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Staying in tonight? Here's the best of what's on the box


It's Christmas Eve. You've done your boozing. Get wrapping and when you're finished, check out one of these programmes

Avengers Assemble

RTE One, 8.40pm (2012, Science Fiction) Premiere.

A mystical artefact is stolen from a top-secret military base by Thor’s brother Loki, who plans to use it to bring about an alien invasion. Spymaster Nick Fury brings together a team of superheroes, including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk. Starring Scarlett Johansson (pictured) and Robert Downey Jnr.


Fair City

RTE One, 7.15pm

A guilty Mondo panics about Juliet’s present, Charlie continues to push people away, and Niamh feels torn between Michael and her children. Meanwhile, Pete and Jackie reminisce.


The Mario Rosenstock Christmas Special

RTE Two, 10pm

After a sold-out national tour, the comedian brings his favourite impressions and funniest characters back to the screen for one night only. Featuring the funnyman’s takes on Francis Brennan, Enda Kenny and Miriam O’Callaghan as well as Bono and the Edge, Mary Lou McDonald and Garth Brooks.



Channel 4, 9.30pm

A chance to see some of the best moments from the past year of the reality show, featuring the UK’s favourite armchair critics. Leon and June, Steph and Dom, Christopher and Stephen, and Sandy and Sandra provide a sharp, insightful and sometimes emotional running commentary on popular TV, from Saturday night entertainment and the soaps, to hard-hitting documentaries and gritty drama.


Not Going Out Christmas Special

BBC One, 9.30pm

The will-they-won’t-they tension between Lee and Lucy reaches new highs in this epic finale for Christmas, which series creator Lee Mack has suggested will be the last-ever episode.



UTV, 7pm

Having been ordered by Moira to move out immediately, Charity pleads with Cain, but she’s thrown when he takes his wife’s side. Later, PC Swirling arrives to discuss some CCTV footage concerning the missing car, and overhearing the conversation, Charity is confused by Cain’s story and wonders what is rattling him. Bernice struggles with her emotions the day before Andy’s wedding, while the groom ends up fighting with Robert during his stag do and asks him to stay away from the ceremony. Lachlan offers Belle a legal high for her birthday.