Immerse yourself in the presentation of these British Christmas classics and put the ‘fun’ in ‘Merry Old England’

Do you feel homesick for the UK? These British Christmas classics will transport you across the pond.

Get ready to deck the halls and cuddle up by the fire with British Christmas classics. From warm tales of holiday cheer to raucous comedy, these movies will put the ‘fun’ in Merry Old England.

So grab some hot cocoa, pop some popcorn, and get ready to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Love Actually, directed by Richard Curtis, 2003

No Christmas celebration is complete without this movie. Originally intended as just another Christmas comedy, viewers and critics have elevated it to cult status and made it a national treasure. Previously, Doctor Who garnered such accolades, but after 2003’s Got a worthy competitor. In fact, Love Actually is a fairly typical Christmas rom-com. At first glance, it consists of separate short stories, but all the characters are connected in some way. Turns out the PM is the brother of the woman about to get divorced, the groom’s best man actually loves the bride, the porn actors don’t have anyone to celebrate Christmas with, etc. Comic attitude and pure absurdity of life accompanied by the music of Dido and Snow.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, directed by Ben Wheatley, 2018

This movie never made it to movie screens, but it was well received by TV fans. Ben Wheatley’s mix of comedy and drama is about a large family where some of the relatives don’t talk to each other much, but they also don’t hate each other. They only keep in touch because they are attached to each other, despite feeling like complete strangers. But now they have nowhere to go when they all gather in a rented mansion, they are stuck in a confined space and conversation is simply inevitable. Except some still don’t want to open up, especially when a relative brings in music speakers and turns off all the lights in the house.

The Snowman directed by Jamie T. Murakami and Diane Jackson, 1982

Of course, the British film slate shouldn’t consist entirely of live-action projects. Sometimes, on Christmas or New Year’s Eve, you just want to escape from the hustle and bustle of adult life and plunge into a fantasy atmosphere. Join the magical Snowman on his adventures and hear the voice of the charming narrator played by David Bowie himself. Find yourself in a snowy land where Christmas lasts all year round and snowmen are more alive than people.

Birth! Written by Debbie Essett, 2009

Debbie Essett’s musical comedy is generally the second most popular Christmas movie after Richard Curtis’ Love Actually. Songs, absurdities, jokes, funny work, Martin Freeman with his puppy eyes suddenly became all too familiar, comforting and, in a way, warming to every Briton. It’s easy for viewers to identify the main character, Paul, who is a lifelong underdog who doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas at all. However, the duties of the school teacher include staging a play on the holiday, so he cannot just lock himself in his house, listen to sad music and hug a bottle of liquor. In other words, Birth! is the family version of Dylan Moran’s sitcom Black Books, except, unfortunately, Irish.

Last Christmas, directed by Paul Feig, 2019

There has been a lot of controversy about the basic concept of this movie and what Christmas has to do with it. In fact, Paul Feig’s movie is more of a social commentary on homelessness and Brexit than a holiday comedy in the spirit of Christmas. But last Christmas fits perfectly with Love Actually and Christmas! Because all three movies are about underdogs. And as we know, they’re the ones who always watch something on Christmas Eve.


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