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frank O'Farrell: The Shadow of Busby

RTE1, 10.35pm

The only Irishman to have managed the greatest football club in the world was Frank O'Farrell. His short-lived stint at Manchester United is explored for the first time as the Cork native who was hired to replace Sir Matt Busby tells his story. Must-see TV for United fans.

the year that was

Paddy's 2011 Show and Telly

UTV, 10.15pm End-of-year quiz show featuring celebrities we've probably never heard of and hosted by the bloke from the staggeringly awful Take Me Out (Paddy McGuiness, left -- Peter Kay's mate).

Sounds like fun.

made in the usa

Bruce Springsteen: The Promise -- The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town

TG4, 1am Another chance to see this wonderful documentary that captures Springsteen and The E Street Band hard at work in the studio as they go about recording the follow-up to 1975's career-defining Born to Run.

This should definitely be well worth staying up late for.

sports replay

Sports Review of the Year

RTE2, 8pm Darren Frehill looks back on a year in which the Leinster rugby team made the greatest comeback in Heineken Cup Final history, Dublin took home the Sam Maguire, and the Irish soccer team actually qualified for something.