Wednesday, 24 December 2014

On My TV This Christmas by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

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I love shows that get me in the mood for Christmas.  Here are my personal favourites from the multitude available, that really bring out the Christmas spirit.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Vital.  My husband wooed me with The Muppets.  He invited me round to his house to watch them.  The overture at our wedding (it was held in a theatre) was an instrumental version of the theme song.  The Christmas Carol is a classic by anyone’s standards, but this version is definitely the best.

While You Were Sleeping

Not precisely a Christmas movie, but set at Christmas and all about the importance of family.  Lucy saves a man’s life and is mistaken for his fiancée at the hospital.  While he lies in a coma, she goes from all alone to part of a large, warm - if slightly mad - family, and can’t bring herself to tell them the truth.  Then she starts to fall for his brother and things get really complicated.

The Vicar of Dibley: The Christmas Lunch Incident

The Vicar of Dibley is a long-running UK show about a female vicar (played by Dawn French) sent to a small, conservative village where the inhabitants are all mad real characters.  In this episode, she agrees to have three Christmas lunches to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings.  One for everyone who’s ever over-indulged at Christmas dinner.

Miranda: The Perfect Christmas

Miranda and her friends think Christmas would be far better if they spent the day together instead of with their families.  They’re wrong.
Miranda reminds me a lot of my heroine from The Dr Pepper Prophecies, especially in episodes like this where everything is going wrong for her.

Harry Potter

Hands up everyone who wants to spend Christmas at Hogwarts?  From the never-ending feast to the massive tree to the fact that they always have snow, the Christmas scenes in the Harry Potter movies are fantastically Christmassy.  And given that someone’s put them on YouTube, I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks so.

What films and TV shows make you feel the most Christmassy?
Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so a career writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in North Yorkshire with her husband, small daughter, two middle-aged cats and a lot of dust bunnies.
Her books include The Dr Pepper Prophecies, After Wimbledon, Early Daze and But I Said Forever.
Find Jennifer at her blog, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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