Christmas on TG4
13.00 An Western: Support Your Local Gunfighter
(1971) Starring James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Jack Elam, Joan Blondell, Harry Morgan, Chuck Connors. Director: Burt Kennedy. Suave con man taking advantage of a small town divided by rival mine operators passes off a drunken drifter as a hired killer and woos the tomboy daughter of a mine owner.
15.40 Just like Heaven
(2005, Comedy) Starring Reese Whitherspoon, Mark Ruffalo and Donal Logue. Directed by Mark Waters. A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.
20.00 Val Doonican: An Fear a Shiúil go hArd
This is an affectionate yet revealing documentary chronicling the life and career of one of Ireland’s most successful musical exports, Val Doonican. During the course of his long and illustrious career, the Waterford crooner released over 50 albums and his TV show ran for 25 years. He had a deceptively easy style and effortlessly tuneful voice. He finally stopped performing in 2009 after more than 60 years in show business, was granted the Freedom of Waterford in 2011 and died in early July 2015, at the age of 88. The programme recounts how the death of his father changed Val’s life forever.
21.30 Éire Fhiáin – An Cósta Thiar
A two-programme award winning special on Ireland’s most striking wild environment presented by Eoin Warner. Eoin opens the series on the Skellig Islands off the Kerry Coast, surrounded by thousands of comical puffins and secretive shearwaters who travel to Skellig from sub-Antarctic waters every year to find the same nest to breed.
Heading north from here he encounters leaping Humpback Whales off the Blasket Islands, a family of barn owls who have taken up residence in the ruins of an ancient castle and Ireland’s limestone desert – the Burren, home to the island’s only reptile, the common lizard.
22.30 Family Weekend
When her family misses her jump roping competition, a 16-year-old girl and her siblings hold their parents hostage, hoping to correct their unsatisfying behavior.