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What's on? Christmas TV for every mood

TheJournal.ie’s roundup of what’s on the box today (even if you’re feeling more Bah! Humbug! than Ho!Ho!Ho!

A TV Guide from 1965.
A TV Guide from 1965.
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FROM WESTLIFE TO Luke Kelly and Independence Day to It’s A Wonderful Life, there really is something for everyone (and every mood) on television over Christmas week.

We’ve trawled through the television guides for you so break open the tin of Roses (or Quality Street), sit back and enjoy some of the best programmes and films the small screen has to offer today.

For those who feel like laughing…

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special (RTE One, 10pm)

-It’s a bit like marmite, you either love it or you hate it but Brendan O’Carroll’s alter ego Agnes certainly gets us talking.

Having a Laugh! Great Irish Comedy TV Moments (TV3, 11.15pm)

-Does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a collection of choice work by Irish comedians, including Brendan O’Carroll and Roddy Doyle.

Tommy Tiernan: Cracked – Live at Vicar Street (3e, 11.3opm)

Irish life explained as never before and only as Tommy can do.

For those feeling nostalgic…

Blue Peter Christmas Special (BBC Two, 8.40am)

Here’s one they prepared earlier.

The Great Escape (RTE Two, 2.55pm)

The classic World War II film gets another showing at Christmas time. If you haven’t seen, it is definitely worth seeing Steve McQueen as The Cooler King and Richard Attenborough as Big X.

The Toys That Made Christmas (BBC Two, 9pm)

Barbie, spirograph, Meccano, fuzzy felt. All the good stuff.

For those who want to reflect…

Service on Christmas Day (RTE One, 10.15am)

Mass on Christmas Day (RTE One, 11.30am)

The Queen’s Speech (BBC One, 3pm)

It’s a divisive one. Will you be watching?

Temple Street Children’s Hospital Christmas Special (TV3, 5pm)

For those who cannot get enough festive movies…

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) (TV3, 9.35am)

The ultimate holiday watch. A must-see.

Miracle on 34th Street (UTV, 11am)

The 1994 version starring Richard Attenborough and young Mara Wilson (also of Mrs. Doubtfire fame)

For those who want to sing-a-long…

The Wizard of Oz (RTE One, 8.35am)

The 1939 musical version of Dorothy’s story.

OMG! Jedward’s Dream Factory (RTE Two, 5.40pm)

The Grimes brothers are becoming an integral part of Irish television, akin to Dustin the Turkey. Check out what all the fuss is about in this short video.

Westlife: For the Last Time (TV3, 6pm)

-Westlife television specials are another perennial characteristic of Christmas. This is the last one however. They have promised.

Daniel at 50 (RTE One, 7.55om)

-Popular singer Daniel O’Donnell celebrates his birthday today with live contributions from his friends and relatives.

For One Night Only – The Dubliners (RTE One, 10.30pm)

-Gay Byrne’s series continues with a look back at The Dubliners’ 50 years in the music business.

Luke Kelly – The Performer (TG4, 10.45pm)

-Phil Coulter, Ronnie Drew and others perform, as well as shows from Kelly himself.

For those feeling more Bah! Humbug! than Ho!Ho!Ho!…

Independence Day (RTE Two, 9am)

Will Smith fights to save the world in this 1996 blockbuster. Not a Santa or Elf in sight.

Family Guy Marathon (3e, 7pm-9pm)

The Griffins reinterpret the Star Wars story!

This is Spinal Tap (3e, 12.30am)

The rocumentary follows the heavy metal band Spinal Tap as it makes its comeback.

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