From The Dubliners final ever Dublin show, to A Star is Born, and charming animation set in Limerick and based on Angela's Ashes - we've got Christmas Day wrapped up for you
Pick of the Day
Maureen O'Hara - Banríon Hollywood, TG4, 9:00pm
Maureen O'Hara was the first Irish leading lady of cinema. She became a Hollywood superstar and a role model for every Irish actress who followed her on to the big screen. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of her birth and this documentary looks back over the life and career of one of the most extraordinary Irish women of all time. But, Maureen O’Hara was more than just a brilliant actress and this documentary reveals how she was an accomplished singer, a respected businesswoman and a champion of women’s rights. Maureen O'Hara - Banríon director Brian Reddin tells RTÉ Entertainment about the new documentary.
The Dubliners - The Parting Glass, TG4, 9.55pm
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In this exclusive first airing, The Dubliners take to the stage in the magnificent surroundings of Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral to celebrate 50 years of music making. The year is 2012 and the concert marks the start of The Dubliners' final ever tour and Barney McKenna's last ever Dublin performance. This unique show pays tribute to one of Ireland's most iconic bands and you are invited to join in the celebrations. A night of music, stories and craic awaits.
Film of the Day
A Star is Born, RTÉ One, 10.20pm
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are both in cracking from in this fourth screen take on the classic rags to riches story. Marking Cooper’s directorial debut, the movie scored highly with both critics and the viewing public. Cooper, making his directorial debut, plays troubled troubadour Jackson Maine, who gets another shot at life through a chance encounter with aspiring singer-songwriter Ally (Gaga). The attraction - physical and musical - is instant. Onstage or off, Cooper plays the worn-out icon to perfection, while Gaga's performance recalls that great quote from David Bowie guitarist Carlos Alomar, about how the late legend was an actor who sang. It's that special.
Angela's Christmas Wish, RTÉ One, 5.15pm
This latest feature from Dublin-based Brown Bag Films is the sequel to the Emmy-nominated Angela’s Christmas, which was broadcast on RTÉ One on Christmas Eve 2017. This new 45-minute film is set in Limerick in the early 1900s, and stars Ruth Negga, Jared Harris and Caitriona Balfe. Angela’s Christmas Wish is the story of Angela and her family as they set out on a new Christmas adventure in their hometown one year after the events of Angela’s Christmas. We discover Angela and her siblings desperately missing their father before the holidays. Angela comes up with a plan - she will bring their father home from Australia for Christmas. Based on the beloved characters by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) and produced by 9 Story’s Oscar-nominated animation studio Brown Bag Films, the film will reunite fans with characters from the original Angela’s Christmas while introducing a few new friends along the way.
Paul McCartney at the Cavern Club, BBC One, 11.45pm
He's just released his rather fine new album McCartney III but tonight the Beeb goes back to 2018 to catch the most fab of The Beatles n a truly unique and one-off performance, Macca returns to Liverpool, the city he loves, and a venue that holds such history and significance, The Cavern Club. In this intimate gig, Paul treats fans to a selection of tracks including some taken from his 2018 album, Egypt Station.