Sunday 11 December 2016

Mrs. Brown, Glenroe, Daniel & Majella, The Shelbourne, Tommy Tiernan, and Christy Moore : RTE's Christmas line-up has something for everyone

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 02/12/2015 | 17:34

From left to right; Mary McEvoy as Biddy Byrne, Grace Barry as Mary-Ann, Mick Lally as Miley Byrne and Blathnaid Treacy as Denise. 'Glenroe' ran from 1983-2001.
From left to right; Mary McEvoy as Biddy Byrne, Grace Barry as Mary-Ann, Mick Lally as Miley Byrne and Blathnaid Treacy as Denise. 'Glenroe' ran from 1983-2001.
Mrs Brown's Boys returns to RTE for two Christmas specials, airing on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
Tommy Tiernan take his recent 2FM radio show to the television in this one-off special 'The Tommy Tiernan Show'.
Christy Moore joins homeless choirs in both Dublin and Waterford as they record a two track EP for release for Christmas
Mary McEvoy and Mick Lally as Biddy and Miley in Glenroe

With all the eating and the socialising that takes place at Christmas there can be precious little time left for immersing yourself in some of the best television of the year.

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But that's why set-top boxes were invented, allowing us to stock pile our favourite programmes and view them at a time of our choosing with a selection box on hand to nibble at.

RTE have unveiled their Christmas schedule and it contains more than a few Christmas Crackers.

Mrs Brown's Boys returns to RTE for two Christmas specials, airing on both Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

On Christmas Eve we get exclusive access behind the scenes at Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel as the city landmark gears up to celebrate its 191st Christmas in 'The Shelbourne at Christmas'.

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Everyone's favourite hoteliers Francis and John Brennan are back to host a special programme - 'At Your Service on Christmas Day'.

Acerbic Agnes Brown will also be keeping us company on Christmas Night, as 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' makes its small screen premiere.

Take a trip down Sunday-night memory lane as 'Well Holy God it's Glenroe' features cast members and crew recalling their special moments in the Wicklow hills down through the 18 years that the soap aired.

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Mike Murphy takes on the role of quizmaster for a new four-part show, 'Play it by Year', which tests contestants knowledge about trivia from the past few decades.

We'll be paying a one hour trip to Carrigstown on Christmas Day, where unsurprisingly the majority of residents are not having a merry Christmas.

The Dillon Family get an unexpected surprise when Neasa arrives home for Christmas and Paul pulls out all the stops to give the Brennan's a Christmas they will never forget.

Prepare to laugh out loud as naughty Tommy Tiernan take his recent 2FM radio show to the television in this one-off special 'The Tommy Tiernan Show'.

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Music fans will definitely enjoy 'Carols from Aras an Uachtarain' on Christmas Eve, presented by Mary Kennedy, and featuring Imelda May, John Sheahan and Mick Flannery.

Meanwhile 'Higher Hopes' sees Christy Moore join homeless choirs in both Dublin and Waterford as they record a two track EP for release for Christmas.

'Daniel O’Donnell and Friends' will air on St Stephen’s night and promises to be a night of music and craic at The Powerscourt House in Wicklow.

Country fans will be pleased to hear that RTE are showing The Nathan Carter Show on 30 December.

The talented singer will perform duets with Mary Black and Paddy Casey.

We can also look forward to two new documentaries featuring previously unseen footage - 'Luke Kelly: Prince of Dublin' and 'Fab! The Night the Beatles Came To Dublin'.

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Movie fans can look forward to plenty of premieres over the festive season including Gravity, which will air on Christmas Eve, Oz The Great and Powerful  and Brave which are scheduled for Christmas day.

On Stephen's Day the top movies to catch are The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Captain Philips, starring Tom Hanks.

When the Christmas madness has died down ring in the New Year with Kathryn Thomas and 2FM’s Keith Walsh on New Year’s Eve Live as they soak up the atmosphere at the New Year’s Festival Dublin Three Countdown Concert.

The show will feature acts such as The Coronas and special guests Fatboy Slim and Ryan Sheridan.

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