Christmas on TG4
10.00 Garfield – Réabhlóid na gCreimirí
Squeak goes away and leaves Irv in charge, warning Irv not to let his cousin Ratzo in. Soon Ratzo and his friend arrive, and Irv doesn’t know how to keep them out and Garfield is in trouble because Jon sees mice in the house. Irish language version.
13.00 My Favorite Spy
(1951, Comedy) Starring Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr and Francis L. Sullivan. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Peanuts White, a burlesque comic, is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate international spy Eric Augustine (whom White resembles) in a mission to purchase a million-dollar microfilm in mysterious, exotic Tangier. There, he encounters the irresistible Lily Dalbray, an “old friend” of Augustine who is now dealing with his arch-enemy, Brubaker. But where is the real Eric?
17.00 Bee Movie
(2007, Animation) Starring Jerry Seinfield, Renée Zellweger and Matthew Broderick. Directed by Simon J. Smith. Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them.
20.00 Gradam Extra 2017
Gradam Ceoil TG4 2017 saw 105 musicians and 70 crew come together to produce the biggest awards ceremony in its 20 year history. Gradam Extra, a 52 minute documentary will use the awards ceremony as a launch pad into the winners’ careers, and get to know the musician behind the music. Gradam Extra is an intimate look into the lives of this year’s Gradam winners. Through in-depth interviews spanning their careers, intimate portraits filmed with their families, friends and communities, beautifully shot performances.
21.30 Anseo i lár an Ghleanna
A unique chronicle of a year in the life of a small Connemara community as it strives to protect and preserve its past, realising that while it may not be able to save the village, perhaps it can save its heritage. Since the foundation of the State, populations in townlands and villages all across the western seaboard have dwindled. Locals blame a combination of state neglect as well as the centuries-old tradition of emigration. One such townland is Loch Con Aortha, a tiny village in Connemara situated at the foot of the impressive Cnoc Mordán.
Since the 1970s the vigor of a vibrant, close-knit community and its ancient folk culture has vanished. Now life itself is disappearing from the village. It seems 21st century Ireland has no place for it in its future. This is a poignant and angry statement on the reality of rural Ireland’s struggle to survive.
22.30 Seán Keane Ag Ceol
Renowned singer Seán Keane is joined by friends in a special concert for an invited audience in Paddy Coyne’s Pub, in Connemara’s Tullycross.
(1963, Drama) Starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal. Directed by Martin Ritt. Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.