Christmas TV picks 2021: what our staff in Sussex can’t wait to watch this year

Getting together around the television for a moment of family celebration is as much a tradition today as Christmas dinner.

As the big day approached, our staff reflected on what they would look like between unwrapping gifts and consuming large amounts of chocolate.

Our top Christmas TV picks

Mark Dunford, Editor-in-Chief, Crawley Observer:

Ghosts – December 23, 8:30 p.m., BBC One

This show has been one of the best comedies on television for the past two years. And one of the best things about it is that the whole family can watch and enjoy together. Each character is so well written and performed. A must-have this Christmas.

Andy Hemsley, Community Journalist, Hastings Observer:

A Ghost Story for Christmas: The Mezzotint – Christmas Eve, 10:30 p.m., BBC Two

A new adaptation by Mark Gattis of a short story by Mr. R James. Christmas Eve is the traditional time to sit around a fire and tell ghost stories and these adaptations don’t disappoint.

Casablanca – Christmas Day, 11:10 a.m., BBC Two

A personal contender for the best film ever made. An existential classic with not a word of wasted electrical dialogue.

India Wentworth, Intern Journalist, Eastbourne Herald:

The Great British Bake Off: It’s a Sin Festive Special – Christmas Day, 20h, Channel 4

I love Bake Off any time of year, but celebrities are always a little fun and on Christmas Day a little baking with the cast of It’s a Sin sounds perfect. This very successful series aired earlier this year and was about the AIDS epidemic, it was one of the best things I have seen all year. Including lead actor Olly Alexander (also from Years and Years), four of the lead actors are together again for something much lighter: baking!

A very British scandal – Boxing Day, 9 p.m., BBC One

Give me some period drama and here I am. Add in a brilliant cast including Claire Foy from The Crown and Paul Bettany from Marvel and I’ll make sure I don’t miss it. What makes this even more interesting is that it is based on reality – the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll. I don’t know anything about it, but I know it will be on my street and the BBC will do it just fine.

Sam Woodman, Editor-in-Chief, Worthing Herald:

L’Abominable Snow Baby – Christmas Day, 7:30 p.m., Canal 4

After devouring the much-missed author’s books many moons ago, the party program that stands out for me is The Abominable Snow Baby by Terry Pratchett. Voiced by Julie Walters, Hugh Dancy and David Harewood, the animated tale of a 14ft snow creature should be more than enough to wake me up from a daze after eating my bodyweight in turkey and chocolate in the evening.

Alex Watts, Chief Journalist, Hastings & Rye and Bexhill & Battle Observer:

It’s a Wonderful Life – Christmas Eve, 2 p.m., Channel 4

Some say it’s not Christmas without family and friends sitting around the TV, arguably watching one of the most famous (and best) Christmas movies of all time. Frank Capra’s black-and-white masterpiece It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man contemplating suicide over Christmas, before a timely intervention from his guardian angel. Despite its bleak start, the film’s main message of friendship, hope, and gratitude for what we’ve done has warmed hearts for decades – and undoubtedly will be for decades to come.

Some Like It Hot – Boxing Day, 2pm, BBC Two

Billy Wilder’s film – starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon – is widely regarded as one of the greatest comedy films of all time. And with the recent events of Covid, that’s exactly what viewers need this Christmas – a healthy dose of humor as they feast on cold turkey on Boxing Day. Some Like It Hot has something for everyone – it’s a romantic flick, a thriller, a musical – and worth watching just for struggling musicians Joe (Curtis) and Jerry (Lemmon). ) hilarious attempt to escape the crowds.

Sam Morton, Senior Journalist, Worthing Herald:

Match of the Day – Boxing Day, 10:40 p.m., BBC One

It will come as no surprise to those who know me that I look forward to the exceptional week of the match of the day, to catch up on the festive football action (assuming the Premier League escapes the clutches of Omicron and can continue with classes!)

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw – Boxing Day, 8 p.m., ITV2

After browsing the film’s schedule, I also have my eyes on an action blockbuster in Hobbs & Shaw. I’m not the biggest fan of the Fast and Furious franchise but there was something a little different about this spin-off and I loved it in the movies.

Oli Poole, Editor-in-Chief, West Sussex Gazette:

MasterChef Champion of Champions, New Years Eve, 8:30 p.m., BBC One

Worthing’s 2018 MasterChef Champion Kenny Tutt returns to our screens to take on four other champions. It will be fascinating to see how Kenny fares against other champions from the past. Hopefully its flagship restaurant Pitch has another trophy on its shelves in the New Year!

Joe Stack, Journalist, Chichester Observer:

The Two Ronnies’ Christmas Sketchbook, Christmas Day 3:10 p.m. BBC Two

If I get the chance, I would like to treat the inevitable symptoms of overeating this Christmas by posing in front of two of the best TVs. This is the last time the Ronnies appeared onscreen together and in this episode they pick out their favorite skits as well as songs and monologues and throw in a few celebrity appearances – what more could you ask for?

The Beatles: Get Back, streaming on Disney +

This epic focuses on the Fabulous Four as they write and perform 14 new songs as they prepare for their now legendary rooftop gig. ‘for any Beatles fanatic. With a running time of almost eight hours, what better time to start ticking off episodes than during the Christmas holidays.

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