Thursday 22 March 2018

Gaybo and Mooney among festive highlights

CHRISTMAS highlights from RTE revealed last night include a 'For One Night Only' special in which Gay Byrne chats with The Dubliners on the eve of their 50th anniversary.

Meanwhile a seasonal edition of 'The Saturday Night Show' will feature more up-to-date stars from 'The X Factor' and reality show 'The Only Way Is Essex'. A more sombre 'The Queen's Speech' is an hour-long programme telling the inside story of the visit by Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland last May.

More state secrets will be revealed during 'In Behind Closed Doors -- 1981' in which reporter David McCullagh uncovers government documents from 1981, released under the 30-year-rule.

The year 2011 will be up for discussion on 'Now That's What You Called News', a countdown of some of the more colourful stories of the year, hosted by Craig Doyle.

In the 'RTE News Review of the Year', Bryan Dobson looks back on an extraordinary year, which began with the collapse of the Government and a general election, followed by the visits of the queen and President Barack Obama, as well as a dramatic presidential campaign.

Seasonal sports documentaries include 'Frank O'Farrell: The Shadow Of Busby', the story of the only Irishman to manage the most famous soccer team in the world, Man Utd; and 'Dublin v Kerry -- The Myth And The Magic' looks back at the epic Dublin v Kerry All Ireland Final.

Derek Mooney celebrates the Christmas season with 'Mooney Tunes', a unique collaboration between RTE Radio 1's Mooney Show and the RTE concert orchestra coming live from the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin.

Featuring special guests and a wonderful range of music chosen by the listeners, Mr Mooney will introduce each performance with the letters from listeners explaining why the featured songs and tunes mean so much to them.

'New Year's Eve Show Live' will feature some of the best of Irish talent.

Join Miriam O'Callaghan and a host of guests for the party of the year.

Irish Independent

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