Here are the movies and TV shows you can look forward to this Christmas
There's loads of content to keep you entertained over the holidays.
There’s no doubt that, along with the turkey and ham, the TV plays a pretty big role for lots of us on Christmas Day.
There are plenty of Christmas movies on Netflix, but if you’re not a Netflix member - or you simply prefer traditional TV at this time of year - here are some of the TV highlights you can look forward to…
RTÉ has some great programming on Christmas Eve, including The Lego Movie (RTÉ One, 6.15pm), Pitch Perfect (RTÉ 2, 6.20pm), the Father Ted Christmas Special (RTÉ 2, 9pm), and the Bridget and Eamon Christmas special (RTÉ 2, 10.05pm).
There’s also a treat in store for Daniel O’Donnell fans, in the form of Christmas with Daniel (RTÉ One, 9.30pm), a festive celebration which was recorded at his Christmas show at the Convention Centre in Dublin.
And elsewhere, there are plenty of Christmas specials for viewers to enjoy, like Birds of a Feather (UTV Ireland, 8pm), Googlesprogs (Channel4, 8pm), Blankety Blank with David Walliams (TV3, 9pm), 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown (Channel 4, 9pm), and Peter Kay’s Christmas Comedy Shuffle (BBC One 10.05pm).
There are also some great festive movies to get you into the Christmas spirit across all channels on Christmas Eve, including:
- Scrooged (Channel 4, 2.45pm);
- Home Alone (RTÉ One, 3.55pm); and
- The Muppets Christmas Carol (Channel 4, 5.50pm).
Fair City fans are in for some drama this Christmas Day, with an hour-long special during which Niamh plans the ultimate revenge (RTÉ One, 8.25pm).
A Christmas Day tradition at this stage, the Strictly Come Dancing special (BBC One, 6.45pm) will see six former Strictly contestants - including Frankie Bridge and Gethin Jones - battle it out to take home the Christmas glitterball.
And, love it or hate it, Mrs. Brown’s Boys has also become a firm Christmas fixture. This year, the Christmas special is on RTÉ One at 10.25pm and BBC One at 10.30pm.
Meanwhile, Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue will be back with the first episode of The Great Christmas Bake Off (BBC One, 4.45pm), which will be swiftly followed by another Christmas staple, the Doctor Who Christmas special (BBC One, 5.45pm).
And Channel 4 has highlights of one of its most-popular shows, with Gogglebox 2016 (9pm), as well as a Christmas special of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man (10.30pm).
Without a doubt, movies form a big part of Christmas Day. This year, some of the movies you can look forward to are:
- Happy Feet (TG4, 2.45pm);
- The Artist (BBC Two, 2,25pm);
- Shark Tale (TV3, 5.15pm);
- Frozen (RTÉ One, 6.35pm);
- Doubt, starring Meryl Streep (UTV Ireland, 9pm);
- Captain America: Winter Soldier (RTÉ 2, 9.25pm);
- The Family Stone, with Rachel McAdams and Diane Keaton (TV3, 10pm);
- The Flag, starring Pat Shortt (RTÉ One, 11pm); and
- Great Expectations (BBC Two, 11.15pm).
And there’s plenty in store for music fans, too, with Gavin James’ Other Voices Special (RTÉ 2, 8.30pm), Gospel Christmas with Beverly Knight and Gregory Porter (BBC Two, 8.30pm), and Chieftains 2016, which celebrates a century of Irish music (TG4, 10.40pm).
TV highlights for the rest of the holidays
After the main event, there is still a lot of great TV to look forward to, with movies including:
- Calvary (St. Stephen’s Day, RTÉ One, 9.15pm);
- Pride (St. Stephen’s Day, BBC Two, 10.30pm);
- Stuart Little (December 27th, Channel 4, 4.20pm);
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 27th, RTÉ 2, 9pm);
- Muppets Most Wanted (December 28th, BBC One, 3.35pm);
- GoldenEye (December 29th, RTÉ 2, 3.30pm); and
- Wreck It Ralph (December 30th, BBC One, 4.10pm).
There are also Christmas editions of some of the most popular quiz shows, like University Challenge, Pointless, and The Chase.
And the Big Fat Quiz of the Year is also back for 2016 (St. Stephen’s Day, Channel 4, 9pm).
Meanwhile, Sherlock fans will be waiting in anticipation for the show’s return on New Year’s Day (time TBC).
So there’s no doubt that there’s plenty to keep us all entertained over the holidays!
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