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Irish Production Highlights on TV3 This Christmas
14 Dec 2017 : Nathan Griffin
IFTN have picked out some of the top Irish produced television and film set to air on TV3 over the Christmas period. The festive period will see TV3 give ‘Cardboard Gangsters’ its world TV premiere, debut a host of new Christmas specials and includes a number of family movie favourites.

 

 

CARDBOARD GANGSTERS

World TV Premiere

TV3 21:00 Monday 18th December, 2017

(2017)

A group of young Cardboard Gangsters attempt to gain control of the drug trade in Darndale, chasing the glorified lifestyle of money, power and sex. Starring John Connors, Fionn Walton and Kiersto Wareing.  

 

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW

New Episode

TV3 22:55 Saturday 23rd December, 2017

Award-winning international success Graham Norton returns to our screens with a new series of The Graham Norton Show, focusing on people, trends, stories and aspects of celebrity culture that interest him the most. Graham's razor-edged comedy captivates audiences around the globe. (HD) (D)

 

MARIO’S BEST BITS

Special

TV3 22:50 Sunday 24th December, 2017

Mario Rosenstock has been writing and performing sketches following the highs and lows of Irish political and public life featuring Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister John Halligan, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary, Willie O’Dea, Joan Burton, Gerry Adams, Mick Wallace and more.This programme brings the best of those sketches together into a half-hour special to reflect on a turbulent and interesting political season which almost saw a Christmas general election.  

 

BRENDAN GRACE: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA HOUSE 

Special

TV3 21:00 Monday 25th December, 2017

Watch veteran Irish comedian  Brendan Grace at his hilarious best at the Cork Opera House. (D)

 

XPOSÉ: ON THE RED CARPET

Special

TV3 18:30 Tuesday 26th December, 2017

The Xposé team takes you to the year’s most glamorous premieres and events, from Star Wars’ celeb-packed cast to Jamie Dornan’s hottest appearance since 50 Shades, we run down our unforgettable red carpet moments.

 

PAUL O’GRADY: FOR THE LOVE OF DOGS CHRISTMAS 2017

Special

TV3 20:00 Tuesday 26th December, 2017

Paul O'Grady returns to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in an one-hour special of 'For The Love of Dogs at Christmas'.  Determined to bring some much-needed festive cheer to the canine residents, Paul will again bring his unique blend of heartfelt warmth and humour to the waifs and strays of Battersea as he tries to give the dogs the best Christmas present possible - a new home. Top of Paul’s Christmas list to help is Bauble, a heavily pregnant stray found wet and bedraggled on Hampstead Heath.  This mysterious tiny terrier arrived at Battersea scared and confused, and in desperate need of some love and attention, which Paul is only to happy to offer!  But with the vets having no idea what breed of dog the father is, Bauble’s labour could be anything but straightforward...Another lost soul Paul meets is Wilma, who was found abandoned in a park and desperate for company.  Paul is determined to cheer up lonely Wilma and so hatches a plan to take her out for an extra special adventure…! (HD) (D)

 

WAKING NED

Movie

TV3 22:00 Tuesday 26th December, 2017

(1998)

An elderly man living in a small Irish town wins the National Lottery and dies from shock. Word spreads quickly around the village; Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly), two elderly best friends go to great lengths to find the winner so they can share the wealth. Starring Ian Bannen, David Kelly, James Nesbitt and Fionnula Flanagan.

 

INTO THE WEST

Movie

TV3 17:00 Wednesday 27th December, 2017

(1992)

The Irish 'Into the West' is a film about two young boys, Tito and Ossie, whose father "Papa" Reillywas "King of the Travellers" until his wife, Mary, died during the birth of their second son, Ossie. The boys grandfather (David Kelly) is an old story-telling Traveller, who regales the children with Irish folk-tales and legends. When he is followed by a beautiful white horse called Tir na nOg (meaning "Land of Eternal Youth" in Irish), from the sea to Dublin, where the boys and their father have now settled down in a grim tower block in Ballymun, the boys are overwhelmed with joy and dreams of becoming cowboys. The horse is stolen from them and they begin their adventure to get their mystical horse back. They escape the poverty of a north Dublin council estate, and ride "Into the West" where they find that Tir na nOg is not just a horse. Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciaran Fitzgerald.

 

XPOSÉ: THE BIGGEST CELEB INTERVIEWS 2017

Special

TV3 18:30 Thursday 28th December, 2017

Xposé hosts Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson, Cassie Stokes look back at their biggest and best celebrity interviews from 2017. From Victoria Beckham to Heidi Klum and Channing Tatum, the stars reveal all in their intimate Xposé interviews. (D)

 

TV3 are also set to debut British specials such as ‘The Royal Variety Performance’, ‘The Real Celebrity Full Monty’, and The Nation’s Favourite Elton John Song’. On December 23rd they will be covering the racing from Ascot for this year’s ‘Long Walk Hurdle’, and will be showing ‘Birds of a Feather Christmas Special’ to name but a few.

Click here to find out more about the TV3 Christmas Schedule 




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