Preview – Mark Kermode’s Christmas Cinema Secrets

Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
Picture Shows: Mark Kermode. Image Credit: BBC/Richard Ansett.

One of my viewing highlights this year was Mark Kermode’s documentary series Secrets of Cinema (still all on iPlayer), and he is back for a special edition.

This time he looks at how to make the perfect Christmas movie, looking back at the techniques filmmakers use to achieve this, across a wide range of different genres, including comedy, fantasy, horror and action. Films highlighted in tonight’s programme include It’s a Wonderful Life, various adaptations of A Christmas Carol, and that all-time festive classic – Die Hard.

Mark Kermode’s Christmas Cinema Secrets is on BBC Four at 21.00.