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What’s coming up on TV and Netflix this Christmas?

Here’s what to tune in to over the festive season.

The holidays are almost here, which means a couple of things are certain - loads of time eating, sleeping and watching the box. The Christmas RTÉ Guide came out this week, so it’s officially time to start fighting over the remote control. Here’s what’s coming up over Christmas…

Christmas Eve

As usual, there are some brilliant movies on Christmas Eve, to get you into the festive spirit. These include Home Alone (RTÉ One, 2.10pm), Santa Claus the Movie (TV3, 3.45pm), Arthur Christmas (RTÉ One, 4.05pm), and The Muppets Christmas Carol (Channel 4, 6.30pm).

There’s also a slew of Christmas specials to get through, including Father Ted (RTÉ 2, 8.40pm), The Chase (TV3, 8pm), Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show (BBC One, 8.30pm), Bridget and Eamon (RTÉ 2, 9.45pm), and Celebrity Juice (3e, 11.10pm).

On top of this, there are also some brand new offerings, including Angela’s Christmas (RTÉ One, 6.20pm), which is a 30-minute animated film from Brown Bag Films, based on Frank McCourt’s children’s book, ‘Angela and the Baby Jesus’.

Mary Kennedy will also be hosting Carols from the Castle (RTÉ One, 9.15pm), with music from the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and a variety of special guests.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day stalwarts Doctor Who (BBC One, 5.30pm), Mrs. Brown’s Boys (RTÉ One, 9pm) and Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One, 6.30pm) are all back, along with a special Christmas edition of Bake Off (Channel 4, 7.40pm), which sees some favourite contestants back to battle it out in the tent.

There are some great movies on Christmas Day, too, with classics and new releases sitting side-by-side on the schedule. Some of the highlights are:

  • Madagascar (3e, 11.30am)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (RTÉ 2, 12.30pm)
  • Toy Story 3 (BBC One, 1.20pm)
  • Spectre (RTÉ One, 5.30pm)
  • Les Miserables (more4, 8pm)
  • Brooklyn (RTÉ One, 9.35pm)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (RTÉ 2, 10pm)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (3e, 11pm)

Sticking to a streaming service instead?

If, like one in ten Irish consumers, you prefer to use a streaming service, rather than watching traditional TV, you can still get in on the festive action.

Netflix has great specials for kids, like DreamWorks Home: For The Holidays, Trolls Holiday Special and My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas, as well as Christmas classics Miracle on 34th Street, Love Actually, Jingle All the Way, and Scrooged.

On top of this, some of the best content of the year has come in the form of Netflix Originals, like Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, and The Crown.

Meanwhile, opting for the NOW TV Sky Cinema pass will give you access to 1,000 movies on demand, as well as a new premiere every day.

And, if you’re more of a box-set binger, the NOW TV Entertainment Pass gives you access to 10 channels, including Sky Atlantic and Sky Living, as well as over 250 box sets - like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies on demand.

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New Year’s Eve highlights

If you are staying in on New Year’s Eve, Imelda May will be hosting a New Year’s Eve special on RTÉ One, while Alan Carr’s annual ‘Specstacular’ is on Channel 4, and Jools’ Annual Hooenanny is on BBC Two.

Before midnight, RTÉ will cross over to The New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert live from Dublin, with a live performance from Kodaline.

Make the most of your TV package this Christmas

The above is only a small selection of the great programming that’s going to be on over the holidays. Make sure you make the most of your TV package this Christmas by taking a look through the guides, and setting up reminders for the programmes and movies you don’t want to miss.

And, if you’re going to be out and about a lot over the holidays, why not record some movies and TV programmes to enjoy during the quiet January period?

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