Christmas Eve TV: Tamsin Gregg and Simon Callow take delight in festive fantasy

The Amazing Mr. Blunden

7 pm, Sky Max

Tamsin Gregg and Simon Callow star in this TV special based on the fantasy novel by Antonia Barber. A ghost story with a time-travel twist follows when a mysterious old man enters Jamie and Lucy’s lives, offering his mother the opportunity to look after a suspiciously haunted country house. Totally festive family fun for the night before Christmas, with Callow reveling in his eccentric role. Holly Richardson

Kings. se carol

6.15 pm, BBC Two

The last word in the traditional Christmas Eve atmosphere as you prepare mince pies and the squeaking Cambridge Choir bustles out festive bangers. Expect the excitement to peak with the show-stopping rendition of O Come All Ye Faithful. It’s time to put an end to mulled wine. Phil Harrison

A Ghost Story for Christmas: Mezzotint

10.30 pm, BBC Two

Creepy Christmas… Williams (Rory Kinnear), Nisbet (Nikesh Patel) and Garwood (Robert Bathurst) in The Mazzotint. Photograph: Michael Carlow/BBC/Adorable Media

In the mood for something scary? MR James’ classic ghost story is brought to life Mark Gatiss In a chilling half-hour adaptation with a cast of Rory Kinnear, Robert Bathurst and Francis Barber. In 1922, Edward Williams received a curious engraving of an unknown country house … but what exactly is it? human resource

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

6 pm, BBC One

Tough family fun with a familiar, friendly face from the makers of Wallace & Gromit. In this year’s festive adventure, Sean needs to rescue little cousin Timmy after he was accidentally taken away. human resource

the biggest snowman

8 PM, Channel 4

A simple and silly format that, surprisingly, has never been done before: Celebrities in a snowman-building competition. Sue Perkins presents, while Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen, Johnny Vegas, Danny Dyer and Liam Charles receive grafting. human resource

Christmas Comedy Club with the Lost Voice Guy

10.30 pm, ITV

Better known as the Lost Voice Guy, the uniquely talented Lee Ridley (who found a new voice this year courtesy of a Geordie voiceover artist) hosts a beautifully diverse and inclusive comedy bonanza. It featured some of the best British standup acts: Bill Bailey, Rosie Jones, Omid Jalili and future Masked Singer live-show host Joel Dommet. Ali Catterall

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Encanto.  In Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz)
Bursting with color … Mirabel (Stephanie Beatriz) in Encanto. Photograph: Disney/AP

Encanto (Jared Bush and Byron Howard, 2021), Disney+
The lyrics from the Columbia-set animated musical fantasy of the moment’s composers Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jared Bush and Byron Howard are characterized by family appeal and a rainbow of colors bursting from every frame. Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) voices Mirabelle, the only member of the Madrigal clan without a special ability (and that includes their household). However, he learns that the magical house – built after the family survived an armed conflict – is in danger of destruction. Simon Wardell

Frozen (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, 2013), 1.30 pm, BBC One
One of the highest-grossing films of all time, Disney’s animated feature is a fictional triumph. It takes traditional story material such as The Snow Queen into new territory: the relationship between two sisters, Elsa (Idina Menzel), who can turn things to snow, but fears that her powers will love her, and Add in the naive Anna (Kristen Bell) songs (including Let It Go, of course), a beautifully composed frosty world and Josh Gad’s comic snowman, Olaf, what’s not to love? SW

Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990), 6 pm, Channel 4
Forget the fun but mostly forgettable recent reboots, Home Sweet Home Alone, and come back to the source for all your Christmas slapstick needs. A 1990 comedy by Chris Columbus, written by John Hughes, takes the routines of silent comedy greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and gives them to a fearsome hermit little boy, Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), and two robbers (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). . Tries to break into his house on Christmas Eve after accidentally missing out. SW

Amazing Grace (Alan Elliott, 2018), 11 pm, BBC Two
Aretha Franklin’s 1972 live gospel album, Amazing Grace, was recorded at a Baptist church in Los Angeles, meant to be accompanied by a concert film. But technical difficulties with the soundtrack, and Franklin’s reluctance, meant that it was only in 2018 that remarkable footage was released in the form of this documentary. Any footage of the great soul singer is to cherish, but here she is, in her pomp, exuding every emotion, her brows soaked in sweat. She is fascinated by the religious message in the songs, but also the power of music that inspires us. SW