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Christmas on TG4


12.55     It started in Naples

(1960, Comedy) Starring Clark Gable, Sophia Loren and Vittorio De Sica. Directed by Melville Shaveslon. Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged “black sheep” brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old little boy named Nando, who is being raised by Michael’s sister-in-law Lucia Curcio. Mike immediately disapproves of Nando’s Italian-style education. To make matters worse, Lucia happens to be … a sexy nightclub dancer. This is too much for a puritan like Mike.

14.50     Laochra Gael

This episode of Laochra Gael is shown as a tribute to Tony Keady who passed away in August of this year. One of the most famous hurlers of his generation, Tony played centre half back for Galway between 1985 and 1991, winning All-Ireland titles in 1987 and in 1988, when he also won the hurler of the year award. He will also always be remembered for the events of 1989 when he was suspended for a year having played illegally in America. Joe Mac Donncha, Michael Bond and Cyril Farrell contributed to the programme which was first shown in 2007.

17.25     Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh – An Lá a Rugadh Mé

A simple and entertaining series that combines nostalgia, national and International news and popular culture. In essence, each episode is a subjective social documentary which chronicles a guest presenter as they sift through the Irish newspapers, radio and television archive from the day they were born. We then follow that person as they embark on a personal journey investigating further three of the stories that catch their eye from the date of their birth. Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh uncovers the story of forgotten hero James Fitzmaurice.

19.45     Cúl Stáitse – Oireachtas 2017

Two months before the festival opens in Killarney, we meet some of the various participants as they prepare and rehearse to take to the stage at Oireachtas na Samhna 2017. The time has come – the Oireachtas is finally here. In the final episode we focus on the festival itself, and how our competitors and their families deal with the pressures of their respective competitions. All of the competitors are nervous about the performances. We follow the competitors backstage, has all the hard work paid off? Who will be the winners of Oireachtas na Samhna 2017?

21.15     Nollaig na Maggies

A Christmas homecoming for four of Donegal’s most prolific female singers – Tríona and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Moya Brennan – ‘T with the Maggies’ return to their beloved Donegal for the festive season and for one night only perform an intimate concert for their close friends and family in the spectacular setting of Glenveagh Castle. In this festive programme, these four talented and spirited Donegal women celebrate the festive season by performing some of their favourite songs and reflect on their lives, loves and losses, and their own Christmas memories.

21.55     The Family

(2013, Comedy) Starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron. Directed by Luc Besson. The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection programme, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

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