Here are all the movies on TV this Christmas Eve 2 years ago

Here are all the movies on TV this Christmas Eve

Settle in folks, there’s a long day ahead.

But with the right combination of military-level planning, sufficient snacks and beverages and allowing time for toilet breaks, we reckon you could easily fit in five of the selections below before the clock strikes midnight.


Here we go…

Kung Fu Panda – BBC One – 9am

Great animation, great cast and great early morning viewing on Christmas Eve.

Hook – Sky One – 9.25am


Delightful adventure romp starring Robin Williams as an aged Peter Pan reconnecting with the days of his youth.

Scrooge – BBC Two – 9.35am

There’s so many movie editions of A Christmas Carol that this commendable effort, featuring Alec Guinness and Albert Finney, is in danger of being overlooked.

Kung Fu Panda 3 – BBC One – 10.45am


BBC One decided to skip Kung Fu Panda 2 and head straight for the third edition in the series, which continues to deliver the goods.

Santa Claus: The Movie – UTV – 11am

It’s far from perfect, but it does feature Dudley Moore and John Lithgow and if you’re looking for an early delivery of Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve, it will do the trick.

Stuart Little – E4 – 11.55am


A young mouse struggles to adapt to his new family but eventually wins them over in a charming tale.

Oliver Twist – Virgin Media Two – 12.05pm

“Please sir, can I have some more?”

Moana – BBC One – 12.35pm

You can pretend you’re watching it for the kids, but anyone can enjoy this visually stunning and highly entertaining adventure.


A Christmas Carol – Channel 4 – 12.40pm

Yet another edition of Dickens’ famous tale which fails to live up to the real standard bearer: The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Ice Age – Film4 – 1.05pm

Nearly 20 years old at this stage, but still holds up pretty well.

Cars 3 – BBC One – 2.15pm

Despite the danger of running out of road three movies in, there’s plenty to enjoy here as Owen Wilson reprises the role of Lightning McQueen.

Finding Dory – RTÉ One – 2.30pm

Finding Nemo deserved a good sequel and it certainly got one.

It’s a Wonderful Life – Channel 4 – 2.35pm

The quintessential Christmas movie.

Madagascar – Film 4 – 2.45pm

Escape from New York, only this time with animals.

Singin’ In The Rain – RTÉ2 – 3.45pm

Famous 1950s musical that delivers on the promise in the title as well as much, much more.

Happy Feet Two – TG4 – 3.45pm

The second one.

The Grinch – ITV2 – 4.05pm

Benedict Cumberbatch assumes the role of the archetypal Christmas villain with a fair degree of success.

Deck The Halls – RTÉ One – 4.10pm

Forgettable Christmas fare.

Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa – Virgin Media One – 4.10pm

A second dose of Madagascar for anyone who didn’t get enough earlier in the afternoon.

Paddington 2 – BBC One – 4.15pm

We didn’t think the original could be topped. How wrong we were.

Megamind – Film4 – 4.30pm

Will Ferrell voices a brilliant but struggling supervillain constantly being foiled by Brad Pitt’s Metro Man. Tiny Fey, Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller are also part of a heavyweight cast in a tale that packs a decent punch.

Shrek – TG4 – 5.25pm

The franchise ended up being milked for all its worth but the original still stands the test of time.

How To Train Your Dragon – E4 – 6pm

A 99% Rotten Tomatoes rating says it all.

Elf – Sky One – 6.15pm

“Santa! I know him!”

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – RTÉ One – 6.20pm

Any excuse to see the glorious Skellig Micheal on the screen again.

The Commitments – Virgin Media One – 9pm

Easily one of the best Irish movies of the last 30 years.

Gremlins – Sky One – 9.45pm

Did we say It’s a Wonderful Life was the quintessential Christmas movie? Screw that, we really meant Gremlins.

The Flag – RTÉ2 – 11.15pm

Pat Shortt goes in search of a flag raised by his father in the 1916 Easter Rising. Decent fare but no more.