What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021

Godzilla and Kong - Sky’s Big Christmas Hitters are here

by Andy Bassett
Movies & TV News


What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021

Sky has pulled a reindeer out of Santa’s hat for its Yuletide slate with some of the year’s biggest tentpole movies and just about every one of its home grown panel shows spinning out a Christmas special.

Updated 24-Nov-2021: Last Train to Christmas (Trailer Added) - Magnum PI S4 (26th Dec) - NCIS: News Orleans S7/Final (26th Dec)

Updated 25-Nov-2021: Sky Cinema: The Last Bus (8th Dec) - Playing God (9th Dec) - The Unholy (11th Dec) - Another Round (12th Dec) - Christmas at Cattle Hill (13th Dec) - No Man of God (14th Dec) - The Champion of Auschwitz (15th Dec) - The Stand In (16th Dec) - Hide and Seek (19th Dec) - C.I.Ape (20th Dec) - The Obscure Life of the Grand Old Duke of Corsica (21st Dec) - Pups Alone (22nd Dec) - Think Like a Dog (23rd Dec) - Fatman (24th Dec) - Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal (27th Dec) - Plan A (28th Dec) - Young Hearts (29th Dec) - The Colony (30th Dec) - Boogie (31st Dec) - The Croods 2: A New Age (Removed)

Updated 01-Dec-2021: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (29th Dec)

You hold back a few treats for Christmas, don’t you!? Just to make it special. Well, Sky has revealed a few of its Christmas movies and it’s safe to say they’re more than just stocking fillers. Of course not everyone's a fan of big splashy FX-driven blockbusters, so there’s a few more low key films too, including the usual parade of seasonal classics (and classics-to-be) plus comedies, dramas, and more.

Godzilla vs Kong leads the movie charge on 3rd Dec with James Gunn’s bloody and irreverent The Suicide Squad taking some casualties on Boxing Day.

Christmas Day sees the premiere of Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway which could offer an opportunity to settle the kids down or, alternatively, mull over what Beatrix Potter’s farmyard funster might taste like at next year’s Christmas table!

The broadcaster’s festive flavoured spread continues with Sky Original Film, Last Train to Christmas starring Michael Sheen (who must surely one day end up bagging a Santa role - have you seen his shaggy beard look?!) and there’s A Christmas Number One which riffs on the UK’s long standing obsession with who tops the music charts (now ‘playlists’, we guess) at Christmas.

There’re seasonal specials aplenty from the usual suspects like There’s Something About Movies, A League of Their Own and the resurrected Never Mind the Buzzcocks - all no doubt recorded in August with everyone sweltering at the height of summer in thick jumpers under studio lights surrounded by fake snow.

David Walliams’ annual ‘fairytale with a twist’ sees Hansel And Gretel get the ‘Ever After’ treatment and the perfectly cast Simon Callow steps into Laurence Naismith’s inestimable boots for The Amazing Mr Blunden remake.

Away from Christmas, most of the Sex and the City gang return for follow up comedy And Just Like That… and David Thewliss and Oliva Colman turn up as the Landscapers, a true story about a couple who have some dark secrets hidden in their past.

So, let's take a closer look at what Sky’s brings subscribers in December and remember to check back as we’ll be updating the listing when new content is announced.

Movie Premieres

(Requires Sky Cinema subscription or Now Cinema Pass)

1st December

Nowhere Special (2020, Drama. James Norton, Daniel Lamont, Eileen O’Higgins, Keith McErlean, Dir. + Scr. Uberto Pasolini)

When John, a 35-year-old single dad who has devoted himself to raising his 4-year-old son Michael, is given only a few months to live, he has no family to turn to. Instead, John spends his last weeks looking for a new and perfect family to adopt Michael, while trying to protect his child from the terrible truth of the situation.

2nd December

Sound of Violence (2021, Horror. Jasmin Savoy Brown, Lili Simmons, James Jagger, Tessa Munro, Dir. + Scr. Alex Noyer)

Previously deaf Alexis recovers her hearing when she witnesses the brutal murder of her family at the age of ten. The traumatic experience awakens synesthetic abilities in her and starts her on an orphan’s path of self-discovery as she finds healing by composing music through torture and pain. As she goes on to pursue a career in teaching, she experiments to find new sounds, Alexis is supported by her roommate Marie who is unaware of the dark secrets behind Alexis' unique music. Now, faced with the likelihood of losing her hearing again, Alexis escalates the pursuit of her masterpiece through gruesome sound experiments and devastating designs. And Marie becomes the unknowing acolyte to her destructive process.

Trailer NSFW

3rd December (Friday)

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, PG-13. Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dir, Adam Winguard)

Two of nature’s most mythic beasts clash as the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong battle for supremacy with the fate of humanity at stake. As Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, they find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla as he cuts a swath of destruction across the globe. The initial confrontation between the two titans - instigated by unseen forces - is only the beginning of a mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.

Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth film in Legendary's Monsterverse venture and was generally thought to have got the series back on track after a disappointing second outing for Blue Oyster Cult’s favourite lizard in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

4th December

8-Bit Christmas (2021, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, PG. Neil Patrick Harris, Winslow Fegley, Steve Zahn, Cyrus Arnold, Dir. Michael Dowse)

In 1980's Chicago, ten-year-old video games-nut Jake sets out on an impossible quest to get hold of the Christmas gift of his generation - the just released Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s the one that everyone will be after and getting his hands on one will take cunning, guile and the luck of the gods.

And you thought video console shortages were a modern affliction!

Stars Neil Patrick Harris playing Jake as an adult recounting the story to his daughter and really painting the 80s as the time to be alive!

5th December

Vanquish (2021, Action, Thriller, Drama, R. Ruby Rose, Patrick Muldoon, Morgan Freeman, Hannah Stocking, Dir. George Gallo)

Vanquish sees Victoria trying to move on from her dark past as a Russian drug courier by being the best mother she can be. However, when retired cop and former associate Damon forces her to make a series of clandestine drops by holding her daughter hostage, Victoria must use her only mode of transport, a motorcycle, and her skills from a life she thought he’d left behind to take out the violent gangsters and corrupt cops on her trail - or she may never see her child again.

6th December

Miss Marx (2020, Biography, Drama. International: Italy, Belgium, Language: English. Romola Garai, Patrick Kennedy, John Gordon Sinclair, Felicity Montagu, Dir. + Scr. Susanna Nicchiarel)

Bright, intelligent and passionate, Eleanor is Karl Marx's youngest daughter. As a free-thinking women, she is among the first to link the themes of feminism and socialism and takes part in workers' struggles, the fights for women's rights and the abolition of child labour. However, in 1883 she meets Edward Aveling and her life takes a passionate but tragic turn.

7th December

Notorious Nick (2021, Dram, Sport True Life, PG-13. Cody Christian, Elisabeth Röhm, Kevin Pollak, Barry Livingston, Dir. Aaron Leong)

Even though he was born with a partial left arm, Nick Newell dreams of being a fighter. After working hard in the school’s wrestling team, Nick becomes a fierce competitor in mixed martial arts. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Nick is presented with an unexpected opportunity to fight for the lightweight championship - it’s a chance to prove the capabilities that he, and others like him, truly possess.

8th December

The Last Bus (2021, Drama. Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan, Ben Ewing, Natalie Mitson, Dir. Gillies MacKinnon) - added 25-Nov-2021

Recently widowed pensioner Tom makes a nostalgic trip from Britain's most northerly point, John O'Groats, to its distant southerly tip at Land’s End, the place where he met his wife and where he intends to scatter her ashes. Using his free transport pass, Tom uses only local buses to travel the length of the country. As he travels, his odyssey touches others and his trip begins to capture the imagination of the local people that he comes across and, ultimately, becomes a nationwide story.

9th December

Playing God (2021, Comedy, Drama. Hannah Kasulka, Luke Benward, Michael McKean, Alan Tudyk, Dir. + Scr. Scott Brignac) - added 25-Nov-2021

In order to pay back an outstanding debt, Rachel and Micah, a brother and sister con-artist duo, decide to mark a grieving billionaire Ben, who’s looking for the answers to the universe, by convincing him they can introduce him to God, face-to-face. Once they recruit their former mentor as the all powerful creator, the plan to scam Ben escalates.

10th December (Friday)

A Christmas Number One (2021, Comedy, Romance, Seasonal, Freida Pinto, Iwan Rheon, Helena Zengel, Georgia Small, Dir. Chris Cottam)

When thrash metal musician Blake Cutter is persuaded by his Christmas obsessed but terminally ill niece Nina to write a song for Christmas, Blake composes from the heart and dedicates it to her. Meanwhile, music manager Meg, fresh from a recent breakup with a music megastar, comes into Blake’s orbit and realises that his song could be just the thing she needs for the boyband she’s now managing as she tries to get her career back on track. But who will the song end up being a Christmas number one for: Blake and Nina, or Meg and her new charges?

Guy Chambers, Robbie Williams’ former musical director, composed the songs for the film, and audiences will have to wait and see if he comes up with a worthy follow up to Angels - which is surely a Christmas song in all but name!

11th December

The Unholy (2021, Horror, Mystery, Drama, PG-13. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cricket Brown, William Sadler, Katie Aselton, Dir. + Scr. Evan Spiliotopoulos) - added 25-Nov-2021

Gerry Fenn, a disgraced journalist hoping to revive his career, visits a small New England town where people have started flocking to see a young, hearing-imparied girl, Alice, who is now supposedly cured and able to heal others after a visitation from the Virgin Mary.

With news of the miracles spreading, and crowds thronging the local church, a series of terrifying events causes Gerry to investigate whether these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.

The Unholy is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and is based upon James Herbert’s best-selling book Shrine.

12th December

Another Round (2020, Comedy, Drama, International: Denmark, Sweden, Language: Danish, Swedish. Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe, Dir. Thomas Vinterberg) - added 25-Nov-2021

Four high school teachers and friends stuck in personal and professional ruts decide to test a theory that humans can increase confidence and creativity with a small, daily increase to their blood alcohol level.

To start with, they find themselves inspiring their students and improving their relationships at home but as the group experiment progresses, the friends discover they’re prepared to push past their own rules and their drinking escalates with different outcomes for each man.

Another Round takes an even handed look at alcohol consumption and its consequences while examining male friendships and the aging process.

Director/writer Thomas Vinterberg’s daughter Ida was to have played a role in the film but was killed in a car crash four days into production. To celebrate Ida’s life, Vinterberg re-wrote the script to be more life-affirming and the film is dedicated to her.

13th December

Christmas at Cattle Hill (2020, Animation, Family. Marit Andreassen, Sigrid Bonde Tusvik, Dir. Will Ashurst) - added 25-Nov-2021

For Klara the calf, Christmas is everything but when she arrives at her father’s farm there’s no decorations or festive cheer in sight. With time ticking away it’s up to Klara, her new friends and a very hungry gnome to get a move on and bring a proper Christmas to the farm.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Christmas at Cattle Hill is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

14th December

No Man of God (2021, Drama, Crime, True Life. Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Aleksa Palladino, Robert Patrick, Dir. Amber Sealey) - added 25-Nov-2021

During the early days of the agency’s criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier meets with the incarcerated Ted Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim’s families before Bundy’s scheduled execution. As Hagmaier delves into Bundy’s dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected.

Based on actual transcripts of the interviews between Hagmaier and Bundy which took place between 1984 and 1989.

15th December

The Champion of Auschwitz aka The Champion (2020, Drama, Period, True Life, International Film: Poland, Language: German, Polish. Piotr Glowacki, Jan Szydlowski, Dir. + Scr. Maciej Barczewski) - added 25-Nov-2021

The story of the pre war boxing champion Tadeusz "Teddy" Pietrzykowski, who in 1940 arrives with the first transport of prisoners to the newly created Auschwitz concentration camp. There, camp officers force him to fight for his and other prisoners' lives. However, with every win, he becomes a symbol of hope for victory over Nazi terror and a confrontation with the authorities of the camp becomes inevitable.

16th December

The Stand In (2020, Comedy, Drama, Romance, R. Drew Barrymore, Michael Zegen, Holland Taylor, T.J. Miller, Dir. Jamie Babbit) - added 25-Nov-2021

When movie star Candy Black is busted for tax evasion, she hires her former stand-in, Paula, to attend rehab in her place. A strange co-dependent relationship develops as Candy realises she can use Paula as a stand-in for all the stressful bits of life she doesn’t like. But the unassuming Paula revels in her new role and fully embraces her new identity, stealing Candy's career, boyfriend and house. Candy must now survive in the real world while Paula clings to the fracturing celebrity life of her dreams.

17th December (Friday)

In the Heights (2020, Drama, Musical, Romance, PG-13. Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Marc Anthony, Jimmy Smits, Dir. Jon M. Chu)

In Washington Heights, the scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, and a kaleidoscope of characters living in the neighbourhood share their dreams of better days with each other as they go about their daily business. At the intersection of this vibrant and tight-knit community is the likeable bodega store owner Usnavi who saves every penny from his daily grind while he cares for the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighbouring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic.

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 Broadway debut which he wrote and starred in, also provides his first main movie role, though helming duties fell to Crazy Rich Asians’ director, John M. Chu.

18th December

Last Train to Christmas (2021, Fantasy, Seasonal. Comedy, Drama, Sky Original Film. Michael Sheen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Cary Elwes, Robin Askwith, Dir. + Scr. Julian Kemp)

It’s 1985 and Tony Towers has it all: he’s a successful nightclub manager, a local celebrity and engaged to a much younger woman, Sue. But when Tony, Sue and his brother Roger - with whom he suffers a strained relationship - embark upon the 3:17 train to Nottingham for a Christmas family reunion, things get a little strange.

Each carriage shows Tony a different time in his life and some haven’t worked out the way he’d hoped. Tony discovers that by moving up and down this fateful train, he can transport himself forward and backward in time and that his actions in each carriage affect the outcome in the others. The question is, can Tony make the right decisions as he moves through the train – and how will he affect the lives of the people he loves?

19th December

Hide and Seek (2021, Thriller, R. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Joe Pantoliano, Mustafa Shakir, Jacinda Barrett, Joel David Moore) - added 25-Nov-2021

After the death of his wealthy father, Noah seeks his estranged brother to make amends and share the family fortune. But the family harbours a dark secret and a series of cryptic clues leads Noah on a terrifying trail to the truth that threatens to tear him apart from the ones he loves.

Director Joel David Moore will be better known to movie fans as Norm Spellman from Avatar.

20th December

C.I.Ape (2021, Comedy, Family, PG. Sophia Alongi, Skip Schwink, Madelyn Kientz, Brandy Clifton, Dir. Ali Zamani) - added 25-Nov-2021

In the world of espionage, some missions require an agent with a divergent set of skills, so when a criminal plot is discovered that needs foiling from the inside, the C.I.A. turns to its most unique operative, the first ever chimpanzee agent.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
C.I.Ape is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

21st December

The Obscure Life of the Grand Old Duke of Corsica (2021, Comedy, Drama. Timothy Spall, Peter Stormare, Matt Hookings, Alicia Agneson, Dir. + Scr. Daniel Graham) - added 25-Nov-2021

Alfred Rott, a brilliant but cantankerous architect embarks upon an unusual commission for an eccentric billionaire who calls himself 'The Grand Duke of Corsica'. With a chaotic state of emergency in place due to a deadly malaria outbreak sweeping the island, Alfred is nonetheless determined to see the job through.

22nd December

Pups Alone (2021, Family, Comedy, PG. Keith David, Eric Roberts, Dolph Lundgren, Nicholas Turturro, Voices: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Danny Trejo, Malcolm McDowell, Dir. Alex Merkin) - added 25-Nov-2021

While everyone is away on a company ski trip, a jealous inventor hires two thieves to break into his co-worker's house and steal his top secret new creation. But they are no match for a mischievous pack of neighbourhood hounds, who set up tricks and traps to protect the home and save Christmas.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Pups Alone is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

23rd December

Think Like a Dog (2020, Comedy, Drama, Family, PG. Gabriel Bateman, Kunal Nayyar, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Dir. + Scr. Gil Junger) - added 25-Nov-2021

Twelve-year-old Oliver is a tech prodigy whose middle-school science fair experiment goes awry, creating a telepathic connection between him and his pooch, Henry. The bond brings Oliver and Henry even closer as they join forces to overcome complications at school, and help Oliver’s parents rekindle their marriage along the way.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Think Like a Dog is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

24th December (Friday)

Fatman (2020, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, R. Mel Gibson, Walton Goggins, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Chance Hurstfield, Dirs. + Scrs. Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms) - added 25-Nov-2021

To save his declining business, Chris Cringle,, also known as Santa Claus, is forced into a partnership with the U.S. military. Making matters worse, Chris gets locked into a deadly battle of wits against a highly skilled assassin, hired by Billy, a petulant 12-year-old who is aggrieved that he received a lump of coal in his stocking.

Fatman is the twisted conclusion to Frank Cross’s ‘The Night The Reindeer Died’ trailer for his networks’ Christmas programming shown early in Scrooged - ‘It’s Lee Majors!’

25th December

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (2021, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, PG. Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo, Voices: James Corden, Margot Robbie, Sam Neill, Hayley Atwell, Dir. Will Gluck)

Thomas and Bea are now married and living with Peter and his rabbit family. However, despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Bored of life in the garden, Peter ventures forth and finds himself in the big city, where he meets shady characters who are more appreciative of Peter’s rapscallion nature. But when things go wrong and his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

26th December

The Suicide Squad (2021, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, R. Idris Elba, John Cena, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman. Dir. James Gunn)

If a job needs doing, don’t send in the best… send in the baddest. Amanda Waller expands her original Suicide Squad initiative to assemble some of the DC Universe’s most violent and unpredictable anti-heroes to take on a near-impossible mission. The rag tag team of expendable cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, King Shark, and the perennially psychotic Harley Quinn are dropped on the remote, enemy-saturated island of Corto Maltese to eradicate all evidence of Project Starfish. Trekking through a jungle teeming with militant adversaries and guerrilla forces at every turn, the chances of survival are slim-to-none - so it’s best not to get too attached.

27th December

Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal (2020, Animation, Family, Comedy. Angourie Rice, Sam Neill, Sharnee Tones, Grant Denyer, Dir. Ricard Cussó) - added 25-Nov-2021

When an unbearably adorable, eternally optimistic Quokka named Daisy wants to achieve the impossible – to win the annual ‘World’s Scariest Animal’ championship, she enlists the guidance of a washed-up, former champion, a grouchy Saltwater Crocodile named Frankie Scales to help her achieve her dreams and prove that champions can come in all sizes.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal is on Sky Cinema in Dec 2021

28th December

Plan A (2021, Drama, Thriller, International Film: Germany, Israel. Language: English. August Diehl, Sylvia Hoeks, Michael Aloni, Nikolai Kinski, Dirs. +Scrs. Doron Paz, Yoav Paz) - added 25-Nov-2021

In 1945 a group of young Holocaust survivors pledge to avenge the death of their families, friends and the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi regime. Led by the driven and charismatic Abba Kovner, they devise the biggest plan for Jewish revenge in history: to kill millions of Germans by poisoning their drinking water - Plan A.

29th December

Young Hearts (2020, Drama, Romance, Coming of Age. Anjini Taneja Azhar, Quinn Liebling, Alex Jarmon, Ayla Carda, Dirs. Sarah Sherman, Zachary Ray Sherman) - added 25-Nov-2021

Fourteen-year-old Harper enters high school and sparks a relationship with her brother's best friend, Tilly. As they deal with the flushes of first love, they both discover that life in a relationship becomes a lot more complicated than they could ever imagine.

30th December

The Colony aka Tides (2021, Sci-Fi, Thriller, R, International Film: Germany, Switzerland, Language: English. Nora Arnezeder, Iain Glen, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Sope Dirisu, Dir. Tim Fehlbaum) - added 25-Nov-2021

Earth has been decimated by climate change, pandemics and war and the ruling elite has escaped to another planet to form Space Colony Kepler-209. Now, years later, a mission launched to find out if a return to an uninhabitable Earth is possible is lost, leaving the sole surviving astronaut, Blake, searching for answers as she struggles to survive the hostile planet. Ultimately, she must make a choice that will seal the fate of the wasteland's remaining populace.

31st December (Friday)

Boogie (2021, Drama, Sport, Coming of Age, R. Taylor Takahashi, Pamelyn Chee, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Taylour Paige, Dir. + Scr. Eddie Huang) - added 25-Nov-2021

Alfred "Boogie" Chin, is a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

Sky Cinema Christmas Movie Crackers:

If you haven’t started your Crimbo movie binge marathon, this is the perfect place to start. Highlights include:

A Christmas Feast aka Feast of the Seven Fishes (2019, Romance, Comedy. Skyler Gisondo, Madison Iseman, Josh Helman)
Set, in a rust belt town on the banks of the Monongahela River during the early days of the MTV phenomenon, A Christmas Feast is a slice of life story that follows a large, fiercely Catholic Italian family on Christmas Eve as they prepare for the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes, where they can reminisce about the past, and seek love in the future. This year though, young son Tony is about to bring an affluent, Ivy League, Protestant girl to his family’s raucous tradition.

A Christmas Feast also stars the ultimate 27 percenter, Joe ‘Joey Pants’ Pantoliano.

Arthur Christmas (2011, Animation, Voices: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy)
Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl.

Bad Santa (2003, R, Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly)
Alcoholic, foul-mouthed misanthrope Willie T. Stokes is an ex-con who gets employed as a mall Santa every year and then proceeds to rip the stores off with his partner in crime Marcus so they can live off the proceeds for the following year. However, this Christmas, a bartender who has a thing for Santa, a lonely kid who thinks Willie’s the real deal and a store detective who’s on their trail put the duo’s next caper in jeopardy.

The anti-Christmas movie for Grinches everywhere.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945, Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet)
A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Christmas in Connecticut is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

Christmas with the Coopers aka Love The Coopers (2015, PG-13, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Timothée Chalamet, Amanda Seyfried)
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.

Elf (2003, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, PG. Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Zooey Deschanel, Ed Asner, Peter Dinklage, Dir. Jon Favreau)
Apart from being a bit larger than the other elves, Buddy is about as perfect an elf as you could imagine, even though he isn't really one. When he gets a chance to visit New York City one Christmas he seeks out his family and learns a lot about being an adult in the real world. And the adults he meets learn a little about letting the inner child out, once in a while.

Get Santa (2014, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor)
When Santa crashes his sleigh, he finds himself on the run from the police and turns to a father and his son for help.

Gremlins (1984, PG, Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Dick Miller, Hoyt Axton)
Billy gets a strange but cute pet for Christmas from his inventor father who obtained it from a mysterious source. The pet comes with a list of strict conditions which, one fateful night, are all broken… Christmas in Kingston Falls will never be the same again.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Gremlins is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990, Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Picardo)
After the events of Kingston Falls, Billy and Kate have moved to New York and are living a normal life with Gizmo, Billy’s unique Mogwai in tow. However, a scientist at the company they work for has designs on Gizmo and it isn’t long before a repeat of Kingston Falls looks like happening on a much larger scale as a new horde of Gremlins is unleashed.

Happy Christmas (2014, R, Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham)
Irresponsible 20-something Jenny arrives in Chicago to live with her older brother Jeff, a young film-maker living a happy existence with his novelist wife Kelly and their two-year-old son. Jenny's arrival shakes up their quiet domesticity as she strikes up a rocky relationship with the family's baby sitter-cum-pot dealer.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000, Comedy, Fantasy, Family, PG. Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor, Dir. Ron Howard)
Exuberant adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s evergreen children’s tale sees the grouchy green meanie the Grinch determined to spoil Christmas for the inhabitants of Whoville. Until, that is, he meets Cindy Lou Who.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Drama, Family, Fantasy, PG, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Dir. Frank Capra)
On the brink of ending it all one Christmas Eve, selfless but struggling businessman George Bailey gets a helping hand from trainee guardian angel Clarence in this classic existential ‘Glass-is-Half-Full’ tale.

Jingle All the Way (1996, PG, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd)
A father vows to get his son a hard to find Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, no matter what, and finds himself in competition with all the other dads who’ve promised their kids the exact same thing.

Commercialism at Christmas is funny. Thank goodness this doesn’t happen any more.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Jingle All the Way is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

Miracle on 34th Street (1947, Comedy, Drama, Family. Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Natalie Wood, Dir. George Seaton)
When Macy’s event director replaces an intoxicated Santa actor with an elderly gentleman called Kris Kringle for the annual Thanksgiving Day parade, he proves to be a hit. Soon after though, everyone is stunned to find that Kringle claims to be the genuine article and the developing scandal is moved to the courts where Kringle’s mental health and authenticity are put on trial.

And just for good measure Sky is also showing the Dickie Attenborough starring 1994 version and the 1973 remake as well. Yes, there was a remake in 1973, who knew?!

Moonmins and the Winter Wonderland (2017, Animation, Adventure, Family. Voices: Stellan Skarsgård, Alicia Vikander, Bill Skarsgård)
The winter seems extraordinary in Moomin Valley, so Moomintroll decides to stay awake instead of having his typical winter slumber in order to find out what the world looks like while his whole family sleeps. He discovers snow and frost, and learns that strange creatures wander amidst the snowdrifts in the midwinter darkness. Most excitingly, there are hints that indicate an eccentric guest is soon to arrive. This new guest is called Christmas, and an astounded Moomintroll learns to experience the true meaning of this wonderful holiday.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, PG-13, Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki)
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for the ultimate family seasonal celebration paid for by Clark’s impending annual bonus. But a series of unexpected mishaps involving obnoxious guests, nosy neighbours, faulty lights and unfortunate pets make sure it’s memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Santa Claus: The Movie (1985, David Huddleston, Dudley Moore, John Lithgow)
For many, David Huddleston’s portrayal as the jolly man in red is the go-to movie representation in this underperforming blockbuster from the 80s. As Lithgow himself said in 2019, "It's just one of the tackiest movies I've ever been in. It seemed cheesy and it certainly never stuck...except in England. It is huge over there. I wish I had a nickel for every Englishman who's told me [it's their favorite film]. In England, that's half of what I'm known for."

Scrooged (1988, PG-13, Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Glover)
Heartless TV exec Frank (‘Lumpy’) Cross learns a few things about himself in this unmatched retelling of Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

Surviving Christmas (2004, Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara)
Having just split from his girlfriend and with no close relatives, millionaire exec Drew Latham becomes nostalgic for his childhood home as Christmas approaches and offers the current owners a huge chunk of cash, which they desperately need, to stay with them for the holiday period.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Surviving Christmas is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

The Complete Harry Potter Collection (2001-11)
The saga of the boy wizard and his Hogwarts companions captivated audiences with its magical world of wizards, witches, spells, potions, fantastic beasts and dark sorcerers and had many segments set at Christmas across its decade-long run… and who doesn’t want to find an invisibility cloak under the tree come Christmas morn’?

Updated 01-Dec-2021: It’s also been announced that both Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will join the Harry Potter saga, with the whole 10 film library being available from 19th Dec on a separate pop-up channel called ‘Wizarding World 20th Anniversary’.

The Happiest Season (2020, PG-13, Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Mary Steenburgen, Dan Levy)
When Harper brings home her girlfriend Abby to meet her family at Christmas, she only reveals to her that she hasn’t come out to her parents right at the last minute, putting Abby in an awkward position. As Abby begins to question Harper’s commitment to their engagement, she starts to get to know the rest of the family.

The Holiday (2006, Comedy, Romance, Seasonal, PG-13. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black, Dir. + Scr. Nancy Meyers)

Somehow muscling its way onto more and more Christmas Classic movies lists as the years go by, is this wish fulfillment yarn which sees two women meet the men of their dreams when they swap homes over the Christmas period.

More an early experiment in AirBnB than a realistic depiction of meeting the love of your life and notable for early appearances from John Krasisnski and Kathryn Hahn as well as a notable turn by Hollywood legend Eli Wallach.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
The Holiday is on Sky Cinema in December 2021

The Night Before (2015, R, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Michael Shannon)
Three lifelong friends spend Christmas Eve looking for New York’s hallowed Nutcracka' Ball - the Holy Grail of Christmas parties - as a way to say farewell to their youth and accept their adult responsibilities.

This Christmas (2007, PG-13, Regina King, Columbus Short, Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba)
Christmas time story that centres on the Whitfield family, whose eldest has come home for the first time in four years raising unresolved tensions as the family members come together to celebrate the holidays.

Trading Places (1983, R, Dan Ackroyd, Eddir Murphy, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott)
Two heartless millionaires engineer a social experiment over the Christmas period which sees a well to do but snobbish investor swap places with a wily street hustler.

The Polar Express (2006, Animation, Adventure, Family. Voices: Tom Hanks, Michael Jeter, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Dir. Robert Zemeckis)
Robert Zemeckis’s experimentation with motion capture technology brought the famed Chris Van Allsburg book to life in a spectacular seasonal adventure which sure does love its hot chocolate.

All the complaints about the lifeless look to the characters aside (no tech is perfect out of the gate), it’s the Amazon warehouse feel to the North Pole that truly sends shivers down the as it apes the soulless feel of the deserted shopping mall in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead… but with bells.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
The Polar Express in on Sky Cinema in December 2021

TV Shows

(Requires Sky TV subscription, Now Entertainment Pass)

1st December

Positive (2021, Docu-series) Sky Documentaries

Showing to commemorate World AIDS day, Positive uses intimate testimony from some of the earliest HIV patients to look at the tragedies and triumphs of Britain’s 40 year battle with HIV, from the first recorded UK case in 1981 through to the current treatments that render the condition almost completely survivable.

From a nation mired in prejudice, intolerance and homophobia to a society that’s increasingly accepting of individuals’ sexual and gender choices, the series tracks the social history changes that welcomed the tolerance and openness that ultimately led to less stigma and fewer new HIV cases.

2nd December

Yellowjackets (2021, S1, Showtime Drama Series) Sky Atlantic

A team of talented high school girl soccer players survive a plane crash deep in the Ontario wilderness. Cold, starving and fearing for their lives, the survivors descend from a thriving team to warring, cannibalistic clans. Twenty five years later the lives they’ve tried to stitch back together threaten to unravel, proving that the past isn’t behind them and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

3rd December

Chucky (2021, S1, NBCUniversal Series) Sky Max

When 14-year-old budding artist Jake Wheeler buys a vintage Good Guy doll at a yard sale in the idyllic American town of Hackensack, intending to use it in his latest sculpture, he has no idea it’s the murderous Chucky containing the soul of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray. Jake’s young life changes forever as a series of horrifying murders follows him around, exposing the town's hypocrisies and secrets.

Brad Dourif returns to voice the killer doll in this series which canonically takes place after the events of Cult of Chucky.

7th December

Landscapers (2021, Limited,Series, All four episode available) Sky Atlantic

“Stick to the plan.

Christopher and Susan Edwards (David Thewlis and Olivia Colman), a seemingly ordinary British couple, become the focus of an extraordinary investigation when Christopher makes a startling call home to his stepmother. As the police are called in and bodies are found in the garden of a house in Mansfield, evidence mounts that the mild mannered husband and wife were involved in a terrible crime that remained undiscovered for over a decade.

Inspired by real events, Landscapers explores a darkly unique story of love and fantasy.

9th December

And Just Like That… (2021, S1, HBO Original Series) Sky Comedy

This new sees Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis reprise their roles from the iconic 90s HBO series Sex and the City and follows Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they continue to navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life as thirtysomethings to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.

18th December

Gomorrah (2021, S5 / Final, International Crime Series: Italy, Language: Italian) Sky Atlantic

Set in Naples in the 2010s, the series follows Ciro Di Marzio, a member in the Savastano Camorra clan of Secondigliano, headed by Pietro Savastano. When Pietro is arrested, an internal power struggle breaks out with his rivals as well as between the "old guard" of the clan and the "young guard" headed by his son Gennaro Savastano. Ciro and Gennaro eventually find themselves at odds with their own families, and the several alliances they make with various criminal groups, as they navigate the Naples underworld.

Now, the final showdown between the remaining protagonists approaches in this 5th and final season.

W/C 20th December

Hansel & Gretel: After Ever After (2021, Sky Special) Sky Max

After last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk and 2019’s Cinderella story, David Walliams assembles another cast of well known faces (Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy) and takes another familiar fairy tale and looks beyond the accepted ‘…and they all lived happily ever after’, because we all know that life’s just not like that.

This time Grimm’s story of Hansel and Gretel continues past the last page and picks up the story after the eponymous siblings have escaped the witch’s gingerbread house, only to be dismayed to learn that their village - their family included - is being enchanted by a mysterious stranger plying them with sweet treats. But with the wicked witch now toast, who’s behind this new menace? Determined to set things right, it’s up to Hansel and Gretel to face their worst fears and return to the witch’s house for a final showdown.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Hansel and Gretel: After Ever After is on Sky Max in December 2021

24th December

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (2021, Family, Drama. Sam Spruell, Tamsin Greig, Simon Callow, Mark Gatiss, Dir. + Scr. Mark Gatiss) Sky Max

When a mysterious old man, Mr. Blunden, offers the mother of London teenagers Jamie and Lucy Allen a much needed job opportunity to become the caretaker of a ruined country house - one that’s said to be haunted - she gladly accepts.

However, within the neglected, overgrown grounds, Jamie and Lucy have an encounter with what appears to be a pair of ghostly children, Sara and Georgie. But these young apparitions aren’t ghosts, they scared kids who’ve leapt forwards in time from 1821 to seek help, believing they’re going to be murdered. At the centre of it all is Mr. Blunden who persuades Jamie and Lucy to travel back in time to put a stop to the dreadful plot.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
The Amazing Mr. Blunden is on Sky Max in December 2021

26th December

Magnum PI (2021, S4, CBS Procedural Series ) Sky Max - added 24-Nov-2021

Thomas Magnum, an ex-Navy SEAL, returns from Afghanistan and uses his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii while staying at a luxury residence protected by Juliet Higgins, a former MI6 agent assigned by the owner to protect the estate.

Season 4 sees Magnum try to keep his new relationship a secret and handle his cases solo, and he's looking for a single mom being hunted by two very dangerous killers. Meanwhile a misstep abroad forces Higgins to become involved with an old employer.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Magnum PI S4 is on Sky Max in December

NCIS: New Orleans (2021, S7 / Final CBS Procedural Series) Sky Max - added 24-Nov-2021

An NCIS spin-off featuring a field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in New Orleans aka The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence but which often draws out the dark side of service personnel, When that happens, Special Agent Dwayne Pride's team are ready to step in. Starring Scott Bakula.

As New Orleans grapples with the effects of COVID-19, Pride joins a task-force set up by the mayor to restore the city and sends Tammy and Carter to investigate a suspicious death aboard an offshore humanitarian ship. Meanwhile, Wade is overwhelmed by the high volume in the morgue due to COVID-19.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
NCIS: News Orleans S7 / Final is on Sky Max in December

29th December

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (2021, S1, Warner Panel Show)

Superfans of Harry Potter are grouped into the Hogwarts Houses and tested using their knowledge to compete for the coveted House Cup. There’ll be a number of special guest appearances throughout too.

Presented by Dame Helen Mirren (oddly, never in any of the films), the four episodes will air weekly starting with Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff, followed by Ravenclaw vs. Slytherin with the last two shows being a Wild Card round followed by the Grand Finale.

Sky Christmas Specials

A League of Their Own Christmas Party (2021, Panel Show) Sky Max
This year, as a special Christmas treat, Romesh takes Freddie and Jamie to Center Parcs for a winter break like no other. Here, they will take on a variety of physical challenges with special guests, while Romesh’s Mum serves a traditional Sri Lankan Christmas meal and the lads try and crack the Christmas charts once again with an all-time festive classic.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks Christmas Special (2021, Panel Show) Sky Max
Greg Davies hosts a special Christmas edition of the chaos-fuelled music quiz, with Noel Fielding, Daisy May Cooper and Jamali Maddix joined by Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson, broadcaster Lauren Laverne and star of People Just Do Nothing Asim Chaudhrey as they deliver another raucous cacophony of murdered classics in the Intros Round.

There’s Something About Movies Christmas Special (2021, Panel Show) Sky Max
There’s Something About Movies returns for a festive special full of fascinating film trivia and hilarious spoofs with host Alan Carr, team captains Michael Sheen and Jennifer Saunders and regular comedian, Tom Allen. Joining the teams are guests James Acaster, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Susan Wokoma.

Rob & Romesh VS Christmas Special (2021, Panel Show) Sky Max
As a special Christmas treat, Rob and Romesh will be attempting a challenge set by Rob’s social media followers and the two friends will be finding out who’s the Greatest Showman as they join…The Circus! Here, they’ll be teaming up with West End and Big Top show - Zippo’s - to learn acrobatics, contortion and knife throwing, all ahead of their final Christmas performance at the world’s best destination for festive fun – Winter Wonderland.

Dating No Filter At Christmas (2021, Panel Show) Sky Max
The UK’s funniest comedians return for the first ever Dating No Filter at Christmas, providing unfiltered commentary as members of the public head out on blind dates with a Christmas twist… reindeer farm, anyone?.

What's new on Sky and NOW UK for December 2021
Christmas specials on Sky Max

So that’s it for December 2021. Let us know what you think about the lineup in the comments section. As new content is added, we’ll update the listing, so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out

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