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(Date Posted:11/23/2011 01:46)


This year, for Christmas 2011, TCM has an exceptional schedule of holiday programming lined up. There are two particular highlights this yearthe premiere on TCM of the classic and legendary 1951 version of A Christmas Carol and the premiere of the fourth installment of TCM's 'Night at the Movies' documentary series, with this one focusing on Christmas movies entitled TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! It should be a great special and it will premiere on Tuesday, December 6th at 8:00pm (EST), with encore showings that night at 11pm and 5:30am. The special will also encore again on December 18th at 12pm and December 20th at 10pm. And the biggest single highlight of the month, the TCM premiere of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring the great Alastair Sim, will air on Monday, December 12th at 8pm (a prime time showing!).

Other highlights for the month include the airings of great Christmas classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Shop Around the Corner, Going My Way, The Lemon Drop Kid (another TCM premiere), Holiday Affair, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Christmas in Connecticut and the modern classic A Christmas Story. So get ready for a spectacular month on TCM! I posted below the schedule for the days of their Christmas programming.


6 Tuesday

8:00 PM

TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)

60 mins

9:00 PM

A Christmas Story (1983)

An Indiana schoolboy dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.

Dir: Bob ClarkCast: Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley.

C-93 mins, TV-PG, CC, Letterbox Format

11:00 PM

TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)

60 mins

12:00 AM

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

A department store Santa claims to be the real thing.

Dir: George SeatonCast: Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn.

BW-96 mins, TV-G, CC,

2:00 AM

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)

Young love and childish fears highlight a year in the life of a turn-of-the-century family.

Dir: Vincente MinnelliCast: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor.

C-113 mins, TV-G, CC,

4:00 AM

Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)

A child of the tenements helps an ex-con find a new life.

Dir: Roy RowlandCast: Margaret O'Brien, Angela Lansbury, George Murphy.

BW-75 mins, TV-G, CC,

5:30 AM

TCM Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)

60 mins


12 Monday

8:00 PM

A Christmas Carol (1951)

Ghosts visit a miser during the holidays to teach him the errors of his ways.

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RE:TCM's 2011 Christmas Schedule
(Date Posted:11/25/2011 00:35)

Nice-looking lineup, although Margie seems like a rather odd choice for Christmas Eve itself. I'd much rather that they'd air the Sim Christmas Carol in that time slot.

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(Date Posted:11/25/2011 16:00)

Yes, I totally agree. Unfortunately, it seems that TCM only purchased the broadcast rights to one showing of the picture and they decided to air it on one of the four nights in December where they are celebrating the upcoming bicentennial of Charles Dickens' birth. That's fine, but they should have purchased the broadcast rights to two airings so they could have shown it on Christmas Eve where it belongs.

 

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RE:TCM's 2011 Christmas Schedule
(Date Posted:11/25/2011 20:57)

If they couldn't re-air the Sim version on the 24th, they still could have secured the rights to show the Reginald Owen version, or even the musical version with Albert Finney. No, neither of those is as good as the Sim, but at least we'd get *some* version of the most famous Christmas Eve story on Christmas Eve itself.

Margie is a wonderful film, but that's simply not the proper night to be airing it. IMO, of course.



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RE:TCM's 2011 Christmas Schedule
(Date Posted:11/27/2011 13:47)

I agree, nice schedule, but I would have rather had "The Bells of St. Mary's" follow "Going My Way".  
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RE:TCM's 2011 Christmas Schedule
(Date Posted:12/04/2011 14:26)


Just an important reminder that tomorrow at 8:00pm is the premiere on TCM of the great 1951 version of A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim. Be there or be square!


 **Edited 12/05/11 to add the following correction:

The TCM premiere of the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol will air on December 12th, not today December 5th! Sorry, but I was a week premature! Tonight at 9:45pm TCM will air the 1938 version with Reginald Owen.







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