Christ­mas Movie High­lights

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Doc­tor Zhivago

8.25-11.55am RTE One

Shadow of a Doubt

10.30am-12.15pm BBC2


1.10-2.50pm BBC1


3.25-5.35pm Ul­ster


7.00-9.30pm RTE2

The Help



1.00-2.35am RTE2

NEW YEAR’S EVE A mar­ried Rus­sian physi­cian falls in love with another woman, but as their pas­sion­ate af­fair plays out against the rag­ing back­drop of the First World War and the Bol­she­vik revo­lu­tion, he is torn be­tween his de­sires and his loy­alty to his wife. David Lean’s epic drama based on Boris Paster­nak’s novel, star­ring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie and Geral­dine Chap­lin. (1965/PG) A teenager is thrilled by her beloved un­cle’s un­ex­pected visit – but her sus­pi­cions are grad­u­ally aroused by his odd be­hav­iour. When she sees him tear­ing an ar­ti­cle out of the news­pa­per about a man who mar­ries rich wid­ows and mur­ders them for their money, she fears he is the killer in ques­tion. Al­fred Hitch­cock’s mys­tery thriller, star­ring Joseph Cot­ten, Teresa Wright and Hume Cronyn. (1943/PG) A rat finds his love of fine food has made him an out­cast to his less dis­cern­ing fam­ily. Sep­a­rated from his fel­low ro­dents by a storm, he winds up in a fa­mous French restau­rant, where he helps an in­com­pe­tent kitchen as­sis­tant be­come the great­est chef in Paris. Pixar an­i­mated com­edy from the di­rec­tor of The In­cred­i­bles, with the voices of Pat­ton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Lou Ro­mano and Peter O’Toole. (2007/U) James Bond is as­signed to in­ves­ti­gate a no­to­ri­ous Ger­man gold smug­gler and dis­cov­ers his quarry has am­bi­tions much greater than first sus­pected. Pur­su­ing the crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind around the world, Bond un­cov­ers the vil­lain’s au­da­cious scheme to de­stroy the global econ­omy with a dar­ing at­tack on Fort Knox. Spy ad­ven­ture, star­ring Sean Con­nery, Gert Frobe and Honor Black­man. (1964/PG) A fledg­ling su­per­hero crash-lands on Earth after evac­u­a­tion from his home planet and is taken in by an el­derly cou­ple who raise him as their own. But with ado­les­cence comes a greater un­der­stand­ing of his su­per­hu­man pow­ers, lead­ing to his re­birth as a cru­sader for jus­tice and de­fender of the Amer­i­can way of life. Comic-strip ad­ven­ture, with Christo­pher Reeve, Gene Hack­man and Mar­lon Brando. (1978/PG) 8.30-10.45pm BBC2; Also on Jan­uary 2: 9.30pm-12.10am RTE One

An as­pir­ing jour­nal­ist re­turns to her Mis­sis­sippi home in the 1960s and be­gins doc­u­ment­ing the lives of black ser­vants work­ing for wealthy white fam­i­lies. Drama based on Kathryn Stock­ett’s novel, star­ring Emma Stone, Vi­ola Davis, Bryce Dal­las Howard and an Os­car-win­ning Oc­tavia Spencer. (2011/12) The pas­sen­gers on board an ill-fated air­liner be­come in­creas­ingly jit­tery when the flight crew floun­der dur­ing a food-poi­son­ing cri­sis. As ground con­trol per­son­nel strug­gle hero­ically to en­sure the plane lands safely, a trau­ma­tised war veteran must face his fear to take the con­trols. Spoof dis­as­ter movie, with Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges. (1980/PG)


The Lavender Hill Mob

8.30-9.50am BBC2 An unas­sum­ing bank worker mas­ter­minds a plot to steal £1mil­lion in gold bul­lion, then melts it down and turns it into stat­ues of the Eif­fel Tower that can eas­ily be ex­ported – but the plan soon goes awry, with hi­lar­i­ous re­sults. Eal­ing com­edy, star­ring Alec Guin­ness, Stan­ley Hol­loway, Sid James and Au­drey Hep­burn. (1951/U)

A Hard Day’s Night

9.50-11.15am BBC2 The Bea­tles, ha­rassed by their man­ager and Paul’s grand­fa­ther, em­bark on a train jour­ney to London for a TV show, but find them­selves dogged by all man­ner of prob­lems. Mu­si­cal com­edy, star­ring the Fab Four along­side Wil­frid Bram­bell and Vic­tor Spinetti. Songs in­clude Can’t Buy Me Love, Don’t Bother Me and the ti­tle track. (1964/U)

The Spy Next Door

12.40-2.40pm TV3


A Chi­nese se­cret agent falls in love with a sin­gle mother while help­ing the CIA ap­pre­hend a ter­ror­ist, and de­cides to quit the es­pi­onage business. He of­fers to look after her three kids, but strug­gles to cope – and to make mat­ters worse, the ter­ror­ist es­capes from prison. Com­edy, with Jackie Chan. (2010/PG)

The Best Years of Our Lives

1.05-4.12pm TG4 Three ser­vice­men re­turn home fol­low­ing the Sec­ond World War, but strug­gle with re­sum­ing their old lives. Drama, star­ring Fredric March, Dana An­drews, Harold Rus­sell, Myrna Loy and Vir­ginia Mayo. (1946/U)

Mary Pop­pins

2.10-4.25pm BBC1 A prac­ti­cally per­fect Ed­war­dian nanny brings mag­i­cal fun, laugh­ter and ad­ven­ture into the hum­drum lives of a young brother and sis­ter. Dis­ney’s mu­si­cal fan­tasy based on PL Travers’ novel, star­ring Julie An­drews, Dick Van Dyke, Gly­nis Johns and David Tom­lin­son. (1964/U) The Ad­ven­tures of Tintin: The Se­cret of the Uni­corn

4.25-6.05pm BBC1


A re­porter’s pur­chase of a model ship brings him un­der threat from a ruth­less crim­i­nal, as it is one of a se­ries of clues to the lo­ca­tion of the real ves­sel, which holds a pi­rate’s lost trea­sure. An­i­mated ad­ven­ture based on the comic-strip se­ries, with the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig. (2011/PG)


9.00-10.30pm BBC2


Three for­mer opera singers pre­pare for their an­nual con­cert to mark Verdi’s birth­day and raise funds for their re­tire­ment home. How­ever, this year, a fa­mous diva has joined the group, and her his­tory with the oth­ers threat­ens the per­for­mance. Com­edy drama, di­rected by Dustin Hoff­man and star­ring Mag­gie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courte­nay, Pauline Collins and Michael Gam­bon. (2012/12)

The Dark Knight

9.00-11.55pm Ul­ster


In the se­quel to Bat­man Be­gins, the masked hero finds a new ally in his war on or­gan­ised crime in Gotham City’s cru­sad­ing new dis­trict at­tor­ney, Har­vey Dent. Comic-book thriller, star­ring Christian Bale, Aaron Eck­hart and an Os­car-win­ning Heath Ledger. (2008/12)

Django Un­chained

9.20pm-12.25am RTE One


A slave named Django is tracked down by ec­cen­tric Ger­man bounty hunter Dr King Schultz, who of­fers him his free­dom in ex­change for help bring­ing three crim­i­nals to jus­tice. Quentin Tarantino’s Os­car-win­ning Western, star­ring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sa­muel L Jack­son. (2012/18)


10.30pm-1.15am RTE2


Doc­u­men­tary about the life of Bob Mar­ley, ex­am­in­ing the reg­gae singer’s rise to in­ter­na­tional fame and the way in which his mu­sic has con­tin­ued to have an im­pact around the world since his death. Fea­tur­ing con­tri­bu­tions from fam­ily mem­bers, band­mate Neville “Bunny Wailer” Liv­ingston and fel­low reg­gae artists Jimmy Cliff and Lee “Scratch” Perry. (2012/15)

LA Con­fi­den­tial

12.25-2.45am RTE One Three cops – an am­bi­tious rookie, a hard-boiled veteran and a smooth character – in­ves­ti­gate a corpse-strewn blood­bath in a diner. Thriller set in 1950s Hol­ly­wood, with Rus­sell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and an Os­car-win­ning Kim Basinger. (1997/18)

The God­fa­ther 12.35-3.30am C4; Also on Jan­uary 3: 9pm-12.15am RTE2 The pa­tri­arch of the Cor­leone crime fam­ily is hos­pi­talised after an at­tempt on his life and en­trusts con­trol of his business to his three sons. Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s gang­ster drama, star­ring Mar­lon Brando, Al Pa­cino, James Caan, John Cazale, Talia Shire and Diane Keaton. (1972/15)


1.15-3.10am RTE2 A woman on the run after steal­ing from her boss ends up at an iso­lated mo­tel, where the owner’s cu­ri­ous re­la­tion­ship with his dom­i­neer­ing mother re­sults in mur­der. Al­fred Hitch­cock’s psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller, star­ring An­thony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles and John McIn­tire. (1960/15)


Gone with the Wind

7.15-11.15am RTE One A re­source­ful plan­ta­tion heiress strug­gles to support her­self through a se­ries of chal­lenges dur­ing the chaos of the Amer­i­can Civil War and the sub­se­quent restora­tion. Epic ro­man­tic drama based on Mar­garet Mitchell’s novel, star­ring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Hav­il­land and Hat­tie McDaniel. (1939/PG)

Guys and Dolls

12.55-3.40pm TG4 A gam­bler ac­cepts a bet that he can­not win the heart of a strait-laced Sal­va­tion Army mem­ber. Mu­si­cal, star­ring Frank Si­na­tra, Mar­lon Brando and Jean Sim­mons. Songs in­clude Luck Be a Lady Tonight and Sit Down You’re Rock­ing the Boat. (1955/PG)

You Only Live Twice

2.40-5pm Ul­ster James Bond is sent on a mis­sion to un­cover the truth be­hind the dis­ap­pear­ances of Soviet and Amer­i­can space cap­sules be­fore the mu­tu­ally sus­pi­cious su­per­pow­ers go to war. Spy thriller, star­ring Sean Con­nery, Don­ald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi and Bernard Lee. (1967/PG)


4.30-6pm BBC1 An old man at­taches thou­sands of bal­loons to his house so he can fly it to South Amer­ica. Pixar an­i­mated ad­ven­ture, with the voices of Ed As­ner, Jor­dan Na­gai and Christo­pher Plum­mer. (2009/U)

Dol­phin Tale

4.40-6.42pm TG4


A boy be­friends a dol­phin in­jured by a crab trap, and helps a marine bi­ol­o­gist look after it. The dol­phin’s tail has to be am­pu­tated, so the young­ster de­cides to ask the doc­tor who built his brother’s ar­ti­fi­cial leg whether he can build a pros­thetic flip­per. Fam­ily drama, star­ring Nathan Gam­ble, Harry Con­nick Jr, Ash­ley Judd and Mor­gan Free­man. (2011/U)

Trans­form­ers: Dark of the Moon

7.00-10pm TV3


The heroic au­to­bots dis­cover that a space­ship from their own planet crashed into the moon decades ago, car­ry­ing their for­mer leader and an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful de­vice. Sci-fi ad­ven­ture se­quel, with Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Rosie Hunt­ing­ton-White­ley. (2011/12)

I Love You Phillip Mor­ris

9.00-10.45pm RTE2


A gay con­man keeps his crim­i­nal ca­reer and his sex­u­al­ity a se­cret from his fam­ily, un­til he ends up in prison for fraud. While serv­ing his sen­tence, he falls madly in love with a fel­low con­vict. Fact-based ro­man­tic com­edy drama, with Jim Car­rey and Ewan McGregor. (2009/15)


12.05-1.20am BBC2 Two col­lege in­tel­lec­tu­als de­cide to mur­der a fel­low stu­dent just to prove they can com­mit the per­fect crime. Hitch­cock thriller, star­ring Far­ley Granger and James Ste­wart. (1948/PG)

The God­fa­ther: Part II

12.10-3.40am C4 Mafia don Michael Cor­leone sets out to clinch a make-or-break deal with an age­ing gang­ster. Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s Os­car-win­ning crime drama se­quel, with Al Pa­cino, Robert De Niro, Robert Du­vall, Diane Keaton, John Cazale, Michael V Gazzo and Lee Stras­berg. (1974/18)


Al­bert Nobbs

9.00-10.45pm BBC2


A woman in 19th-cen­tury Ire­land has lived in dis­guise as a man for 30 years. She meets a mar­ried house painter whom she dis­cov­ers is a fel­low cross-dresser, and is in­spired by her new friend’s happy life to seek a wife of her own. Pe­riod drama, star­ring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska and Janet McTeer. (2011/15)

That’s My Boy

9.00-11.25pm TV3


A teenager fa­thers a child and raises him alone, but when the boy grows up, he no longer wants any­thing to do with his drunken, ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ent. Com­edy, star­ring Adam San­dler and Andy Sam­berg. (2012/15)

The Hang­over

9.30-11.30pm Ul­ster


Three men on a stag week­end in Las Ve­gas wake up after a night of heavy drink­ing and find they have not only misplaced the groom, but some­how gained a tiger and a baby. Com­edy, star­ring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis. (2009/15)

Dog Day Af­ter­noon

11.45pm-1.55am Ul­ster Hap­less Sonny and his side­kick Sal have a plan to rob a Brook­lyn bank. The novice crooks thought they would be in and out in 10 min­utes, but in­stead find them­selves stuck in an on­go­ing hostage sit­u­a­tion. Sid­ney Lumet’s fact-based drama, star­ring Al Pa­cino, John Cazale and Charles Durn­ing. (1975/15)

At­lantic City

1.15-3.05am RTE2 A washed-up age­ing petty crook finds him­self drawn into a dan­ger­ous world of drug deal­ing and con­flict with the Mafia. Drama, star­ring Burt Lan­caster, Susan Saran­don, Robert Joy and Kate Reid. (1980/15)


1.25-3.20am TV3


A cou­ple vis­it­ing a friend in Los An­ge­les end up in the mid­dle of an alien in­va­sion. Sci-fi thriller, with Eric Bal­four and Scottie Thomp­son. (2010/15)


Ryan’s Daugh­ter

1.15-4.45pm RTE One A woman mar­ried to a school­mas­ter in a poor Ir­ish vil­lage dur­ing the First World War has an af­fair with a Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer. David Lean’s epic ro­man­tic pe­riod drama, with Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, an Os­car-win­ning John Mills, Christo­pher Jones and Trevor Howard. (1970/15)

The Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tum

9.00-11.10pm TV3 Am­ne­siac rogue as­sas­sin Ja­son Bourne’s long-buried mem­o­ries are reawak­ened by a Bri­tish jour­nal­ist. Third in­stal­ment of the spy thriller se­ries, di­rected by Paul Green­grass and star­ring Matt Damon and Al­bert Fin­ney. (2007/12)

The Help, BBC2, New Year’s Eve

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