The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 39!

Tony the Frosties Tiger! let the weekend begin!

So like your the toy box of childhood dreams stuffed to the edges with bric-a-brac – little green army men, fuzzy felts and a raggedy teddy bear with one eye, let us sift through the jumble of stickle bricks, multi-coloured marbles and the wobbly dog on wheels to bring you eagle eyed retro movie action, springy masses of cinematic greatness and kaleidoscopic celluloid wonderment!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

The Karate Kid (1984) 5* 6:25pm-9:00pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
A teenager at a new school befriends a pretty girl, but her ex-boyfriend is jealous and attacks him. During one particularly bad fight, a wise old caretaker intervenes and defeats the youngster’s assailants using his martial art skills. He goes on to mentor the boy and teach him karate so he can face his enemies in a tournament. Drama, with Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita and Elisabeth Shue.

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Crocodile Dundee (1986) Channel 4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A New York reporter searches the Australian Outback for a maverick hunter with a legendary reputation, and invites the adventurer back to America. But the die-hard Aussie needs to draw on all his survival skills to adjust to life in the urban jungle. Comedy adventure, written by and starring Paul Hogan, with Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon and Mark Blum.

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-9:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A dim-witted and fearless trucker goes in search of his friend’s kidnapped fiancee in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He blunders into a supernatural world ruled by a powerful ghostly sorcerer, who needs the captured woman so he can rejoin the land of the living. Comedy fantasy adventure, starring Kurt Russell, Dennis Dun, Kim Cattrall, James Hong and Victor Wong.

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Men's White Big Trouble In Little China Vest £22.99

Top Gun (1986) E4 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
An arrogant pilot’s maverick flying skills earn him a place in an elite US Navy school, where he comes into conflict with a fellow student and falls for his civilian instructor. A tragedy in the air threatens to end his military career – until an international incident offers him a chance to redeem himself. Aerial action adventure, starring Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Tom Skerritt.

SUNDAY 3rd FEBRUARY

The Princess Bride (1987) Channel 5 12:20pm-2:10pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A cynical youngster becomes entranced by his grandfather’s magical tales, which revolve around a stable-boy’s heroic quest to rescue his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince, with the aid of a vengeance-seeking Spanish swashbuckler andhis hulking sidekick. Rob Reiner’s comic fantasy adventure, with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Savage.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001) ITV London 3:05pm-5:50pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
An orphaned boy endures a miserable childhood, until he discovers he has magical powers and enrols at a special school for young wizards. However, his suspicions are aroused by a sinister teacher who seems to be up to no good. Fantasy adventure, adapted from the first of JK Rowling’s books, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Richard Harris.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV2 5:40pm-8:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

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Superman Returns (2006) BBC3 7:35pm-10:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The Man of Steel returns to Earth after an absence of several years to find his lost love Lois Lane has moved on with her life. Meanwhile, arch-villain Lex Luthor is out of jail and about to wreak havoc on the world with technology stolen from Superman’s home planet of Krypton. Comic-book adventure from X-Men director Bryan Singer, with Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Parker Posey.

Ding ding ding! Bonus movie clip time.

For a long while after this movie I thought “honking” peoples noses was actually part of karate.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, buckle up and remember to enjoy yourselves!

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Aunt Bessie’s Roasters! Weekend frolics are up on us!

So like a band of sea weary, storm weathered pirates searching in the wide open blue sea aboard a masterful galleon for riches beyond their very desires, let us be your haggard but slightly dashing, bearded, one eyed, wooden legged, hook for a hand captain, as we navigate you through storms of awesome movie magnitude, tidal waves of retro cinematic colossusness and do battle with sea beasties of gargantuan celluloid magic.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 26th JANUARY

Toys (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A dying toy-maker leaves the company to his brother, a power-mad general, who turns the friendly family factory over to the production of weapons. It falls to the general’s zany nephew and his equally childlike sister to stand up for their father’s benign world-view. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Michael Gambon, Joan Cusack and Donald O’Connor.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Channel 4 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A struggling actor’s ambitious, no-nonsense wife throws him out and demands a divorce. Desperate to spend time with his children, he puts his talents to good use by donning drag and posing as a Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after them. Comedy, starring Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein and Mara Wilson.

Dirty Dancing (1987) 5* 9:00pm-11:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach.

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The Fugitive (1993) ITV2 11:15pm-1:55am (2 hours 40 minutes)
A doctor is convicted of his wife’s murder and forced to go on the run to prove his innocence – but his efforts to find the mysterious one-armed man he believes is the real killer are hampered by a tenacious US marshal. Thriller, starring Harrison Ford, an Oscar-winning Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore and Joe Pantoliano.

SUNDAY 27th JANUARY

Toy Story (1995) ITV2 4:00pm-5:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 5:50pm-8:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Men's Back To The Future Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies!)

Aliens (1986) Film4 9:00pm-12:05am (3 hours 5 minutes)
Lone survivor Ripley is rescued in deep space decades after an alien creature wiped out her ship’s entire crew. She is recruited to accompany a military expedition to a colony on the planet where she first encountered the monster, only to find the aliens have been reproducing and there are now hordes of them. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller sequel, with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen.

Mad Max (1979) Syfy 10:00pm-12:00am (2 hours)
In the near future, Australian cop Max Rockatansky tires of battling to impose law and order on the roads and turns in his badge – only to be forced out of retirement when his wife and child are murdered at the hands of a motorcycle gang. George Miller’s action adventure, starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel and Hugh Keays-Byrne.

There’s nothing sadder than a half melted snowman or a carrot and two lumps of coal in a puddle. We’ll miss you our snowy chum. Buck up droopy draws, these movies should cheer us up no end.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, remember to enjoy yourselves and watch out for pot holes.

Bye bye.

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Jack Frosts nose! More Weekend movie shenanigans!

So on a cold winters evening let us serve up to you, whilst in front of a roaring fire, snuggled up warm and cosy on the couch in your winter woollies, a big old steaming broth of soup as we lovingly stir in chunks of retro cinematic delight and slices of golden movie moments and dip in ripped up pieces of celluloid greatness. Mmmmm tasty!

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 19th JANUARY

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) GOLD 7:00pm-9:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Cute furball Gizmo is reunited with his human friends Billy and Kate, who now work in the New York offices of an eccentric tycoon. However, it is not long before Gizmo has spawned a new generation of murderous carnivores, who quickly overrun the building – and a genetics lab where they produce even more startling mutations. Joe Dante’s comedy sequel, starring Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover and Christopher Lee.

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Men's Heather Navy Word To Your Mogwai Gremlins T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies!)

The Simpsons Movie (2007) Channel 4 7:15pm-9:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

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Con Air (1997) BBC3 9:45pm-11:30pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A parolee hitches a ride home on a maximum-security flight conveying some of America’s deadliest criminals, and when they hijack the plane in mid-flight he is forced to intervene. Meanwhile, a US marshal has an ongoing battle on the ground to prevent the plane from being blown to pieces. Action thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Ving Rhames and Colm Meaney.

The Lost Boys (1987) TCM 11:35pm-1:25am (1 hour 50 minutes)
Two teenage brothers move with their mother to a coastal town in California, where the eldest falls in with a local biker gang. He soon discovers that his new friends are vampires and he is turning into one himself, forcing his younger brother to team up with a pair of heavily armed comic shop employees to battle the undead and save his soul. Comedy horror, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim.

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SUNDAY 20th JANUARY

Sister Act (1992) Film4 1:00pm-3:00pm (2 hours)
Nightclub singer Deloris Van Cartier agrees to testify against her gangster boyfriend after witnessing a murder. Placed in protective custody by the authorities, she is less than pleased to discover she is expected to pose as chaste nun Sister Mary Clarence in a convent. Comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harvey Keitel, Maggie Smith, Bill Nunn and Kathy Najimy.

Teen Wolf (1985) Channel 5 4:00pm-5:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A teenage misfit is initially dismayed to learn he is a werewolf as a result of a hereditary curse. He finds there are advantages as he becomes a local celebrity, while his enhanced agility makes him the star player of his school’s basketball team – but fame quickly goes to his head. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, James Hampton and Susan Ursitti.

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Men's Teen Wolf Fancy Dress Costume £47.99

Stargate (1994) 5* 4:10pm-6:30pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
An Egyptologist and a soldier head an expedition through a mysterious portal to an alien planet. The world they find resembles ancient Egypt and is under the rule of a tyrant who has convinced the downtrodden inhabitants that he is a god – until the humans incite the enslaved populace to fight back. Sci-fi adventure, starring Kurt Russell, James Spader and Jaye Davidson.

Back to the Future (1985) ITV2 5:45pm-8:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Teenager Marty McFly travels back to the 1950s in a time machine built by his eccentric inventor friend. The return journey proves tricky enough, but he also accidentally alters the sequence of events that led to his parents falling in love – and has to persuade his future dad to win his mother’s heart, or he will never be born. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover.

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Men's Back To The Future Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for ladies!)

Well it’s certainly getting nippy out, thankfully we have a weekend full of movie watching to keep us warm and the Lost Boys is on. For anyone who’s never seen it, Vampires were cool in the eighties – they had mullets, wore leather jackets and rode motorcycles while listening to ambient saxophone music. Or Teen Wolf for whom way back when in the eighties, were wolves wore sunglasses, played basketball and surfed on top of vans.

Whatever you get up to this weekend have fun in the snow, build us a snowman and enjoy yourselves.

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Santa Claus is coming to town! It must be the bumper Christmas edition of the retro movie rundown – Ho ho ho!

So like a primary school nativity with little mites dressed like shepherds, their mothers tea towels wrapped around their heads, as a wee little Mary rocks back and forth a Tiny Tears baby Jesus and a cheeky Joseph sneakily lodges his index finger into his own nose – let us be your wise men three as we bring to you gifts of cinematic greatness, retro celluloid awesomeness and festive movie magic gold.

Have a very festive Retro Christmas! 🙂

SATURDAY 22nd DECEMBER

Weekend at Bernie’s (1989) ITV4 1:45pm-3:45pm (2 hours)
Two aspiring accountants are invited to their playboy boss’s beach house, only to discover he has been murdered – setting the scene for all manner of comic complications as they try to convince everyone he is still alive. Slapstick comedy, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Don Calfa and Terry Kiser.

Back to the Future Part III (1990) ITV1 London 4:20pm-6:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the days of the Wild West, where he strives to save his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown from death at the hands of a villainous gunslinger. Final instalment in the sci-fi comedy trilogy, starring Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Mary Steenburgen and Thomas F Wilson.

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Back To The Future Mug £5.99

Beetlejuice (1988) Sky Movies Modern Greats 8:00pm-10:00pm (2 hours)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

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Rocky IV (1985) ITV4 11:05pm-1:00am (1 hour 55 minutes)
The Italian Stallion steps back into the ring for a Cold War clash against seemingly invincible Russian boxer Ivan Drago – but has to fight the bout in his opponent’s native country. Drama sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Brigitte Nielsen and Burt Young.

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SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Channel 5 2:55pm-4:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Kermit and his friends battle to save their beloved theatre from bankruptcy and the schemes of a grasping banker, but the hopeless situation proves too much for the stout-hearted frog. Luckily, a trainee angel intervenes and shows him why his efforts are so important for all concerned. Festive comedy, featuring appearances from Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and William H Macy.

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Cool Runnings (1993) BBC1 London 2:55pm-4:30pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Twins (1988) ITV1 London 4:05pm-6:05pm (2 hours)
An unlikely pair of brothers, who were born as the result of a one-off genetic experiment and separated at birth, are reunited in adulthood. They set out on a cross-country search for their long-lost mother – fending off vicious loan sharks and a professional assassin along the way. Comedy adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb.

Bad Santa (2003) Channel 5 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
A grumpy alcoholic safe-cracker takes a job as an in-store Father Christmas with a view to robbing his employers’ premises – but a bullied child, a barmaid with a Santa fetish and an overzealous security guard look set to wreck his plans for an inside job. Black comedy, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac and John Ritter.

MONDAY 24th DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS EVE!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Channel 4 11:00am-12:40pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An embittered Victorian miser hates the festive season and people in general, but on Christmas Eve, the ghosts of his former business partners the Marley brothers visit him in the night. They warn him three spirits are coming to make him change his ways by showing him visions of the past, the present and what the future may hold. Comedy, with Michael Caine and Steven Mackintosh alongside the puppet characters.

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The Santa Clause (1994) BBC1 London 12:25pm-2:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A grumpy divorced father faces a dilemma one Christmas Eve after accidentally startling Santa and causing him to fall to his death. The guilty man’s only option is to put on the red suit, jump into the sleigh and finish the round himself, much to his son’s delight. Fantasy comedy, starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson, Eric Lloyd and David Krumholtz.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Channel 4 2:50pm-5:05pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hapless youngster Kevin somehow manages to catch the wrong plane and finds himself heading for New York, while his family jets off to Florida. Having got his hands on his father’s credit card, he is enjoying the good life staying in a luxury hotel – until he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Brenda Fricker and Tim Curry.

Jingle All the Way (1996) Sky Movies Family 8:00pm-9:35pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A workaholic father tries to make up for his perpetual absence from home by promising to buy his son a hugely popular action figure for Christmas – little realising every other father in town has the same idea. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd, Rita Wilson, Robert Conrad and Phil Hartman.

TUESDAY 25th DECEMBER – CHRISTMAS DAY!

Toy Story (1995) ITV1 London 1:25pm-3:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. Pixar animated adventure, featuring the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles and Jim Varney.

Scrooged (1988) Channel 4 2:25pm-4:20pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A heartless TV executive is cruel to his employees and just sees the festive season as an opportunity to make money. However, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts arrive in the night and challenge him to change his cynical ways by showing him his past, present and future. Comedy based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, David Johansen and Carol Kane.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV2 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Trading Places (1983) Film4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Two billionaire brothers engineer the downfall of a high-flying stockbroker, while giving a homeless conman all the advantages of wealth, as part of a bet to see whether heredity or upbringing determines character. Comedy, starring Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche and Denholm Elliott.

It’s time once again to open the final window on the retro rundown advent calendar! Guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit and fill your soul with joy (spoiler alert – it’s the final scene from Scrooged so if you haven’t seen it sorry!) Watch it anyway, it’ll make your day.

Whatever you get up to over Christmas please enjoy yourselves, eat lots, pass out in front of the telly and watch some great retro films.

Much love and Merry Christmas.

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Jingle bells, Batman smells! Another festive weekend of movies – hooray!

So like happy little elves dressed in stripy socks and pointy hats, working hard and making lots and lots of toys for all the good girls and boys, let us help fill up Santa’s sack with heaps of retro cinematic magic and tons of nostalgic movie joy.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER

Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV1 London 5:45pm-7:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Ladies Back To The Future Delorean Firetracks T-Shirt £19.99 (also available for men)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Sky Movies Family 2:30pm-4:55pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The teenage wizard is alarmed to learn a dangerous fugitive sorcerer is searching for him. Meanwhile, a new teacher at Hogwarts helps the bespectacled youngster to protect himself from the school’s soul-sucking security guards. The third in the fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) ITV2 9:45pm-11:55pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A sceptical 18th-century detective is sent to a small hamlet supposedly terrorised by a demonic headless horseman who decapitates his victims. The investigator refuses to believe in the supernatural, convinced a human killer is behind the murders – but the legend proves to be all but too true. Tim Burton’s gothic horror, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Christopher Walken.

Sleepers (1996) ITV3 11:00pm-1:50am (2 hours 50 minutes)
Four teenagers are sentenced to reform school after a prank results in the accidental death of an old man, and suffer sexual abuse at the hands of the guards. Years later, when the boys have grown up and begun to follow very different professions, a chance encounter with one of their abusers inspires them to plot revenge. Drama, starring Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric and Minnie Driver.

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER

Hocus Pocus (1993) Channel 4 2:45pm-4:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager in Salem, Massachusetts, breaks into a spooky house on Halloween and accidentally resurrects three witches who have been dead for 300 years. The sorceresses are soon causing chaos while seeking a suitable sacrifice for a ritual to give them eternal youth. However, an old foe – a boy they turned into a cat – is on hand to help stop their mischief. Supernatural Disney comedy, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Omri Katz.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ITV1 London 4:50pm-7:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the extraterrestrial to contact his own people and call for rescue. However, living on Earth starts to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, while a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.

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Die Hard (1988) Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Enter the Dragon (1973) ITV4 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A powerful crime kingpin hosts a martial arts tournament on his island lair. A former Shaolin monk is recruited by an intelligence agency to enter the tournament and expose the crime lord’s opium and slavery rings. He finds himself fighting for his life alongside two Vietnam veterans who are both fleeing their own enemies. Thriller, starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly and Kien Shih.

Wow only ten more sleeps until Christmas day it’s getting exciting. I’ve already cracked open the brandy, sherry, port and rum. I love being a grown up at Christmas as it means you can be pretty much be hammered all the time as long as it’s in the Christmas spirit! 😉

Well another weekend and a chance to once again open a window on the retro rundown advent calendar. This week from the only alien guaranteed to make me cry each and every time, enjoy.

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Whatever you get up to this weekend have fun.