FIFA World Cup 2014 begins at 4.30pm on RTÉ Two, as Bill O’Herlihy is joined by Dietmar Hamann and Eamon Dunphy for live coverage of Germany v Portugal. Kick-off, 5.00pm. John Huston's late masterpiece, The Dead is aired at 12.55am on RTÉ One (set that recorder.) It's the season finale of Borgen, 11.55pm, TG4.
FIFA World Cup 2014
4.30pm On RTÉ Two
Bill O’Herlihy is joined by Dietmar Hamann and Eamon Dunphy for live coverage of Germany v Portugal in Group G. Commentary from George Hamilton and Ray Houghton. Kick-off, 5.00pm. At 7.45pm, Darragh Maloney is joined by Dietmar Hamann, Ossie Ardiles and Ronnie Whelan for live coverage of Iran v Nigeria in Group F. Commentary from Stephen Alkin and Brian Kerr. Kick-off, 8.00pm. Then at 10.30pm, Darragh Maloney is joined by Ossie Ardiles and Ronnie Whelan for live coverage of Ghana v USA in Group G. Commentary from Adrian Eames and Jim Beglin. Kick-off, 11.00pm. Picture shows the stadium at Brasilia, one of the World Cup venues.
12.55am RTÉ One
A Christmas dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece is the matter of James Joyce’s greatest short story, memorably adapted for film by John Huston, being indeed the director’s glorious swansong. The sisters' nephew is Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann) and his wife Gretta (Anjelica Huston.) Despite its jubilation and air of merriment, the evening ends in melancholy, as Gretta remembers Michael Furey, her long-lost love from her girlhood in County Galway. The film stars the late Marie Kean, Donal Donnelly, and, in a wistful cameo, Frank Paterson singing The Lass of Aughrim. A masterpiece.
In the season finale of this much-acclaimed Danish series, Birgitte is on a month's leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labour Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?