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Blade Runner: The Final Cut and more must-watch movies this Christmas

With Christmas just around the corner, we are all gearing up for a season of office parties, nights out, and lots of eating.

But with so much going on, don’t forget to make some time for an age-old Christmas tradition – watching TV.

Television technology has changed rapidly in the past few years and finding your way through the maze of screen sizes, features and brands can be a turn off.

When you’re on the hunt for a new TV, the first thing to consider is screen size. If you’re looking to put the TV in a lounge, you’ll want to start by considering a 32in screen and work up to a massive 64in depending on the size of your room.

Today’s TVs come in LCD, LED and Plasma. LCD is usually the cheapest while new LED technology offers the clearest picture and slimmest sets.

LED is also the most environmentally-friendly technology on the market, consuming less power. But if you’re watching a lot of fast-moving sport or action movies, Plasma may be the best choice.

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But whatever type of TV you get hold of this Christmas, you can be sure to come across some great TV movies. Check out our selection of the must-watch TV.

As ever, there is a whole bunch of top films to see this Christmas. So heat up a mince pie and enjoy these tech favourites.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Ridley Scott’s epic 1982 sci-fi adventure has become a cinema classic. Exploring space travel, philosophy and what it means to be human, this thrilling piece of film is techie heaven.

And if you’re concerned about the 80s cinematography getting in the way, fear not! BBC 2 is showing the updated 2007 ‘Final Cut’ version, at 9pm on 19th December.


The latest film from super geeks Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Paul is sci-fi fan’s dream. It is packed with more references than you’ll know what to do with, and some of the writing duo’s best one liners.

Not to mention Seth Rogen’s superb turn as the voice of the beer-drinking, weed-smoking alien Paul. You can catch Paul on 20 December, on Sky Movies Premier.

Polar Express

We thought we’d chuck a more Christmassy one into the mix, to really get you into the spirit. Starring Tom Hanks (in every role), this Robert Zemeckis film has become a festive favourite.

While Polar Express doesn’t have much in the way of space travel or cool gadgets, it was the first film to be made entirely using motion capture animation. Polar Express is on ITV1 on Christmas Eve.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s alternative Christmas offering has become a must-see over the holidays. Making fantastic use of stop-motion animation, this dark but beautifully imagined film is perfect for those who can’t quite stomach another showing of Love Actually.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is showing on BBC 3 on 17 December and again on 23 December.

Corpse Bride

Sticking with Tim Burton and stop-motion animation, Corpse Bride is another genius offering from the legendary director.

A step up from Nightmare Before Christmas, this is a slick piece of cinematography that tells a beautiful story that’s perfect for Christmas. Catch Corpse Bride on ITV1 on Christmas Eve.