiot Abroad


Want to make someone feel erudite, cultured and worldly this Christmas? Put two series of An Idiot Abroad under the tree and watch its recipient instantly transformed into a Mensa card carrying boffin next to Karl Pilkington’s clueless traveller.

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