More recommended Christmas viewing, with reasons why.
Not all of them are Christmas movies and one of them is not even a movie, but all of them are highly recommended, whether or not you’ve seen them before:
Fantastic Mister Fox
A 2009 American stop motion animated comedy film directed by Wes Anderson, based on Roald Dahl’s 1970 children’s novel of the same name. Wes Anderson is close to God when it comes to directing and then there’s George Clooney’s voice. Available on Prime Video.
Some Like it Hot
A classic romantic comedy film directed and produced by Billy Wilder, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon. Includes one of cinema’s great last lines: “Nobody’s perfect” – Indeed. On BBC2 on Christmas Day at 1.15 and also available on Prime Video
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Long before the film, there was the original TV series with Alec Guinness in 1979. A nostalgia-fest for an era and special homage to John le Carre, one of the great ones especially when it comes to dialogue. Available on Britbox and Prime Video
Dinner for One
An 18-minute black-and-white videotape recording, by British comedians Freddie Frinton and May Warden. If you spend New Year’s Eve in Germany, or anywhere in Scandinavia you’ll find the entire nation stops to watch it. Truly. As of 1995, it was the most frequently repeated television programme ever. In the UK it’s largely unknown, but you can watch it on YouTube.