Christmas 2012: best films on TV today, Wednesday 26 December

The Railway Children, Miracle on 34th Street, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Rebecca, Alien and Atonement


The Railway Children – 9:35am, ITV1


Beautifully adapted from E Nesbit’s much-loved novel, this classic period drama follows the story of three Edwardian siblings relocated with their mother to the Yorkshire countryside following their father’s wrongful arrest for treason. Starring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, Gary Warren and Bernard Cribbins. 

Miracle on 34th Street – 3:20pm, Film4

Oscar-winning Christmas fantasy about young Susan Walker (Natalie Wood) who has never believed in Father Christmas. That is until mysterious elderly gentleman Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) shows up to offer his services to her mother’s department store… 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 6:55pm, Channel 4

Enjoy the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy which sees hobbits Frodo and Sam, now separated from the rest of the fellowship, guided by sinister Gollum deep into the realm of evil Lord Sauron on a mission to destroy the ring they both seek. 

Rebecca – 10:30pm, BBC2

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic romantic thriller – based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel – stars Laurence Olivier as wealthy widower Maxim de Winter who returns from Monte Carlo to his family estate in Cornwall with his new wife in tow. But the new Mrs de Winter (Joan Fontaine) finds herself haunted by the spirit of her husband’s beautiful but mysterious first wife. 

Alien – 11:10pm, Film4

This Ridley Scott-directed sci-fi horror thriller stars Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm and John Hurt as crew members on a spacecraft that picks up a distress signal from a nearby planet. But when some of the team go off to investigate, they return with an unwanted and dangerous passenger.  

Atonement – 11:15pm, ITV1


Keira Knightly, James McAvoy, Romola Garai and Benedict Cumberbatch star in this critically-acclaimed adaptation of Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel. It’s 1935 and wealthy sisters Cecilia and Briony Tallis clash over the former’s love affair with local servant’s son Robbie Turner leading to a case of mistaken identity that splits the young lovers and destroys the siblings’ relationship forever.