Christ­mas Movie High­lights

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4.40-6.05pm BBC1


The Princess Bride

5.00-7pm TV3

Cars 2

6.20-8.15pm RTE One



Hunky Dory

10.30pm-12.15am BBC2


J Edgar

11.45pm-2.10am RTE One


Wall Street

2.10-4.10am RTE One

Flicka 2

5.25-7.05am C4

PREMIERE The Pi­rates! In an Ad­ven­ture with Sci­en­tists!

The bungling leader of a band of in­ept buc­ca­neers is de­ter­mined to prove his worth to his ri­vals and win the cov­eted Pi­rate of the Year award. An­i­mated com­edy, with the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Free­man, Imelda Staunton and David Ten­nant. (2012/U) A cyn­i­cal young­ster be­comes en­tranced by his grand­fa­ther’s mag­i­cal tales. Rob Reiner’s comic fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, with Cary El­wes, Robin Wright, Chris Saran­don, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Falk and Fred Sav­age. (1987/PG)

Rac­ing car Light­ning McQueen heads over­seas to com­pete in an in­ter­na­tional grand prix, with events in Bri­tain, Ja­pan and Italy. Pixar an­i­mated ad­ven­ture se­quel, with the voices of Owen Wilson and Michael Caine. (2011/U)

Snow White & the Huntsman 9.00-11.15pm RTE2; Also on Jan­uary 1: 8.00-10.30pm C4

An evil queen learns that her reign will last for ever if she kills a princess, so sends a renowned war­rior to find and mur­der her. Fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, with Kris­ten Ste­wart, Chris Hemsworth and Char­l­ize Theron. (2012/12)

Ide­al­is­tic drama teacher Vivi­enne is an out­sider among the cyn­i­cal staff and ap­a­thetic pupils of a 1970s south Wales school. Un­de­terred by gen­eral dis­in­ter­est and swel­ter­ing heat, she sets out to in­spire her class to stage a rock mu­si­cal based on Shake­speare’s The Tem­pest. Com­edy drama, with Min­nie Driver and Aneurin Barnard. (2011/15)

FBI founder J Edgar Hoover dic­tates his me­moirs to a young agent. He looks back on his 50-year ca­reer as one of Amer­ica’s most pow­er­ful and con­tro­ver­sial pub­lic fig­ures. Biopic, star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Ar­mie Ham­mer. (2011/15) An in­ex­pe­ri­enced fi­nan­cial trader is taken un­der the wing of a cor­rupt New York cor­po­rate raider, who draws him into the shady world of il­le­gal in­sider deal­ing. Oliver Stone’s Os­car-win­ning drama, star­ring Michael Dou­glas, fa­ther and son Martin and Charlie Sheen, Daryl Han­nah and Ter­ence Stamp. (1987/15)

Butch Cas­sidy and the Sundance Kid 2.45-4.35am C4; Also on De­cem­ber 29: 1.30-3.25am RTE2 Two no­to­ri­ous out­laws’ rou­tine of bank and train rob­beries is cut short when a seem­ingly un­stop­pable posse is formed to catch them. Western, star­ring Paul New­man, Robert Red­ford and Katharine Ross. (1969/PG)

A big city girl is far from happy when she is sent to live with her fa­ther on his ranch, but soon forms a close friend­ship with a free-spir­ited horse that makes her re­alise the im­por­tance of fam­ily. She also falls in love for the first time and ac­quires a jeal­ous ri­val. Fam­ily drama, star­ring Tam­min Sur­sok. (2010/PG)


The Sound of Mu­sic 2.40-5.45pm RTE One; Also on Jan­uary 2: 1.45-4.30pm BBC1 A cheer­ful novice nun is em­ployed as governess to the seven chil­dren of an aus­tere wi­d­ower. As she brings light, laugh­ter and a love of all things har­mo­nious to a fam­ily pre­vi­ously be­set by grief and strict dis­ci­pline she also falls in live with her em­ployer. But be­fore long, the loom­ing threat of the Sec­ond World War jeop­ar­dises their happy house­hold. Os­car-win­ning Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein mu­si­cal, star­ring Julie An­drews, Christo­pher Plum­mer and Eleanor Parker. (1965/U)

The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion

9.15pm-12.05am TV3 A banker is wrongly jailed for his wife’s mur­der and over the course of a life sen­tence he forms a close friend­ship with a fel­low in­mate. He also earns a po­si­tion of trust as book-keeper to the cor­rupt prison gov­er­nor – but makes an en­emy of his bene­fac­tor as he tries to clear his name. Frank Darabont’s drama, star­ring Tim Rob­bins, Mor­gan Free­man, Bob Gun­ton, Wil­liam Sadler, Clancy Brown and Gil Bel­lows. (1994/15) The Naked Gun: From the Files of Po­lice Squad!

12.45-2.15am RTE2 While in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing of a col­league, dis­as­ter-prone po­lice lieu­tenant Frank Dre­bin un­cov­ers a plot to as­sas­si­nate Queen El­iz­a­beth II dur­ing her visit to Los An­ge­les. How­ever, after he is sacked from the force by the mayor, the cop has to op­er­ate be­neath the radar to get to the bot­tom of the con­spir­acy. Com­edy, with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Pres­ley and Ricardo Mon­tal­ban. (1988/15)

The Raven

1.35-3.30am C4


A mad­man stalks 19th-cen­tury Bal­ti­more, act­ing out the mur­ders de­scribed in the gothic tales of Edgar Al­lan Poe. The de­tec­tive as­signed to the case seeks the help of Poe him­self in stop­ping the slaugh­ter, only for the writer to be­come per­son­ally in­volved when the woman he loves is kid­napped by the mur­derer. Thriller, star­ring John Cu­sack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve and Bren­dan Glee­son. (2012/15)


That’s En­ter­tain­ment!

7.55-10.15am RTE One Com­pi­la­tion of mo­ments from some of the great MGM mu­si­cals, such as The Wizard of Oz, Sin­gin’ in the Rain, and Meet Me in St Louis. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances from Frank Si­na­tra, Fred As­taire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Peter Law­ford, Judy Gar­land, Clark Gable, Ann Miller and Liza Min­nelli. (1974/U) ET: The Ex­tra-Ter­res­trial – 20th An­niver­sary Edi­tion

3.20-5.35pm Ul­ster A lonely boy be­friends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two de­velop a psy­chic con­nec­tion as the boy helps the alien to con­tact his own peo­ple and seek res­cue. How­ever, liv­ing on Earth be­gins to have a dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect on the vis­i­tor’s health, while a gov­ern­ment oper­a­tive is de­ter­mined to cap­ture him for study. Steven Spiel­berg’s sci-fi fan­tasy, star­ring Henry Thomas and Drew Bar­ry­more. (1982/U)

John Carter

6.00-8pm BBC2


An Amer­i­can Civil War sol­dier is trans­ported to an alien planet, which is also riven by con­flict. Fan­tasy ad­ven­ture based on Edgar Rice Bur­roughs’ se­ries of nov­els, star­ring Tay­lor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. Edited for day­time broad­cast. (2012/12)


10.30pm-12.35am RTE2


Doc­u­men­tary about the life of Brazil­ian For­mula One driver Ayr­ton Senna, ex­am­in­ing his achieve­ments on the track over a 10-year pe­riod that saw him crowned world cham­pion three times, un­til his death in a crash dur­ing the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Fea­tur­ing rare footage from the F1 ar­chives and con­tri­bu­tions from fel­low rac­ing stars in­clud­ing Alain Prost and Jackie Ste­wart. (2010/12)


Char­i­ots of Fire

9.55am-12.10pm RTE One Os­car-win­ning drama based on the true story of Bri­tish run­ners Eric Lid­dell and Harold Abra­hams, go­ing for gold at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Star­ring Ian Charleson, Ben Cross, Nigel Havers, John Giel­gud and Ian Holm. Van­ge­lis pro­vides the sound­track. (1981/U)

Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind

11.30am-2.15pm TV3 An elec­tri­cal re­pair­man sees a fleet of UFOs and de­vel­ops an in­creas­ing fascination with moun­tain-shaped forms, driv­ing his wife to despair. Mean­while, another woman has a sim­i­lar fix­a­tion after her son mys­te­ri­ously van­ishes, and a team of sci­en­tists in­ves­ti­gates a se­ries of strange events around the world. Steven Spiel­berg’s sci-fi drama, star­ring Richard Drey­fuss, Fran­cois Truf­faut and Teri Garr. (1977/PG)

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

12noon-1.50pm C4


A pro­fes­sor finds an aban­doned dog at a rail­way sta­tion. When no­body claims the dog, he per­suades his fam­ily to take it in them­selves. The dog be­comes the pro­fes­sor’s con­stant com­pan­ion, wait­ing at the sta­tion ev­ery time he goes away – but their re­la­tion­ship ends in tragedy. Fact-based fam­ily drama, with Richard Gere and Joan Allen. (2009/U)

Dr No

3.30-5.35pm Ul­ster James Bond trav­els to the Caribbean to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der of a fel­low agent, lead­ing to a con­fronta­tion with a mys­te­ri­ous crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind. The first in the long-run­ning spy thriller se­ries, star­ring Sean Con­nery, Ur­sula An­dress and Joseph Wise­man. (1962/PG)

In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade 3.35-5.45pm RTE One; Also on De­cem­ber 30: 3.35-5.35pm BBC1 The in­trepid ar­chae­ol­o­gist sets out to find his es­tranged fa­ther, who has gone miss­ing while search­ing for the Holy Grail. Ac­tion ad­ven­ture se­quel di­rected by Steven Spiel­berg, star­ring Har­ri­son Ford, Sean Con­nery, Ali­son Doody, River Phoenix and Den­holm El­liott. (1989/PG)

The Ital­ian Job

6.00-8pm C4 A crook as­sem­bles a mot­ley gang to steal £4mil­lion in gold bul­lion from an Ital­ian ar­moured car, which brings Turin to a stand­still and en­ables the robbers to make a quick get­away in a fleet of Minis – but they end up fall­ing foul of the Mafia along the way. Crime com­edy, star­ring Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Tony Beck­ley and John Le Mesurier. (1969/PG)

The Mup­pets

6.20-8pm BBC1


Three fans of the fa­mous pup­pet va­ri­ety show dis­cover a pow­er­ful busi­ness­man is go­ing to knock down the Mup­pet the­atre and drill for oil on the site. They track down front­man Ker­mit the frog and per­suade him to re­unite his co-stars, so they can put on one last per­for­mance to save the venue. Com­edy, star­ring Ja­son Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper, with songs by Bret McKen­zie (Flight of the Con­chords). (2011/U)

The Dark Knight Rises

9pm-12m’t RTE2


Bat­man has drifted into iso­lated re­tire­ment years after help­ing to rid Gotham City of or­gan­ised crime. He is lured into re­turn­ing to duty by an en­counter with an enig­matic thief, but his in­ves­ti­ga­tion leads to a far greater threat . Con­clu­sion of Christo­pher Nolan’s comic-book thriller tril­ogy, with Christian Bale, Anne Hath­away and Tom Hardy. (2012/12)

Atone­ment 11.15pm-1.20am Ul­ster; Also on Jan­uary 1: 9.30-11.45pm TG4 In 1935, 13-year-old Bri­ony Tal­lis dis­cov­ers the bur­geon­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween her older sis­ter Ce­cilia and Rob­bie Turner, a ser­vant’s son whom she has a crush on her­self. The teenager be­comes in­creas­ingly jeal­ous of the pair and spite­fully ac­cuses him of a crime he did not com­mit, un­aware her ac­tions will have tragic reper­cus­sions. Joe Wright’s ro­man­tic pe­riod drama, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, star­ring Keira Knight­ley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ro­nan and Ro­mola Garai. (2007/15)


12m’t-1.40am BBC2 An un­der­cover agent falls for the so­cialite daugh­ter of a con­victed Ger­man spy and per­suades her to feed him in­for­ma­tion about the ac­tiv­i­ties of a group of Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors in Brazil – a dan­ger­ous decision that threat­ens to cost the girl her life as the leader of the gang draws closer to un­cov­er­ing her se­cret. Al­fred Hitch­cock’s thriller, star­ring Cary Grant, In­grid Bergman, Claude Rains and Louis Cal­h­ern. (1946/U)


Space Chimps 2: Zar­tog Strikes Back

10.55am-12.30pm C4


A chimp work­ing at ground con­trol on the space pro­gram longs to be an astro­naut, and gets his wish when he is ac­ci­den­tally blasted into space. As his fel­low apes try to find a way to bring him home, an evil alien tyrant es­capes from cap­tiv­ity seek­ing re­venge. An­i­mated sci-fi com­edy se­quel, with the voices of Zack Shada and Tom Kenny. (2010/U)

I Am David

5.05-6.42pm TG4


A boy es­capes from a con­cen­tra­tion camp in the af­ter­math of the Sec­ond World War. Hav­ing grown up in cap­tiv­ity, he barely knows life beyond the cru­elty of the camp and grad­u­ally dis­cov­ers there is more to life than hard­ship as he trav­els across Europe. Drama based on Anne Holm’s novel, star­ring Ben Tib­ber, Jim Caviezel and Joan Plowright. (2003/PG) Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows: Part 2 8.00-10.30pm Ul­ster; Also on Jan­uary 2: 5.15-7.30pm RTE2; Also on Jan­uary 4: 4.30-6.42pm TG4 The young wizard con­tin­ues his search for the arte­facts con­tain­ing frag­ments of the dark lord Volde­mort’s soul. Time is run­ning out, as the evil sor­cerer is aware of Harry’s mis­sion, and mar­shals his forces for a fi­nal, dev­as­tat­ing at­tack on Harry and his friends. Con­clu­sion of the fan­tasy saga, with Daniel Rad­cliffe, Ralph Fi­ennes, Ru­pert Grint, Emma Wat­son and Alan Rick­man. (2011/12)

The Look of Love

10.20pm-12.20am C4


Fact-based drama fol­low­ing the life of en­tre­pre­neur Paul Ray­mond, who be­came Bri­tain’s rich­est man through an em­pire of strip clubs and pornog­ra­phy pub­lish­ing, and his re­la­tion­ships with three women – his chore­og­ra­pher wife, his glam­our model lover and the daugh­ter he hoped would be­come his heir. Star­ring Steve Coogan, Anna Friel and Imo­gen Poots. (2013/18)

The Grad­u­ate

12.35-2.35am RTE One A naive col­lege grad­u­ate, hailed as a ge­nius by his over­bear­ing par­ents, is se­duced by the mid­dle-aged wife of his fa­ther’s business part­ner – but later falls in love with her daugh­ter. Os­car-win­ning com­edy drama, star­ring Dustin Hoff­man, Anne Ban­croft and Katharine Ross, with a sound­track by Si­mon and Gar­funkel. (1967/15)


2.10-4.05am C4 Pub­lic school­boys ex­press their con­tempt for the in­sti­tu­tion in small acts of re­bel­lion, but their non-con­for­mity is greeted with harsh pun­ish­ment, prompt­ing them to adopt more ex­treme meth­ods. Lind­say An­der­son’s surreal satir­i­cal drama, the first of three films star­ring Mal­colm McDow­ell as icon­o­clas­tic anti-hero Mick Travis. With David Wood and Richard War­wick. (1968/15)

Sin­gin’ in the Rain, BBC2,

St Stephen’s Day

The Mup­pets, BBC1, Mon­day Dec 29

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