Pat Stacey’s Christmas Weekend TV Pick: Cut Fat from the Party of Festive Fare

Christmas TV is a busker’s holiday for television critics. For a change, we can enjoy the view without any stress. No notes, no eyes to the deadline clock.

and what we want to look down on is different from what we have to see. So here’s what I’m going to reward myself with for the big three days.


A Christmas Ghost Story: Count Magnus (BBC2, 10PM) is another first-rate adaptation of MR James from Mark Gatiss. Jason Watkins is absolutely cast as a smug travel writer whose curiosity about a Swedish earl has opened up to something unpleasant.

fun countryside (BBC1, 9:30 p.m.) pushes already stressed Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin) into the most stressful Christmas ever as she has to host not only her grandparents but also her friends, Unlucky Kevin (Paul Ready) and funny girl Liz (Diana Morgan).

David Walliams’ Latest Fairy Tales Little Red Riding Hood: Forever After (Sky Max/Showcase, 8 p.m.) catches up with Red 50 years after she defeated the hungry wolf. Family fun with environmental messages in the midst of silliness.

Wonderland: A Christmas Story (Sky Arts, 7 p.m.) sifting through a selection of festive literary favorites from the likes of Dickens, Edith Nesbit and CS Lewis – who see the exchange of gifts and cards as raw commercialization belgium.

A Seasonal Pleasure London Zoo at Christmas (Channel 4, 8pm) learn what happens when the Christmas tree is put into the elephant cage and the hippo Thug gets a new ingredient for her Christmas dinner: broccoli.


Impressive voice actors including Idris Elba, Tom Hollander and Gabriel Byrne feature in the attractive animated film Boy, Mole, Fox and Horse (BBC1, 4.55 pm), based on the book by Charlie Mackesy. A boy lost in the snow encountered these animals while searching for a home.

Smart title Christmas song (Sky Max/Showcase, 8 p.m.) is another take on the Dickens classic. Suranne Jones is the ruthless head of a company that makes a lot of money out of Christmas tattoos, who is visited by three ghosts played by Jo Brand, Nish Kumar and above all, Morecambe and Wise, brought to life by talented impostors Jonty Stephens and Ian Ashpitel.

Five names associated with Channel 4’s formative years (when it was the best channel): Gaby Roslin, Tony Robinson, Miquita Oliver, Terry Christian and Claire Sweeney, doing the worst for Great Christmas Bake (Channel 4, 20h25).

Lightness, calm before the big day is a lot in Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Christmas Fishing (BBC2, 20:40). They ventured further than usual, with a trip to Norway.

2FM Breakfast Crew Doireann Garrihy, Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullen prank the public in The entire Irish hidden camera program (RTÉ1, 9pm). A tedious format at this stage.

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In what has become a Christmas Day tradition on TG4, another famous Irish figure in the film world is honored in a new documentary by Brian Reddin.

Cyril Cusack: Lár an Stáitse (TG4, 21:30) see the great actor whose 75-year career began in the early days of Irish silent cinema and spanned stage, film and television.

Cusack’s first film role was as an eight-year-old boy in the 1918 silent film knock the door, and his last TV appearance was an episode of Chronicles of Indiana Jones of Youth, aired after the posthumous in 1993.

The channel’s second new documentary of the night, Dessie: Glór na Bo Finne (TG4, 10:25 p.m.), honors the life, times and music of famed Irish singer Dessie O’Halloran, who passed away in 2019 and includes never-before-seen material.

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Cyril Cusack celebrated in a documentary on Christmas Day

Unless you are a fan of Fair City (RTÉ1, 8:25pm) or Mrs. Brown’s Boys (RTÉ1, 21:25; also on BBC1 at 10:25pm), you probably won’t spend much time today with our national broadcaster.

Title A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story (BBC4, 7pm) offers clues to the involvement of the mistress of macabre Mark Gatiss, who adapted the Dickens classic for this Nottingham Playhouse, which was filmed in theaters last year. Gatiss also plays Jacob Marley, alongside Nicholas Farrell as Ebenezer Scrooge.

May Ant & Dec’s Unlimited Wins (ITV1, 8 pm) and the last episode of Dr. Martin (ITV1, 9:05pm), is a 90-minute carnival special that breaks the near-total ratings dominance BBC1 has achieved in the UK every Christmas Day since from that Downton Abbey ending in 2015?

They plan their butt heads with the spectre (BBC1, 7:25 p.m.) and Call the midwife (BBC1 7.55pm), set in Christmas 1967. A new season begins on New Year’s Day.


Five years after the third, 75 minutes detector (BBC2, 9pm) witnesses a precious discovery that threatens to shatter the friendship of Lance (Toby Jones) and Andy (Mackenzie Crook). You know it won’t.

Special one time A note for nature (RTÉ1, 6:25 p.m.) combines dramatic footage, on-site musical performances and a message about the need to protect our wildlife from the most destructive species on earth: we.

Think grill off, but with snow instead of cake, and you have a celebrity contest, The greatest snowman (Channel 4, 19:30).

A murder ghost can be let loose in the Christmas episode of Death in Heaven (BBC1, 9pm)? Sure is not. Siobhan McSweeney from Derry girl guest as a true crime podcaster.

If you’ve enjoyed enough of the festival food, the five-part short film treason (Netflix) is a complex spy thriller with Charlie Cox (Dare to die, Kin) as the newly appointed head of MI6. Pat Stacey’s Christmas Weekend TV Pick: Cut Fat from the Party of Festive Fare

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