Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen’s Day film guide 2020 – all the best Xmas movies on RTE, TG4 and Virgin Media – The Irish Sun 🎅
WORK has wrapped up for the year and baby it’s cold outside.
So grab your selection box and the remote as we show you the must-watch movies on the box this year.
Whether it is some festive films, cult classics, or the one you said you’d watch in the cinema and never did, there is something for everyone over the holidays.
Here Nicola Bardon picks out the best of the bunch for the next three days.
Christmas Eve, RTE One, 4pm
Kevin is sent to his room after fighting with his family and makes a wish that his family disappears.
They wake up late for their flight to Paris the next morning and bundle everyone into the car and onto the plane, before they realise they have forgotten him.
Kevin meanwhile is happy to be home alone, until two burglars target the house and he has to protect it.
ICE AGE THE MELTDOWN
Christmas Eve, Virgin Media One, 4.15pm
A FILM ahead of its time, this charming sequel re-joins prehistoric Manny, Sid and Diego as they are confronted with the impact of global warming.
The Ice Age is coming to an end and as their world melts around them, Manny feels the urge to start a family.
There’s just one problem: there’s only one female mammoth left on Earth and Manny can’t stand her.
Christmas Eve, RTE Two, 10.30pm
Brendan Gleeson stars as Galway guard Gerry Boyle who doesn’t appreciate an FBI agent coming from the USA to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
When a guard is killed and a cache of weapons are found, it becomes clear there is something big going on, with Boyle discovering a cargo of cocaine.
Caught in a crossfire, will he make it out alive?
WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Christmas Day, RTE One, 1.20pm
Mysterious Willy Wonka announces he will open his factory for five special children who find a Golden Ticket.
Charlie is poor but saves any money he can to get one, and finds the final one.
He and his grandpa travel to the factory where there is chocolate everywhere, but the other kids spoil some of the fun.
And when Wonka puts a test to Charlie, will he pass?
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Christmas Day, RTE One, 4.45pm
This the live action version of the Disney classic.
Belle lives with her dad, who is an inventor, but when he gets lost in the woods, he ends up at an enchanted castle, where the Beast locks him up.
When Belle discovers this, she tells him she will trade places with her father and be his prisoner, but after a rocky start, they become friends.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
Christmas Day, RTE Two, 6.15pm
Indiana Jones is hired by the Government to find a headpiece known as the Staff of Ra before the Nazis do.
The Staff of Ra is used to project a beam of sunlight on a building which will open the Well of Souls, a secret chamber containing the Ark of the Covenant, which the Nazis believe will make their armies invincible.
INTO THE WEST
Christmas Day, TG4, 6.55pm
This 1992 film is an Irish classic and will continue to be for years to come.
Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin star in it, as well as Colm Meaney and Brendan Gleeson.
Young Ossie and Tito are poor and living in Dublin with their dad who is an alcoholic.
Their grandfather arrives and brings a magical horse from legend called Tir na nOg but when it is stolen from them, they set out to find it.
Christmas Day, RTE Two, 8.10pm
Brothers Zach and Gray visit a dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, which is on the site of the original Park.
Here the team are working on a genetically-engineered dinosaur, Indominus Rex, who escapes and attacks, killing most of the unit.
The teens enter a restricted area and meet the Indominus, who goes after them, while the rest of the island is evacuated.
Christmas Day, RTE Two, 10.55pm
Doug is due to get married so his best friends take him to Vegas for his bachelor party.
They check into Caesars Palace with a few drinks, but when they wake up the next morning, no-one can remember anything and the groom is missing.
Stu, Phil and Alan have to retrace their steps, from their limited memory, to try and find them.
St Stephen’s Day
St Stephen’s Day, RTE Two, 3.25pm
Sean Connery is Bond, and is on Miami on holiday swhen he receives word from M that bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger is staying at the hotel there.
Bond hooks up with Goldfinger’s employee Jill, but he is knocked out by one of the rich man’s men, and when he wakes up, Jill is dead, covered in gold paint, having died from skin suffocation.
St Stephen’s Day, E4, 9pm
A young bear who can walk and talk travels to London from the jungles of Peru.
There, he is adopted by the Brown family and goes through many adventures in the big city.
BRIDGET JONES BABY
St Stephen’s Day, RTE One, 9pm
In the third instalment of Bridget’s life, she is single after splitting with Mark Darcy.
She and her friend head to Glastonbury with VIP passes where she meets a gorgeous American stranger and spends the night with him.
But when she goes to a christening and meets Mark, they also sleep together and when she finds herself pregnant, she is 50 per cent sure who the father is.
St Stephen’s Day, VM1, 9pm
The Irish movie that needs no introduction.
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