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December 07, 2016

Christmas TV: The Festive Takeover

Christmas Day can be hectic, and with everyone so preoccupied with opening presents, visiting loved ones and stuffing their faces with pigs in blankets, it can be difficult to catch a glimpse of any Christmas TV.

This Christmas, we think the time has come to try something new, which is why we've put together our ultimate Netflix Christmas TV guide. And with almost a quarter of UK households subscribed to the streaming service, we're sure it'll be a box office smash up and down the country![1]

This year, before the kids go to bed, treat them to some Christmas TV. BBC always seem to feature a short animated film for children, with last year's Stick Man warming hearts and this year's Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes expected to be a hit. Netflix has recreated The Little Prince for 2016, and the film has the same charming feel to it as BBC's animations. It's the perfect alternative, and can be watched time and time again.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Shrek, and we're almost positive that all four movies will be on TV (again) this year. Although we'll never get sick of the friendly green ogre, it's nice to switch things up. Watch Box Trolls, Arthur Christmas or even Puss in Boots on Netflix instead - they're animated films both adults and children will love.

Of course, we can't mention Christmas TV without the Queen's Speech. Nobody knows apart from Her Majesty herself what will be included in this year's speech, but if you want to get your fix of the royals this Christmas you can find The King's Speech on Netflix. The Oscar award-winning film was directed by Tom Hooper and stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, and the biographical drama features some stunning visuals and brilliant acting. Check out The Crown too, the Netflix Original has received so much praise since its release!

If you're looking for comedy, watch the classic Only Fools and Horses on Netflix instead of Mrs Browns Boys or Rab C. Nesbitt. Christmas specials like Jamie Cooks Christmas can be swapped for Hell's Kitchen and Big Fat Quiz of the Year fans can tune in to QI.

For Sci-Fi lovers, swap Doctor Who for Stranger Things - the 80s inspired series with Winona Ryder and an entire cast of brilliant child actors. The thrilling season only contains eight episodes - it's the perfect show to binge-watch over Christmas and Boxing Day!

And finally, every Christmas needs to be filled with at least one version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol'. Instead of watching The Muppets Christmas Carol opt for Scrooged, the modern-day 1988 adaption with Bill Murray – available in the UK on Netflix.

It doesn't matter if you miss your TV favourites, Netflix has Christmas TV covered this year. And better yet, you don't have to wait until Christmas Day to start watching.

[1] The Guardian, 'Netflix races ahead of Amazon and Sky with 5m UK households'.