The best of Christmas 2021 on demand
Christmas is truly a time for television to shine, with plenty on offer from the UK’s biggest On Demand services.
From brand new festive specials to the return of epic fantasy franchises, this year’s holidays have it all. We’ve curated some of our favourite releases of the season to get you in the mood.
Here are our On Demand highlights for Christmas 2021:
1. Being the Ricardos
Biographical film Being the Ricardos is Amazon Prime Video’s biggest release of the season, exploring the relationship between I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem star in this complex and well-written drama.
Available on Amazon Prime on December 21
2. Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye
The quirky crime drama based on M. C. Beaton’s works returns to Sky this festive season. In this Christmas special, Agatha’s plans for a perfect Christmas go awry when the wealthy widow who has hired her detective services drops down dead.
Available on NOW TV on December 21
3. After Ever After: Hansel & Gretel
David Walliams’ third fairytale special for Sky explores what happened next to lost siblings Hansel and Gretel. Walliams of course stars, while Sheridan Smith will portray the witch (who may or may not have survived).
Available on NOW TV on December 23
4. The Amazing Mr Blunden
Festive family classic The Amazing Mr Blunden gets a 2021 remake for Sky, starring Simon Callow. Mark Gatiss provides the script, which sees two teenagers discover two time-travelling ghosts in need of urgent help.
Available on NOW TV on Christmas Eve
5. Don’t Look Up
A fun-filled new disaster comedy sees two low level astronomers tasked with trying to warn the world an apocalyptic meteor is hurtling towards Earth. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep star.
Available on Netflix on Christmas Eve
The latest Disney offering explores the story of the Madrigals, a Colombian family granted magical powers. Celebrated Hamilton composer Lin Manuel Miranda is behind the songs.
Available on Disney+ on Christmas Eve
7. A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
While not such a big name in the UK, Mister Rogers is the face of many American childhoods. In this acclaimed biographical film, Tom Hanks delivers a nuanced and powerful performance as the children’s entertainer.
Available on Netflix on Christmas Day
8. The Book of Boba Fett (Season 1)
One thing we’ll never say no to is more Star Wars offerings from Disney+. This new series is a spin-off from The Mandalorian, focusing on the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Available on Disney+ on December 29
9. Queer Eye (Season 6)
The uplifting makeover series returns to bring joy to the 2021 holiday season. Series six sees the Fab Five deliver more lifechanging makeovers that’ll have audiences sobbing their hearts out (in a good way).
Available on Netflix on December 31
10. Stay Close
A new Harlan Coben adaptation, which stars Cush Jumbo, James Nesbitt, Richard Armitage and Sarah Parish in an epic eight-part thriller. Stay Close tells the story of three people, linked together forever and haunted by a terrifying night some 17 years prior.