Christmas is just around the corner and Channel 4 are set to go full-on-festive on Sunday 6 December, when they’ll be airing The Snowman.
But that’s not all, because the channel have a whole afternoon of Christmas treats, starting at 13.55pm with a repeat of last year’s The Great Christmas Bake Off. Noel, Sandi, Prue and Paul celebrate Christmas with Tom and Yan from 2017 and Briony and Terry from 2018, who compete in festive-themed challenges for the title of Christmas Star Baker. And Status Quo play Rockin’ All Over the World. Then at 15.35, it’s the channel’s first airing of Father Christmas, the classic animation based on Raymond Briggs’s book. What does Father Christmas do with himself for the other 364 days of the year? Here’s a chance to find out. With the voice of Mel Smith.
At 16.10pm it’s the main event – Raymond Briggs’s classic Christmas story The Snowman is Channel 4’s most celebrated animation. On Christmas Eve a young boy decides to make a snowman. During the night, it comes to life and whisks him off to the North Pole to meet a very important person.
In The Snowman and the Snowdog, at 16.45pm, the charming animated sequel to Raymond Briggs’s classic The Snowman. When young Billy and his mother move house, he finds a snowman-making kit hidden under his bedroom floorboards. When it begins to snow, Billy builds a snowman and a snowdog. At the stroke of midnight, the snowman and the snowdog magically come to life. Billy awakens and joins them on an amazing adventure, flying over London and onwards to the North Pole, where they join snowmen and snowwomen from around the world. Billy even meets Father Christmas before returning home, where a wonderful surprise awaits him.
And rounding things off is the free-to-air premiere of Peter Rabbit – at 17.10pm. James Corden voices Beatrix Potter’s classic character whose constant raids on Mr McGregor’s bounteous vegetable patch are about to get a little bit more challenging when a new owner comes up from London. Peter Rabbit (Corden) lives an idyllic life. Old Mr McGregor (Sam Neill, who also voices Tommy Brock) is really good at growing veg and Peter, well, he’s good at nicking it. No matter how hard the old guy tries, he just can’t keep the pesky bunny and his mates out. Then, one day, as luck would have it, old Mr McGregor drops dead. ‘Hooray!’, thinks Peter. Free veg forever. But his time in paradise is short-lived because Mr McGregor has a great-nephew, Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson, who also voices Mr Jeremy Fisher), and Thomas is from London and, being from London, he’s really uptight. Before Peter and his gang of animal thugs know it, there’s gates and walls and electric fences. And so begins a war between a small portion of British wildlife and man, or a man. But if all this sounds a little rough, do not fear because next door lives Bea (Rose Byrne, who also voices Jemima Puddle-Duck), who serves to soften up the struggle between man and beast and, perhaps, offer a bit or romance? Only if Thomas can loosen up a bit. But can there ever be peace on the veg patch? Also featuring the voices of Sia (Mrs Tiggy-Winkle) and Margot Robbie (Flopsy and the narrator).
Later at 8pm, you’ll be able to enjoy Jamie: Keep Cooking at Christmas. Jamie Oliver and his family invite us to get into the Christmas spirit as they prepare for their own family celebrations, offering us a helpful guide to the whole festive season. From creating edible presents for those who we can’t meet in person and ideas for a gorgeous Christmas dinner with our more immediate family to ways of reinventing leftovers, Jamie has loads of handy hints and tips for a bespoke Christmas 2020 as we navigate such unprecedented times. In the first part of this two-part special, Jamie looks at ways to make cracking Christmas gifts to share with our loved ones.
So make sure you’re well stocked on mince pies and mulled wine because if you’re anything like us, you won’t be moving from the sofa.
Channel 4’s super-festive Sunday is on 6th December.