• Amy Hunter

Giggle's Guide to Christmas TV 2019

Christmas is a busy time of the year for everyone, so it’s easy to miss that program or film that you really wanted to see. So we’ve decided to share some of our animated picks that are on TV this Christmas.

Snowman & Snowman and the Snowdog

When: 3.50 pm and 4.20 pm Christmas Eve

Where: Channel 4

What: Since its release in 1982 The Snowman has been shown on TV every single Christmas and this year its no different, with both the Snowman and the 2012 The Snowman and the Snowdog being shown on Channel 4 this Christmas Eve. For those of you who are fans of Raymond Briggs, the creator of The Snowman and Father Christmas, there’s a program all about him on Christmas Day (Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen & Milkmen, BBC 2, 4.40 pm)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

When: Christmas Eve, 7.30 pm (repeated at 1.45 pm on Christmas Day and 1 pm on Boxing Day)

Where: Channel 4

What: The adaption of Edith Kerr’s classic children’s story stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tamsin Greig and David Walliams, to name just some of the star stubbed cast.

Wallace and Gromit

It’s not Christmas without a little bit of Wallace and Gromit and this year BBC have gone to town with the Wallace and Gromit content.

The Wrong Trousers

When: Christmas Eve, 4.30 pm

Where: BBC 1

The Close Shave

When: Christmas Day, 11 am

Where: BBC 1

A Matter of Loaf and Death

When: Boxing Day, 5.25 pm

Where: BBC 1

A Christmas Carol

When: Christmas Day, 9.25 am

Where: ITV

What: This 2009, 3d computer-animated version of Charles Dickens famous novella, starring Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. The film was able to create such realistic characters my motion capture the actors and then converting this into a computer-generated animation.


When: Christmas Day, 12.55 pm

Where: BBC 1

What: Boasting a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Moana is a film for the whole family. Scheduled for that post-opening presents, pre-Christmas lunch slot, it’s bound to entice loads of families! It also provides the perfect escape for those sick of rainy England!

The Snail and the Whale

When: Christmas Day, 2.30 pm

Where: BBC1

What: Written by the author of the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson and voice by Sally Hawkins and Rob Brydon The Snail and the Whale is a heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship between a whale and a snail and their adventure around the world.

Mimi And the Mountain Dragon

When: Boxing Day, 3.20 pm

Where: BBC 1

What: A 2D animated adaption of Michael Morpurgo's book about a shy little girl who discovers a dragon in her garden shed. It features music from Oscar award-winning composer Rachel Portman and is based on the original illustration by Emily Gravett.

Jungle Book

When: Boxing Day, 3.45 pm

Where: BBC 1

What: Jon Favreau’s 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. The predecessor to Favreau’s remake of The Lion King, that came out earlier this year, the animals are just as realistic.

Paddington 2

When: Boxing Day, 7.20 pm

Where: BBC1

What: What’s not to love? A cuddly Ben Whishaw voiced bear, Hugh Grant basically playing to type (himself) and a bunch of other incredible A-list British celebrities! Its a film for the whole family and you don’t need to have watched the first one to love this one!

Merry Christmas Everyone!