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From Elf to It's A Wonderful Life - stars reveal their favourite festive films

By Staff Reporter

Just like everyone else, celebs love cosying up for a good Yuletide movie. Here, eight personalities tell us the seasonal classics they always tune in for.

Kate Garraway, presenter

“I absolutely love Miracle On 34th Street, but It’s A Wonderful Life is my total favourite. I don’t think you can beat it and I cry every time.”

Caitlin Moran, journalist and writer

“For me, it’s Elf. I’m very Elf aware. For me, Christmas only starts when you’re screaming, ‘You sit on a throne of lies!’ It would not be Christmas if I didn’t watch Elf, and what I like is that it’s become ‘Elf Day’, so when they put it on terrestrial TV, usually about two weeks before Christmas, everyone gathers on Twitter and live-tweets all the way through Elf in a kind of a communal bonding thing, which would, in the plot of Elf, make Santa’s sleigh fly. There’s a lot of love on Twitter for Elf.”

Kirstie Allsopp, presenter

“I’m a big Richard Curtis fan and I think Love Actually is a wonderful Christmas film. I particularly love the scenes from their play. I’m trying to think of a Christmas film I don’t like. I love Miracle On 34th Street, because it’s great when children are on the cusp of not believing in Father Christmas — it keeps them believing for another year. I like sitting down and watching all the old films, like The Sound Of Music, when you’re doing your wrapping.”

John Torode, celebrity chef

“I don’t think I have a favourite Christmas film. I’d be really happy if Charlie And The Chocolate Factory — the original one with Gene Wilder from 1971 (actually called Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory) — was on, or Crocodile Dundee, because I’m a proud Aussie.”

John Hannah, actor

“I can tell you off the top of my head — It’s A Wonderful Life. It’s a classic, not so much in the old days at home, but when I was sharing a flat with Neil Dudgeon, we watched that a couple of Christmases in a row. We also had another buddy, Simon Gregor, staying with us; we were all grown men at the time who’d been dumped by girls, and one Christmas morning, we were watching that and at a certain point, where he finds Zuzu’s petals in his pocket, I felt myself starting to cry. I looked over and the others were crying as well, so I’d have to say that. It’s a great film.”

Phillip Schofield, presenter

“This is my eldest daughter’s thing, but we watch The Polar Express every Christmas Eve. If we’ve been away, we’ve taken the DVD with us. It’s the tradition of it. It gets a bit dark when they get to the North Pole, but the train stuff is all amazing. So it’s the four of us on the sofa and it’s great.”

Noel Fielding, actor and comedian

“It’s A Wonderful Life - it’s amazing. I love James Stewart (who plays the movie’s lead character George Bailey). Me and Julian (Barratt, his comedy partner) were talking about doing a remake of that for a Christmas special. He kills himself and I turn up as an angel, but I’ve just come back from a fancy dress party and he doesn’t know that. I show him what life would be like when he’s gone — and it would be better!”

Lydia Bright, TV personality

“I love The Holiday. I love the fact that it’s based in the Cotswolds; it looks so English and quaint — I’ve always wanted to visit because of the movie. I love the cottage, the decor of the cottage, I love Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, I love the fact it’s a romantic-comedy. Oh, it’s just beautiful.”

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