From cin­ema to home view­ing, your en­ter­tain­ment wrap for the week

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SATUR­DAY Bright Net­flix

A cop buddy movie with an in­ter-species twist. Will Smith and Joel Edger­ton star in a film that has just been made avail­able on the stream­ing chan­nel.

Cin­derella RTÉ One, 6.35pm

Lily James and Cate Blanchett star in a 2015 ver­sion of the clas­sic fairy tale, di­rected by Kenneth Branagh.

The Wolver­ine Chan­nel 4, 9pm

This 2013 in­stal­ment from the X-Men sta­ble had Hugh Jack­man’s char­ac­ter bat­tling ri­val gangs in Japan.

CHRIST­MAS EVE Frozen RTÉ2, 6.55pm

The an­i­mated fea­ture that be­came a global phe­nom­e­non back in 2013. Pre­sum­ably, many of the lit­tle girls who en­joyed it then are far to cool now to sing along to ‘Let It Go’.

Pat Shortt’s Mu­sic from d’Telly RTÉ One, 6.55pm

An hour-long special digs up such ar­chive clips as one of Daniel O’Don­nell’s first ever TV ap­pear­ances, as well as a duet be­tween Mary Black and Sinead O’Con­nor.

Rat­burger Sky One, 6pm

David Wal­liams fea­tures in the cast of this adap­ta­tion of his own chil­dren’s book.

Car­ols From The Cas­tle RTÉ One, 9.15pm

Mary Kennedy presents sea­sonal songs from Dublin Cas­tle, with the RTÉ Con­cert Or­ches­tra, Ralph McTell, and oth­ers.

Brid­get & Ea­mon RTÉ2, 9.45pm

A Christ­mas special has Brid­get hav­ing a eureka mo­ment when she re­alises that the com­bi­na­tion of the widow’s pen­sion and a life as­sur­ance pol­icy means Ea­mon would be worth more dead than alive.


An Béal Bocht TG4, 5.25pm An­i­mated ver­sion of Flann O’Brien’s satire on the style of Gaeltacht au­to­bi­ogra­phies that were full of tales of child­hood poverty.

The Great Christ­mas Bake Off Chan­nel 4, 7.40pm

We’re not sure that it’s a great idea to sched­ule a bak­ing show at a time when many peo­ple are swearing they’ll never eat again, but fans of Paul Hol­ly­wood and co will prob­a­bly en­joy this fes­tive com­pe­ti­tion be­tween con­tes­tants from pre­vi­ous se­ries.

Rocky Ros Muc TG4, 9.30pm

Ex­cel­lent doc­u­men­tary on Con­nemara boxer Seán Man­nion who em­i­grated to Bos­ton and fought his way up the ranks to even­tu­ally chal­lenge for the WBA light mid­dleweight ti­tle.

ST STEPHEN’S DAY Rein­deer Fam­ily & Me BBC Two, 8pm

Gor­don Buchanan hangs out with a Sami fam­ily in Fin­nish La­p­land to learn about rein­deer be­fore head­ing off into the wilder­ness with one of the an­i­mals he’s formed a bond with.

The Minia­tur­ist BBC One, 9pm

One of two de­cent-look­ing pe­riod dra­mas be­gin­ning on BBC tonight (see p46 for Lit­tle

Women). Set in 17th-cen­tury Am­s­ter­dam, the two-part se­ries re­volves around the strange events that oc­cur when an 18-year-old comes to the city to be­come the wife of a rich merchant.

U2 at Abbey Road RTÉ One, 11.10pm

Re­peat of the BBC show where the Ir­ish band chat to Cat Dee­ley about sub­jects such as their early days in Dublin, and their friend­ship with the late Michael Hutchence, as well as per­form­ing clas­sic hits and more re­cent songs.

WED­NES­DAY Alan Par­tridge: Why, When, Where, How And Whom?

BBC Two, 9pm

Steve Coogan’s char­ac­ter is one of the great­est com­edy cre­ations of the past three decades. In this doc­u­men­tary, we learn about his evo­lu­tion from co-writ­ers such as Ar­mando Ian­nucci, and other stars of the var­i­ous se­ries, in­clud­ing Felic­ity Mon­tagu who played Lynn, his long-suf­fer­ing PA.

THURS­DAY At­ten­bor­ough and the Em­pire of the Ants BBC Two, 9.30pm

The nona­ge­nar­ian pre­sen­ter is in the Jura moun­tains in Switzer­land to bring us a show on the fas­ci­nat­ing ants who live there. High­tech cam­eras take us un­der­ground to where an es­ti­mated bil­lion ants from var­i­ous dif­fer­ent colonies seem to live in peace.

Pun­caí TG4, 9.30pm

A doc­u­men­tary on the punk move­ment in Ire­land in the 1970s in­cludes a con­tri­bu­tion from Cork man Gior­daí Ua Laoghaire, the gui­tarist with sev­eral of the city’s best bands of the early 1980s, who is now based in Berlin.

Bird­man RTÉ2, 9.30pm

This Broad­way-set film from Ale­jan­dro G Iñár­ritu won’t be to ev­ery­body’s taste, but it did win the best pic­ture Os­car in 2015. Michael Keaton stars.

Bon Iver Live RTÉ2, 11.40pm

The chan­nel is show­ing sev­eral of the con­certs from the Sounds From A Safe Har­bour fes­ti­val.

FRI­DAY Black Mir­ror Net­flix

All six episodes of sea­son four are avail­able from to­day. For once, se­ries cre­ator Char­lie Brooker won’t be the main fo­cus of at­ten­tion, as one of the in­stal­ments, ‘ArkAn­gel’, was di­rected by Jodie Fos­ter. It tells of a mother who in­vests in a new tech­nol­ogy to keep track of her daugh­ter.

Know The Score RTÉ One, 6.30pm

A bumper sports quiz has team cap­tains Ruby Walsh and Shane Byrne be­ing joined by the likes of Kevin Doyle and Dean Rock.

Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out BBC Two, 9pm

Vic Reeves and Bob Mor­timer re­turn.


RTÉ One, Sun­day to Fri­day

The res­i­dents of Wal­ford make their usual im­pres­sive ef­forts to drain you of any sea­sonal cheer. Max Bran­ning has been at the cen­tre of many plot­lines in the past, but reaches new highs (and lows) over the next few days as he em­barks on a psy­chotic bender that ends with high drama.

Fair City

RTÉ One, Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs

A scene fea­tur­ing Kerri-Ann look­ing at a preg­nancy tester is prob­a­bly a good hint as to the drama she’s em­broiled in over the next few days. Of course, the big ques­tion will be whether Mondo or Decco is the daddy. Other Christ­mas shenani­gans in­clude Aoife mak­ing a move on Robbie, Oak­ley tak­ing re­venge on Miriam, and height­ened per­sonal pol­i­tics among the ‘group’.

Coro­na­tion Street TV3, Mon-Wed, Fri

Carla Con­nor is back, com­plete with leop­ard­skin coat, and while there is plenty go­ing on over Christ­mas, the pro­duc­ers of Cor­rie seem to be lin­ing up their ducks for a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment in the new year. We do know that Peter Bar­low finds out that vicar Billy May­hew was re­spon­si­ble for the death of his twin sis­ter Su­san Bar­low in a car crash in 2001. Luke Brit­ton also con­fronts Pat Phe­lan over the death of Andy Carver, set­ting in train some more nasty events.

‘Cin­derella’ is on RTÉ One this evening.

Anya Tay­lor Joy and Alex Has­sell in ‘The Minia­tur­ist’.

Max Bran­ning will fea­ture as one of the cen­tral char­ac­ters in Easten­ders for Christ­mas.

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