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​Christmas Movie Channel Showing Festive Films Round The Clock Launches This Month

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​Christmas Movie Channel Showing Festive Films Round The Clock Launches This Month

A Christmas movie channel showing festive films round the clock is due to launch later this month, ready to get you into the spirit ahead of 25 December.

GREAT! Movies Christmas will premiere on 23 September, temporarily taking over the channel usually used by GREAT! Movies Classic until 4 January 2022.

Credit: GREAT! Movies Christmas
Credit: GREAT! Movies Christmas

According to website UnderTheChristmasTree, the schedule includes everything from Yuletide classics to newer debuts - including Mariah Carey flick A Christmas Melody.

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To access the free channel, simply tune in on Freeview 51, Sky 319, Virgin 424 and Freesat 303, before sitting back to enjoy some feelgood Christmas films.

The Liverpool Echo reports that the line-up for GREAT! Movies Christmas includes 'exclusive premieres such as A Christmas Melody, Just In Time For Christmas, Call Me Claus and Crazy For Christmas', with themed collections such as 'Christmas Presents' and 'Christmas Comedy Capers'.

A Christmas Melody. Credit: Sony
A Christmas Melody. Credit: Sony

Sure, September may feel too early for some film fans to start binging on Christmas classics, but it turns out watching festive movies can actually be good for you.

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Speaking to website DoYouRemember a few years ago, an unnamed psychologist explained that watching favourites like Elf, Home Alone and The Grinch can instantly boost levels of happiness.

This is because the hormone dopamine is released as you enjoy such movies, in turn helping you feel good.

The psychologist said: "It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness.

"I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out, signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it's pleasing or not. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone."

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Home Alone. Credit: 20th Century Fox
Home Alone. Credit: 20th Century Fox

If you're in need of some inspiration, why not check out It's A Wonderful Life, which was officially named the highest rated Christmas movie ever last year.

Despite the fact it's been more than 70 years since the Frank Capra classic was first released, it's managed to stand the test of time to remain an all-time favourite - according to the folk over at IMDb, who compiled a list based on rating.

If you take it that any film worth its salt will receive at least 1,000 votes, then the tale of good conquering greed sat at the top of the Christmas tree, with an average rating of 8.6.

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It was followed by Die Hard on 8.2 - don't even start the debate about whether it's a Christmas movie or not - and the classic 1982 animation The Snowman in third place, also on 8.2.

A Christmas Carol (1951) starring Alastair Sim and Mickey's Christmas Carol (1983) also had scores of 8.2 each.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Topics: Christmas, Entertainment, TV and Film, Christmas Film

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