’Tis the season to be jolly – unless your family are subjecting you to that Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special for the umpteenth time…

If Soaps and the Queen’s Speech aren’t your thing this Christmas, we’ve got you covered. From family comedies to eerily prescient sci-fi and political thrillers, here are the best films and binge-worthy Netflix shows to watch over the break.


1. The Crown

Already in its second season, this biographical period drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II is a must-watch. From political rivalries to royal romance, it’s sure to have you hooked.



2. Designated Survivor

Ever wondered what would happen if all the US congress were murdered in one go? Find out, as Kiefer Sutherland steps into the White House with little-to-no presidential experience.



3. Bright

Out on 22nd December, just in time for Christmas, this Netflix Original Film sees Will Smith in an alternate present day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time.


4. Punisher

This former Marine is out to punish the criminals responsible for the death of his wife and children, when he uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld.



5. The Confession Tapes

If you liked ‘Making a Murderer’ you’ll love The Confession Tapes. A true crime documentary that investigates cased where people convicted of murder claim that their confessions were faked.