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24th Dec 2017

These are the best shows and movies on TV on Christmas Eve

Some great movies and TV shows in there!

Laura Holland

For most of us, the first half of Christmas Eve is usually spent running around town for last minute presents but after that is the pay-off, time to relax and get in the festive spirit. 

In the evening, if you’re not down at your local, or at mass then you’re probably going to be catching up on some quality TV.

Crack open that tin of roses, munch on a mince pie or have a glass of mulled wine.

Here are some of the best shows and movies on offer on Christmas Eve.

Angela’s Christmas – RTÉ One – 6:20pm 

A funny and heart-warming new feature-length animation by Brown Bag Films based on Frank McCourt’s book and featuring the voices of Ruth Negga and Lucy O’Connell.

Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You – BBC One – 7pm

The Bake Off trio are back together for one night only, to provide a surprise for a hard-working community in South Wales. Join them as they throw a huge Christmas party.

Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show – BBC One – 8:30pm

Michael McIntyre hosts a final and very festive version of his Saturday night show.

All Star Musicals – TV3 – 9pm

It features a cast of celebrities performing an iconic number from a famous musical.

Carols from The Castle – RTÉ One – 9:15pm 

Mary Kennedy is joined once again by the RTÉ concert orchestra and a host of celebrities for a special carol service.

Bridget and Eamon Christmas Special – RTÉ 2 – 9:45pm  

Bridget works out that, with the widow’s pension and life assurance, Eamon would be worth more dead than alive.

Ted – RTÉ 2 – 10:15pm

When John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) was a little boy, he made a wish that Ted (Seth MacFarlane), his beloved teddy bear, would come alive. Thirty years later, foul-mouthed Ted is still John’s constant companion, much to the chagrin of Lori (Mila Kunis), John’s girlfriend.

Over in soap land, Eastenders is on at 7:55pm on RTÉ One, followed by Fair City at 8:30pm.