Best movies on UK TV this Christmas

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If you don't fancy a trip to the big screen, there are plenty of movies to keep you entertained on the small screen this Christmas.

BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have a host of classics to tune in for over the festive period, while the likes of Netflix, Sky Cinema, Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video also have impressive line-ups in terms of their new movies this December.

Each streaming service has plenty of other choices to discover as well, of course, but we're going to focus on the new premieres on each service over the Christmas 2021 period. Some of them are available to watch right now if you fancy an early festive treat.

So without further ado, here are the best movies to watch on the small screen (in the UK) this Christmas.

BBC One Christmas movies 2021

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Cinderella (2015) – December 23, 3.15pm

Brave – December 24, 11.40am

Frozen – December 24, 1.30pm

Abominable – December 24, 3pm

Dolittle (2020) – December 24, 4.30pm

The Secret Life of Pets 2 – December 25, 1.10pm and December 31, 10.55am

Mary Poppins Returns – December 25, 3.10pm

Shaun the Sheep Movie – December 26, 10.10am

Trolls – December 25, 11.30am

Beauty and the Beast (2017) – December 26, 2.20pm

Paddington – December 26, 4.20pm

Finding Dory – December 27, 1.30pm

Horrible Histories: The Movie – Rotten Romans – December 27, 3pm

Paddington 2 – December 27, 5.55pm

When Harry Met Sally – December 27, 12.15am

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit – December 28, 1.55pm

The BFG (2016) – December 28, 3.25pm

Monsters University – December 29, 9.05am

Big Hero 6 – December 29, 10.40am

Inside Out – December 29, 1.40pm

A Star is Born (2018) – December 29, 9pm

Zootropolis – December 30, 1.45pm

The Jungle Book (2016) – December 30, 3.35pm

Ready Player One – December 30, 10.35pm

Coco – December 31, 2.40pm

I Give It a Year – December 31, 12.40am

BBC Two Christmas movies 2021

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Last Christmas – December 23, 9pm

North by Northwest – December 24, 3.20pm

Casablanca – December 25, 11.10am

Singin' in the Rain – December 26, 12.40pm

Some Like It Hot – December 26, 2.20pm

A Star is Born (1954) – December 27, 10.05am

West Side Story (1961) – December 27, 4.35pm

Blade Runner 2049 – December 27, 9pm

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – December 29, 12.55am

Judy – December 30, 9pm

ITV Christmas movies 2021

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Sing – December 23, 1.50pm

The Holiday – December 23, 11pm

Nativity Rocks! – December 24, 11am

Santa Clause: The Movie – December 25, 3.10pm

Love Actually – December 25, 10.40pm

Hotel Transylvania – December 27, 11.45am

Despicable Me – December 28, 12.30pm

Despicable Me 2 – December 29, 12.30pm

Hot Fuzz – December 29, 10.20pm

Despicable Me 3 – December 30, 12.30pm

Smallfoot – December 31, 12.30pm

Spectre – December 31, 9pm

ITV2 Christmas movies 2021

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The Addams Family – December 23, 4.10pm and December 28, 9.30am

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – December 23, 6.15pm and December 29, 6.15pm

The Secret Life of Pets – December 24, 12.55pm and December 30, 4.50pm

Uncle Buck – December 24, 6pm

The Holiday – December 24, 8pm

Chicken Run – December 25, 3.50pm and December 27, 4.35pm

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – December 25, 5.40pm

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – December 25, 8pm

Mr Peabody & Sherman – December 26, 8.45am

Ice Age – December 26, 2.10pm and December 30, 3.10pm

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial – December 26, 3.50pm

Shrek – December 26, 6.10pm

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – December 26, 8pm and December 29, 9pm

Ice Age 2: The Meltdown – December 27, 2.45pm

Wonder Woman – December 27, 6.15pm

Bridesmaids – December 27, 9pm

Back to the Future – December 28, 2.55pm

The Amazing Spider-Man – December 28, 5.15pm

Skyfall – December 28, 8pm

Back to the Future Part II – December 29, 4.05pm

Back to the Future Part III – December 30, 6.35pm

Mean Girls – December 30, 9pm

Space Jam – December 31, 10.05am

New Year's Eve – December 31, 4.05pm

Snow White & the Huntsman – December 31, 6.35pm

Pitch Perfect 2 – December 31, 9pm

Channel 4 Christmas movies 2021

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Office Christmas Party – December 23, 11pm

It's a Wonderful Life – December 24, 2pm

Home Alone – December 24, 6pm

How to Train Your Dragon – December 25, 11am

White Christmas – December 25, 12.55pm

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York – December 25, 5.15pm

Slumdog Millionaire – December 25, 12.20am

Crocodile Dundee – December 26, 4pm

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) – December 28, 9pm

Misery – December 28, 11.15pm

Deep Impact – December 30, 3.10pm

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events – December 31, 11.20am

The Great Escape – December 31, 3.15pm

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – December 31, 6.45pm

Channel 5 Christmas movies 2021

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Matilda – December 23, 5.10pm and December 28, 9.40am

Scrooge – December 24, 11.55am

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – December 25, 3.10pm and December 31, 9.45am

Calendar Girls – December 26, 12.45pm

The Proposal – December 26, 3pm

Sister Act – December 26, 5.10pm

Dirty Dancing – December 26, 8pm

My Fair Lady – December 27, 1.10pm

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit – December 27, 4.50pm

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – December 27, 8pm

The Mask of Zorro – December 28, 11.45am

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) – December 28, 2.30pm

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – December 28, 5.10pm

The Meg – December 28, 9pm

Jumanji – December 31, 12.40pm

Hook – December 31, 2.50pm

Night at the Museum – December 31, 5.35pm

Netflix Christmas movie releases

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Love Hard – available to watch now

The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star – available to watch now

A Castle for Christmas – available to watch now

Single All the Way – available to watch now

The Unforgivable – available to watch now

The Hand of God – available to watch now

A California Christmas – available to watch now

A Naija Christmas – available to watch now

Grumpy Christmas – available to watch now

1000 Miles to Christmas – December 24

Don't Look Up – December 24

Sky Cinema and NOW Christmas movie releases

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A Boy Called Christmas – available to watch now

Godzilla vs Kong – available to watch now

8-Bit Christmas – available to watch now

A Christmas Number One – December 10

Another Round – available to watch now

Christmas at Cattle Hill – available to watch now

In the Heights – available to watch now

Last Train to Christmas – available to watch now

Peter Rabbit 2 – December 25

The Suicide Squad – December 26

Disney Plus Christmas movie releases

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Home Sweet Home Alone – available to watch now

The Last Duel – available to watch now

Diary of a Wimpy Kid – available to watch now

Die Hard – available to watch now

Ron's Gone Wrong – available to watch now

Encanto – December 24

Paddington – December 31

Paddington 2 – December 31

Amazon Prime Video Christmas movie releases

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Encounter – available to watch now

Wrath of Man – available to watch now

Being the Ricardos – available to watch now

The Protégé – December 31

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