My Pick of Christmas Viewing.

For weeks now I have been waiting for the RTE guide to appear on the shelves of my local shop as for me its arrival means Christmas is well and truly here !  I’ve picked my favourites to keep you going from Saturday the 23rd until New Years Day.

Enjoy, as always I love to hear your feedback.

Xoxo L.


For the Adults;

Saturday December 23rd:

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RTE 2 – Love and Mercy 9.05pm

A portrait of beach boy Brian Wilson documenting the troubles he had after he ceased touring and the loss of his grip on reality.

Channel 4 – The Wolverine 9.00pm

The wolverine is lured to japan where he gets caught up between rival gangs , as he struggles on the run he must face the prospect of death for the first time.

Christmas Eve:

BBC 2 – Guys and Dolls 3.20pm

In this 1950’s musical a gambler is challenged to take a “prude” missionary to Havana but falling for her certainly wasn’t part of the plan. Starring the delicious Marlon Brando this is a fantastic view.

TG4 – The Family 9.55pm

Starring Robert De Niro this film follows a mafia family in witness who want to turn their lives around.

Christmas Day:

E4 – Snow White and The Huntsman 7pm

A 2012 American Fantasy Film based on the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm.  In the film’s retelling of the tale, Snow White grows up imprisoned by her evil stepmother, Queen Ravena. After Snow White escapes into the forest, Ravenna tells the huntsman that she will bring back his dead wife if he captures Snow White.

Channel 4 – First Dates at Christmas 9pm

The lovely Fred open up the first Dates restaurant for this Christmas special hoping to bring love to the couples just in time for Christmas.

RTE 1 – Mrs Browne’s Boys Christmas Special 9pm

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mrs Browne’s Boys ! this year is no different.

St Stephens Day:

TV3 – Paul O Grady: For The love of Dogs Christmas 8pm

Paul helps a heavily pregnant stray among other gorgeous animals in this Christmas special.


Little Women – 8pm A three part series of telling this timeless tale.

The Miniaturist – 9pm A two part drama , Nella is gifted a dolls house by her fiance only to realise the tiny creatures mirror the actions of her family.

Thursday December 28th:

TG4 – Killing Bono 10.30pm

Two brothers hoping for stardom find it a bitter pill to swallow when there friends form U2 and take the world by storm. Starring love/hates Robert Sheehan

Friday December 29th:

RTE1 – The Late Late Show Dubliner’s Tribute 30 years on 9.30pm

Saturday December 30th:

TG4 – The Kite Runner 9.30pm

writer Amir returns to his Afghan birthplace to find his best friend and his wife have been murdered by the Taliban.

New Years Eve:

RTE2 – Beckham- For the Love of the Game 2.40pm

David goes on a unique journey as he plays seven games on the seven continents.

BBC2 – Into The Woods 8pm

A childless couple set out to find the ingredients to restore a witches beauty so she will remove the curse on their family Tree.

RTE1 – Imelda May New Years Eve Special 10.20pm

TV3 – The Graham Norton Show, New Years Eve Special 11.20pm

New Years Day:

Channel 4 – The Great Festive Bake Off 7.40pm

BBC2 – Sue Perkins and The Chimp Sanctuary 9pm

Sue Meets animals freed from medical testing at Chimp Haven Louisiana.

Channel 4 – Pitch Perfect 2 9pm

The Barden Bellas an cappella group try to revive their image after a disastrous performance.



For the Kids;

Saturday December 23rd:


Channel 4 – The Rugrats Movie 7.30am

A good one to stick on if the kids are wired on the spirit of Christmas and your not quite ready to get up ! I used to love Rugrats so this is one ill be recording in the hope that well all be asleep when its showing !

BBC 2 – The Muppets 9.30am

A devoted fan, his brother Gary, and Gary’s girlfriend help Kermit reunite the disbanded Muppets, as they must raise $10 million to save the Muppet theatre from a businessman who plans to demolish the studio to drill for oil.

Christmas Eve:

The Gruffalo’s Child 10.55am

Be sure to record this one as Julia Donaldson’s beautiful stories are for life not just Christmas !

BBC 1 – Monsters University 2.20pm

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Despite coming after Monsters INC this is actually the prequel, Monsters University tells the story of monsters, Mike and Sulley, and their time at college, where they start off as rivals, but slowly become best friends.

RTE 1 – Angela’s Christmas 6.20pm

This is an animated adaption of Frank McCourts Angela’s ashes for all the family to snuggle up and watch. Set in the 1900s we follow a child’s wish to make sure every one is happy, warm and safe at Christmas.

RTE 1 – Arthur Christmas 4.05pm

As one of our five favourite family flicks this is one well definitely watch again and if you hadn’t its a must as it is fantastic festive viewing.

Christmas Day:

TG4 – Cat a Hata An Nolliag 11.22am

If you want to bring a cupla focail do na paisti then who else better to do it than cat in the hat !

TV3 – Chicken Run 4.20pm

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Rooster Rockey and chicken Ginger decide to escape the farm when they realise their destiny !

BBC1 – The Highway Rat 4.45pm

Another animated tale brought to us from Julia Donaldson.

St Stephens Day:

BBC 1 – Planes 2 Fire and Rescue 10.10am

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.

Channel 4 – Alvin and the Chipmunks Squeakquel 12.10pm

A fun filled animation following the adventures of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

ITV2 – A Bug’s Life 2.35pm

Flik is a little ant who’s always messing things up for his colony. Recently he  destroyed the food stores that were supposed to be used to pay off grasshopper Hopper . Now the strong-arming insect is demanding that the ants gather double the food — or face annihilation. Flik goes on a journey to recruit fighters to defend the colony.

Wednesday 27th December:

BBC1 – The Gruffalo 3.45pm

TG4 – Bee Movie 5pm

Barry the Bee (Jerry Seinfeld) finds the prospect of working with honey uninspiring. He flies outside the hive for the first time and talks to a human, breaking a cardinal rule of his species. Barry learns that humans have been stealing and eating honey for centuries, and he realizes that his true calling is to obtain justice for his kind by suing humanity for theft.

Thursday December 28th:

TV3 – Gnomeo and Juliet 2.05pm

Two garden Gnomes try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star crossed love affair.

BBC1 – How to Train Your Dragon 2  4.10pm

Five Years after peace was restored between the dragons and the Vikings hiccup and toothless find a cave home to dragon Rider which might challenge the peace.

Friday 29th December:

BBC1 – Room on the Broom 3.50pm

Another half hour animation based on the popular Julia Donaldson books.

Saturday 30th December:

3E – Madagascar 4pm

A firm favourite in our house ! Four domesticated animals from New York Central Zoo escape to the wilderness only to find themselves out of their comfort zone very quickly

New Years Eve:

BBC1 – Bolt 9.25am

A small white dog named Bolt who, having spent his entire life on the set of a television series, thinks that he has super powers. When he believes that his human, Penny, has been kidnapped, he sets out on a cross-country journey to “rescue” her.

New Years Day:

3E – Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules

Summer is over and Greg Heffley and his older brother Roderick must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond.

On Radio….

Christmas eve one for the kids – 11am A furry Xmas RTEjnr radio tells the story of a group of dogs in a pound in Dublin.

Tune in and burn off some Christmas kcals ! – 7pm 2FM  Jenny Greene and The RTE Concert Orchestra.

Enjoy folks !

Xoxo L.


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