IFB Films on TV this Christmas
The Lost Letter, RTÉ 2, 5.45pm
A short film about a boy who learns that one of his neighbours hates Christmas. He tries to find out why, so he can cheer her up. Narrated by Kate Winslet.
Angela’s Christmas, RTÉ One, 6.20pm (plus a repeat broadcast on Christmas Day at 1.50pm
Based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish author, Frank McCourt, Angela's Christmas is a funny, heart-warming and poignant story about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas time.
Brooklyn, RTÉ One, 9.35pm
Brooklyn is the story of a young woman, Eilis who moves from small town Ireland to Brooklyn, New York where, unlike home, she has the opportunity for work and for a future — and love, in the form of Italian-American, Tony. When a family tragedy brings her back to Ireland, she finds herself absorbed into her old community, but now with eligible Jim courting her. As she repeatedly postpones her return to America, Eilis finds herself confronting a terrible dilemma — a heart-breaking choice between two men and two countries.
St. Stephen's Day
Song of the Sea, Channel 4, 6.40am
After their mother's disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with their Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben only knows from his mother's folktales. But this is no bedtime story — these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.
Wednesday, 27 December
The Guard, RTÉ One, 9.30pm
In this comedy-thriller set on the west coast of Ireland, Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humour, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and absolutely no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.
Thursday 4 January, 2018
Albert Nobbs, TV3, 11.35pm
Nineteenth century Ireland — a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of pverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years — 'he' is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape this fate.