Wednesday 27 March 2019

Ed Sheeran special and double bills of Mrs Brown's Boys and Fair City make RTE's Christmas schedule

Ed Sheeran Irish fanbase is sure to have multiplied since his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show.
Ed Sheeran Irish fanbase is sure to have multiplied since his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show.

Comedy specials from Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Callan’s Kicks, The Savage Eye and Mario Rosenstock will feature in RTÉ’s festive line-up, the station announced today.

The award-winning Mrs Brown’s Boys returns to RTÉ One this Christmas for a double dose of mayhem and laughs.

Christmas is just around the corner and Agnes already has her tinsel in a twist. Cathy’s hiding something from her and the family are insisting upon a cost-cutting Secret Santa! And, after a spate of burglaries in Finglas, Agnes asks Buster Brady to fit a new alarm system.

Fair City

Fair City fans can look forward to two separate hour-long specials of their favourite soap over the festive season on Christmas day and Sunday, 4th January.  

Paul gets a surprise when an unexpected visitor shows up on his doorstep, while a gas leak at the Station bar has devastating consequences for one of the Carrigstown residents.

One Direction:

One Direction fans will see Ryan Tubridy meeting singer Niall Horan in When Ryan Met Niall. Ryan catches up with him during the middle of One Direction’s sold out stadium tour of America for a back stage chat.

Other Christmas specials will include At Your Service To The Rescue, Una’s Dream Ticket and RTEjr’s Made with Love.

Ed Sheeran Up Close:

Ed Sheeran in conversation with Eoghan McDermott and featuring special music performances of his best loved hit songs from his recent 2FM concert.

Una’s Dream Ticket

The Saturdays' Una Healy return to make dreams come true for some lucky boys and girls this Christmas. 

Operation Transformation – 7 years & Counting

Ahead of the new series, the show revisits leaders from the very first series of Operation Transformation right through to last year.

Christmas carols on Christmas Eve:

Mary Kennedy presents this year’s Christmas Eve carols from the atmospheric surroundings of Kilkenny Castle and features Donal Lunny , Zoe Conway, Máirtín Ó Connor, The Riptide Movement, Eimear Quinn, The Voice Squad, Hermitage Green, Fr Ray Kelly, Henry Shefflin and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

New Year's Eve:

Kathryn Thomas and Paddy McKenna will be ringing in 2015 live on RTÉ One. Broadcast live from The House of Lords, the show will highlight the 3 NYE concert in College Green with artists including Kodaline.

Movie Premieres on RTE:



Django Unchained,

The Help,

War Horse,

Happy Feet Two,

The Dark Knight Rises,

Anna Karenina.

Film favourites:

It’s A Wonderful Life,

The Sound of Music,

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,

High Society,

North By North West,

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom.

Electric Picnic 2014 Highlights

Main stage performances from Foals, The Pet Shop Boys, Chic, Paolo Nutini and Hozier.

Katherine Lynch - The Noughtie Years

The rise to fame of Sheila Chic, Liz Hurley and Bernie Walsh while Mario Rosenstock returns to RTÉ2 this Christmas Eve with The Mario Rosenstock Christmas Special .    

This Christmas The Savage Eye: An Irish Guide To Failure:

The show will revisit the most memorable sketches from the series and include a summary of the most pertinent questions asked about Ireland and the Irish people, all linked together by our trusty narrator, Dave McSavage

RTÉ2 Movie Premieres:

War Horse,

Happy Feet Two,

The Dark Knight Rises,

Snow White and the Huntsman

Anna Karenina

Old Favourites:

Harry Potter series,


Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory,

The Spy Who Loved Me,


What Richard Did,

Iron Man 2 and

Tron Legacy.


A host of one-off documentaries on inspirational blind adventurer Mark Pollock, legendary Dublin street photographer Arthur Fields, and singer/songwriter Shay Healy will also feature.

The RTÉ Sports Awards:

In association with The Irish Sports Council and presented by Darragh Maloney, viewers will see a host of Irish sporting stars in attendance for one of the best sport events of the year.


Four day's live coverage of the Christmas Festival

Christmas at The Zoo:

Narrator Tom Dunne joins the zookeepers for a day on the ice-rink after another busy year taking care of the animals at Dublin Zoo.

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