Whether you're watching on Sky Q or BT Sport Ultra HD, Amazon Video or Netflix, there's plenty of great 4K (and HDR) content to watch over the festive period.

Christmas is traditionally one of the best times of year for telly. And this is the first Christmas where there's actually a decent amount to watch in the 4K resolution.

Whether you're after blockbuster films, footie matches, documentaries or straight-up entertainment, there's something here to sate those 4K cravings. Better plan your viewing now so no one else hogs the TV.

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Sky already has some films available in 4K, including The Martian, The Revenant, Spectre and The Da Vinci Code - and it's adding plenty more over Christmas.

Deadpool (available from Boxing Day) is one of the biggest. It sees Ryan Reynolds play a mercenary with a morbid sense of humour who's subjected to a rogue experiment which leaves him with accelerated healing powers. His quest for revenge deliciously sends up most of the tropes of superhero films.

Zoolander No.2 (available from 16th December) reunites Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson as two of the fashion world's biggest stars. The plot is predictably ridiculous, so sit back and enjoy Derek's signature 'Blue Steel' look in 4K.

Ice Age: Collision Course comes to the Sky Store on 5th December (so you'll have to pay extra to watch it). It's another animated gem, starring Ray Romano, Denis Leary and Queen Latifah.

Also hitting the Sky Store are Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and My Best Friend's Weddingboth of which are available from New Year's Day.

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Mars (available now on National Geographic) isn't your standard documentary. Hypothetically, it puts the viewer inside the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. It starts with the final 90 seconds before touchdown, and lets us explore the planet with our fellow astronauts.

Monkeys: An Amazing Family (Sky One, from Boxing Day) takes to ancient ruins in the storied jungles of South East Asia. It follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they try to survive the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys with a stunning habitat. 

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TV series

Amazon Prime has a couple of new series you can enjoy in 4K: Mozart in the Jungle series three launches all episodes on 9th December, while the second series of The Man in the High Castle is available for binge-watching from 16th December. The former is based on an exposé of the debauched world of classical music - apparently some of the musicians have the horn in more ways than one. And The Man in the High Castle is a drama based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name, which posits what could have happened if the Nazis had won the second world war.

New episodes of The Grand Tour continue to drop every Friday in 4K, while there's also the second series of 80s-based comedy Red OaksGood Girls Revolt, Goliath, the first series of The Collection and the third series of BAFTA-winning series Transparent to enjoy on your 4K TV.

Netflix also has some series available in 4K, though sadly there's nothing brand new for Christmas. Recent regal drama The Crown is in 4K, and so it should be, considering it's the most expensive TV series ever made. Baz Luhrman's musical drama The Get Down is also in 4K, as is Bill Murray's 2015 Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas. We know, it's a year old, but anything starring Bill Murray gets our vote.

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Every Premier League football match on Sky is shown in 4K, and considering it's showing 58 games in December, that means there's plenty to choose from. Our picks? The Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton on 19th December should be a (Christmas) cracker, as should the Boxing Day clash between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.

BT Sport it also showing seven Premiership matches in 4K throughout December, including Crystal Palace versus Manchester United on 14th December, and Liverpool versus Manchester City on New Year's Eve. Game on.

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