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Festive Highlights on RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and RTÉjr....

This Christmas viewers can look forward to a wide range of brand new home-produced programming across television, radio and online. From the best in Irish comedy to big music specials, live sport and arts documentaries, along with brand new Irish drama, there is bumper selection of programming to keep everyone entertained this Christmas and New Year across RTÉ.

On television on RTÉ One it's a Mrs Brown's Boys bonanza as Brendan O'Carroll's smash hit show returns for two new Christmas specials, airing on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, plus Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie is the big movie on Christmas Night. There's a touch of nostalgia on Well Holy God It's Glenroe as cast and crew fondly remember the national Sunday night drama ritual, while on a brand new four-part quiz show, Play it By Year, Mike Murphy challenges contestants with trivia from past decades. The Tommy Tiernan Show sees one of Ireland's favourite comedians take the ingredients of his recent 2FM radio show and bring it to television in this one-off special.

Music fans are in for a treat with brand new programming featuring some of Ireland's favourite artists. On Christmas Eve, Mary Kennedy meets President and Mrs. Higgins as they bring Carols from Áras an Uachtaráin with musicians including Imelda May, John Sheahan and Mick Flannery. Christy Moore joins the Higher Hopes homeless choirs in Dublin and Waterford to record a two track EP for release this Christmas. Join Daniel O'Donnell and Friends on St Stephen's night as they celebrate Christmas with a night of music and craic at Powerscourt House in Wicklow. On 30 December, The Nathan Carter Show sees the star perform his biggest hits and duets in a one-hour special with musicians including Mary Black and Paddy Casey. And there's new documentaries with footage from the RTÉ archives Luke Kelly: Prince of Dublin and Fab! The Night the Beatles Came To Dublin.

Darragh Maloney will be presenting the RTÉ Sport Awards on 19 December which will celebrate this year's sporting heroes and look back on the dramatic and memorable sporting moments of 2015.

On Christmas Day, Francis and John Brennan are back to undertake a special Christmas project on At Your Service, while on Christmas Eve, Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel gears up to celebrate its 191st Christmas in The Shelbourne at Christmas.

Fair City fans can look forward to an hour long special of their favourite soap on Christmas day. Debbie's wayward son Emmet arrives home and causes more trouble for the O'Briens. The Dillons get an unexpected surprise when Neasa arrives home for Christmas, Paul pulls out all the stops to give the Brennans a Christmas they will never forget while Eillie takes ill and ends up in hospital giving Heather the opportunity to bask in the reflected attention.

Film fans can look forward to premieres including Gravity, which will air on Christmas Eve, Christmas day premieres Oz The Great and The Powerful and Brave, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on St Stephen's Day along with Captain Philips and Lincoln.

Ring in the New Year with Kathryn Thomas and 2FM's Keith Walsh on New Year's Eve Live as they soak up the atmosphere from the VIP Lounge at the New Year's Festival Dublin Three Countdown Concert featuring The Coronas along with special guests Fatboy Slim and Ryan Sheridan. Plus the RTÉ News Review 2015 looks back on the stories that made the year.

In the early New Year, drama fans can look forward to Rebellion, a five-part serial staring Charlie Murphy, Brian Gleeson and Sarah Greene and set over three weeks in Easter 1916 which charts the violent birth of modern Ireland. Operation Transformation will see five new leaders take on the challenge to lose weight, get fit and transform their lives, and The Voice of Ireland returns for a fifth series with coaches Bressie, Rachel Stevens, Una Foden, and Kian Egan all hoping that they'll be the one to find the next Voice of Ireland.

RTÉ2 has a host of exciting comedy, music and sports this festive season starting with The Al Porter Show on Christmas Eve which promises an evening of all singing, all dancing and a lot of laughs while U2 will be taking centre stage on Christmas Day with their rescheduled U2 iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE concert recorded live in Paris. St. Stephen's Day sees Ireland's favourite Queen Panti Bliss looking through the highs and lows of 2015 in Panti Does 2015. Other highlights over the festive period include all the racing highlights from the racing from Leopardstown, comedy from Republic of Telly, Sketch! and Apres Match Of The Day - Best Bits; and concerts from Kodaline and Ed Sheeran. And on the cusp of the centenary of 1916 is The Rubberbandits' Guide to 1916 as the boys crash through Irish history from Brian Boru, through the Famine and right up to Irish independence. Plus there is a huge selection of family movies and classics through the festive period from ET to One Direction: This is Us.

This Christmas on RTÉjr there is a sensational selection of festive family fun for all our viewers including a very special Twigín Christmas Panto!, along with old classics, new favourites and sprinkled with short films of our viewers at Christmas time. And on RTÉ Player binge on your favourite Christmas specials, classic boxsets, and online extras over the festive season with Christmas, New Year and Family collections available on-demand.

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Mrs Brown's Boys - Christmas Specials 2015 (Christmas Eve, 9pm and New Year's Eve, 10.15pm) Brendan O'Carroll's multi-award-winning comedy phenomenon returns to RTÉ ONE with two hilarious Christmas Specials for 2015. Agnes Brown is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. But with Mark and Betty rowing over the reappearance of his first love Bubbles, with carol singers haunting Agnes' every waking hour, and with Buster installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual safety feature, how will Agnes survive?

Well Holy God It's Glenroe (27 December at 9.30pm) The cast and crew of Glenroe look back at how Wesley Burrowes' rural Irish series became our favourite Sunday night ritual. Mary McEvoy, Emmet Bergin, Geraldine Plunkett and Mario Rosenstock revisit their much-loved characters, while Joe Lynch and Mick Lally, and their famous onscreen partnership of Dinny and Miley Byrne, are also remembered.

Higher Hopes (Wednesday 23 December at 9.35pm) In 2014 conductor David Brophy set out to change the lives of people affected by homelessness through singing. Now, in the one-off follow-up documentary David discovers that inspired by their achievements in the choir, a newfound sense of self-esteem in its members has helped them challenge the problems in their own lives. As the choir grows in numbers and gains greater recognition, Irish music legend Christy Moore joins them to record a two track EP for release this Christmas, including their own inspiring new version of Fairytale of New York.

Play It By Year (starts 27 December at 7pm and runs across four consecutive nights) Play It By Year is a gameshow that delves into the RTÉ archives and quizzes the contestants on their knowledge and memory of the 80's, 90's, Noughties and Now. Hosted by Mike Murphy Play It By Year will be looking at the celebrities, politics, sporting moments, quirky events and bizarre happenings of the last 35 years. The four part series will run on four consecutive nights over the Christmas period.

The Tommy Tiernan Show (27 December 10.35pm) Last summer, Tommy hosted his own radio chat show on RTÉ 2FM where neither the host nor the audience knew the identity of the guest until they walked out on stage. The Tommy Tiernan Show takes the ingredients of the radio show and brings the comedian back to RTE to host his own television show.

Carols from Áras an Uachtaráin (Christmas Eve, 6.15pm) President Michael D & Mrs Sabina Higgins welcome into their home a star-studded and eclectic mixture of guests, to celebrate Christmas, including presenter Mary Kennedy, Imelda May, Iarla Ó Lianáird, John Sheahan, Mick Flannery, The Voice UK runner-up Lucy O'Byrne and Dutch special guest star Gert van der Vijver, aka The Sand Magician. They are joined by children from Rutland Street National School, Dublin and Carlow's Aspiro Choir, plus The RTÉ Concert Orchestra, under the baton of Gavin Maloney.

Religious services On Christmas Eve Midnight Mass comes from the beautiful Redemptorist church of St Joseph, in Dundalk, Co. Louth while Christmas Day sees Mass from the same church and a special Service for Christmas with the staff and pupils of Methodist College, Belfast as well as Urbi et Orbi, the Pope's annual Christmas blessing, and a Christmas Message from the Archbishops of Armagh.

At Your Service (Christmas Day 7.35pm) Ireland's top hoteliers Francis and John Brennan are back to undertake a special Christmas project with one of Cork's oldest caring organisations, Penny Dinners, a soup kitchen providing hot meals to homeless people in the centre of the city.

Fab! The Night the Beatles Came To Dublin (27 December at 8pm) The Beatles came to Dublin for 2 concerts on Nov 7th 1963 and the teenagers of the country went crazy. Using extensive archive and news reports of that time, these diehard fans share their stories from that glorious moment of madness in this heart warming documentary.

Luke Kelly: Prince of Dublin (29 December at 9.30pm) Utilising RTE's Library alongside rare material from The Dubliners private archive collection, a selection of today's music stars, including Imelda May, Glen Hansard and Kodaline's Jason Boland consider the quintessential Dubliner's celebrated life, his colourful times and untimely death. Other contributors include brother Paddy Kelly, fellow Dubliner John Sheahan, songwriter/producer Phil Coulter and friend Paddy Reilly.

The Nathan Carter Show (30 December 9.30pm) In this hour long Christmas special, recorded in Dublin's Mansion House, Nathan Carter performs his biggest hits in front of an audience of super fans. He also duets with some special guests including Mary Black, The Dubliner's John Sheahan and Paddy Casey.

Daniel O'Donnell and Friends (St Stephen's Day, 9.20pm) Ireland's Best Loved Entertainer - Daniel O'Donnell fresh from the UK's biggest entertainment show, Strictly Come Dancing, celebrates a night of music and craic on home turf. Joining Daniel in Powerscourt House Wicklow are performers from all musical genres with some very special duets.

The Shelbourne at Christmas (24 December at 7.15pm) As Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel gears up to celebrate its 191st Christmas, we find out just how much effort it takes to get through the hotel's busiest month. This is Christmas on a grand scale, with designer cocktails, thousands of turkey dinners and the festive afternoon teas booked out until 2016.

A Simply Delicious Christmas with Darina Allen and Rory O'Connell (22 December at 8pm & 23 December at 7.30pm) Such was the success of last year's A Simply Delicious Christmas that Rory and Darina are back - and this year, with two Christmas programmes. Once again, they bring 30 years of teaching experience to bear, and a style and substance that are unique to Ballymaloe, plus of course some sibling rivalry.

Neven's Christmas Special (7 December 7.30pm) Neven is preparing a thoroughly traditional Christmas this year, but with imaginative ways of cooking the ham, turkey and lamb. He shares his Aunt Maureen's famous recipe for Christmas pudding, which has been served in the restaurant, and given to thousands of people as a present over the years.

Sinatra 100: An All-Star GRAMMY Concert (31 December, 12.15am) A special celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. Performers for the tribute include Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Carrie Underwood, and Usher.

The Best of the Imelda May Show (31 December at 7.30pm) To liven up your festive season make a date with Imelda May for music and craic. There'll be exclusive performances from the Hot House Flowers, Ham SandwicH and Soak along with plenty of chat from the likes of Bob Geldof. Imelda will give a magical rendition of the 60's classic Bang Bang and perform a very special duet with Lulu.

Sports Quiz of the Year (New Year's Eve, 6.30pm) Sports broadcaster Jacqui Hurley will be celebrating the year in sport as she's joined by some of Ireland's sporting A-listers from the world of Rugby, GAA,and Horse racing to name but a few! She'll be taking a look back at 2015 and testing the sporting knowledge of six well known faces including team captains Ruby Walsh and Shane Byrne.

And The RTÉ News Review of the Year (31 December, 9.15pm) looks back on the stories that made the year.

The RTÉ Sport Awards (19 December at 9.40pm) Presented by Darragh Maloney, this live show will see the RTÉ Sport Sports Person of the Year Award, the RTÉ Sport Manager of the Year Award as well as the RTÉ Sport Team of the Year Award winners revealed and presented with their awards.

New Year's Eve Live (31 December at 11pm)

Kathryn Thomas and 2FM's Keith Walsh ring in the New Year live from the 3Arena this year on RTÉ ONE! They'll be soaking up the atmosphere from the VIP Lounge backstage at the New Year's Festival Dublin Three Countdown Concert featuring The Coronas along with special guests Fatboy Slim, Kila, Ryan Sheridan and Little Hours.

Movies on RTÉ One Film fans can look forward to premiers including Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie (Christmas Day), Gravity (Christmas Eve), Oz The Great and The Powerful, Brave (Christmas Day), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (St Stephen's Day), Captain Philips (St Stephen's Day) and Lincoln. Plus the Irish premiere of Les Miserables. We'll have family favourites Up, Shrek the Third, Cars2, We Bought a Zoo and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. There's a bumper season of favourites, including The Quiet Man to mark the passing of the late great Maureen O'Hara, White Christmas, The Sound of Music, It's a Wonderful Life, High Society, Beaches and Back to the Future, plus all the Indiana Jones movies.

Christmas the RTÉ2

The Al Porter Show (Christmas Eve, 9.45pm) The Al Porter Show is an all singing, all dancing and unashamedly old school (but oh-so-modern) variety show for RTÉ2 filmed at the Olympia theatre. Featuring PJ Gallagher, 2015's America's Got Talent winner ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, UK magician Peter Firman, Irish improv hip hop crew Abandoman and Edinburgh favourite Spencer Jones along with Al's troupe of dancers and cameos from Rory Cowan, Patrick McDonnell and Joe Rooney.

Panti Does 2015 (26 December at 10.55pm) Panti Does 2015 sees Ireland's favourite Queen Panti Bliss looking through the highs and lows of 2015. With a host of celebrities joining her, Panti and her celebrity elves trawl through the worlds of music, sport, entertainment and review stories that broke the internet.

The Rubberbandits' Guide to 1916 (31 December at 11pm) Join the boys as they crash through Irish history from Brian Boru, through the Famine and right up to Irish independence, with the help of the trout of no craic, Willie O'DJ, some lads from the local takeaway and a goat. It's like real history, but interesting.

U2 : iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS (Christmas Day, 11.10pm) Live In Paris captures the Irish band's groundbreaking tour as it returns to the French capital for two very special shows. Staged in the round, the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour features multiple performance areas plus a state of the art 100 foot LED screen suspended above a 118 foot walkway running the length of the arena floor. The concert film showcases U2's latest album Songs of Innocence featuring new fan favourites Iris, Cedarwood Road and Song for Someone as well as hits from across their career.

The Year That's In It 2015 (30 December, 11.30pm) RTE2's year-in-review mixing the biggest news stories with the funny and bizarre from 12 months of Pop Culture, Sport, Viral Trends and Celebrity Gossip. The crew including comics Fred Cooke, Alison Spittle and The Fear's Ross Brown, sketch troupe Foil Arms & Hog, Dustin The Turkey, and National Treasure Jon 'D'unbelievable' Kenny.

Sketch! (26 December, 11.55pm) Sketch! is a brand new sketch show, set in the inimitable city of Cork! Expect famous faces, Cork hipsters, Conor McGregor as you've never seen him before and much much more!

Thank GAA It's 2015 (27 December at 6.30pm) The programme relives the highlights of the exciting 2015 GAA Championship season, with a mix of A-List names, grassroots human-interest stories and issues based features.

The Republic of Telly (21 December at 10pm) With hilarious reviews, live music from Attention Bébé and an exposé on what life is actually like for Santa's elves, there'll be plenty to laugh at in the Christmas edition of Republic of Telly. Plus a best of Republic of Telly, Mix Tape vol.2, on 28 December at 10.30pm.

Racing From Leopardstown (starting 26 December, 1pm) Starting on St Stephen's Day RTÉ2 will have four days of live racing action from the Leopardstown Christmas Festival. Robert Hall will be joined by Ted Walsh alongside Andrew McNamara, Brian Gleeson, Tom Lee and Tracy Piggott for all the action with commentary from Tony O'Hehir and Richard Pugh.

Après Match of the Day - Best Bits (23 December 9.30pm) Après Match of the Day, Ireland's premier league comedy team, brought back to life the matches that defined three decades of glory with the type of post and pre-match analysis that we wish we'd had back then. In this special best of programme see Bill, John and Liam hilariously recreated along with a host of other household names from back in the day.

Kodaline Up Close (Christmas Day, 6.20pm) RTÉ2fm and RTÉ2 present an exclusive acoustic performance from one of Ireland's biggest bands - Kodaline. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, Kodaline perform some of their biggest hits and talk to Eoghan McDermott about how a small Dublin band managed to break America

Electric Picnic Highlights (29 December, 12.20am) Join Al Porter, Jenny Greene, Eoghan McDermott and Blathnaid Tracey and relive the atmosphere from this year's Electric Picnic, including main stage highlights from Hot Chip, Future Islands, Underworld and Blur.

Ed Sheeran: Jumpers For Goalposts - Live From Wembley (New Year's Eve, 11.55pm) Ed Sheeran plays live in front of a packed Wembley Stadium. A career-defining show for Sheeran, a man who has gone from playing in pubs to performing in front of audiences of over 80,000 people and achieving huge international success and critical acclaim in just a few years.

News2Day Review of the Year (31 December, 12.30pm) In the news2day Review of the Year, Nick Sheridan and Gill Stedman look back on all the big news and sports stories of 2015, including the young people who face daily challenges in the "This is Me" series. 2015 was the year when the issue of "Where is home?" became even more important, from the Syrian refugee crisis to the issue of homelessness in Ireland.

Around the Block (28 & 29 December, 6pm) This two-parter catches up with children who made the award-winning On the Block documentaries charting their own lives six years ago. Around the Block catches up on the lives of children-turned-young adults across Ireland from Tory Island off the coast of Donegal to Buckingham Street in Dublin's inner city and Dromohane in Co Cork. Who are they now they are in their late teens, awaiting exam results or reflecting on their first year in college?

Movies on RTÉ2 Premieres include Anchorman 2, Man of Steel, Elysium, Frankenweenie, I am Ali, Iron Man 3 and One Direction: This is Us, plus favourites ET, Happy Feet Two, James and the Giant Peach, Naked Gun and Airplane!

Movie Premières

 

 

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie - Première - Christmas Day, 25 December at 9.40pm
(2014, Comedy) Director: Ben Kellet. Brendan O'Carroll, Jennifer Gibney
When market-trader Agnes Brown finds her stall under threat from a ruthless developer, she and her family embark on a campaign to save their livelihood, aided only by a motley troop comprising Buster's blind trainee ninjas, a barrister with an unhelpful affliction, and Grandad's elderly friends.

Oz The Great And Powerful - Première - Christmas Day, 25 December at 3.05pm
(2013, Fantasy) Director: Sam Raimi. James Franco, Mila Kunis.

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great and powerful Wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well.

Brave - Première - Christmas Day, 25 December at 5.05pm
(2012, Animation) Director: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman. Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly

"Brave" follows the heroic journey of Merida, a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the unruly and uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall.

Gravity - Première - Christmas Eve, 24 December at 9.45pm
(2013, Adventure) Sandra Bullock, George Clooney. Director: Alfonso Cuarón.
A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Première - St Stephen's Day, 26 December 5pm
(2012, Adventure) Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman. Director: Peter Jackson.
Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Captain Philips - Première - St Stephen's Day, 26 December 10.25pm
(2013, Thriller) Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi. Director: Peter Greengrass.
The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

New Year's Eve - Première - Wednesday, 30 December 10.40pm
(2011, Romance) Halle Berry, Jessica Biel. Director: Garry Marshall.
Set in New York on New Year's Eve, the romantic comedy celebrates love, hope, forgiveness, second chances and fresh starts, in the intertwining stories of couples and singles, told amidst the pulse and promise of the most dazzling night of the year. The stellar ensemble cast including Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker and more will ring in the New Year with this holiday anthology of love and laughter.

We Bought A Zoo - Première - New Year's Day, 1 January 3.35pm
(2011, Family) Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. Director: Cameron Crowe
Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Lincoln - Première -New Year's Day, 1 January 9.20pm
(2012, Biography) Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field. Director: Steven Speilberg.
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Notes On A Scandal - Première - Sunday 27 December, 11.27pm
(2006, Drama) Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench. Director: Richard Eyre.
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close - Première -New Year's Day, 1 January 00.05am
(2011, Adventure) Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock. Director: Stephen Daldry.
This drama follows a nine-year-old boy who finds a mysterious key that once belonged to his father, a victim of the September 11th terrorist attacks. With childhood determination and inventiveness, the boy sets out on a quest to find what secrets the key unlocks as well as make sense of the loss of his father.

Les Misérables- The Movie - Irish Première - Monday 28 December 9.30pm
(2012, Musical) Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe. Director: Tom Hooper.
Les Misérables is the motion-picture adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Kids Favourites

 

Cars 2 - Friday 1 January 1.15pm
(2011, Animation) Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy. Directors:John Lasseter and Brad Lewis.
Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Shrek The Third - St Stephen's Day, 26 December, 3.10pm
(2007, Adventure) Raman Hui. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz. Directors: Chris Miller.
When his frog-in-law suddenly croaks, Shrek embarks on another whirlwind adventure with Donkey and Puss In Boots to find the rightful heir to the throne.

Disney's A Christmas Carol - TX - Saturday 19 December at 6.30pm
(2009, Fantasy) Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman. Director: Robert Zemeckis.
Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk and his cheery nephew. But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it's too late.

All the Indiana Jones Movies

 

Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Sunday 27 December, 3.40pm
(1981, Adventure) Harrison Ford, Karen Allen. Director: Steven Spielberg.
Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom - Monday 28 December 3.40pm
(1984, Adventure) Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw. Director: Steven Spielberg.
Indy, his sidekick Short Round and nightclub singer Willie Scott go from high-flying action above the Himalayas to a nail-biting runaway mine car chase and finally a spine-tingling escape from a fortress-like mine in India. Hang on tight as the world's ultimate action hero takes you on a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of adventure that's guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade - Tuesday 29 December 3.30pm
(1989, Adventure) Harrison Ford, Sean Connery. Director: Steven Spielberg.
Indy's Nazi enemies are back and have kidnapped his father, Professor Henry Jones Sr., to get help in their search for the Holy Grail.

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull - Wednesday 30 December 3.35pm
(2008, Adventure) Harrison Ford , Cate Blanchett. Director: Steven Spielberg.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull finds Indy trying to outrace a brilliant and beautiful agent for the mystical, all-powerful crystal skull of Akator.

Christmas Classic

 

It's A Wonderful Life - Christmas Day, 25 December 8.05am
(1946, Family) James Stewart, Donna Reed. Director: Frank Capra.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

White Christmas - Christmas Eve, 24 December 9.35am
(1954, Musical) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye. Director: Michael Curtiz.
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

The Sound of Music - Christmas Eve, 24 December 2.40pm (1965, Musical) Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer. Director: Robert Wise.
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Back To The Future - Tuesday 29 December 1.25pm
(1985, Adventure) Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Director: Robert Zemeckis.
A young man is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence.

Back To The Future II - Wednesday 30 December 1.40pm
(1989, Adventure) Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Director: Robert Zemeckis.
After visiting 2015, Marty McFly must repeat his visit to 1955 to prevent disastrous changes to 1985. without interfering with his first trip.

Unwrap the Magic with RTÉjr

 

RTÉjr originals include our very own Twigín Christmas Panto! Christmas Eve on Dig In Diner is full of drama when Santa stops by seeking help as the Sleigh has broken down it's all hands on deck and Digger comes to the rescue ensuring all the boys and girls pressies get delivered on time. Sprinkled throughout the schedule this Christmas are short films featuring families and friends enjoying the festive fun - from ice-skating to Carol singing to munching on brussel sprouts, RTÉjr has got the Christmas season well wrapped up. There will also be special editions of all our viewers' favourites including Giggle Biz, Dino paws, Hey Duggee, Peter Rabbit, The Octonauts and Fluffy Gardens plus another chance to see the traditionally drawn fantasy animation feature film The Secret of Kells.

RTÉ Player

 

Binge on your favourite Christmas specials, classic boxsets, and online extras over the festive season with Christmas, New Year and Family collections available on-demand on RTÉ Player. If you're away this Christmas and missing home, you can stay in touch with RTÉ Player International for iPhone and iPad. For more details on how to watch RTÉ Player outside Ireland go to www.rte.ie/playerinternational


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