Reading Times

Saturday 10th December

10.00am

1.50pm

ITV3

Doctor Zhivago

Based on the book by Boris Pasternak

9.00pm

11.05pm

Film4

X-Men: Origins: Wolverine
Based on the Marvel comics

11.45pm

2.10am

ITV4

Catch-22

Based on the book by Joseph Heller

 Sunday 11th December

11.00am

12.35pm

ITV1

Black Beauty
Based on the book by Anna Sewell

1.00pm

3.00pm

Film4

Eragon

Based on the book by Christopher Paolini

4.00pm

5.50pm

C4

Christmas with the Kranks

Based on the book Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

7.00pm

9.00pm

E4

Scrooged

Based on the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8.30pm

10.00pm

BBC1

Inspector George Gently

Based on the Inspector Gently books by Alan Hunter

10.45pm

1.10am

ITV1

GoldenEye

Based on the James Bond books by Ian Fleming

 Monday 12th December

4.25pm

6.35pm

Film4

Tales from Earthsea
Based on the Earthsea books by Ursula Le Guin

6.35pm

9.00pm

Film4

Stardust

Based on the book by Neil Gaiman

9.00pm

11.25pm

5*

Mrs Doubtfire

Based on the book Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

 Wednesday 14th December

12.50pm

3.10pm

C4

Great Expectations

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

7.00pm

9.00pm

Film4

Eragon

Based on the book by Christopher Paolini

 Thursday 15th December

12.55pm

3.10pm

C4

Oliver Twist

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

9.00pm

11.05pm

Film4

X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Based on the Marvel comics

 Friday 16th December – End of term J

9.00pm

11.05pm

ITV3

DCI Banks: Aftermath

Based on the Inspector Banks books by Peter Robinson

11.00pm

1.00pm

BBC1

Millions

Based on the book by Frank Cottrell Boyce

11.40pm

2.00pm

More4

No Country For Old Men

Based on the book by Cormac McCarthy

 Saturday 17th December

12.30pm

3.10pm

ITV4

Casino Royale

Based on the James Bond books by Ian Fleming

1.15pm

3.10pm

ITV1

About a Boy

Based on the book by Nick Hornby

3.20pm

5.05pm

5*

Prince Charming

Based on the traditional fairytales

5.05pm

7.30pm

5*

Mrs Doubtfire

Based on the book Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine

5.15pm

7.15pm

C4

A Christmas Carol

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

6.35pm

9.05pm

ITV1

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Based on the book by J. K. Rowling

 Sunday 18th December

9.50am

11.30am

ITV1

The NeverEnding Story

Based on the book by Michael Ende

11.00am

1.00pm

Film4

The Thirty-Nine Steps
Based on the book by John Buchan

11.30am

1.15am

ITV1

A Cinderella Story

Based on the traditional fairytale by Charles Perrault

1.00pm

2.45pm

C5

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

3.05pm

5.00pm

ITV1

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

2.45pm

4.30pm

C4

Christmas Carol: The Musical
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

3.25pm

7.00pm

5*

Jason and the Argonauts
Based on the Greek myth

6.35pm

9.00pm

Film4

Stardust

Based on the book by Neil Gaiman

7.00pm

9.00pm

ITV1

Just Henry

Based on the book by Michelle Magorian

7.00pm

9.00pm

E4

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Based on The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

 Monday 19th December

5.10pm

7.00pm

5*

Prince Charming

Based on the traditional fairytales

8.30pm

9.30pm

BBC2

The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff
Based on the books by Charles Dickens

9.00pm

11.35pm

Film4

The Lovely Bones

Based on the book by Alice Sebold

Tuesday 20th December

11.40pm

2.10pm

C4

Swiss Family Robinson

Based on the book by Johann David Wyss

10.35pm

12.35pm

ITV1

The Bourne Supremacy

Based on the Jason Bourne books by Robert Ludlum

 Wednesday 21st December

1.25pm

4.00pm

C4

Oliver Twist
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

7.05pm

9.00pm

ITV2

A Cinderella Story

Based on the traditional fairytale by Charles Perrault

 Thursday 22nd December

12.35pm

3.10pm

Film4

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Based on the book by Jules Verne

1.45pm

4.00pm

C4

The Princess Diaries
Based on the book by Meg Cabot

10.35pm

12.45pm

ITV1

Tomorrow Never Dies
Based on the James Bond books by Ian Fleming

 Friday 23rd December

9.20am

11.00am

BBC2

Pinnochio
Based on The Adventures of Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi

7.35pm

9.00pm

BBC3

Shrek
Based on the book by William Steig

 Saturday 24th December – Christmas Eve

5.45am

7.15am

C4

Hoot

Based on the book by Carl Hiassen

10.10am

12.00pm

C4

Charlotte’s Web

Based on the book by E. B. White

12.00pm

1.40pm

C4

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

1.45pm

3.35pm

ITV1

The Polar Express
Based on the book by Chris van Allsburg

3.25pm

5.15pm

Film4

The Thirty-Nine Steps

Based on the book by John Buchan

5.50pm

8.00pm

BBC1

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Based on the series by C. S. Lewis

7.00pm

9.00pm

Film4

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Based on the books by Chris di Terlizzi and Holly Black

8.00pm

10.00pm

ITV2

Nanny McPhee

Based on the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand

11.00pm

1.25pm

BBC3

The Bourne Identity

Based on the Jason Bourne books by Robert Ludlum

 Sunday 25th December – Christmas Day

6.10am

7.40am

C4

The Ugly Duckling and Me
Based on the traditional story by Hans Christian Anderson

6.30am

8.15am

E4

Earthsea (part 1 of 2)

Based on the books by Ursula Le Guin

7.45am

9.25am

ITV1

The Borrowers

Based on the books by Mary Norton

8.30am

10.00am

C4

James and the Giant Peach
Based on the book by Roald Dahl

8.45am

10.20am

ITV3

A Christmas Carol
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

10.50am

12.10pm

BBC2

The Sword in the Stone
Based on the book by T. H. White

11.10am

1.00pm

More4

A Christmas Carol
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

12.10pm

2.10pm

BBC2

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Based on the book by Lewis Caroll

2.40pm

5.15pm

Film4

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Based on the book by Jules Verne

4.50pm

7.40pm

Yesterday

King Rat
Based on the book by James Clavell

6.30pm

7.00pm

BBC1

The Gruffalo’s Child
Based on the Gruffalo books by Julia Donaldson

7.00pm

9.00pm

ITV2

The Polar Express
Based on the book by Chris van Allsburg

9.00pm

11.10pm

ITV2

The Bourne Supremacy
Based on the Jason Bourne books by Robert Ludlum

 Monday 26th December – Boxing Day

6.00am

7.40am

E4

Earthsea (part 2 of 2)

Based on the books by Ursula Le Guin

7.40am

9.25am

ITV

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Based on the book by Carlo Collodi

9.55am

11.30am

BBC2

Heidi
Based on the book by Johanna Spyri

10.30am

12.30pm

ITV2

A Cinderella Story

Based on the traditional fairytale by Charles Perrault

12.45pm

2.35pm

BBC2

MansfieldPark
Based on the book by Jane Austen

2.35pm

4.30pm

BBC2

Emma

Based on the book by Jane Austen

3.30pm

6.20pm

ITV1

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Based on the book by J. K. Rowling

5.10pm

7.05pm

C5

The Wizard of Oz
Based on the book by L. Frank Baum

7.30pm

9.00pm

BBC1

The Borrowers
Based on the book by Mary Norton

8.00pm

10.00pm

ITV2

The Polar Express
Based on the book by Chris van Allsburg

10.00pm

12.15am

ITV2

The Bourne Ultimatum
Based on the Jason Bourne books by Robert Ludlum

 Tuesday 27th December – Holiday Tuesday

10.15am

12.00pm

Pick TV

Merlin

Based on the Arthurian legend

12.30pm

2.15pm

C4

Five Children and It
Based on the book by Edith Nesbit

2.45pm

5.00pm

Film4

Captain Horatio Hornblower RN

Based on the Hornblower books by C. S. Forester

4.00pm

10.00pm

Yesterday

Pride and Prejudice (6 episodes)
Based on the book by Jane Austen

5.00pm

6.40pm

Film4

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

5.50pm

8.00pm

C5

Little Women
Based on the books by Louisa May Alcott

6.40pm

9.00pm

Film4

Marley and Me

Based on the book by John Grogan

7.00pm

9.00pm

ITV2

Nanny McPhee

Based on the Nurse Matilda books by Christianna Brand

9.00pm

10.00pm

BBC1

Great Expectations (part 1 of 3)
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

 Wednesday 28th December

10.15am

12.00pm

Pick TV

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Based on the book by Jules Verne

10.25pm

12.05pm

ITV1

The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery

Based on the St Trinian’s cartoons by Ronald Searle

12.40pm

2.30pm

Film4

Charlotte’s Web
based on the book by E. B. White

1.25pm

3.30pm

BBC2

The Man Who Would be King
Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling

4.05pm

6.00pm

BBC1

Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Based on The Magic Bed Knob (How to Become a Witch in Ten Easy Lessons) and Bonfires and Broomsticks by Mary Norton

5.05pm

6.55pm

Film4

The Spiderwick Chronicles
Based on the books by Chris di Terlizzi and Holly Black

6.10pm

8.00pm

C5

The Witches of Oz (part 1 of 2)

Based on The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

6.40pm

9.00pm

ITV2

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Based on the book by Roald Dahl

6.55pm

9.00pm

Film4

Scrooged

Based on the book A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

9.00pm

10.00pm

BBC1

Great Expectations (part 2 of 3)
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

9.00pm

12.30am

C5

Ben Hur
Based on the book by Lew Wallace

11.00pm

1.20am

ITV2

The Bourne Identity
Based on the Jason Bourne books by Robert Ludlum

 Thursday 29th December

8.45pm

10.05am

BBC2

Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure
Based on the Tarzan books by Edgar Rice Burroughs

10.55am

1.00pm

ITV1

The Railway Children
Based on the book by Edith Nesbit

12.05pm

1.50pm

BBC2

The Ipcress File
Based on the book by Len Deighton

12.55pm

2.55pm

C5

Back to the SecretGarden
Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

2.55pm

6.20pm

C5

David Copperfield
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

3.35pm

6.00pm

BBC1

Superman Returns
Based on the DC Comics, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

6.20pm

8.00pm

BBC2

Confessions of a Shopaholic
Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella

6.20pm

8.00pm

C5

The Witches of Oz (part 1 of 2)

Based on The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

6.55pm

9.00pm

C4

St Trinians

Based on the cartoons by Ronald Searle

8.00pm

9.30pm

BBC3

Shrek
Based on the book by William Steig

9.00pm

10.00pm

BBC1

Great Expectations (part 3 of 3)
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

 Friday 30th December

9.00am

10.20am

BBC1

The Cat in the Hat

Based on the book by Dr Seuss

9.00am

11.05am

BBC2

David Copperfield

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

10.55am

12.55pm

ITV1

Pollyanna
Based on the book by Eleanor H. Porter

11.05am

12.50pm

BBC2

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Based on the book by Charles Dickens

12.50pm

2.45pm

BBC2

A Tale of Two Cities

Based on the book by Charles Dickens

3.15pm

5.45pm

C5

Alicein Wonderland

Based on the book by Lewis Carroll

5.45pm

7.30pm

C5

Snow White
Based on the traditional fairytale by The Grimm Brothers

7.00pm

7.30pm

BBC3

The Gruffalo

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson

7.30pm

7.55pm

BBC3

The Gruffalo’s Child

Based on the book by Julia Donaldson

10.20pm

12.05pm

More4

The Others
Inspired by The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

 

Why not borrow one of these great books from the MRC or your local library? 
After all, the book is often better than the film 😉

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

 

With thanks to Helen Smith, Rawmarsh Comm

 

 

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