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Big Little Lies season one had us absolutely GRIPPED with the underlying tension and complex relationships, not to mention the stellar acting from stars like Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Laura Dern and Nicole Kidman.

We can't get enough of the Monterey mums and their crazy tale, and jumped for joy when HBO commissioned a season two with seven new episodes. Oh, and MERYL STREEP. *Weeps*

The sophomore series is due to premiere on June 9, 2019 and the first-look images are ridiculously intense. It looks like plenty of confrontations will take place, and epiphany moments.

The teaser shows plenty of screaming, which proves weirdly entertaining. Meryl is seen throwing some world class shade at the end, playing the role of Perry's mother. If you've forgotten, Perry is six feet under after his abuse escalated and he was pushed down the steps by Bonnie.

We just KNOW that Meryl is going to bring something special to the show. Perry's mum arrives in town with plenty of questions about her son's death.

Nicole Kidman shared the first picture of Mary Louise Wright (Meryl's character) last August, alongside Celeste's "darling boys." What are they looking at, we wonder? Perry's mum and Madeleine also appear to have a showdown.

Reese and Meryl were seen filming a scene involving an ice cream cone being thrown in Los Angeles; basically Madeleine hurls the cone at Mary Louise. They both appear to be fiery characters, and it's unsurprising that they clash.

The show finally has it's own Instagram account, so we're guessing that it'll be riddled with BLL hints about the new season fairly soon. Currently, it's just a grid of videos and gallery posts about the cast.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A new director is also attached to the project: Andrea Arnold. Every episode of season one was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, but he was quoted saying, "If we do a season 2, we’ll break a beautiful thing and spoil it."

He decided not to do season two, basically. Arnold previously worked on episodes of Transparent and the Oscar-winning short film Wasp.

News also broke that This Is Us and American Horror Story actor Denis O'Hare is set to become a regular cast member for season two. His role is yet to be described though, we're waiting.

It also looks like all the OG members of the Monterey Mom patrol are returning. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will also return as executive producers (girl power) and Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz are reprising their cast roles.

Rumour has it, Alexander Skarsgård could be back? The actor won a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a SAG Award for his incredible portrayal of Celeste's abusive husband, Perry. Though he's definitely dead (thank you, stairs)…he could appear in flashbacks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Celeste's husband could still appear in her nightmares. Executive producer Bruna Papandrea recently responded “not that I know of” when asked if Alexander will return.

Alexander has also teased, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not. I feel okay right now, but we’ll see.” He's keeping the option open, it would seem.

Liane Moriarty is the author of the book, Big Little Lies. She also wrote the story for season two, despite never publishing a sequel to the book. The season one showrunner and writer David E. Kelley is also returning.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Word on the street is that Bonnie's parents show up to stir trouble. In April 2018, the Hollywood Reporter broke everyone's hearts by claiming Zoë’s real-life VIP parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet will not play Bonnie’s parents on BLL. 

Crystal Fox plays Elizabeth Howard, and Martin Donovan (Weeds) will portray Bonnie's father, Martin. Bonnie will struggle to process what she did to Perry, and it has an important emotional link to her past. Deadline reports that Perry's death drags up unsavoury memories from her childhood.

Renata is also due to have a few alterations to her marriage, according to Deadline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Good news: a hot, "offbeat" surfer hits up Monterey. Give a warm round of applause to actor Douglas Smith, who will play Corey Brockfield. The character is an “aspiring marine biologist” and Jane’s (Shailene) co-worker. Romance alert?

The Canadian actor has worked on The AlienistCSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Big Love. All we know about him is that he looks damn good on the beach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cast are getting some TASTY pay raises (#TimesUp). ABC News reported in April 2018 that the cast will get increases for the season season.

Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming told THR in a different interview that this was a “direct result” of the Time’s Up movement, so clap clap to Reese for that; 

“One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently. We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows- in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay, and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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THR claimed in January of last year that Nicole and Reese, who produce the show, will earn $1 million per episode on season two, compared to $250,000 to $350,000 per episode on season one.Did someone say, "glow up"?

Their children's school will get a brand new teacher at Otter Bay Elementary. Mo McRae, of Pitch fame, will play Michael Perkins; a second grade teacher who causes Renata's daughter to have panic attacks about the environment. 

HBO confirmed that P. J. Byrne will reprise his role as the school’s principal last May, and Poora Jagannathan (GypsyThe Night Of) will play a new character named Katie Richmond. We're assuming she's a mum, but nothing's been set in stone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Meryl has been having a WHALE of a time on set with the ladies, even going group bowling with the cast. Nicole Kidman is set to create more projects with Liane Moriarty, specifically her upcoming book Nine Perfect Strangers.

Nicole has bought the film and tv rights, so we're in for a treat. We have no word on whether or not there'll be a Big Little Lies season three. BLL creator and executive producer Kelley has said,

“It’s one and two, and we like our closure with season two, but that will probably be it.” Nicole seemed to disagree, saying, “There’s no plan for it to end, specifically. This was a long shoot for us, and it was an enormous amount of work, and we’re just amazed that we can be here.” Hmmm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Production wrapped in August of 2018, and we're predicting big things…especially after seeing Perry's mother/Meryl say: 

“I want to know what happened that night” while the camera pans to the ladies in a lineup at the police station.

The excitement is officially building: only 40 days left to wait.

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Death is pretty much a given when it comes to Game of Thrones; whether it's the Red Wedding (RIP my heart), the Battle of the Bastards or just any kind of royal gathering, you're guaranteed to see bloodshed.

That being said, the upcoming and much-anticipated final season of the show will be pivotal when it comes to character killing, because the last one standing LITERALLY wins Game of Thrones.

*deep breathes* We're going to need a stiff drink to handle the tension and grieving which series eight will inevitably bring…

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A new study published in the Injury Epidemiology journal tries to decipher the likelihood of characters meeting their bloody end, and has recorded data on 330 Game of Thrones personalities.

The data takes circumstances such as religious beliefs and social status into account based off each episode of the HBO smash hit show.

'What influences the chances of a character death?' we hear you ask. Author of the study, Reidar Lysad (he sounds like a character himself…) has said;

"The risk of death is high among characters in Game of Thrones.

By the end of the seventh season, more than half of the characters had died – 186 out of the 330 characters we included in this study – with violent deaths being the most common by far.!

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Apparently, switching allegiance makes you a lot more likely to survive in the show, but sticking to your morals and principles increases the chance that you'll reach the end.

Probably because it's always the sneaky snakes who can con their way into staying alive… 

Women and 'highborns' are also more likely to continue with their lives, rather than poor, male characters. 

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Which means… Queen of Westeros and General Nutjob Cersei Lannister might end up being the last gal standing. *gasps* but her prophecy??

Jaime Lannister, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister all have higher chances of survival because of their tendency to switch sides, and their high status.

One in seven characters actually died within the first hour of their introduction, and the fastest end to a character was just 11 SECONDS. Good God, no one is safe.

The regular character is alive for roughly 29 hours, and only two deaths were from natural causes.

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In Westeros, anything goes. They could all die, TBF, and the throne will be left icy and barren.

The outcome of the show is always unpredictable, and aims to be different than the expected.

As the saying goes; “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”.

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The reigning queen of daytime talk TV, Ellen DeGeneres, has spoken about the future of her hugely popular show while out promoting her upcoming Netflix stand-up special, Relatable.

In an interview with The New York Times, the comedy star speaks about her desire to return to acting one day, and maybe even play an 'unappealing' role for once. SOB.

The infamous host evidently wants to explore more of her own personality, as opposed to continuing with her sixteen-year long programme, The Ellen Show.

One of the reasons why Ellen may need a bit of a breather from her show is most likely because of her ultra-nice reputation, which might refrain her from showing other parts of her emotional range;

“The talk show is me, but I’m also playing a character of a talk-show host. There’s a tiny, tiny bit of difference," she says.

She comments on how she can't do anything even slightly rude, no matter the circumstances, as everyone expects her to show her sunny side constantly, or else to break into dance…

She can't even beep a pedestrian who walks out in front of her car, even if it's just the Biebs prancing around in the snow:

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Her show rarely has anything negative or serious, unless she's mentioning tragedies or natural disasters taking place in America or around the world for humanitarian efforts.

In fact, she almost didn't extend her contract until 2020- imagine, a world without her show? We just can't.

She discusses the different stances which her brother and wife Portia De Rossi take on the future of her talk show.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Vance believes that his sister needs to remain the beacon of light and hope until at least the current US President resigns (they need her, so badly), whereas Portia thinks her wife should explore other creative outlets;

“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity. There are other things she could tackle.”

There must be a ridiculous amount of pressure on Ellen's shoulders, the world would potentially shut down if she even uttered a curse word.

We hope she doesn't leave our screens too soon, but Ellen would undoubtedly go on to even greater projects- she's clearly got talent in any role she takes on.

Her anticipated stand-up show Relatable which streams on Netflix on December 18.

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Viewers all over the country were glued to the screens on Friday night, with The Late Late Toy Show totally taking over everyone's television schedules, and for good reason.

A record amount of viewers from over 100 countries all over the world tuned into RTÉ Player to catch a glimpse of the infamous Irish show, with a total of 1.5 million watching it on RTÉ One over the weekend.

This makes it officially the most watched programme on Irish TV in 2018, and cements it's place as the nation's television event of the year. 1.3 million viewers watched this year, making it an increase of 200,000 people.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The show excelled itself this year, especially with their chosen theme of The Greatest Showman, which was hugely popular with both viewers, participants and host Ryan Tubridy.

1.3 million people watched the show live, which was an incredible 74 percent share of the TV audience during this time period.  The hashtag #LateLateToyShow even trended worldwide on Twitter.

The show had a total reach on RTÉ One of over 1.8 million viewers who tuned in for a minute or more on Friday night, some viewers on the Player logged on from Myanmar, Haiti, Mongolia and Burundi.

Ryan Tubridy gushed about the evening, saying: "I am blown away every single year at the reaction we get to The Late Late Toy Show."

"As a team, we are so honoured that people open their arms and welcome us in for such a magical night, and I sincerely hope it was as much fun for our viewers as it was for me on Friday."

"The production team and the children are what make the Toy Show special and memorable and I want to thank everyone involved, from little star Michael to our heroes Grace and Scott, to the set and costume designers. I’m delighted viewers loved it as much as we did."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They truly outdid themselves this year, the kids just get cuter and cuter every year.

We can't wait to see what they do for 2019.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been one of the most successful Netflix shows of 2018, and for good reason.

The show is a darker take on one of our old 1990s faves, Sabrina the Teenage Witch; a coming of age story about a seemingly normal adolescent girl with a horror-themed secret.

Netflix' take on the series has expanded the layers of witchcraft, introducing the occult, bloodlust and evil forces inherent in the human world. Sounds like our kind of vibe, doesn't it?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kiernan Shipka totally cast her spell on the audience as Sabrina Spellman, and our new internet boyfriend Chance Perdomo had quite an effect as her cousin, Ambrose.

When we left Sabrina at the end of part one, she was forced to make her decision regarding the border between the human world and the world of witchcraft, with powerful results.

We already knew that season two was in the works, as ordered the series as a two-part deal. Thank the Gods for that.

Luckily for us, we don't have to wait long for season two to hit our screens, the trailer has been released and our gal Sabrina is most-definitely dark witch material.

Sporting her new icy blonde hair and cheeky grin, she's undoubtedly up to mischief. 

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 airs on April 5th on Netflix. Get ready, witches.

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Whether it’s a guilty pleasure or low-key obsession, reality shows make for some of the best entertainment available on TV.

Some may be firm believers that the Kardashian clan made reality TV what it is today, while others lean more towards Andy Warhol’s spark of genius in recording daily life and his “famous for 15 minutes” philosophy.

Either way, the trend is arguably at its peak and has us all hooked. In preparation for the upcoming holidays and extra time to spend in front of the screen, here are a few tips to enjoy the best reality shows of days past and present.

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Plan your show sources and schedules

The holiday season is usually packed with marathons on TV, be it anything from Big Brother to America’s Next Top Model.

However, there’s nothing worse than missing a juicy episode and spending the rest of the season somewhat in the dark. Luckily, these shows have become easy to get hold of and even easier to track on their relevant channels.

Prepping for the weekly marathon simply requires your chosen list of shows to watch next, a TV schedule guide and a subscription to a trusty online streaming site just in case you miss an episode.

Worst case scenario, you can find catch up reviews online to grab all the essential details before you continue watching.

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Get social and involved

Along with the gift of reality shows, the technology age has given us a range of platforms to express every bit of excitement or rage the presents itself during the tangible drama onscreen.

One way to show support or express your strong feelings about your favourite show is to head to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to share all the best and worst moments with viewers across the world.

Nothing feels quite as satisfying knowing another fan is having the same experience as you are and is also unashamedly passionate about the latest scandals.

Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that people can now bet on the latest shows like UK’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! It's possible for people to bet on a final winner or who will be sent home in the various eliminations throughout the season.

The interaction makes the entire experience all the more real, particularly when people can potentially win money from your extensive show knowledge. Who said watching TV wasn't a productive use of time?

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Stay (somewhat) active

The holidays are all about fun and relaxation, but you don’t want to become entirely sedentary during your off time.

This isn’t to say you should spend your days at the gym if you’re not that way inclined. Instead, you can compile a fun workout or set of activities to do in the comfort of your home and maybe even do it without having to turn off the TV.

With so many equipment-free options from which to choose, you can be sure to find something to suit you. After all, the boost in energy means more time to continue the holiday fun.

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Your Friday night telly is looking savage. 

Celebrity Gogglebox will be airing tomorrow night as part of the Stand Up To Cancer charity telethon.

And 1D's Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson have confirmed that they're sitting down to watch some telly for the Channel 4 show – so now you've GOT to tune in.

Get the snacks ready and invite the gals around for some of the year's best telly.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Taking to Insta, Liam announced the news by posting a picture of himself and Louis looking comfy on the sofa.

In the caption, the singer said: "Tune into @channel4 on Friday night from 7 pm to watch me and @louist91 on #gogglebox for #StandUpToCancer."

"It’s for a cause that’s close to our hearts, so please give it a watch and donate," he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This year's line-up will include Love Island winner, Dani Dyer and her soap-star dad, Danny.

Former English football manager, Peter Crouch and his model wife, Abbey Clancy will also be chillin' on the couch for the telethon.

So leave behind the Friday night glam and get into the fat pants with a ridiculous amount of snacks for some brilliant entertainment, for a great cause.

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We’ve been counting down the days all week long, but the bank holiday weekend is finally here.

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy some late night Netflix marathons with none of the guilt.

You don’t have to rise and shine for work come Monday morning, so might as well make the most of it.

Netflix has us spoilt for choice and we’re kicking off with the top picks of films.

Pride & Prejudice has been added today.

The beloved Jane Austen novel comes to life via the award-winning actress Keira Knightley who depicts the character, Elizabeth Bennet.

This cult classic will have you longing for your very own Mr Darcy, who is played by Matthew MacFadyen. Get the popcorn on, crack into the wine and get the girls around to watch the sparks and chemistry fly between the two characters.

If action and a thriller are what you’re seeking this August bank holiday, look no further than Matt Damon who takes on the role of Jason Bourne.

Jason is the ultimate deadly weapon as the CIA are determined to track down him down 10 years after he left training with the agency.

As the search gets underway, Jason soon finds himself back at the heart of the action battling a sinister network that utilises terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

We all need a laugh after a long week of work so get ready to enjoy Hot Fuzz, which is available today.

The funny and entertaining movie has been created from the brilliant minds of the creators of Shaun of the Dead.

A reassigned big city cop is about to take on small town living and things take an unusual turn of events.

 Which goes to show that looks can be very deceiving.  

Meanwhile, Netflix has released more of their own originals for us to obsess over.

 Marching Orders follows Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats as they fight to keep their spots on the field, memorise routines, balance their academic careers, and maintain their social lives.

On Children is a brand new addition to the streaming service reveals a world where individuals face the tragic consequences of social pressure, parental oppression, and family dysfunction.

 

Dive into a childhood classic and reminisce with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In pre-WW1 England, a widowed inventor throws himself into transforming a worn out racing car.

However, the car develops the amazing ability to fly and float on water. The inventor has plans to take his children and girlfriend on a beautiful adventure, but a prince has other ideas. The royal attempts to steal the fantastic automobile which leads the gang into a whole new world.

Have a fantastic long weekend. 

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If you are a television obsessed nut (guilty) or just really love one particular show, this is the list for you!

Check out these 10 simple tattoos inspired by our favourite TV shows…

Gilmore Girls

In honour of possibly the greatest show on earth, show your respect to The Life and Death Brigade.

Gossip Girl

Greetings Upper East Siders…

Game of Thrones

Matching ink for die-hard fans… brace yourselves.

Friends

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this show. Remember kids… PIVOT!

Pretty Little Liars

Got a secret, can you keep it?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

A genuine cult classic, Buffy was the ultimate SLAYer.

Grey’s Anatomy

This one gets us right in the feels.

Stranger Things

On a scale of 1-10… you are an 11!

X files

Literally YES!

Lost

Those infamous numbers…

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Yup, it's officially Blue Monday.

And while health experts and doctors are sceptical about the legitimacy of the concept of the 'most depressing day of the year,' a cold, dark, flat-out broke month is certainly enough to make us consider hibernation until February 1.

So if you are looking for something to lift your spirits – and one that doesn't involve spending any money (see above) – having a larf with the help of Netflix is a decent place to start.

 

Classic Comedy Series

 

Only Fools & Horses

London schemer Derek, his brother Rodney and their daft grandfather try anything and everything to leave their working class life behind.

The Big Bang Theory

Quarks fly when two geeky physicists discover that they have a new neighbour : a sexy actress who inspires them to try a relationship with a real woman.

Fawlty Towers

Haughty Basil Fawlty and his bossy wife try to raise the profile of their Fawlty Towers Hotel, but endless mix ups arise, leading to farcical lunacy.

The Fresh Prince of Bellair

The affluent Banks family finds their lives turned upside down when Street smart Will, a Philadelphia relative moves into their California mansion.

Gavin & Stacey

After a long distance courtship, Gavin and Stacey finally meet in person – only to be confronted with the strong opinions of friends and family.

That 70s Show

Feel groovy in 1970s suburbia, where a teen and his pals hang in the basement, listening to rock and indulging other hazy benefits of ‘70s culture.

 

Stand Up Comedy

 

Micheael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow

Michael McIntyre visits some of the UKs most iconic standup comedy venues, unearthing a portfolio of comedy’s brightest new talent.

Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me Live

In her first Netflix comedy special, Chelsea Handler recounts her African adventures (and provides hilarious photographic evidence)

Louis CK – Live at the Comedy Store

The comic puts his trademark hilarious / though provoking spin on finding a bat in his kitchen, seeing rats having sex, Boston accents and dead pets.

Jimmy Carr – Funny Business

British comedian Jimmy Carr unleashes his deadpan delivery and wickedly funny one-liners to a sold-out audience at the UK’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Aziz Anzari – Buried Alive

‘Parks and Recreation’ star Aziz Ansari takes the stage to share his unfiltered views on adulthood, babies, marriage, love and more in the modern ear.

 

Comedy Films

 

Sing Street

In 1980’s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a touch school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girls attention

Bewitched

Isabel Bigalow seems to be the perfect Samantha to star in a remake of the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched” but no one knows she really is a witch!  Stars Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLane

Eddie The Eagle

This inspirational film tells the true story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards who became England’s unlikely ski-jump hero in the 88 Olympics.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

When she learns her platonic pal is getting married, food critic Julianne Potter realises her true feelings for him and tries to sabotage the weddings.

What Happens In Vegas

After a night of heavy partying in Vegas, two strangers wake up to realise, much to their displeasure, that they’ve gotten married.

 

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Christmas – the season of goodwill and loadsa telly. 

And now that RTÉ has released its schedule for the Yuletide season, we're busy setting ourselves up for what promises to be a seriously fruitful whack of small-screen entertainment. 

For your viewing pleasure, SHEmazing! has shared the broadcast highlights of the Christmas period… suffice to say we won't be going outside until January.

RTÉ One:

Saturday December 17, 9pm:

The 2016 RTÉ Sport Awards

Darragh Maloney presents the RTÉ Sport Awards 2016 live from Studio 4.

 

Tuesday December 20 to Friday 23, 6.30pm:

Today with Maura & Dáithí

In addition to their usual daytime slot From Tuesday to Friday, Maura and Dáithí will return after the Six One News for 30 minutes of recipes, tips and tastings to help viewers enjoy the best of Christmas food and drink.

 

Tuesday December 20, 8.30pm:

Christmas At The Cathedral

Traditional carols with the choir of St Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin as they prepare for the Christmas season. 

 

Wednesday December 21, 9.35pm:

Strange Occurrences In A Small Irish Village

An apparition of the Virgin Mary; a multi-million euro restoration project; a plane full of American pilgrims en route; thousands of faithful seeking a miracle. Strange Occurrences In A small Irish village explores the big question of faith, in a small Irish village.

 

Christmas Eve 8.10pm:

Christmas Carols From Cork

Presented by Mary Kennedy, this year the Christmas carols show is set beside the River Lee in the beautiful grounds of University College Cork. The performances will come from the Aula Maxima  – the Great Hall in UCC and the Honan chapel, which is celebrating its centenary this year. 

 

Christmas Eve 9.30pm:

Christmas With Daniel

Join Daniel O’Donnell this Christmas Eve for a festive celebration, exclusively recorded at his sold out Christmas show at the Convention Centre Dublin. 

 

Christmas Eve 11.15pm:

Midnight Mass

Live from Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin, as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

 

Christmas Day 10am:

Eurovision Mass For Christmas Day

Live Eurovision Mass for Christmas Day from Le Locle, Switzerland, with commentary from Michael Comyn.

 

Christmas Day, 11am:

Urbi et Orbi – Pope Francis’ Christmas Message 

Delivered from St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, with commentary and translation from Fr Thomas McCarthy.

 

Christmas Day 8.25pm:

Fair City

It’s a case of the ghosts of Christmas past for Paul Brennan this year as Niamh plans the ultimate Christmas dinner with Paul's ex-lovers and children.  Meanwhile in the O'Brien household secrets are exposed which leave Eoghan feeling more alone and isolated than ever.   As Dermot’s health continues to deteriorate he plans the perfect last Christmas with his family.   And Carrigstown welcomes a new face which is bound to cause havoc for Ama and Jake. 

 

Christmas Day 10.25pm:

Mrs Brown’s Boys – Mammy’s Forest

Something isn’t quite right in the Brown household this Christmas. Agnes Brown has had enough hassle with Christmas trees to last a lifetime, so this year she refuses to have one. But with Grandad’s health a worry for everyone, is there something else missing this Christmas apart from just the tree?

 

St. Stephen’s Day 6.20pm:

Know The Score: Sports Quiz Of The Year

In an hour-long Christmas special Jacqui Hurley alongside team captains Shane Byrne and Ruby Walsh with some very special guests take a look back at the sporting year. 

 

Tuesday December 27, 6.30pm:

Big Year On The Farm

Áine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney return to John Fagan’s farm in Castlepollard  to find out how the year has gone since April covering all the trials and tribulations of agriculture life from fluctuating prices to unpredictable weather and the dangers of disease.

 

Tuesday December 27, 8.30pm:

Senior Moments

A comedy show where the senior members of our society display their charm, warmth and wit, both out on the street pranking unsuspecting young folk and in the comfort of their own homes.

 

Tuesday December 27, 9.30pm:

Pull Like A Dog

In August 2016 Gary and Paul O’Donovan, two young rowers from West Cork, came from nowhere to become household names after bolting their way to silver medal success at the Rio Olympics. This special one-hour documentary follows the O’Donovan brothers as they return to their parish of Lisheen and Skibbereen rowing club in the aftermath of their success.

 

Wednesday December 28, 6.30pm:

Celebrity Home Of The Year

The panel of three expert judges – design legend Hugh Wallace, acclaimed architect Declan O’Donnell and award winning interior designer Deirdre Whelan – are invited into the homes of five well known Irish faces: presenter and stylist Darren Kennedy, broadcaster and publisher Norah Casey, writer Terry Prone, fashion designer Helen Cody and broadcaster Brent Pope.  

 

Wednesday December 28, 7.30pm:

Ireland’s Fittest Family: Mud, Sweat and Tears

Mairead Ronan invites us to join her on this fun and exciting journey through four epic years of the hit show, as she shines a fresh light on some of the biggest moments from TV’s toughest challenge show. 

 

Wednesday December 28, 9.30pm:

The Nathan Carter Show Christmas Special

There are plenty of festive treats lined up as Nathan Carter hosts this special Christmas edition of his show.  Recorded in front of a lively audience in Dublin’s Mansion House, it’s packed with music, laughs and chat.

 

Thursday December 29, 6.30pm:

The Year Of The Rising

Looking back at the year of commemoration; this special programme is presented by Mary Kennedy.

 

December 29, 9.30pm:

Johnny Logan: Hold Me Now

In this one hour profile, which includes exclusive footage of his working life in Scandinavia and Germany alongside material from his recent sell out gig in Dublin’s Vicar Street, Johnny outlines jos unusual and occasionally bizarre career.

 

Saturday December 31, exact time TBA:

 New Year’s Eve Live – Centenary Special

As the 1916 Centenary year comes to a close join Claire Byrne, Bryan Dobson and Kathryn Thomas as they look back on a momentous year for Ireland.

 

 

RTÉ 2:

Wednesday December 21, 9.30pm:

Carrick-On-Stag

Brides and grooms-to-be are joined for one last raucous weekend in Carrick-On-Shannon before they get married.

 

Thursday December 22, 9.35pm:

Don’t Tell the Bride

Apart from being head over heels in love with his blushing bride Lisa Toner, groom Owen Walsh is self-professed “nerd”. While Lisa dreams of an elegant, lakeside wedding, Owen is thinking of a ceremony on the side of a mountain with his bride arriving on horseback, sporting a cape! So will this wedding end up being more game of moans, than Game Of Thrones?

 

Christmas Eve 10.05pm:

Bridget & Eamon’s Christmas Special

It’s St. Stephen’s Day and Eamon’s Mammy has called over to make Bridget’s life even more miserable. When Bridget accidentally kills her with an electric carving knife, can they hide the body from the neighbours and the Gardaí?

 

Christmas Day, 8.30pm:

Other Voices: Gavin James Christmas Special

Recorded live at the Other Voices festival in Dingle earlier this month. Choice music prize winner Gavin James gives an intimate performance from one the most unique music festivals in Ireland. 

 

Monday December 26 to Thursday 29:

Racing From Leopardstown

Robert Hall presents four days of festive racing action from Leopardstown alongside Ted Walsh, Brian Gleeson, Tom Lee and Tracy Piggott with Tony O’Hehir on commentary. 

 

Thursday December 29, 9.30pm:

EURO 2016 – Two Shades Of Green

Last summer, for the time ever, both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland competed at a major soccer tournament at the same time. As over 100,000 supporters from both sides of the border descended on France, they stole the hearts of their hosts and the world over. Two Shades Of Green looks back on those heady few weeks through the eyes of those who were there.

 

Thursday December 29, 10.30pm:

Thank GAA It’s 2016

Special programme looking back at the story of the Championship summer and delivering a festive hamper of GAA goodness.

 

MOVIES ON RTÉ One

Saturday December 17, 6.35pm:

Arthur Christmas

 

Sunday December 18, 9.30pm:

22 Jump Street

 

Friday December 23, 9.25pm:

Love, Actually 

 

Christmas Eve, 6.15pm:

The Lego Movie

 

Christmas Day 1.30pm:

Muppets Most Wanted

 

Christmas Day 3.10pm:

Monsters University

 

Christmas Day 4.55pm:

Despicable Me 2

 

Christmas Day, 6.35pm:

Frozen

 

St. Stephen’s Day, 4pm:

Rio2

 

St. Stephen’s Day 9.15pm:

Calvary

 

Friday, December 30, 00.40:

New Year’s Eve

 

Friday, December 30, 9.30pm

Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’ Movie

 

 

And the RTÉ 2 movies…

Saturday December 17, 9pm:

Die Hard 2

 

Tuesday December 20, 9.30pm:

Notting Hill

 

Thursday December 22, 2.50pm:

While You Were Sleeping

 

Friday December 23, 9.30pm:

300: Rise Of An Empire

 

Friday December 23, 2.35pm:

Chariots Of Fire

 

Christmas Eve, 6.20pm:

Pitch Perfect

 

Christmas Eve, 10.35pm:

Bad Neighbours

 

Christmas Day, 6.30pm:

Star Trek: Into Darkness

 

Christmas Day, 9.25pm:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

St. Stephen’s Day, 6pm:

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

 

St. Stephen’s Day 9.30pm:

Rush

 

Tuesday December 27, 9pm:

Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug

 

Friday December 30, 9.30pm:

Tinker, Tailor, Soilder Spy 

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Teen Mom UK will air on Wednesday November 2 at 8pm.

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