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On the box

What's on? Christmas TV for every mood’s roundup of what is on the box today (even if you are feeling more Bah! Humbug! rather than Ho!Ho!Ho!

FROM Pat Shortt to David Hasselhoff and Downton Abbey to Gladiator, 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…

Sgt Mattie (RTE One, 6.25pm)

Pat Shortt returns to the village of Kilcommon as Garda Mattie Dwyer.

Father Ted (Channel 4, from 10.50pm)

First Glen Linehan and Arthur Matthews talk about creating the legendary comedy, then Small, Far Away discusses the world of Father Ted before a classic episode is shared.

Comedy Roast: David Hasselhoff (3e, 10pm)

Celebrities throw insults at the Hoff. How dare they?

Ruth Jones’ Christmas Cracker (BBC Two, 11.30pm)

James Cordon and the Manic Street Preachers feature in today’s show.

For those who can’t get enough of festive movies…

Best Ever Christmas Films (UTV, 9.25am)

UTV runs down the best festive movies of all time.

Home Alone (Channel 4, 7.05pm)

Young Kevin gets left behind as his family take off for the holidays. What ensues has gone down in film history and remains watchable year after year.

The Little Princess (TG4, 1pm)

The classic novel turned into a timeless movie, perfect to show the kids on this holiday.

For those who want to sing-along…

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concerrt Experience (RTE Two, 3.35pm)

The wholesome American teens document a year of their lives.

Planxty – Ar Stáitse (TG4, 4.40pm)

For those feeling a tad dramatic…

Downton Abbey (TV3, from 6.30pm)

One of the standout dramas of 2011, TV3 goes behind the scenes at Downton Abbey at 6pm. Then, the Christmas 1919 special is aired at 9pm.

Jane Austen: The Unseen Portrait (BBC Two, 9pm)

Has a portrait of the mysterious novelist been discovered?

St. Stephen’s Night with Vincent Brown (TV3, 11.05pm)

A panel of celebrity guests offer their insights into the year that was, in news. (And what a year it was).

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

Gladiator (UTV, 11.15pm)

Russell Crowe in the multi-award-winning Roman drama.

Nora (TG4, 11pm)

Take a look at the relationship between James Joyce and his lover Nora.