Lifestyle: Top TV For Christmas 2015

christmas nights in

I’m not usually much of a TV buff, and that’s pretty much because I spend most evenings after work hunched over my laptop working on the WhatEmmaDid online world, or out networking in Manchester at the many blogger and brand events. However, I actually love nothing more than putting my feet up, drinking a hot cup of tea (or more so, hot chocolate these days!) and spending an evening watching TV and mentally switching off. Especially since moving into my new home, I appreciate the time I get to spend just relaxing and watch the box.

So at present, I obviously don’t have much of this time, but I am making a pact with myself to start to wind down come December and spend some quality time inviting friends and family round, enjoying Christmas TV! Yep, it’s that time of year again, when all our favourite Christmas films arrive back on our screens, along with an improved BBC and ITV programme listing too.

Whilst searching for a new TV – and potentially a new stand too – I spotted this incredible Panasonic Viera 4k TV which would absolutely make my Christmas. Imagine watching all your Christmas fave’s on a screen with 4x the resolution of high definition, and 8 million pixels? I’d be pausing The Holiday on Jude Law’s face every ten seconds. But that’s another story. Anyhow, with the hope of maybe watching festive favourites through a much sharper and clear screen this year, I thought I’d produce a TV related post in the run up to December highlighting some of the rumoured shows to be aired this Christmas, as well as some of my all time favourite films I look forward to every year…

1. John Bishops Christmas Show, BBC1
One for the comedy loving people out there! Funny man John Bishop is said to take to our screens once again for an all singing, all dancing, comedy spectacular on the run up to Christmas Day.

2. A Tribute to Cilla Black, ITV
ITV are said to put on a dedicated tribute show to the legendary Cilla Black this Christmas. So far, it’s believed that the show will feature a number of her friends and loved ones, including Christopher Biggins, Cliff Richard and Paul O’Grady.

3. Rude Tube Christmas Special, Channel 4
This doesn’t need much of a introduction or discussion – just pure quality TV entertainment! The perfect type of TV show for getting the giggles and enjoying light hearted humour.

4. The Sound of Music Live, ITV
It is also rumoured that ITV will broadcast a live performance of The Sound of Music over Christmas, in a move that breaks with a traditional approach to the festive schedules, and will be the first time a musical has been broadcast live on national television. The cast is said to include Kara Tointon as Maria, and Julien Ovenden as Captain Von Trapp.

5. Nigella Lawson Christmas Special, BBC 2
Now there always needs to be a foodie special on our screens over the festive period, and who better to host a cooking themed show close to Christmas than the professional herself, Nigella Lawson?

6. Love Actually
One of my personal favourites! Love Actually is a film I have to watch every year, as it’s such a lovely mix of emotions. I truly love this film, especially when feeling a bit soppy.

7. The Holiday
I have to admit, I watch this film every year and cringe slightly at how unrealistic it is. However, it doesn’t stop me being fixated with it. Or like I mentioned before, maybe it’s Jude Law’s face… either way, the story line is super cute and has the happiest of endings.

8. The Polar Express
Christmas is all about children and embracing our inner child too, so nothing beats this popular animated film. Such a lovely traditional Christmas film, ideal for all the family.

9. Home Alone
I have been watching this for as long as I can remember, and every single time I’m watching it through hands over my eyes. I literally can’t go into any more detail than to say that this is my ultimate, all time laugh out loud film, yet awfully cringe worthy at the same time. Brilliant laughs!

10. Elf
Good old Buddy the Elf bringing comedy and love to our hearts every year with this corker of a Christmas classic. So enjoyable for everyone – adults, couples, groups of friends and children. If you haven’t seen this film, you are possibly one of the only people out there who hasn’t (honestly! Sorry! It really is a classic…)

Enjoy the little photo gallery below which flashes up some real Christmas heroes! If this hasn’t made you look forward o December even a teeny bit, then I’m not sure what will…

the holiday cottage
love actually movie
love actually hugh grant
home alone
home alone movie
the polar express

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