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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Festive films and a host of one-off specials - RTE's Christmas line-up revealed

Ratings winner: Mrs Brown is at the centre of the RTE Christmas schedule
Ratings winner: Mrs Brown is at the centre of the RTE Christmas schedule
Actor Will Ferrell as "Ron Burgundy" - RTE are also showing Anchorman
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

CHEFS, comedians, animals and aliens will make up your TV viewing this Christmas.

This year, RTE have a whole host of films, one-off specials and game shows to keep us entertained over the holidays.

The heavy hitters are back -- Mrs Brown's Christmas Special and Mrs Brown's Boys New Year Special are must-see TV.

A total of 880,000 viewers tuned in to watch the programme last Christmas Day.

The Christmas special is a modern-day festive institution and you'd be mad to miss it.

According to the RTE press office, Fair City is "ramping up the drama for the festive season" -- steady!

We reckon nothing can top Damien and Caoimhe's explosive fire scene, but viewers can expect lots of arguments and a mysterious stranger appearing on the cobbled streets of Carrigstown.

RTE have stuffed the schedule full of cracking festive flicks -- Bridesmaids, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts One & Two, comedy The Guard, and Shrek Forever After will all be shown on RTE for the first time.

Classics

And there are plenty of nostalgic Christmas classics. It's A Wonderful Life, The Sound of Music, Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark, To Kill a Mocking Bird and Doctor Zhivago will have us glued to the screen.

RTE 2 are going for a more modern approach and are showing Anchorman, Sex and the City 2 and The Social Network.

There are an abundance of compilation review shows on offer to consider the highs and lows of 2013.

Good Year/Bad Year takes a satirical look back on the last 12 months, as celebrity panellists and guests discuss everything from global politics to the goings on in the Dail bar and the size and shape of Joe Duffy's head.

Zig and Zag will digest 'hi-larious' viral videos on Zig & Zag's Super Festive Bloopers.

And Eoghan McDermott will front Next Year's News.

The comedy panel show will see Eoghan and his side kicks PJ Gallagher and Neil Delamere look back at the biggest stories of 2013 and try and predict what's in store for everyone in 2014.

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