If, like us, you’re resigned to having the telly on solidly for the next few days (and have already watched Love Actually, The Holiday and Home Alone), you might appreciate our our family Christmas TV Guide 2015 …
Stuart Little, Channel 4 12.30pm
Talking mouse Stuart is adopted by Mr and Mrs Little as a brother for their son.
A Christmas Carol, BBC 1 2.20pm
Disney brings Charles Dickens’ classic story to life with Jim Carrey as Scrooge.
Finding Nemo, BBC1 at 3.50pm
A clownfish’s desperate journey across the ocean to find his missing son, Nemo. It’s a beautiful film that sadly terrifies my three-year-old. I’m hoping he’ll come round to it this Christmas.
Carols from Kings’s, BBC2, 5:15pm
Christmas is not Christmas without carols and candlelit splendour from King’s College Chapel in Cambridge. Just imagine how proud you’d be if it were your little person singing the Once in Royal David’s City solo, which has traditionally started off the service for the past 60 years…
Alice in Wonderland, CBeebies, 12:15pm and 4:10pm
We’ve watched the CBeebies Christmas panto a couple of times already but will be sure to have it on again. Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, plays the Queen of Hearts. Naturally.
The Muppet Christmas Carol, Channel 4 at 1.45pm
Calling all Muppet fans! A Christmas classic with Michael Caine as Scrooge.
Wizard of Oz, Channel 5, 3:10pm
One for the older children…. I still dread the bit when the lion suddenly appears.
Brave, BBC One, 3:10pm
We love Pixar films and this is one of the greatest. Princess Merida transforms her mother into a bear and must undo the magic spell before the poor woman stays like this permanently.
Stick Man, BBC1, 4:45pm
If your child loves the book (or even if they don’t) they’ll enjoy watching the film from Gruffalo creators (and children’s book impresarios) Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. With the voices of Martin Freeman, Hugh Bonneville and Jennifer Saunders.
Dr Who Christmas Special, BBC1, 5:15pm
The Doctor finds himself hiding from carols and crackers on a remote human colony. Then a spaceship crashes and all hell breaks loose.
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC1, 6.15pm
With past winners Abbey Clancy, Harry Judd and Tom Chambers, but no Brucie, who is recovering from an operation.
The Snowman, E4, 7pm
Maybe one for younger children to watch in pyjamas before packing them into bed? Just don’t fall asleep yourself after listening to Aled Jones’ enchanting Walking in the Air…
The Snowman and The Snowdog, E4, 7:30pm
The much-loved sequel to the above, created in 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Snowman.
Call the Midwife, BBC1, 7.30pm
An alarming disappearance, a welcome return and (of course) a surprise arrival…
Downton Abbey Christmas special, ITV, 8:45pm
Brace yourself for the last ever episode – and it’s a double bill. Can’t wait for it to start, dreading those closing chords…
Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas, BBC1, 6.10pm
Some visiting llamas outstay their welcome. Oops. Featuring the voice of Mr Tumble.
Sun 27 Dec
Fungus the Bogeyman, Sky1, 6pm
Timothy Spall plays Raymond Briggs’s slimy monster. Also starring Joanna Scanlan, Marc Warren, Keeley Hawes and Victoria Wood.