Christmas on TG4
10.00 Niko The Flight Before Christmas
(2008, Animation) Niko is a little reindeer with big dreams to be like his father: a member of Santa’s Flying Forces reindeer troupe. With the help of a flying squirrel named Julius and a singing weasel named Wilma, he’ll embark on a daring and exciting journey to Santa’s Fell: a place where dreams come true if you truly believe.
11.50 The Cat in the Hat – Christmas Special
(2012) In this festive special, Cat, Sally and Nick are trying to help a friend who is missing, but will they be back in time for Christmas Eve?
12.30 The Stooge
(1951, Comedy) Starring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Polly Bergen. Directed by Norman Taurog. Egotistical vaudevillian Bill Miller basks in the limelight with his successful musical-comedy act, but his success is due to his unheralded second banana.
14.10 SpongeBob – An Scannán Spúinse as Uisce
Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy. However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard, who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies. Irish language version.
17.10 Lurgan 2K17
Lurgan 2K17 is a young people’s entertainment series that features the music videos of online sensation ‘TG Lurgan’ while profiling the profoundly talented students who perform in them. The series chronicles the life events that have shaped a diverse and fascinating collection of young Irish people while capturing their contemporary creative expression of Irish culture through song. In this episode, 15 year old Grace Willis from Meath performs her own song, ‘Mo Chara is Fearr’ and ‘Green Light’ by Lorde. Grace shares her love of science and delves into the social side of Coláiste life.
17.25 An Béal Bocht
An animated adaptation of Flann O’Brien’s acclaimed 1941 novel in Irish. It is a biting satire on the highly popular Gaeltacht autobiographies of the time. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish-language novels of the 20th century. It is the life story of a young Gael held in Sligo Jail as he reflects on the dire poverty of his childhood and recalls the glamour of the city-dwellers who came to learn Irish and lecture the natives about how lucky they were.
18.00 Steip 2017 – Súil Siar
Súil Siar Steip is a look back on the main individual sean-nós dancing competition from Oireachtas na Samhna 2017 in Killarney.
18.55 An Western: Rio Grande
(1950, Western) Starring John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Ben Johnson. Directed by John Ford. A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who’s a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.
21.05 Sé mo Laoch Speisialta – Matt Molloy
The Chief, The Lord & The King. The day the ‘Chieftain’ Matt Molloy met ‘The Lord of the Dance’ Michael Flatley & ‘The King of the Concert Flute’ Séamus Tansey. During the making of the Sé Mo Laoch documentary about Matt Molloy, three giants of flute music came together for a once off musical meeting. Sit back and enjoy a bird’s eye view of ‘the flute session of the century’. On a wintery day in October, Irish music legends Michael Flatley and Matt Molloy, met with keyboard player Brian McGrath for a few tunes and they then made a sojourn to meet their great friend and mentor Séamus Tansey. What unfolded was a music session like no other.
21.30 Rocky Ros Muc
This award-winning feature-length documentary film tells the story of Connemara-born boxer, Seán Mannion, whose life and boxing career also serve as a window on the Irish emigrant experience in Boston in the grim 1980s. From the quiet Gaeltacht village of Ros Muc in County Galway, to the mean streets of Boston, this gritty yet heart-warming film examines the man’s spirit inside the ring and his troubles outside. Like many before him, he left behind his home village of Ros Muc and headed for a new life in America. He had a talent for boxing. His sparring partners at his gym were at the heart of Whitey Bulger’s Winter Hill gang. Friends. Fellow emigrants. His world was their world. The fighting Irish. Drugs, racketeering and murder. This was the reality of life in South Boston. In October 1984, Sean stood in the boxing ring in Madison Square Garden, in New York City fighting for a WBA world title crown. His rise up the professional ranks wasn’t straightforward. Neither was his descent. This is a story of survival, of determination, honour and strength, a story about identity and community, not just for Seán Mannion, but for the thousands of emigrants like him. This landmark documentary has already garnered prizes at the Irish Film Festival in Boston and at the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh. It has also received rave reviews from its recent screenings in LA, New York and Boston.
23.10 Tommy Fleming In Concert
Tommy Fleming, Ireland’s premier International male performer, performs The Contender, Silence Is King, If These Old walls Could `speak, The Bantry Girl’s Lament , Danny Boy, Follow On, Galway Bay and many more classic songs. Recorded Live at Ireland’s National Event Centre Killarney 2002.
00.40 The Oranges
(2011, Comedy) Starring Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener. Directed by Julian Farino. The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.