Holiday creep has been an issue for decades, with Halloween decor coming out before the summer is over and Christmas stuff arriving just as one is shopping for back-to-school supplies. It's also taken over TV; networks that make all their ratings on Holiday movies typically debut their first new films in mid-October. Streaming quickly followed suit, especially once Netflix proved it wasn't just Lifetime and Hallmark who had the domain over romances by the fire and sleighbells in the snow. Dinsey+, Hulu, and Amazon's Prime Video have all gotten in on the act, with Amazon bringing British Christmas films like Your Christmas or Mine? and the newly announced sequel.
Your Christmas or Mine originally premiered in December 2022 with little marketing; we here at Telly Visions only happened to notice it because we do monthly roundups of all things British. But despite Prime Video not doing much to promote the film, the winning combination of Sex Education's Asa Butterfield and relative newcomer Cora Kirk (Midsomer Murders) turned the film into a modest hit. Like any Christmas-themed film that does well, that called for a sequel. (It's a rule, ask The Christmas Prince or The Princess Switch.) And lo, Prime Video has greenlit a second one, titled Your Christmas or Mine 2.
The first film featured Butterfield and Kirk as James and Hayley, who, in a Gift of the Magi-like set-up, secretly decide to surprise the other with a visit to see them at home over the holidays. Of course, upon arriving, they learn the other is long gone and spend the holidays snowed in with each other's parents, desperately trying to make a good first impression without any guidance. The good news is that, at least in the first images, whatever happens in the sequel will occur with the two spending time together on screen.
Here's the sequel's synopsis:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but will it be for James and Hayley? James’ father has invited the Taylors to spend Christmas in a luxury ski resort in the Austrian Alps so they can meet his new American girlfriend (played by Jane Krakowski). However, Hayley’s dad Geoff insisted on handling his family’s side of the booking, and something got lost in translation. After a mix-up with transport at the airport, the two tribes end up at each other’s accommodations on different sides of a valley and opposite ends of the Tripadvisor rating scale. Can Hayley and James’ relationship survive another turbulent family Christmas, or has their future together gone off-piste?
Butterfield and Kirk obviously return for the second film as cute couple James and Hayley, respectively. Other returnees from the first movie include Alex Jennings (The Crown) as James' father, Lord Humphrey Hughes, and David Bradley (Doctor Who) as the groundskeeper, Jack. (Sadly, Harriet Walters does not seem to be back as no-nonsense housekeeper Iris.) Daniel Mays (Magpie Murders) and Angela Griffin (Harlots) as Hayley's parents, Geoff and Kath, and Natalie Gumede (Jekyll & Hyde) as her sister Kaye. American actress Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) joins the cast for the new installment as Humphrey's new girlfriend.
Your Christmas or Mine was written by Tom Parry (Ted Lasso). It was the comedian's debut film screenplay; he also wrote the Your Christmas Or Mine 2 script. Director Jim O’Hanlon (Trying), who helmed the first film, returns to direct the second. The movies are produced by Mighty Pebble Pictures and The Story Collective, with O’Hanlon and Parryas executive producing along with James De Frond, Kris Thykier, and Damian Keogh.
Your Christmas or Mine 2 is slated to debut in December 2023 on Amazon's Prime Video.