The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 200

Great traffic jam of 96! It’s another retro movie weekend and time to bust out some classics!

Like apparently half the world at that very moment, we find ourselves once again on the road and going nowhere fast. As we sit in the snake of cars that seems to neither have a hear or tail, we’ll think back to those classic car drips growing up that seemed to never end but you knew at the end, you would have been transported to new lands far away. We’ll remember the old songs and games that wound the miles away including I Spy (which was usually road or tree) and 20 questions which for once didn’t include ‘are we there yet?’.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 11th June

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Vice Versa (1988) Film4 1:00pm-2:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A department store executive returns from a trip to Thailand in possession of a mysterious artefact that causes him to change places with his 11-year-old son. While the horrified father struggles to cope with a world of teachers and school bullies, the youngster is revelling in the perks of being a grown-up. Fantasy comedy, starring Judge Reinhold, Fred Savage, Swoosie Kurtz and Corinne Bohrer.

The Addams Family (1991) Film4 2:55pm-4:55pm (2 hours)
Creepy couple Morticia and Gomez find their unconventional life threatened by a man claiming to be a long-lost relative. When they welcome him with open arms, they fall prey to a plot that could cost them their ancestral home and the family fortune. Black comedy based on the 1960s TV series, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Jimmy Workman and Carel Struycken.

Little Nicky (2000) 5STAR 4:15pm-6:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The Devil decides to put off retirement for a little longer, but his two oldest sons are left fuming – and decide to get revenge by creating Hell on Earth. The job of saving the world falls to their good-natured younger brother, who travels to New York to put things right. Comedy, starring Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Reese Witherspoon and Rodney Dangerfield.

Titanic (1997) Channel 4 6:20pm-10:00pm (3 hours 40 minutes)
A party of explorers studying the sunken remains of the famous liner meets an elderly woman who was a passenger on the ill-fated maiden voyage. She recounts how she boarded the ship while on the brink of being forced into marriage by her family, and was stopped from killing herself by a penniless artist. She fell in love with her saviour, but the disaster on the horizon meant their time together was doomed to be short. James Cameron’s Oscar-winning romantic drama, starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and Bill Paxton.

Zoolander (2001) Dave 6:20pm-8:00pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Dim male model Derek Zoolander is stunned to find his career going downhill thanks to the arrival of an equally vacuous rival – but fails to realise he is merely a pawn in a dangerous game of international espionage and world domination. Comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor and David Duchovny.

Iron Man (2008) Film4 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

Iron Man Merchandise

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) ITV4 8:00pm-9:10pm (1 hour 10 minutes) 2 parts
A truck driver accepts a challenge to deliver a consignment of beer to a party. He claims he can make the 900-mile round trip in just 28 hours, but a pompous sheriff is determined to stop him in his tracks, not least because his prospective daughter-in-law has deserted his son and hitched a ride with the unlikely hero. Comedy, starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed.

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.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) BBC1 11:35pm-1:10am (1 hour 35 minutes)
Four teenagers accidentally run over a stranger and hide the body rather than inform the authorities, only to find themselves stalked the following year by a shadowy figure who takes great delight in disposing of them in a variety of gruesome ways. Horror, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr and Anne Heche.

SUNDAY 12th June

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Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV2 4:00pm-5:00pm (1 hour) 2 parts
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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Gunsmoke (1953) ITV4:15pm-5:15pm (1 hour) 2 parts
A wicked landowner wants to get his hands on a farmer’s ranch, so hires a gunslinger to kill him. However, the mercenary befriends his intended target – and also falls for his daughter – so resolves to defend them from their enemies during a cattle drive. Western, starring Audie Murphy, Paul Kelly, Susan Cabot and Donald Randolph.

Aladdin (1992) Channel 4 5:00pm-6:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A street urchin is caught up in a scheming grand vizier’s plot to get his clutches on a magical lamp. Retrieving the object from a wondrous cave, he releases a powerful genie trapped inside, whose ability to grant wishes helps the young hero thwart the villain’s plans and woo a princess. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Robin Williams, Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin.

Aladdin Merchandise

Vertical Limit (2000) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A wildlife photographer is forced to master his fears and the elements as he leads an expedition to climb K2, the world’s second highest mountain, on a desperate mission to rescue his estranged sister and her fellow mountaineers, who have fallen into a crevasse. Action adventure, starring Chris O’Donnell, Bill Paxton, Scott Glenn and Robin Tunney.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, keep is sassy and keep it awesome!

xoxo

Captain America: Civil War Out This Week – Are You Ready??

Oh how our geeky senses are trembling! With the release of the action-packed new Captain America film Civil War just a few days away *eeeeeep!*, Truffle Towers is a buzz with anticipation of the epic new addition to our already quickly growing superhero movie faves and it’s not hard to see why.

Packed with more superheroes than a kid’s toy box, this amazing new adventure is sure to feed even the most hungry hero lover out there with amazing special effects, combat and some good old fashioned hero cheesiness. What’s not to love right?

So what’s it all about?

This big new adventure finds Captain America leading an Avengers team that includes Iron Man, Black Widow, Falcon, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Hawkeye, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and Spider-Man. Following a major attack which results in huge collateral damage and the loss of civilian lives, political pressure mounts as the government seeks more accountability and regulation on their actions.
This sparks a divide in the Avengers with The Captain seeking to remain free from such control and the usually wayward rogue Iron Man who believes the team should work with the officials. Members of the team pick a side and are forced to fight for what they believe. That can only go well…

See for yourself! Take a peep at this official trailer for a glimpse at the action….

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Pretty epic huh! Will they sort their differences and what will this mean for The Avengers role in society? Well….a trip to the movies to catch this should tell you all.

So are YOU ready?

With more superheroes on the big screen than ever before, there are plenty more reasons each year to show your love for some of the most iconic comic book legends which is just our speciality! Always expanding our range of official Superhero TShirts, we’re pretty set for our trip to the pictures and if anything are spoilt for choice!
Take a peep at some of our favourite Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Avengers TShirts….

So are you planning a trip to catch this? Reading this after watching it? Let us know what you thought below!
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Our Top Films To Watch in 2016!

Can you believe it’s time for another one of these?! Each year just flies past quicker than the last, but each year we gain even more amazing films to add to our collection and we sure hope the fun never ends!

As big movie lovers (does our huge range of Movie Merchandise make that pretty obvious? Darn!) we really love getting to see some of the best characters ever created once again hit the big screen in always bigger, more exciting and of course more and more detailed and realistic effects than ever before.

2016 is quickly shaping up to be yet another amazing year with some really breath taking and massively anticipated films being released into the wild. So what can we expect from 2016? Well…. it turns out a whoooooole lot.

Take a peep at some of our top films to watch out for in 2016….

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Pretty much as good as life gets! Certainly not your average action-packed superhero film (if there is such a thing?), 2016 will of course bring us this huuuugely anticipated and debated Batman v Superman film! Now those of you who caught the epic 2013 Man of Steel would have perhaps noticed just how much carnage Superman caused, well it seems this sort of chaos certainly caught the eye of Batman himself. Fearing Superman may be out of control, Batman steps in to put it to a stop causing mankind to begin to decide just what sort of hero has a place in our world. With a new and very real threat from Lex Luthor, can Superman and Batman put aside their differences to save the world once again? – Coming March 25th.

Ghostbusters

It’s back folks! Yep ever since Venkman, Stantz, Spengler and Zeddemore very first hit our screens back in 1984, we’ve been in love with everything and anything Ghostbusters. Toys, bags, tees, figures…. we had the lot! Getting a revamp for 2016, this new Ghostbusters sees and all female crew taking on yet more mysterious goings on which is sure to be packed with the humour we know and love from this franchise. Hitting our screens on July 15th, fire up the Ecto-1!

Captain America: Civil War

Love a superhero combo? 2016 is the year for you! The next Captain America movie extravaganza will see the man himself clash heads with the mighty Tony Stark AKA…..Iron Man. Sure to be an amazing duel between fire and ice, Civic War will surely see both sides pull out all the stops to fight their corner. Anything Captain America and certainly anything Iron Man makes us giddier than a kid at Christmas so this is sure to have us on the edge of our seats from the get go. Exciting! – Coming 29th April

Deadpool

This is huge! For as long as we can remember, Deadpool has been one of our favourite characters to have ever been created! Set to be such a perfect mix of humour and butt-kicking action, Deapool sees a former US special forces member who has become more of a mercenary be part of a rogue experiment (always the way huh, when will they learn?) which gives him an amazing ability to heal in no time from any injury. With his new no fear attitude, his alter ego Deadpool is created and becomes his best chance for revenge against the man who nearly destroyed his life. Bring this one on! – Released February 10th.

Star Trek Beyond

There is no denying, the last Star Trek back in 2009 was simply AMAZING! From the cast and plot to the special effects and lens flare madness, this new series of films have really thrown Star Trek into the laps of many movie lovers and has gone such a long way to acquire a new generation of Trekkies. Hitting our screens on 22nd of July, we hope to see yet another amazing adventure with some of the best names and faces on the big screen. – On our screens 22nd July.

Zoolander 2

Despite being released back in 2001 (a whopping 15 years ago!), we’re pretty sure at least once a day we reference or quote something from this absolute comedy classic. When we first caught wind that the old team would be once again hitting the catwalk and busting out some Blue Steel action, it was like the movie gods had listened to our prayers! The story follows the dashing two as they try to uncover and stop an evil conspiracy which is working to kill the most really, really, ridiculously good looking people in the world. Cannot wait!  – Out February 12th

X-Men: Apocalypse

It’s powers galore in 2016! Yes we will be treated to another action-packed adventure with the X-Men, this time we will see their fight against the very first mutant who has re-appeared with just one aim in mind…..complete extinction of the world. Packed with more famous faces than the guest list of the Golden Globes (almost), this is sure to be one to watch. – Out 19th May.

The Legend of Tarzan

The oldies are the best! One of the most iconic characters ever, Tarzan is back! With an amazing new look thanks to some incredible special effects (and no….the abs are real!), this upcoming new Tarzan film looks like just what this tale has been looking for. Having acclimated to his new life in London, Tarzan is called back to the jungle to help investigate and stop some devastating mining activity. Has the damage already been done and can he stop the jungle becoming just another victim of the modern world? Find out on the 8th of July.

The Jungle Book

It’s re-vamp ahoy! Yep another classic tale is getting a little face lift as 2016 sees Disney icon The Jungle Book hit the big screen once again. With a tale any self-respecting Disney fan will know and love, this 2016 edition will follow and orphan who is released into the jungle, only to find comfort and security in the most unlikely of creatures including wolves, a bear, a snake and black panther. Catch it on April 15th.

So there they are folks! Any films you’re really looking forward to seeing in 2016 that aren’t on our list? Shout them out below….

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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown 178

Land ahoy! It’s the ruddy weekend again! Must be time for the first Retro Movie Rundown of 2016!

Like an amateur and eager model boat enthusiast, we find ourselves on the banks of our local marine pond with our trusty craft, batteries full of charge and a head full of excitement. We’ll get the propellers spinning to simply mind-boggling speeds as we skip and dance our way around the pond surface. Twisting and turning like a gazelle looking to out run a Cheetah, we’ll hum along until our time is up and our power is all used up….which is hopefully somewhere near the edge.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 9TH JANUARY

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The Towering Inferno
(1974) More4 9:45am-1:00pm (3 hours 15 minutes)
The world’s tallest building goes up in flames during the opening celebrations. While the architect who designed the skyscraper tries to save the party-goers trapped on the 135th floor, a fire chief leads a valiant attempt to fight the blaze. Disaster movie, starring Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain, Susan Blakely and Robert Vaughn.

The Sea Wolves (1980) 5USA 12:35pm-3:10pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
The German Navy use three Goa-based vessels to attack Allied shipping, and their British counterparts cannot retaliate as they are moored in neutral waters. A group of retired officers living in India unofficially returns to duty to deal with the threat. Fact-based Second World War adventure, starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman and Patrick Macnee.

Addams Family Values (1993) 5* 3:50pm-5:45pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Spooky couple Gomez and Morticia hire a nanny to look after their new baby son – and stop him suffering an early death at the hands of his jealous elder siblings. Romance soon blossoms between the new childminder and Uncle Fester, but he does not realise she is planning to kill him once she has got hold of the family fortune. Comedy sequel, starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci and Joan Cusack.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV2 5:45pm-8:10pm (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.

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Terminal Velocity (1994) Film4 7:00pm-9:00pm (2 hours)
A skydiving instructor tries to clear himself of responsibility for the death of a woman whose parachute failed to open. However, he later learns she is a Russian spy who faked her own demise, and now needs his help to foil an international criminal conspiracy out to steal a fortune in bullion. Action thriller, starring Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski and James Gandolfini.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) E4 8:00pm-11:00pm (3 hours)
The war between the shape-shifting robots erupts once again, as the first of the evil Decepticons leads an attack on Earth to locate an ancient planet-destroying machine. Hapless teenager Sam Witwicky is caught in the middle of the ensuing conflict as he holds the key to discovering the location of the device. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.

Transformers Merchandise

Pale Rider (1985) ITV4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
An unscrupulous landowner threatens to throw gold-miners off their land and take the riches for himself. As the law turns a blind eye to their troubles, the miners desperately need a saviour – who happens to arrive in the form of a mysterious preacher with formidable gunfighting skills. Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, alongside Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgress and Richard Dysart.

The Fast and the Furious (2001) ITV2 10:20pm-12:25am (2 hours 5 minutes)
In a move to identify suspected hijackers, an undercover police officer infiltrates the high-octane world of illegal late-night street racing by rival gangs. He is befriended by a champion driver, but when he also forms a bond with the racer’s sister, he is pitched into a conflict of loyalties. Thriller, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) GOLD 11:00pm-1:00am (2 hours )
A bumbling all-American family man takes his wife and kids on a disaster-filled cross-country drive to California to visit famous theme park Walley World – but their chances of arriving at their destination in one piece are looking slim. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Imogene Coca, Anthony Michael Hall, Christie Brinkley and John Candy.

The Peacemaker (1997) BBC1 London 12:00am-1:55am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A military intelligence officer and a government expert on nuclear weapons team up to find the terrorists who have stolen ten atomic bombs from a train. The duo are initially reluctant to co-operate, but a grudging respect gradually develops after they are forced to work together. Action thriller, starring George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel lures and Armin Mueller-Stahl.

SUNDAY 10TH JANUARY

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Thunderball
(1965) ITV London 2:55pm-5:30pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
James Bond travels to the Bahamas on the trail of two nuclear warheads stolen from a British aircraft. The lethal weapons have fallen into the hands of international crime syndicate Spectre, which plans to fire them at the US coast unless an exorbitant ransom is paid. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi and Lois Maxwell.

Bean (1997) ITV2 2:45pm-4:30pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
The hapless fool is employed as a security guard for a British art gallery and is sent to Los Angeles to bring back a famous painting. Unfortunately, he finds himself mistaken for a renowned art professor and invited to make an important presentation. Mel Smith’s British comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Burt Reynolds, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Peter Capaldi and June Brown.

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 4:30pm-7:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

Iron Man (2008) E4 6:30pm-9:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Arms manufacturer Tony Stark is taken hostage by a terrorist group and realises the weapons his company build have been falling into the wrong hands. Using his engineering skills to construct a hi-tech armoured suit, he manages to escape and then puts the technology to good use in the fight against evil around the world. Superhero adventure, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow and Terrence Howard.

Iron Man Merchandise

Star Trek: Generations (1994) Channel 5 6:40pm-9:00pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
USS Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard must stop a deranged genius obsessed with gaining access to a mysterious energy source – regardless of the threat to entire civilisations that lie in his path. Help arrives from an unlikely quarter – his supposedly long dead predecessor Captain James T Kirk. Sci-fi adventure sequel, starring Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Assassins (1995) ITV4 11:05pm-1:45am (2 hours 40 minutes)
Hitman Robert Rath is planning to quit his lethal profession, especially when he is stalked by a ruthless younger assassin who has no qualms about killing innocent bystanders. But as Rath takes on his last assignment, he decides to protect his intended target after his rival comes gunning for her. Thriller, starring Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore.

Signs (2002) BBC1 London 11:25pm-1:05am (1 hour 40 minutes)
A former clergyman who has lost his faith since his wife’s death discovers a number of crop circles on his land. Initially believing them to be a prank, he gradually begins to suspect an alien invasion is at hand. As a series of strange and terrifying events takes place, he and his family are forced into hiding in their farmhouse, and must work together to survive. M Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi thriller, starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.

Footloose (1984) Channel 4 11:30pm-1:25am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A rebellious, hip-swinging student from the city moves to a small religious community, where he instantly clashes with an old-school fire-and-brimstone preacher – who has banned dancing and rock ‘n’ roll because he considers them immoral. Drama, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, John Lithgow, Chris Penn, Dianne Wiest and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you wrap up warm and don’t forget to save your game.
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The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown… Christmas Special 2015!

Mistletoe and wine! Tis the season already??

Ho Ho Ho! Once again we find ourselves riding the sleigh of retro movie awesomeness though the clouds and the night sky. With our trusty reindeer leading the way as we go, we’ll spread the word or top retro movies to each and every house we pass as they prepare to tuck into some eagerly anticipated festivities. Feeling fit to bust with each mouthful l of celluloid wonder, we’ll kick back, relax and let only the finest and most nostalgic characters and scenes soothe our brow.

Have a happy Christmas!

Christmas Eve

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The Santa Clause (1994) BBC1 London 10:30am-12:00pm (1 hour 30 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.

Gone with the Wind (1939) Channel 5 10:30am-2:45pm (4 hours 15 minutes)
A resourceful plantation heiress struggles to support herself through a series of challenges during the chaos of the American Civil War and the subsequent restoration, all the while maintaining a tumultuous relationship with a roguish Southern gentleman. Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel, starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel.

Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV London 11:25am-1:30pm (2 hours 5 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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Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993) BBC2 London 1:00pm-2:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A cabaret singer who once hid out in a convent is reunited with the nuns she befriended, who now need her help. She poses as a member of the order once more and joins the staff of a Catholic school threatened with closure, where she aims to make a success of the resident choir. Comedy sequel, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Najimy, Lauryn Hill, Maggie Smith and James Coburn.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) ITV3 1:40pm-3:45pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
An eccentric confectionery king announces that five children will be given a tour of his wondrous factory. The winners turn out to be a kind-hearted boy from a penniless family and four obnoxious brats, who face a terrible fate when they misbehave. Musical fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s classic book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Roy Kinnear.

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ITV London 3:50pm-5:40pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
An American householder is dismayed when his plans for a traditional festive family holiday are thrown into complete disarray by a succession of annoying neighbours and long-lost relatives, who turn up on his doorstep offering their own brand of Christmas cheer. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Miriam Flynn, Johnny Galecki and William Hickey.

Finding Nemo (2003) BBC1 London 3:50pm-5:20pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
Clown fish Nemo becomes separated from his friends on the Great Barrier Reef – but the thrill of being able to swim freely and away from his overprotective father turns to horror when he is netted by a diver. His distraught dad sets out on a mission to find him and is joined by a host of colourful characters along the way. Pixar animated adventure, with the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe, Barry Humphries and Geoffrey Rush.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) ITV2 7:25pm-9:00pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, tires of being scary and decides to take over the friendly world of Christmas. After kidnapping Santa, he prepares to take his place and do Christmas in his own ghoulish way. Stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens, and a musical score by Danny Elfman.

Rambo III (1988) ITV4 11:55pm-2:00am (2 hours 5 minutes)
Vietnam veteran John Rambo turns down a request from his old colonel to join a mission in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. However, when the officer is captured, Rambo sets off to save him, joining the Mujahedeen rebels in fighting against the Russian invaders. Action adventure sequel, starring Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Kurtwood Smith, Marc de Jonge and Sasson Gabai.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) ITV London 12:00am-1:40am (1 hour 40 minutes)
Two dim-witted teenagers with dreams of rock stardom seem doomed to fail a school history project, unaware the future of the human race depends on their success. A time traveller is given the job of making sure they pass the test by sending them on a series of adventures in the past. Comedy, starring Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and George Carlin.

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Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) ITV London 9:25am-11:30am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An impulsive elf walks out on Father Christmas during the hectic preparations for the festive season, and heads for New York determined to make a name for himself. However, he falls into the clutches of an evil toy manufacturer, who has a devilish money-making plan up his sleeve. Family fantasy adventure, starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, David Huddleston, Burgess Meredith and Judy Cornwell.

The Cat in the Hat (2003) BBC2 London 9:45am-11:00am (1 hour 15 minutes)
Two bored youngsters are led on a series of zany misadventures when a manic moggy comes knocking at their door with a magical stovepipe hat on his head and mischief in mind. Comedy fantasy based on the children’s book by Dr Seuss, starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Dakota Fanning and Spencer Breslin.

Scrooge (1970) Channel 5 10:50am-1:05pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hard-hearted Victorian miser Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to join in with the spirit of the festive season – until a succession of spectral visitors turn up to teach him the error of his ways. Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Kenneth More, Edith Evans and Paddy Stone.

White Christmas (1954) Film4 11:00am-1:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A pair of former soldiers start a new career as nightclub entertainers. They try to boost the popularity of their old commanding officer’s struggling winter resort in Vermont by staging a series of extravagant shows, with a little help from their former army buddies and a talented singing sister act. Musical, starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Sig Rumann, Mary Wickes, Anne Whitfield and Rosemary Clooney, featuring seasonal songs by Irving Berlin.

Fun Fact: According to Rosemary Clooney, in Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye’s “Sisters” performance, Crosby’s laughs are genuine (and unscripted). Many takes were attempted, but Crosby was unable to hold a straight face due to Kaye’s comedic dancing.

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) Channel 4 1:45pm-3:25pm (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.

Short Circuit 2 (1988) Watch 2:20pm-4:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Manic mechanoid Johnny Five meets an old friend in New York City and embarks on a fact-finding tour – but ends up entangled in a series of escapades culminating in a bank robbery. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Fisher Stevens, Michael McKean, Cynthia Gibb and Jack Weston, with the voice of Tim Blaney.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) Channel 5 3:10pm-5:10pm (2 hours)
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) Channel 4 5:45pm-8:00pm (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.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) ITV2 6:15pm-8:45pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Scientist Dr Ian Malcolm reluctantly joins a research team on the island where his employer first designed genetically engineered dinosaurs. Meanwhile, a big-game hunter takes the chance to bag the biggest prize of all – a Tyrannosaurus rex. Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventure sequel, starring Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite and Richard Attenborough.

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Toy Story (1995) BBC3 7:30pm-8:45pm (1 hour 15 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.

Fun Fact: This was the first animated film in Oscar history to be nominated for a Best Screenplay Academy Award

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) ITV4 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An American householder is dismayed when his plans for a traditional festive family holiday are thrown into complete disarray by a succession of annoying neighbours and long-lost relatives, who turn up on his doorstep offering their own brand of Christmas cheer. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Miriam Flynn, Johnny Galecki and William Hickey.

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Back to the Future Pa
rt III (1990) ITV London 10:55am-1:05pm (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.

The Land Before Time (1988) 5* 11:40am-1:00pm (1 hour 20 minutes)
A young brontosaurus is left alone when his mother dies, so goes off in search of a legendary valley, where food is plentiful and he will be safe. He acquires a group of new friends on his journey, who help each other to avoid predators and obstacles in their way. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Gabriel Damon and Pat Hingle.

Space Jam (1996) ITV2 11:55am-1:40pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Aliens arrive on Earth to abduct the Looney Tunes gang as a new attraction at their failing intergalactic theme park. To keep their freedom, Bugs Bunny and friends challenge the invaders to a high-stakes basketball game, calling on Michael Jordan to save the day and send the extraterrestrials back where they came from. Live action and animated comedy, starring Bill Murray and Danny DeVito, with the voices of Billy West and Bill Farmer.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV London 1:20pm-3:40pm (2 hours 20 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.

Labyrinth (1986) 5* 4:50pm-6:55pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

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Despicable Me (2010) ITV2 6:40pm-8:30pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A criminal mastermind hopes to seal his reputation as the greatest villain of them all by stealing the moon. First he needs to get his hands on a shrinking ray owned by a rival evil genius, and adopts three orphan girls to help him – but finds that fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand and Julie Andrews.

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Beetlejuice (1988) ITV4 9:00pm-11:00pm (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.

Iron Man 2 (2010) Film4 9:00pm-11:25pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Tycoon-turned-superhero Tony Stark confronts a fearsome new foe in a Russian scientist using his own deadly hi-tech weapons to seek revenge. He also faces a struggle to keep his secrets out of the hands of both the government and an amoral rival, and discovers the armour he developed to fight evil is slowly killing him. Action adventure sequel, with Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke and Don Cheadle.

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The Boat That Rocked (2009) ITV4 11:00pm-1:40am (2 hours 40 minutes)
A host of eclectic DJs entertain 1960s Britain through a pirate radio station, broadcasting from a vessel in the North Sea. However, a high-ranking government official is determined to bring an end to the rogue outfit and the individuals responsible for its continued existence. Richard Curtis’s comedy, starring Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh and Nick Frost.

From Russia with Love (1963) ITV London 11:25pm-1:25am (2 hours)
James Bond is sent to steal a top-secret Soviet decoding machine and ends up helping its operator defect to the West. However, he discovers the mission is really a trap set by international crime syndicate Spectre, and struggles to evade his would-be assassins. Spy thriller, starring Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi and Lotte Lenya.

Whatever you’re up to this Christmas, have a wonderful time and remember, sometimes just giving your time can be the best gift of all.

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