Here’s how you can watch A Christmas Gift From Bob now

The Big Issue's favourite feline is back on the big screen, so here's everything you need to now about how to watch A Christmas Gift From Bob
Luke Treadaway plays James Bowen alongside Bob in the Christmassy A Gift From Bob. Image credit: Lionsgate UK

The nights may be drawing in but Christmas has come early for fans of the fantastic Big Issue favourite Street Cat Bob. A Christmas Gift From Bob has been released in selected cinemas and online streaming services just in time for the weekend.

The film follows the story of Big Issue vendor James Bowen, played by Luke Treadaway, and his trusty sidekick Bob throughout London at Christmas.

Without giving too much away, we know that authorities want to separate the pair after they are concerned about Bob living on the street. But, fear not, we’re pretty sure there’ll be a happy ending.

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A Christmas Gift From Bob was released on November 6 but with many UK cinemas closed, the viewing options are limited. Rest assured, The Big Issue has you covered.

Read on to find out exactly how you can watch the new film, now and in the future, plus everything else we know about the festive family film that’s sure to be a Christmas smash hit. And find out more about our behind the scenes trip to the set of A Christmas Gift From Bob in the latest edition of The Big Issue magazine.

How can I watch A Christmas Gift From Bob at home?

With the majority of cinemas closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, viewing options are limited. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch along from the comfort of your own home.

You can watch A Christmas Gift From Bob online from a whole load of services, including the Sky Store, Amazon’s Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Virgin Movies, Talk Talk TV, Chili, Rakuten TV, Microsoft Films & TV, and Showcase at Home.

Most online services are currently charging £13.99 to rent the film and will give you 30 days to start watching the film and 48 hours to finish watching it after that.

Go put the popcorn on and settle in for the evening.

When will A Christmas Gift From Bob be in cinemas?

For most of the UK, the earliest they will be able to watch A Christmas Gift From Bob in cinemas will be early December, as coronavirus restrictions mean most screens remain closed.

There are still a handful of cinemas open in Scotland, however, and in Wales screens will re-open from November 10.

These are the cinemas signed up to show the film on its initial release:

Everyman Cinema, Cardiff
Showcase Cinema, Cardiff
Chalmers Filmhouse, Arbroath
Mazime Cinema, Blackwood
Broadway, Cinema Douglas
Mallard Cinema, Guernsey
Playhouse Cinema, Perth
Reel Cinema, Port Talbot
Merlin Cinema, Thurso
Plaz Cinemaa, Flint
Public Hall Cinema, Brynamman
Gwyn Hall Cinema, Neath
Regent Cinema, Newtown

The film is one of the only family-friendly features to come to cinemas this year as many movie-makers have held their seasonal smash hits back for a time when more people will be out on the streets.

Rest assured The Big Issue will keep you updated about where and when you’ll be able to watch Bob strut his stuff.

Is A Christmas Gift From Bob on Netflix?

Everyone’s favourite ginger tom has yet to strike a deal with Netflix but watch this space to find out when A Christmas Gift From Bob will be available on other streaming services in the not too distant future.

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