What to watch on television on St. Stephen’s Day

La Saint-Étienne is the perfect time to curl up on the sofa and watch TV all day.

And with so many people spending Christmas away from loved ones this year, watching a good movie by the fireside is a great distraction.

Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly movie or a good old-fashioned romantic comedy, there’s plenty to watch on RTÉ, Virgin Media, BBC, and Channel 4 today.

Check out our top picks below:


Kung Fu Panda 2 – 12:55

The panda martial arts master defends his home against an evil peacock who has a mysterious connection to his past. Animated comedy sequel, voiced by Jack Black

Peter Rabbit – 14:25

A mischievous bunny takes on a farmer in a battle of wits. Family comedy based on the stories of Beatrix Potter, voiced by James Corden

Coco – 4:00 p.m.

A boy who dreams of being a musician ventures into the land of the dead to find his ancestor. Fantastic animated, with the voices of Anthony Gonzalez and Gael Garcia Bernal

The Greatest Showman – 18:25

A former bank employee tries to create and develop his New York circus in the mid-1800s. Musical drama, starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams

Fair City – 8:15 p.m.

Carol realizes her troubles are only just beginning, as Cristiano finds love, and Alex faces repercussions for his unorthodox yoga session

EastEnders – 8:45 p.m.

Janine tries to bring Mick back to herself by telling Zack that Nancy still loves him and that he should invite her out. Sonia approaches Stuart and encourages him to tell Rainie the truth

Rocketman – 21:35

Elton John enters rehab and recounts his extraordinary life in a flashback. Biopic, with Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell

The Way We Were Christmas – 11:45 PM

The programs take a warm, nostalgic look at Irish Christmas themes, asking how much has changed and how much has remained the same in soothing ways

The Devil wears Prada – 00:45

The ruthless personality of a magazine editor and her outrageous demands make the life of her intern assistant a nightmare. Dramatic comedy with Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt


How to Train Your Dragon – 11:20

A clumsy Viking boy longs to kill a dragon, but ends up befriending one instead. Fantastic animated, with the voices of Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler

Leopardstown Race – 1:00 p.m.

Live coverage of Day 1 of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival with Barry Geraghty, Lisa O’Neill and Ted Walsh including Grade 1 Racing Post Novice Steeplechase

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 15:20

An inventor discovers that an old car has magical powers, and a greedy tyrant will do anything to get it. Musical adventure for children, with Dick Van Dyke and Lionel Jeffries

Snow chick: the story of a penguin – 6:00 p.m.

Kate Winslet says cameras follow the first months of an emperor penguin’s life, watching him learn to survive in the extreme landscape of his Antarctic home

Casino Royale – 7:00 p.m.

James Bond is pursuing an international criminal responsible for financing terrorist organizations around the world. Spy thriller with Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Mads Mikkelsen

Braveheart – 21:40

Medieval Scottish hero William Wallace fights to drive the English out of his country. Historical epic, directed and performed by Mel Gibson. With Patrick McGoohan and Sophie Marceau

The graduate – 00:55

A naive college graduate is seduced by a middle-aged woman, to fall in love with his daughter. Dramatic comedy with Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross

Virgin Media One

Saturday Night Giveaways: Double Trouble – 5:10 p.m.

Another chance to see the comedy series featured in the series, with Ant & Dec trying to stop the clones of themselves that led celebrities in a daring bank heist

The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special – 6:00 p.m.

Lesley Joseph, Judge Jules, Jenni Falconer and Patrick Kielty answer general knowledge questions and take on five of the ruthless Chasers and get a charity prize

Emmerdale – 7:00 p.m.

The village is devastated. Some are ready to take revenge. Dawn panics

Rue du Coronnement – 7:30 p.m.

Abi refuses to let Kelly leave the past. Nick is overjoyed when Sam finally breaks his silence. Nina confides in Asha

All Star Musicals at Christmas – 8:00 p.m.

Fern Britton, Ben Miller, Gyles Brandreth, Anita Rani, Catherine Tyldesley and Radzi Chinyanganya embark on a musical theater masterclass. John Barrowman hosts

The Princess Bride – 9:30 p.m.

A dashing stable boy sets out to save his lost love from the clutches of an evil prince. Rob Reiner’s Fantastic Comedic Adventure, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin


Songs of Praise: The Journey of Faith by Daniel O’Donnell – 13:15

Claire McCollum is in Ireland to meet Daniel O’Donnell as he celebrates his 60th birthday, to find out how his strong Catholic faith motivates his life and song

Beauty and the Beast – 2:20 p.m.

A prince transformed into a monster falls in love with a spirited village girl who holds the key to breaking her curse. Musical fairy tale, with Emma Watson and Dan Stevens

Paddington – 4:20 p.m.

A Peruvian jungle bear begins a new life in London, but catches the eye of a sinister taxidermist. Family comedy with Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins

Around the world in 80 days – 5:50 p.m.

Adaptation of Jules Verne’s Adventure in the late 1800s, starring David Tennant as intrepid explorer Phileas Fogg taking on the challenge of touring the world

Around the world in 80 days – 6:40 p.m.

Crossing Italy by train, Fogg’s self-esteem is shattered by the ridicule of an arrogant tyrant, worrying Abigail and Passepartout even before disaster strikes

Death in Paradise Christmas Special – 7:30 p.m.

Special festive feature film. A shipping magnate is found dead at a party. Things get weirder when man in London receives Christmas card linked to victim’s death

A very British scandal – 9:00 p.m.

Drama focusing on the 1963 divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, known for its outrageous accusations and salacious photographs. With Claire Foy and Paul Bettany

EastEnders – 10:00 PM

Janine tries to bring Mick back to herself by telling Zack that Nancy still loves him and that he should invite her out. Sonia approaches Stuart and encourages him to tell Rainie the truth

Match of the day – 10:40 p.m.

Gary Lineker presents action from Boxing Day Premier League matches including Manchester City v Leicester City and Aston Villa v Chelsea

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Singing in the Rain – 12:40

A silent movie star tries to win the heart of an aspiring actress as the dawn of sound changes the world of cinema forever. Musical with Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

Some Like It Hot – 14:20

Two musicians who witness a mob murder crawl around and join a group of girls to escape the gangsters on their trail. Romantic comedy, with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe

Anything Goes: The Musical – 19:40

A production of the classic musical filmed at the Barbican in London, with a cast directed by Broadway star Sutton Foster, starring Robert Lindsay, Felicity Kendal and Gary Wilmot

Adele: The BBC Sessions – 10:00 p.m.

A look back at the BBC archives to see how it all started for Adele, one of the biggest music stars of the 21st century

Channel 4

Home Alone 3 – 13:55

A resourceful eight-year-old uses an arsenal of homemade traps to fend off a gang of crooks looking for a stolen microchip. Comedy sequel, with Alex D Linz

Crocodile Dundee – 4:00 p.m.

An Australian hunter with a larger-than-life reputation accompanies an Outback reporter to the urban jungle of Manhattan. Comedy, with Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski

All I Want (ed) for Christmas – 8:00 PM

Celebrities get the chance to unwrap the gifts they wanted as kids but never got, and find out if they are as exciting as they imagined. Reported by Stephen Fry

The big quiz of the year 2021 – 9:00 p.m.

The annual end-of-year quiz, led by Jimmy Carr. Sarah Millican, James Acaster, Jonathan Ross, Judi Love, Guz Khan and Sara Pascoe reflect on the bizarre events of 2021