Christmas Eve viewing

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TV ONE:

Starring Keisha Castle Hughes, and directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen), The Nativity Story is the blessed story of a young girl, named Mary, and the divine ordinance that changed her life forever and the history of mankind.

It chronicles her life in Nazereth, her betrothal to her husband Joseph, the visitation of the Angel Gabriel, a miraculous pregnancy and the arduous journey which she and Joseph must endure as they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem to give birth to the son of God.

The film is a story for all mankind. For those who believe, it is a faithful retelling of the events and encounters Mary and Joseph faced along their path. But it is also the story of a family faced with the unknown and a test of their faith.

It is a story of a young mother and father, who must travel a long and terrifying journey from their only known home to find a birthplace for the unborn child.

Saturday 24th December, 3.55pm TV ONE

TV2:

At 12:05pm it’s a Christmas Eve double feature with Christmas Cupid, followed by A Dog Named Christmas at 2pm.

First up, Sloane Spencer (Christina Milian) is a high powered Hollywood publicist who finds herself haunted by the ghost of her recently departed infamous client Caitlin (Ashley Benson, Pretty Little Liars). With just days before Christmas, Caitlin takes Sloane on a journey to meet the ghosts of her ex-boyfriends from the past, present and future to try and guide her to true love in a modern day take on the Charles Dickens holiday classic story A Christmas Carol. Also starring Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill).

Then, in A Dog Named Christmas, Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) stars as George McRay, a man whose 20-year-old son Todd is developmentally challenged and has an affinity for animals.

When Todd hears that the animal shelter is looking for families to foster a dog for Christmas, he’s eager to sign up. But his father has a strict no dog policy. He claims that he is only trying to protect his son from disappointment, but his wife suspects that something else is troubling her husband.

Eventually, Todd’s persistence pays off. He chooses a friendly yellow lab and names him “Christmas.” Upon bringing Christmas home, the dog seems to know immediately that this is where he belongs. Will George be able to look beyond his past disappointments, or will watching this new pet bring his son forward be a revelation?

At 4:30pm, Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks lends his voice to The Polar Express.

Teaming up with another Academy Award-winner, director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Cast Away), the film is an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.

When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Combining classic storytelling with cutting-edge filmmaking, The Polar Express is fast becoming a Christmas family classic.

Following that, for the third week in a row, Tim Allen will reprise his role as Kris Kringle, this time in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, screening at 7pm.

As Christmas nears, Scott Calvin (Allen) invites his in-laws to join the festivities. However, the holidays take a chaotic turn when Scott discovers a way out of his “Santa Clause”, and the mischievous Jack Frost (Martin Short) puts the big freeze on Christmas.

Unless Scott can save the day, it’s going to be a very chilly Frostmas at the North Pole and all around the world. Will Scott be able to get his job back in the St. Nick of time?

Then, at 9pm, put the cookies out for Santa and settle down with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in the feel-good hit, The Wedding Singer..

Julia (Barrymore) and Robbie (Sandler) finds themselves crossing paths at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other celebrations. She is the waitress, he is the ’80s song-singing sensation who can keep the party rocking. Both are engaged, but are they engaged to the wrong people?

When he is stood up at the altar by his fiancée, he realises that Julia might be the girl for him – especially when he learns that her fiancé doesn’t really seem to care about her, and that marrying him would give her a very unfortunate first name/ last name combo…

PRIME:

Fathers Ted, Dougal, Jack and Mrs Doyle prepare for Christmas on Craggy Island.

The usual nightmare of Christmas shopping becomes a reality when Ted and Dougal find themselves lost in the lingerie section of a local department store.

The embarrassment is compounded when six other priests are revealed to be in the same fix.

Luckily, Ted’s leadership qualities and initiative save the day and all the priests escape the predicament undetected.

His reward is a Golden Cleric – the BAFTA of the Catholic world. So prestigious is the award, however, that some priests will go to any lengths to procure one…

SATURDAY 24th December on PRIME

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