December 18, 2015, by Kate Snaith

Tis the season to be jolly…

And curl up on the couch… As you take a break from classes, UoN libraries have a great collection of seasonal films and TV you can enjoy from home!

In our libraries we have DVD copies of some Christmas classics such as:

Frank Capra’s 1946 It’s a Wonderful Life (Hallward Short loan DVD PN1997.F727), a heartwarming tale starring James Stewart as a man who does not recognise the impact he has had on those around him.

We also have Meet me in St Louis, the origin of festive tune “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” (DLRC DVD PN1997.M44) as well as Billy Wilder Christmas Comedy The Apartment (Hallward Short loan DVD PN1997.A6629).



Or why not use our subscription database Box of Broadcasts (BoB) which contains over 800,000 recordings from television and radio dating back to 2007 which can be streamed from a personal weblink.

Televisual festive offerings from BoB include: The Royle Family (including Christmas specials), Only Fools and Horses (search “only fools and horses” AND “christmas special”) and The Office.

BoB also has a HUGE collection of films, including seasonal favourites such as Tim Burton’s gothic fantasy The Nightmare Before Christmas. Also, a puppet-led twist on Dickens in Muppet Christmas Carol, and Will Ferrell’s seasonal identity crisis flick Elf.

If you prefer something with a more international flavour BoB has many delights of world cinema. Why not try:

  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010, Finland), this fantasy / horror film explores the truth behind the “real” Santa Claus (find out more about Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on IMDb).
  • 8 Women (2002, France), French comedy musical whodunit (find out more about 8 Women on IMDb).
  • 2046 (2004, Hong Kong), Wong Kar-wai’s romantic sci-fi epic in which Christmastime features as a significant date (find out more about 2046 on IMDb).
  • Joyeux Noël (2005, France) is a fictional account based around the Christmas truce of 1914 along the western front in WW1 (find out more about Joyeux Noël on IMDb).

Whatever you do for Christmas the libraries wish you a very merry time!

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