UK Christmas

by rossd1909 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A selection of UK based Christmas films, period dramas and TV specials etc. that are regularly found on TV at Christmas. Along with a few other titles based, set or large UK casts.

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1. Love, Actually (2003)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

Director: Richard Curtis | Stars: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney

Votes: 406,764 | Gross: $59.70M

2. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 47,984 | Gross: $46.46M

3. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

PG-13 | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

When a murder occurs on the train on which he's travelling, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench

Votes: 190,976 | Gross: $102.83M

4. Only Fools and Horses (1981–2003)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Comedy that follows two brothers from London's rough Peckham estate as they wheel and deal through a number of dodgy deals and search for the big score that'll make them millionaires.

Stars: David Jason, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Roger Lloyd Pack, Buster Merryfield

Votes: 43,019

5. Ghost Stories for Christmas (2000– )

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Horror legend Christopher Lee hosts and narrates a series of four half hour ghost stories all based on stories by M.R. James. 'The Stalls of Barchester', 'The Ash Tree', 'Number 13' and 'A ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter White, Matthew Wheatley, Tony Slater

Votes: 176

6. Hector (2015)

87 min | Drama

Hector has been living on the motorways for years. His once comfortable family life has been replaced by a never-ending tour of service stations that offer him shelter, anonymity, washing ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Gavin | Stars: Peter Mullan, Keith Allen, Natalie Gavin, Sharon Rooney

Votes: 1,423

7. Dickensian (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London.

Stars: Tuppence Middleton, Sophie Rundle, Alexandra Moen, Joseph Quinn

Votes: 2,565

8. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

PG | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

Director: Bharat Nalluri | Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 11,031 | Gross: $5.68M

9. A Christmas Carol (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy

An old bitter miser who makes excuses for his uncaring nature learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve.

Director: David Hugh Jones | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey, Ian McNeice

Votes: 7,901

10. Bleak House (2005)

TV-PG | 510 min | Drama

A suspenseful tale about the injustices of the 19th Century English legal system.

Stars: Anna Maxwell Martin, Denis Lawson, Carey Mulligan, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 8,170

11. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 42,424 | Gross: $12.23M

12. Cranford (2007–2010)
Episode: November 1842 (2007)

TV-14 | 59 min | Drama

It's Christmas-time and Miss Matty isn't sure it would appropriate to celebrate with friends and neighbors given the death of her sister. Mary Smith convinces her otherwise. Matty renews ... See full summary »

Directors: Simon Curtis, Steve Hudson | Stars: Kimberley Nixon, Rosy Byrne, Hester Odgers, Simon Woods

Votes: 133

13. A Child's Christmas in Wales (1987 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 55 min | Family, Drama

Young Thomas is disappointed because it?s raining on Christmas Eve. But his spirits are soon lifted by his grandfather, who gives him a snow globe and recounts his own childhood Christmas memories.

Director: Don McBrearty | Stars: Denholm Elliott, Mathonwy Reeves, Glynis Davies, Michael Fawkes

Votes: 465

14. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Christmas at Downton Abbey (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Christmas 1919. Downton Abbey is hosting a lavish Christmas party, yet despite being the season of goodwill, tensions are rife and Bates' arrest has cast a shadow over the festivities.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 1,835

15. Persuasion (2007 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Romance

Royal Navy captain Wentworth was haughtily turned down eight years ago as suitor of pompous baronet Sir Walter Elliot's daughter Anne, despite true love. Now he visits their former seaside ... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Shergold | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alice Krige, Anthony Head, Julia Davis

Votes: 13,239

16. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: Christmas Special (2015)

TV-PG | 93 min | Drama, Romance

Two-hour Christmas special and the series finale. Mary endeavors to build bridges with her sister while Edith's secret continues to pose a threat. As Henry settles into the role of husband and stepfather, finding his place at Downton proves more difficult.

Director: Michael Engler | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy

Votes: 1,506

17. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)
Episode: A Journey to the Highlands (2012)

TV-14 | 92 min | Drama, Romance

The Crawleys go to Duneagle Castle to celebrate Christmas with the MacClares. Everyone is delighted as they fish, hunt, and dine. Unfortunately, when the Crawleys return, tragedy strikes. Will things ever be the same again?

Director: Andy Goddard | Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 1,538

18. Poirot (1989–2013)
Episode: Hercule Poirot's Christmas (1994)

TV-14 | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional but wealthy family summons his adult children for a Christmas reunion, but prior to the holiday his throat is slashed apparently by one of them.

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: David Suchet, Philip Jackson, Vernon Dobtcheff, Simon Roberts

Votes: 1,572

19. The Snowman (1982 TV Short)

G | 26 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

On Christmas Eve, a young boy builds a snowman that comes to life and takes him to the North Pole to meet Father Christmas.

Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Dianne Jackson | Stars: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith

Votes: 11,834

20. Father Christmas (1991 TV Short)

G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Father Christmas on vacation and on the job.

Director: Dave Unwin | Star: Mel Smith

Votes: 1,562

21. A Child's Christmases in Wales (2009 TV Movie)

59 min | Comedy

Young Owen recalls how, at Christmas 1983 when he was ten, his obsessively tidy mother and penny-pinching father hosted his two paternal uncles, garrulous carpet king Huw, perpetually ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Gernon | Stars: Ruth Jones, Mark Lewis Jones, Steve Speirs, Paul Kaye

Votes: 96

22. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988 TV Movie)

43 min | Comedy, History

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

Director: Richard Boden | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry

Votes: 11,454

23. The Snowman and the Snowdog (2012 TV Short)

G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A young boy whose dog has just died moves into the house in whose backyard the snowman was built. Finding a photograph of the snowman the boy rebuilds him and also a snowdog with the surprise that they come alive.

Director: Hilary Audus

Votes: 2,248

24. Get Santa (2014)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family

52 Metascore

A father and son who team up to save Christmas once they discover Santa Claus sleeping in their garage after crashing his sleigh and finding himself on the run from the police.

Director: Christopher Smith | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Ewen Bremner

Votes: 3,045

25. Last Christmas (2019)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

Kate is a young woman subscribed to bad decisions. Working as an elf in a year round Christmas store is not good for the wannabe singer. However, she meets Tom there. Her life takes a new turn. For Kate, it seems too good to be true.

Director: Paul Feig | Stars: Madison Ingoldsby, Emma Thompson, Boris Isakovic, Lucy Miller

Votes: 20,816

26. The Holiday (2006)

PG-13 | 136 min | Comedy, Romance

52 Metascore

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers | Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black

Votes: 229,976 | Gross: $63.22M

27. A Midwinter's Tale (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy

A group of theater actors plays "Hamlet" in a provincial village, faced with their own temptations, disappointments, and joys.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Michael Maloney, Richard Briers, Hetta Charnley, Joan Collins

Votes: 2,262 | Gross: $0.35M

28. Click & Collect (2018 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Comedy

Two mismatched neighbours drive across the country to pick up the one toy that will make a little girl's Christmas dreams come true.

Director: Ben Palmer | Stars: Stephen Merchant, Asim Chaudhry, Sophia Di Martino, Emily Aston

Votes: 740

29. An Inspector Calls (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sophie Rundle, Lucy Chappell, Miranda Richardson, Ken Stott

Votes: 7,717

30. And Then There Were None (2015)

TV-14 | 58 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ten strangers are invited to an island by a mysterious host, and start to get killed one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

Stars: Maeve Dermody, Charles Dance, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman

Votes: 27,723

31. The ABC Murders (2018– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

In 1933, retired detective Hercule Poirot is targeted by a taunting killer who sends letters signed "ABC", which Poirot must decode in order to discover the identity of the murderer.

Stars: John Malkovich, Eamon Farren, Michael Shaeffer, Rupert Grint

Votes: 6,584

32. The Witness for the Prosecution (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan, Andrea Riseborough

Votes: 3,530

33. A Christmas Carol (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy

A television adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

Stars: Guy Pearce, Andy Serkis, Stephen Graham, Joe Alwyn

Votes: 6,227

34. The Pale Horse (2020– )

Mystery | Post-production

Is a trio of witches responsible for a series of sudden deaths or is there a rational explanation?

Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kaya Scodelario, Sheila Atim, Madeleine Bowyer

35. Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge (1994–1995)
Episode: Knowing Me Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge (1995)

TV-14 | 46 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Alan presents a one-off Christmas edition of Knowing Me Knowing You.

Director: Dominic Brigstocke | Stars: Steve Coogan, Rebecca Front, Kevin Eldon, David Schneider

Votes: 229

36. Porridge (1974–1977)
Episode: No Way Out (1975)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Crime

Christmas Special. Fletcher discovers that his fellow inmates are planning to escape.

Director: Sydney Lotterby | Stars: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 103

37. Father Ted (1995–1998)
Episode: A Christmassy Ted (1996)

TV-14 | 55 min | Comedy

Father Ted wins the "Golden Cleric", for saving a fellow group of priests from an embarrassing situation.

Director: Declan Lowney | Stars: Dermot Morgan, Ardal O'Hanlon, Frank Kelly, Pauline McLynn

Votes: 523



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