Today's TV tips include an inspirational animated film called Sol, new US comedy Moonbase, some Christmas cooking tips from Neven Maguire, and Jealous Guy: The Assassination of John Lennon . . .

Sol, 6.30pm, TG4

Here’s an inspiring film about a little boy’s journey through grief. The animated short aims to bring light and comfort to families with young children as the darkest year in modern times draws to a close.

Featuring a boy called Sol whose world is plunged into darkness when his beloved grandmother dies, the film explores the different aspects of grief (shock, yearning, disorientation, and resolution) through the eyes of a child. 

But Sol’s message is uplifting. Sent on an urgent quest to find the light that has gone out in the world, Sol’s adventurous journey enables him to realise his love for his grandmother is greater than the pain of his loss.

Emmy award-winning Irish actor, Fionnula Flanagan voices Sol’s grandmother alongside Myra Zepf voices Sol’s mother. Sol himself is voiced by 12-year-old Zana Akkoç. The film’s song has been recorded by Clannad’s Moya Brennan.

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Moonbase 8, 9.00pm, Sky Comedy & NOW TV

John C Reilly stars in this new Showtime comedy series with Fred Armisen and Tim Heidecker as three astronauts stationed at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator in a remote part of the Arizona desert.

While working vigorously to qualify for their first lunar mission, they encounter many obstacles including loneliness, self-doubt and their own incompetence.

In spite of it all, they remain determined to prove they have the right stuff to reach the moon.

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Neven's Waterford Christmas 2019, 8.30pm, RTÉ One

This is the second and final part of Neven Maguire’s festive food tip show from last year to help you avoid the potential pitfalls of the Christmas dinner.

Here he creates a healthy brunch of eggs benedict with Waterford blaa, and bircher muesli, and chef Paul Flynn shares a slow-cooked lamb shoulder recipe.

Jealous Guy: The Assassination of John Lennon, 9.00pm, Sky Documentaries & NOW TV

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of his death, here’s an incisive exploration into Lennon’s life, career and the nature and power of his celebrity.

Exploring the strange parallels between John Lennon and his killer Mark David Chapman, alongside the events that led to their fated meeting in1980, outside Lennon’s New York home.

8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas Special, 9.00pm, Channel 4

Jimmy Carr (above) hosts a festive edition, with Jon Richardson and Sarah Millican taking on Sean Lock and David Mitchell, while David O'Doherty joins Susie Dent in Dictionary Corner.

Followed at 10pm by Celebrity Crystal Maze, where Faye Tozer, Nick Helm, Richard Blackwood, Anne Hegerty and Jordan Stephens tackle a range of challenges under Richard Ayoade's guidance.

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