The Tellyvangelist: Dec. 20 – 26
In this week’s Tellyvangelist — your weekly guide to all that’s British on U.S. TV — cook up a Christmas storm with Gordon Ramsay, catch a whole slew of great British films, and top it all off with the highly-anticipated Doctor Who Christmas Special!
All times are in EST and are subject to change.
Monday, December 20
SHOe will be airing Michael Radford’s crime-thriller Flawless tonight at 8pm. In the film, Demi Moore and Michael Caine team up to steal from the London Diamond Corporation.
Tuesday, December 21
Start getting into the Christmas spirit with A Christmas Carol on TNT at 9pm. This version of the classic tale stars Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge and Richard E. Grant as Bob Crachit.
Get out your recipe books, because Gordon Ramsay is pulling out all the stops in his Ultimate Christmas Special, tonight on BBCA at 10!
Wednesday, December 22
Simon Pegg learns How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, airing tonight at 9:30 on TMC.
Thursday, December 23
SyFy is playing a leap-frog marathon of British fantasy films. At 5:30pm and 11pm, you’ll want to grab your daemon and direct your attention to The Golden Compass, starring Ian McKellen, Daniel Craig, and Freddie Highmore. Then, at 8pm and 1:30am, set sail for Narnia with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Are your kids guaranteed coal in their stockings this weekend? Just follow the example of Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee and they’ll be on the top of the Nice List in no time!
Friday, December 24
Start your Christmas Eve Day with a dash of magic as HBO2 plays Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince this afternoon at 2:30.
Curl up next to the yule log with your sweetie and watch all your favorite British romantics (including Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman) celebrate the holidays in Love Actually at 8pm on Lifetime.
IFC doesn’t want you to take things too seriously this holiday season as they play the ridiculous classic comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail tonight at 9.
If you’re looking to do some family Bond-ing, you’re in luck! Bravo will be airing Casino Royale tonight at 8 and 11, while TMC will be showing Quantum of Solace at 8pm.
Saturday, December 25
Tonight at 9, BBCA will be delivering the best present of all: the Doctor Who Christmas special, appropriately titled Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol. The episode features guest appearances by Michael Gambon and Katherine Jenkins and promises to be a delightful Christmas treat. Afterwards, stick around to see Matt Smith on Graham Norton’s couch at 10:15!
Sunday, December 26
HBOSGe will be showing some skin in Mrs. Henderson Presents tonight at 5:30. The Stephen Frears film stars Judi Dench as the owner of the Windmill Theatre, which was the first theatre in London to feature live nude performances.
Go behind the scenes and get the real story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo in The Beatles Biggest Secrets, tonight at 10 on BBCA!
What will you be watching this week?