Time to curl up on the sofa with the Celebrations!
AND finally! It’s time to batten down the hatches, curl up on the sofa, grab the tin of Celebrations and the remote control! After weeks of gearing up for Christmas, planning, shopping, cooking and wrapping presents, it’s time to sit back and relax in front of The Box for a few days of festive tv.
So Kicking off with tonight Monday December 22nd, for those of you looking for a traditional feel good movie, you can’t go wrong with Dirty Dancing, 9 pm on TV3. Who could resist Mr. Snake Hips Himself, Patrick Swayze teaching a young innocent girl (Jennifer Grey) how to dirty dance.
If you’re looking for something with a bit more substance, don’t miss Unbreakable, 9.35 pm on RTE 1. This is the incredible real life story of one man’s courage in the face of adversity. Unbreakable tells the story of Mark Pollack, who lost his sight at 22, and became the first blind person to race to the South Pole. The story continues with how he met his girlfriend, became engaged and then four weeks before the wedding, an accident left him paralysed from the waist down.
To get you in the festive spirit, tune in on Tuesday December 23rd to Michael Buble Live at Christmas, 9 pm on TV3. The silver tongued Canadian Crooner gets us all in the mood with his Christmas Special with a little help from some friends including Barbara Streisand, Ariana Grande, Miss Piggy and the Rockettes. On Wednesday December 24th Santa is well on his way and
On Angels Wings, 4.15 pm on BBC 1 is a must see for all those excited kids waiting for the Great Man Himself to arrive. This is the magical reworking of the nativity story based on the book by renowned children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. It has a stellar voice cast including Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson, Dominic Cooper and Colin McFarlane. It tells the special experience of a little shepherd boy who meets the Angel Gabriel and travels with him on a journey to Bethlehem to meet the newborn king, Jesus. The animated story is told through his own eyes, many years later as he recounts his experience to his grandchildren on Christmas night.
Christmas Day is probably the only day of the year when you can veg out in front of the telly all day without feeling an ounce of guilt. And what a selection of programmes to choose from! Call
the Midwife, 7.50 pm on BBC1 gets the Christmas specials rolling. 1959 is drawing to a close as the residents of Poplar prepare for Christmas and the midwifes of Nonnatus House are busier than ever. When two pregnant teenagers are sent to a Mother and Baby Home, Chummy and Patsy are horrified by the conditions they find there. They rally to provide the pregnant teenagers with the utmost care and support as preparations are made for them to give up their babies.
Meanwhile it’s Christmas Day at Downton Abbey at 9 pm on ITV. Lord Sinderby has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland and invited the Crawley family to a shooting party - but a scandalous secret (sharp intake of breath here!) threatens to undermine the holiday. In other quarters below stairs, Anna faces an uncertain future behind bars. Bates takes drastic measures in a bid to clear her name. It’s a two hour special packed full of drama and intrigue. Miss it at your peril! Well it just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Mrs Brown’s
Boys Christmas Special and the gang are back at 10pm on RTE1 with enough laughs to have you clutching your sides and regretting that last mince pie. As well all know, Mrs Brown loves Christmas but as the day approaches Agnes is stressed! Rory is getting plastic surgery, Cathy is hiding something for her and the family are insisting on a cost cutting Secret Santa. Mrs. B is not impressed. Even worse, Winnie drops a Christmas bombshell! Will anything save the festivities for Mrs Brown?
Moving on to St. Stephen’s Day when you’re lolling around in a food coma, what better way to relax than watching a new episode of Birds of a Feather at 9 pm on ITV. Reviving an old favourite can be dodgy, especially after 15 years, but rest assured, the new Birds of a Feather is as funny as ever. Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph are all back and the Christmas special sees Dorien treating the two sisters to a trip to the Canaries but with Sharon’s hopes for adventure, Tracey’s fear of flying and Dorien’s lust for anything in trousers, this holiday will be anything but relaxing!
Here’s one for the kids, The Boy in a Dress at 6.55 pm on BBC1. A David Walliams adaptation is fast becoming a Christmas staple on the BBC and following on from the success of Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink, this is a one hour special of Walliams first book about a 12 year old boy called Dennis who wants to wear a dress!
You may have thought you’d gotten rid of him off Strictly Come Dancing, well Brucie is back on Saturday December 27th with
Bruce’s Hall of Fame at 8.30 pm on BBC1. This is a new series from the London Palladium where some of the UK’s best loved entertainers celebrate the artists who inspired their careers. Celebrities featured tonight include Eastenders actress Jessie Wallace.
Sure it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Top Gear special and this year the lads are off to Patagonia at 8.30 pm on BBC 2- clashing with Brucie, but take your pick! Jeremy, Richard and James take three V8 sports cars on a 1,600 mile trek through Patagonia. Along the way there are broken bones, epic backdrops, mechanical calamities and cows plus a climax that wasn’t exactly the one that was expected! If you’re a Strictly fan don’t miss the Strictly Come Dancing
Christmas Special on Sunday December 28th on BBC 1 at 6.45pm. Marking the end of the latest incredible series of sparkles and showstopping moments. Bruce is back again for a One Off with celebrities including Rachel Stevens, Chris Hollins, Louis Smith, Russell Grant, Sophie Ellis Baxter and Lisa Riley.
Another brilliant revival hits our screens on Sunday at 7.30 pm on BBC 1 with Still Open All Hours. The much-celebrated update to the beloved 1970’s sitcom contains a blended cast of old and new faces but thankfully Sir David Jason is reprising his role as Granville and while Ronnie Barker is sorely missed from the line up, new faces like Johnny Vegas certainly make up for it.
Christmas Day isn’t the without the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special and the gang are back at 10pm on RTE1 and to get you in the festive spirit, tune in on Tuesday December 23rd to Michael Buble Live at Christmas, 9 pm on TV3.