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What to watch this Christmas: for kids

What to watch this Christmas: for kids

Here are the best programmes to watch on TV this Christmas. You’ll probably need until at least the middle of January 2021 to watch them all…


Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Discover the magic of Dr Seuss’ tale as it comes to life on stage. Featuring the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas,” this holiday classic will make your heart grow two sizes too big.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Sunday 20 December at 3.30pm.
 

Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After


This 60-minute special starts where the well-known fable ends. Jack thought he had slayed the Giant, but as it turns out, he was just concussed. Co-creator and writer David Walliams stars as the Giant, while Sheridan Smith (The Royle Family) plays The Woman with No Name, who believes she’s the best giant killer in the village. Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) appears as Dodgy Dave, a market stall trader who initially sold Jack the magic beans.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Jack & The Beanstalk: After Ever After will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Wednesday 23 December at 8pm.

Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy

Writer, director and star Mackenzie Crook (The Detectorists) returns as the fun-loving scarecrow, who first appeared in the classic children’s books by Barbara Euphan Todd in 1936. This time, meet Worzel’s old friend, a carved ship’s figurehead named Saucy Nancy (Shirley Henderson, Happy Valley). Vanessa Redgrave also stars.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Worzel Gummidge: Saucy Nancy will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Eve at 5.55pm.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse


The film is inspired by the true story of when a six-year-old Roald Dahl (Harry Tayler) met his idol Beatrix Potter (Dawn French, The Vicar Of Dibley). Dahl, who also went on to become a great writer, found comfort in Potter’s books after losing his older sister and his father.

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse will air on Sky One/HD (CH 110/109) on Christmas Eve at 8.15pm.

Zog And The Flying Doctors

In the sequel to 2018’s Zog, Lenny Henry leads the voice cast as the narrator and is joined by Hugh Skinner as Zog the dragon, Rob Brydon, Patsy Ferran, Mark Bonnar, Lucian Msamati and more. Based on the book by Julia Donaldson, the charming animation features a mermaid, a unicorn and a lion, oh my! You can also watch The Gruffalo And Me: The Magical World Of Julia Donaldson this Christmas on BBC Two HD (CH 102) to learn more about the much-loved children’s author.

When can I watch it and on what channel?

Zog And The Flying Doctors will air on BBC One HD (CH 101/108) on Christmas Day at 2.35pm.

Quentin Blake’s Clown


This 30-minute animation is based on Sir Quentin Blake’s wordless book Clown. The cartoonist, who has illustrated books by Roald Dahl, weaves a story of a toy clown, whose owner has outgrown him and thrown him away with a group of toys. If this is anything like the Toy Story films, we are going to be an absolute mess by the end of it – never mind the kids! However, it’s an uplifting tale as Clown sets out in search of a new home with his friends. As the big day draws near, they just might be headed for a Christmas miracle.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
 

Quentin Blake’s Clown will air on Channel 4 HD (CH 104/141) on Christmas Day at 7.40pm.
 

The Making Of Quentin Blake’s Clown will be available in Apps & Games > All 4 on Christmas Day.
 

Trolls World Tour


The sequel to 2016’s Trolls unlocks new information about our fluffy-haired friends. There are six different troll tribes in six different lands, who love six different kinds of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock – but for the rockers, it’s their way or the highway.
 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Trolls World Tour, available from Christmas Day in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert U

Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr might be the main human face of the film as Dr John Dolittle, who can speak to animals, but his menagerie is voiced by Tom Holland, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek, Emma Thompson, John Cena, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Sheen, to name just a few! 

When can I watch it and on what channel?
Dolittle, available in Sky Cinema on demand. Cert PG

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Image credits: Zog And The Flying Doctors © Magic Light Pictures