Christ­mas Movie High­lights

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Mistle­toe Over Man­hat­tan

8.35-9.05am RTE One

PREMIERE Santa Claus’s wife goes to New York to per­form a Christ­mas mir­a­cle and give her hus­band fresh in­spi­ra­tion. Sea­sonal fan­tasy, star­ring Tri­cia Helfer and Greg Bryk. (2011/PG)

White Christ­mas 11.50am-2.10pm C4; Also on Christ­mas Day: 10.20am-12.45pm TV3 A pair of for­mer sol­diers start a new ca­reer as night­club en­ter­tain­ers. They try to boost the pop­u­lar­ity of their old com­mand­ing of­fi­cer’s strug­gling win­ter re­sort in Ver­mont by stag­ing a se­ries of ex­trav­a­gant shows. Mu­si­cal, star­ring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jag­ger, Sig Ru­mann and Mary Wickes, fea­tur­ing sea­sonal songs by Irv­ing Berlin. (1954/U)

The Rail­way Chil­dren

2.55-5pm Ul­ster Three Ed­war­dian chil­dren are forced to leave their com­fort­able mid­dle-class London home and move to the wilds of York­shire after their fa­ther is wrong­fully im­pris­oned for trea­son. Fam­ily drama adapted from E Nes­bit’s story, star­ring Jenny Agut­ter, Sally Thom­sett, Di­nah Sheri­dan, Bernard Crib­bins and Iain Cuth­bert­son. (1970/U)


4.00-5.15pm BBC1

PREMIERE An or­phan is forced to live a life of servi­tude by her cruel step­mother. Dis­ney an­i­mated fairy­tale, with the voices of Ilene Woods, Wil­liam Phipps and Verna Fel­ton. (1950/U)

The Tree of Life

1.55-4.15am C4 A boy liv­ing in 1950s Texas grows up to be­come a dis­il­lu­sioned adult. On the an­niver­sary of his brother’s death, he ques­tions his re­la­tion­ship with his stern fa­ther. Ter­rence Mal­ick’s drama, star­ring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Hunter McCracken and Jessica Chas­tain. (2011/12)


The Case for Christ­mas

8.50-10.35am RTE One

PREMIERE A greedy business mogul is still bit­ter about not re­ceiv­ing the presents he wanted as a child, so de­cides to sue Santa Claus. Fes­tive com­edy, star­ring Dean Cain. (2011/PG)

Mars Needs Moms

9.00-10.30am BBC1

PREMIERE A nine-year-old boy sees a space­craft land and kid­nap his mother. He stows away on board as the ship trav­els back to the aliens’ Mars home­land. An­i­mated sci-fi ad­ven­ture, with the voices of Seth Robert Dusky, Dan Fogler and Joan Cu­sack. (2011/PG)

The King’s Speech

9.35-11.40pm RTE One The younger son of George V strug­gles to cope with an un­con­trol­lable stam­mer, prompt­ing his wife to en­list the aid of an ec­cen­tric Aus­tralian speech ther­a­pist. Os­car-win­ning fact-based drama, star­ring Colin Firth, Ge­of­frey Rush, He­lena Bon­ham Carter and Guy Pearce. (2010/12)

Hon­ey­moon for One

10.00-11.45pm TV3

PREMIERE A woman learns her fiance is hav­ing an af­fair, so breaks off the en­gage­ment and heads to Ire­land on hon­ey­moon by her­self. Ro­man­tic drama, with Ni­col­lette Sheri­dan, Greg Wise and Pa­trick Baladi. (2011/PG)


The Iron Gi­ant

10.10-11.50am C4 A huge ro­bot falls from outer space and crash-lands in a small Amer­i­can town, terrifying the lo­cals with its fear­some ap­pear­ance. Fam­ily an­i­mated ad­ven­ture based on the chil­dren’s story by poet Ted Hughes. With the voices of Vin Diesel, Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Harry Con­nick Jr. (1999/U)


11am-12.30pm BBC1 In the far fu­ture, waste col­lec­tion ro­bot WALL.E is the only unit left to clean up a des­o­late and di­lap­i­dated Earth. But when a survey droid ar­rives to search for any signs of life, WALL.E is love­struck and hitches a ride on the space­ship sent to col­lect her. Pixar an­i­mated sci-fi ad­ven­ture, with the voices of Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight and Sigour­ney Weaver. (2008/U)

Big Mir­a­cle

12.30-2.35pmPREMIERE A re­porterC4 and an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist dis­cover a fam­ily of whales has be­come trapped by rapidly form­ing ice in the Arc­tic cir­cle. They or­gan­ise a coali­tion of un­likely al­lies, in­clud­ing Alaskan na­tives, oil ty­coons and the Rus­sian and Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, to pool their re­sources and res­cue the an­i­mals. Fact-based drama, star­ring Drew Bar­ry­more, John Krasin­ski, Ted Dan­son and Kris­ten Bell. Edited for lan­guage. (2012/PG)

One Hun­dred and One Dal­ma­tians

4.45-6.05pm BBC1

PREMIERE A fash­ion-mad woman longs to make a coat out of dal­ma­tian skin, and re­sorts to kid­nap­ping her friend’s lit­ter of pup­pies, along with sev­eral other dogs. Dis­ney an­i­mated ad­ven­ture based on Dodie Smith’s novel, with the voices of Betty Lou Ger­son and Rod Tay­lor. (1961/U)

Toy Story 3 6.25-8pm BBC1; Also on Jan­uary 3: 7.05-9.05pm RTE One Woody, Buzz and the other toys ac­ci­dently end up in a day­care cen­tre when their owner grows up. At first this seems like the per­fect new home for them, but when they re­alise the dan­gers lurk­ing un­der the sur­face, they be­gin to for­mu­late an es­cape plan. Pixar an­i­mated ad­ven­ture se­quel, with the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cu­sack, Michael Keaton and Ned Beatty. (2010/U)

War Horse

7.25-10pm RTE2

PREMIERE A farmer’s son forms a close bond with a horse he trains, but is forced to give the an­i­mal up when it is sold to the Bri­tish army dur­ing the First World War. The horse passes through var­i­ous own­ers on both sides as he trav­els across the bat­tle­fields of France, while the boy re­fuses to give up on be­ing re­united. Steven Spiel­berg’s drama based on Michael Mor­purgo’s book, star­ring Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hid­dle­ston and Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch. (2011/12)

Skyfall 8.00-10.45pm Ul­ster; Also on St Stephen’s Day: 9.10-11.40pm RTE One

PREMIERE James Bond pur­sues a mys­te­ri­ous crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind who has or­ches­trated a ter­ror­ist at­tack on MI6 head­quar­ters and ex­posed the iden­ti­ties of un­der­cover agents around the world. Ac­tion thriller, star­ring Daniel Craig, Javier Bar­dem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fi­ennes. (2012/12)

Avengers As­sem­ble 8.40-11.10pm RTE One; Also on St Stephen’s Day: 8.30-10.40pm BBC1

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. Ac­tion ad­ven­ture unit­ing the Mar­vel comic-book char­ac­ters, star­ring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruf­falo, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Tom Hid­dle­ston, Jeremy Ren­ner and Sa­muel L Jack­son. (2012/12)

Un­der­tak­ing Betty

10.00-11.35pm TG4

PREMIERE A woman des­per­ate to es­cape an un­happy mar­riage per­suades an old flame, now a fu­neral di­rec­tor, to help her fake her death. As he plans a sim­ple cer­e­mony to com­plete the de­cep­tion, a ri­val un­der­taker makes his pres­ence felt. Com­edy, star­ring Al­fred Molina, Christo­pher Walken and Brenda Blethyn. (2002/15)


8.55-10.45amPREMIEREAn­i­mals Unit­edA li­onC4 and a meerkat go in search of sup­ply.wa­ter after An­i­mat­edthe build­ing com­edy of witha dam the cuts voices off of their James Joanna Cor­den, Lum­ley. Stephen (2010/U) Fry, Jim Broad­bent and

Back 10.55am-1.10pmto the Fu­ture Ul­ster Teenagerin a time ma­chineMarty McFly built trav­elsby his ec­cen­tricback to the in­ven­tor 1950s friend.J Fox, Christo­pherSci-fi com­edy Lloyd ad­ven­ture,and Crispin star­ring Glover. Michael (1985/PG)

The Se­cret of Kells

11.45am-1.05pmA boy liv­ing in a me­dievalTG4 monastery un­der con­stant at­tack by Vik­ing raiders ac­quires an un­fin­ished book of mys­ti­cal knowl­edge. An­i­mated fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, with the voices of Evan McGuire and Bren­dan Glee­son. (2009/PG)

Puss in Boots

3.10-4.40pm BBC1, 3.40-5pm RTE One

PREMIERE The swash­buck­ling fe­line joins forces with a cun­ning thief and a treach­er­ous old friend to steal a mag­i­cal golden goose from a gi­ant’s cas­tle. An­i­mated com­edy spin-off from the Shrek movies, with the voices of An­to­nio Ban­deras and Salma Hayek. (2011/U)

It’s a Won­der­ful Life

3.50-6pm RTE2 A hard-work­ing, small-town busi­ness­man comes to think his life has been a com­plete waste of time and tries to com­mit sui­cide. At the last minute, his guardian an­gel pays him a visit and makes him re­alise his true worth. Fan­tasy drama, star­ring James Ste­wart, Donna Reed, Lionel Bar­ry­more, Henry Travers and Frank Faylen. (1946/U)

Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 5.00-6.20pm RTE One; Also on De­cem­ber 30: 6.05-7.30pm BBC1

PREMIERE The es­caped zoo an­i­mals con­tinue their quest to get back to their New York home. An­i­mated com­edy, with the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Sch­wim­mer and Jada Pin­kett Smith. In­cludes at 18.00 The An­gelus. (2012/PG)

Arthur Christ­mas

6.00-8pm C4

PREMIERE Santa Claus’ gift-giv­ing rou­tine has de­vel­oped into a com­plex hi-tech op­er­a­tion. How­ever, when one girl is ac­ci­den­tally missed out, his youngest son Arthur takes con­trol of the fam­ily sleigh to de­liver her gifts the old-fash­ioned way. An­i­mated com­edy, with the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broad­bent and Bill Nighy. (2011/U)


10.40pm-12.30am RTE One

PREMIERE Six Americans es­cape the seizure of the em­bassy in Tehran as the 1979 Ira­nian revo­lu­tion erupts, but re­main fugi­tives within the coun­try. A CIA oper­a­tive hatches an au­da­cious plan to ar­range for a fake movie to be filmed in the coun­try, us­ing the shoot as cover for a res­cue mis­sion. Os­car-win­ning fact-based drama, di­rected by and star­ring Ben Af­fleck. With Alan Arkin and John Good­man. (2012/15)

Anna Karen­ina

10.40pm-12.40am RTE2

PREMIERE The wife of a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial trav­els to Moscow to save her brother’s mar­riage. Pe­riod drama based on Leo Tol­stoy’s novel, star­ring Keira Knight­ley, Jude Law and Aaron Tay­lor-John­son. (2012/12)

The Big Le­bowski

11.10pm-1.05am TG4 A case of mis­taken iden­tity forces an age­ing hip­pie to di­vide his time be­tween try­ing to win a bowl­ing tour­na­ment and search­ing for a wealthy in­dus­tri­al­ist’s kid­napped wife. The Coen brothers’ com­edy, star­ring Jeff Bridges, John Good­man, Ju­lianne Moore, Steve Buscemi Philip Seymour Hoff­man and John Tur­turro. (1998/18)

Coco Be­fore Chanel

2.40-4.25am RTE2

PREMIERE Biopic fol­low­ing the fash­ion de­signer’s for­ma­tive years, from her child­hood in an or­phan­age to her time work­ing as a singer and seam­stress in a cabaret club. With Au­drey Tautou. In French and English. (2009/12)


A North 8.10-10.40am­suave By ad­ver­tis­ing North­west­RTE One ex­ec­u­tive is mis­taken for an finds Amer­i­can him­self in­tel­li­gence­drawn into agenta worldby a of for­eign es­pi­onage­spy and and ad­ven­ture.Cary Grant, Al­fred James Hitch­cock’sMa­son, Eva thriller,Marie Saint, star­ring Leo G Car­roll and Martin Lan­dau. (1959/PG)

Pinoc­chio 9.00-10.25am BBC1 comesA lonely true old when toy-maker’sa kindly dream­fairy bring­sof hav­ing one a of son his fea­tur­ing­pup­pets to the life. voices Dis­ney of an­i­mat­edDick Jones, ad­ven­ture, Christian Rub and Cliff Ed­wards. (1940/U)

Farewell Mr Kringle

11am-12.45pm TV3

PREMIERE A wid­owed jour­nal­ist re­luc­tantly takes on an as­sign­ment to in­ter­view a Santa Claus im­per­son­ator liv­ing in a Christ­mas-themed town. She is in­spired by the fes­tive spirit dis­played by both the man in red and his neigh­bours, and con­sid­ers fi­nally putting her loss be­hind her. Drama, with Chris­tine Tay­lor and Wil­liam Mor­gan Shep­pard. (2010/PG)

On the Town

11.40am-1.15pm BBC2 Mu­si­cal fol­low­ing three sailors who are out for a good time while on a day’s shore leave in New York. With Gene Kelly, Frank Si­na­tra and Jules Mun­shin. (1949/U)

To Kill a Mock­ing­bird

12.50-3.15pm TG4 A lawyer risks the wrath of his neigh­bours in a racially di­vided back­wa­ter in Alabama by agree­ing to de­fend a black man on a rape charge. Os­car-win­ning, De­pres­sion-era drama based on the clas­sic novel by Harper Lee, star­ring Gre­gory Peck, Robert Du­vall, Mary Bad­ham and Phillip Al­ford. (1962/PG)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1.25-3.30pm RTE One; Also on De­cem­ber 28: 3.45-5.35pm BBC1 In­trepid ar­chae­ol­o­gist In­di­ana Jones goes in search of the leg­endary Ark of the Covenant, a bib­li­cal arte­fact of dev­as­tat­ing power. Steven Spiel­berg’s ac­tion ad­ven­ture, with Har­ri­son Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Free­man and John Rhys-Davies. (1981/PG)

Sin­gin’ in the Rain

1.50-3.30pm BBC2 A silent-movie star tries to win the heart of an as­pir­ing ac­tress as the in­tro­duc­tion of sound changes the film business for ever. How­ever, his fre­quent on-screen love in­ter­est does not take kindly to this real-life ro­mance. Mu­si­cal com­edy, star­ring Gene Kelly, Deb­bie Reynolds, Don­ald O’Con­nor, Jean Ha­gen and Mil­lard Mitchell. Songs in­clude Make ’em Laugh, You Are My Lucky Star and the ti­tle num­ber. (1952/U)

The Wizard of Oz 2.55-5pm TV3; Also on Jan­uary 1: 4.10-6.10pm C4 Young­ster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tor­nado into the mag­i­cal land of Oz, where she in­ad­ver­tently kills a wicked witch – in­cur­ring the wrath of another. Set­ting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her jour­ney by a scare­crow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Mu­si­cal fan­tasy, with Judy Gar­land, Ray Bol­ger, Jack Ha­ley, Bert Lahr and Frank Mor­gan. (1939/U)

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