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This page previews upcoming TV and Radio Programmes, mostly in Ireland and the UK. This is for information purposes only and does not imply recommendation unless clearly stated otherwise. Some of the material is available live or for download/podcast/streaming from the websites of the relevant broadcaster.

Note: All times and dates are accurate at time of posting, but broadcasters can make changes so it's a good idea to double check in the daily papers/teletext etc. Watch also for regional variations, especially on BBC. The Irish channels, and EWTN can be watched online and through their various apps. EWTN is also available on most satellite services.

(RTE One Tues)

Nativity! BBC Two Sat 4 Dec 8.20 am Comedy starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jensen. A teacher brags that his ex, a Hollywood producer, is thinking of turning his school's Nativity play into a film. 

Fern Britton Meets … BBC One Sun  5 Dec 11.30 am Fern Britton speaks to recording artist and actress Barbara Dickson. Barbara describes how, a folk singer by heart, she was restyled as a pop star but has always been cautious about the shallowness of fame. She reveals that at the height of her success she came close to breaking point, after suffering from exhaustion and anxiety. Barbara also talks about how her conversion to Catholicism helped her overcome many obstacles and how faith is a key part of her life. 

Songs of Praise BBC One Sun 5 Dec 12.30 pm It’s the final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year competition, presented Aled Jones. As it’s the second Sunday of Advent, six of the best girl and boy choristers in the UK perform a Christmas carol or song in front of judges Lesley Garrett, Howard Goodall and David Grant before one is crowned the 2021 champion. The programme also includes a performance of John Rutter’s Angels’ Carol by the winning chorister, Aled Jones and all the semi-finalists. 

NEW! 20TH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SACRED ART AND MUSIC EWTN Sun 5 Dec 6.30 pm From various locations in Rome 

IN CONCERT: MAGNIFICAT IN C MAJOR EWTN Mon 6 Dec 6 am Leading Baroque conductor Tom Koopman conducts German composer Johann Kuhnau’s Magnificat in C Major. 

NEW! TURLEY TALKS EWTN Tues 7 Dec 11 am Kevin Turley interviews Aidan Mackey, a worldwide expert on Catholic writer and poet, G.K. Chesterton. Visit the Chesterton Library, and learn more about the life and work of this famous and well-loved author. 

Time RTE 1 Tues 7 Dec 10:15    pm Teacher Mark Cobden is sent to prison and has to learn quickly how to survive. When an inmate identifies prison officer Eric McNally’s weakness, he faces an impossible choice. Positive attitude to faith. Written by Jimmy McGovern. Stars Sean Bean, Stephen Graham and Siobhán Finneran.