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XMAS crackers RTÉ Christmas schedule: Mrs Brown's Boys special, Celebrity Fittest Family, Fungie the dolphin documentary and more

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Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2020 is the jewel in the crown.

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2020 is the jewel in the crown.

Alan Peebles

Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2020 is the jewel in the crown.

THE Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas special is once again the jewel in the RTÉ Christmas crown. 

The national broadcaster today unveiled their bumper Christmas schedule which includes a celebrity version of Ireland’s Fittest Families, A Dancing With The Stars recap and, of course, Brendan O’Carroll’s annual Christmas cracker.

There will be heaps of comedy and blockbuster movies as well as a one-off documentary from DIY SOS host Baz Ashmawy, who heads to Dingle in the search for Fungie.

And RTÉ has announced that they have secured the Irish TV premiere of Angela’s Christmas Wish airing on Christmas Day.

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Jen Zamparelli host of DWTS returns for one night only

Jen Zamparelli host of DWTS returns for one night only

Jen Zamparelli host of DWTS returns for one night only

This heart-warming animated tale from Ireland’s Brown Bag Films is the sequel to the Emmy nominated special, Angela’s Christmas, and tells the story of a determined little girl who sets out to reunite her family in time for Christmas.

Based on characters by author Frank McCourt, it features the vocal talent of Ruth Negga, Jared Harris and Catriona Balfe.

Family entertainment will be provided by Jennifer Zamparelli and Nicky Byrne who will get their Dancing With The Stars sparkle back for one night only for a recap on the four previous series’ best bits.

The whole family will also love The Den's Christmas Special as the latest series comes to a close.

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Family entertainment will come in the form of the Den Christmas Special.

Family entertainment will come in the form of the Den Christmas Special.

Family entertainment will come in the form of the Den Christmas Special.

And on December 31st, the whole family can join in a special New Year's Eve Countdown with music, comedy and chat live from The Gaiety Theatre in the heart of Dublin.

But the big draw in the new schedule is the annual dish of Marmite comedy Mrs Brown's Boys.

Love her or hate her, Agnes Brown will be back for two new episodes on RTÉ One on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, which will provide bumper ratings for the channel.

This more contemporary episode will show how Mrs Brown and all the crew in Finglas are coping with lockdown life.

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Ruby Walsh and family will take place in a celebrity version of Ireland's Fittest Families.

Ruby Walsh and family will take place in a celebrity version of Ireland's Fittest Families.

Ruby Walsh and family will take place in a celebrity version of Ireland's Fittest Families.

And over on the RTÉ Player, Reeling in the Fears, written by Joanne McNally and presented by Doireann Garrihy is a satirical and chaotic look back at the year in a desperate attempt to find the positives.

In Fungie’s Kingdom, Baz Ashmawy makes the trip to investigate the Dingle Dolphin’s disappearance to explore the magic and the mystery of the cheeky, solitary, wild dolphin who made Dingle Bay his home for 37 years.

Music features strongly this Christmas and on New Year's Eve, Nicky Byrne presents Soundtrack of My Life featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra playing a selection of greatest hits and familiar floor-fillers with Kodaline and special guests including Jack L, Loah and many more.

The Queen of Nashville, Dolly Parton, joins Ryan Tubridy for a star-studded Late Late Show Country Christmas Special on December 11th and our own Irish country stars will also be on hand with some of their own favourite Christmas hits.

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