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Sky Cinema to celebrate Christmas with Beauty and the Beast premiere

Monday, November 6th 2017 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Sky Cinema is to launch three dedicated Christmas channels over the festive season.

It will also show some of 2017’s biggest blockbuster movies in the coming weeks including the year’s number one box office smash Beauty and the Beast.

Other big movies set to feature over the Christmas and New Year period include The Lego Batman Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, Boss Baby and Kong: Skull Island.

Sky Cinema Christmas will be available on Sky channel 303 between 8 November and 31 December. It promises more than 1,200 hours of much-loved festive flicks including The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually, Home Alone 2 and The Grinch.

Sky Cinema Classics launches on 18 December and runs until Boxing Day. It will feature family faves Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The King and I as well as iconic films like The Italian Job, The Great Escape and Oscar-winners The Godfather and The Apartment.

As you console yourself (or celebrate) that it’s all over for another year, Sky Cinema Musicals pops up on 27 December and hangs around until 7 January, easing you into the New Year. Grease, Phantom of the Opera and Frozen will be among the musical treats on offer.

The latest pop-up channels will join Sky Cinema’s regular line-up – Premiere, Showcase, Comedy, Family, Action & Adventure, Crime & Thriller, Drama & Romance, Sci Fi & Horror, Select, Greats and Disney – and follow in the footsteps of temporary channels dedicated to Halloween, animation, sci-fi and Oscar-winners.

“Millions share in the tradition of watching movies at Christmas and this year Sky Cinema has one of its strongest ever line-ups for the festive season,” said Sky Cinema’s group director Ian Lewis.

“With a new premiere every day, including the best family and action blockbusters of 2017, and three dedicated channels Sky Cinema Christmas, Sky Cinema Classics and Sky Cinema Musicals, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

A new premiere every day

John Wick Chapter 2 will premiere on Sky Cinema on 22 December, with the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures showing for the first time the following day. The Lego Batman Movie is your Christmas Eve treat and Emma Watson’s Beauty and the Beast is Sky’s big Christmas Day premiere.

On Boxing Day get ready for action and laughs with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Boss Baby premieres on 30 December, it’s The Zookeeper’s Wife on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day sees the first showing of Kong: Skull Island.

Adding Sky Cinema to a Sky TV package will cost you £10 a month on an 18-month contract, and that’s the same whether you’re new to Sky or have been a loyal customer for years.

Subscribing to Sky Cinema also gets you access to more than 1,000 movies on demand, as long as you have a compatible box connected to the internet.

Another option would be to go for a Sky Cinema pass from NOW TV. This would allow you to get your hands on that sweet on demand collection of movies without committing to a long contract. You can currently get a free 14-day trial and then it’ll cost you £9.99 a month.

TalkTalk currently charges £16 if you want to add Sky Cinema to your package while BT comes in a bit cheaper at £13.50. Virgin Media says you can add Sky Cinema from £21 a month.

Comments (1)

19 days ago

Yes, in the original tale he was a prince. In the popular version by Madame Beaumont, a fairy had turned him into a hideous beast after he refused to let her in from the rain. Only through finding true love could the curse be lifted. But I think in the original story by Madame Villeneuve, the fairy who cast the spell was angry because she tried to seduce the Prince and he refused her.

**ADD** The first published version of the tale was written by Madame Gabrielle de Villeneuve, and published in La jeune ameriquaine, et les contes marins in 1740. It was more like a book than a story or fairytale. It had a lot of detailed info about Beauty and the Beast’s parentage and background and included a kind of sub-story about the fairy who cast the spell on the Prince (Beast) hormone replacement therapy los angeles.

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