Aunt Gemima’s pyjamas! – It’s another festive weekend!
So after our festive feast of roasted turkey, Brussle sprouts, Carrots and crispy roast potatoes, let us be your rather full, partially merry but quite sleepy Grandpa as we sit back in our favourite arm chair and gently nod off to the comforting sounds of retro movie magic, we’ll dream about cinematic greatness and dribble a little tiny amount for celluloid wonder.
Have a festive retro weekend!
SATURDAY 14th DECEMBER
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) ITV London 2:30pm-5:05pm (2 hours 35 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
Tron (1982) BBC2 London 5:30pm-7:00pm (1 hour 30 minutes)
A computer genius hacks into the mainframe of the company he used to work for, hoping to find evidence against the executive who stole his ideas. However, the intelligent master program running the system transports him into an electronic world, where he is forced to battle gladiators in a series of deadly games. Disney sci-fi adventure, starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner and David Warner
Die Hard (1988) E4 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
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) BBC3 10:00pm-11:35pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
The chauvinistic host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when they are threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female reporter, whose determination to become a newsreader leads to a bitter battle of the sexes. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard and Steve Carell
SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER
Mean Girls (2004) Sky Movies Comedy 2:40pm-4:20pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A teenager is surprised when she is befriended by the girls in the most popular clique at her new school. However, a dating mishap leads to trouble and her supposed friends start to turn on her. Urged on by other pals outside their circle, the newcomer resolves to bring down the self-appointed queen of campus – only to end up adopting some of her rival’s crueller characteristics. Comedy, with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and Lacey Chabert
Fred Claus (2007) Channel 4 5:20pm-7:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Santa’s selfish brother Fred has been ostracised by his family for years, but when his crooked ways land him in jail, his brother comes along to bail him out on one condition – he must return to the family business and make toys for Christmas. But instead of cleaning up his act, Fred pushes Santa’s patience to the limit with his far from festive attitude. Comedy, starring Vince Vaughn, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Weisz, Miranda Richardson and Kevin Spacey
City Slickers (1991) ITV4 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Three middle-aged men take a break from the rat race and their mid-life crises to join a two-week cattle drive from New Mexico to Colorado. Together with a bunch of fellow urbanites, they find the going much tougher than expected, and it is down to a real-life cowboy to whip them into shape. Comedy adventure, starring Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby and Jack Palance, who won an Oscar for his performance as grizzled trail boss Curly.
Mad Max 2 (1981) Sky Atlantic 10:15pm-12:05am (1 hour 50 minutes)
A former cop haunted by his tragic past roams the wasteland of Australia in the aftermath of a nuclear war. He arrives at a besieged settlement and grudgingly helps protect the residents from a horde of marauding bikers who want to get hold of their valuable supply of petrol. Futuristic adventure sequel, starring Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells, Emil Minty and Kjell Nilsson
Whatever you get up to this Weekend remember Santa doesn’t like liars and always stay classy….