The late Shane MacGowan, RIP. See below for details on The Story Of A Christmas Classic.

This week: The Story Of A Christmas Classic

TV WEEK (Wednesday 13th to Tuesday 19th)

Donal Skehan: Home Cook (RTÉ 1, Wednesday 13th, 8.30pm)

Donal is entertaining the gang, so he’ll be sharing some tricks to get a really impressive spread – including his favourite make-ahead plates, a gorgeous confit chicken with hasselback potatoes, and a beautiful Basque baked cheesecake crowned with juicy cherries.

A League of Their Own Christmas Special (Sky Max, Wednesday 13th, 9pm)

Romesh and the gang are joined by Manchester United and French international legend Patrice Evra and award-winning comedian Rob Beckett. Together, the gang make a special visit to Brentford FC to cook up a Christmas lunch for the players.

Dynamo is Dead (Sky Max, Thursday 14th, 9pm)

The world-renowned magician Dynamo is embarking on a soul-searching journey to explore the depths of mental health and wellbeing. As he grapples with his own struggles, Dynamo seeks answers from inspirational figures around the world so that he can bury his past and find a new beginning.

I Dream In Photos (RTÉ 1, Thursday 14th, 10.15pm)

Cathal McNaughton is the only person from Ireland to have won a Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism, for his work documenting the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. But, aged 40, at the peak of his career, family circumstances and visa troubles forced him to walk away from “the best job in the world” to currently live in a small fisherman’s cottage at the foothills of Mount Lurigethan in Northern Ireland.

WATCH OF THE WEEK

Fairytale Of New York – The Story Of A Christmas Classic (RTÉ 1, Tuesday 19th, 10.15pm)

To mark the passing of Shane MacGowan, this is another chance to see a celebration of an iconic song and a unique songwriter. The documentary looks back at the making of Fairytale, now one of the most popular Christmas hits ever, in the company of Shane himself, who reminisces about the writing of the song over the course of two years, the importance of his family roots in Tipperary to his music and the early days of the Pogues. Contributions from Christy Moore, Imelda May, Bob Geldof and Paul Simon are included.

BEST FILMS

Dance First (Sky Cinema, from Thursday)

Gabriel Byrne, Aidan Gillen and Bronagh Gallagher star in this film about Samuel Beckett – a man of many parts: Parisian bon vivant, World War II resistance fighter, Nobel Prize-winning playwright, philandering husband and recluse. In 1969, having been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, an embarrassed Beckett simply wanted to be rid of it.

Between The Canals (RTÉ 2, Friday 15th, 9.40pm)

Peter Coonan and Damien Dempsey star in this drama about three small-time Dublin criminals who aspire to move up the criminal pecking order. Liam is a small time dealer who wants to become an electrician; Dots is a thug with ambitions to be a big time dealer, and Scratchcard is a drug user with no ambitions only to stay on social welfare.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (Sky Cinema, from Friday)

Bestowed with the powers of the gods, Billy Batson and his pals are learning how to juggle teenage life with adult superhero alter-egos. But when the Daughters of Atlas arrive on Earth in search of their stolen magic, Billy and buds battle to save the world.

Olympus Has Fallen (RTÉ 1, Sunday 17th, 9.30pm)

The unthinkable happens when heavily armed and highly trained terrorists launch a bold daytime attack on the White House. Luckily, Gerard Butler, a former presidential security officer, is on the scene to rescue the president before his captors unleash their ultimate plan.

CLASSIC MOVIE

The Field (RTÉ 1, Sunday 10th, 9.30pm)

The legendary Richard Harris stars in one of his greatest roles as the land-hungry farmer who finds himself in conflict with a rich American and the Catholic church. A stellar cast of Irish actors make this adaptation of the John B Keane play a timeless classic.

KIDS STUFF

Mummies (Sky Cinema, from Wednesday)

Three ancient Egyptian mummies who live in an underground secret city hidden in ancient Egypt include a princess, a former charioteer, his younger brother, and their pet baby crocodile. Through a series of unfortunate events, the mummies end up in present-day London in search of an old ring belonging to the Royal Family, stolen by the ambitious archaeologist Lord Carnaby.

The Call Of The Wild (RTÉ 1, Saturday 16th, 6.30pm)

In 1897, John Thornton travels to Alaska in the hopes of becoming a prospector in the Klondike Gold Rush. Along the way, he befriends Native American called Charlie and Buck, an abused sled dog who was stolen from his family and has led a hard life.

ON DEMAND

The Crown (Netflix)

The final six episodes pick up in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, with Ed McVey and Luther Ford in the roles of Prince William and Prince Harry. Enter a luminous Meg Bellamy as Kate Middleton wearing that infamous see-through dress – a new generation takes centre stage.

Reacher 2 (Amazon Prime)

The well chosen Alan Ritchson is back again as veteran military police investigator Jack Reacher, following up a coded message that the members of his former US Army special investigations unit are being brutally murdered one by one. Pulled from his drifter lifestyle, Reacher reunites with three of his former team-mates to investigate a deadly conspiracy.

The Family Plan (Apple TV)

Mark Wahlberg has left his past as an elite special ops assassin behind for an ordinary life as a car salesman and devoted father of three. But when enemies from his past track him down, he is forced on a road trip of survival across America to a showdown in Las Vegas.

Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget (Netflix)

Having escaped from the Tweedy farm, Ginger and Rocky welcome a new little adventurer into their lives on a peaceful island sanctuary for the whole flock. Meanwhile, back on the mainland, the whole of chicken-kind faces a new threat, forcing Ginger and her team into action again.

SPORTS CENTRE

RTÉ Sports Awards 2023 (RTÉ 1, Saturday 16th, 9.30pm)

Joanne Cantwell and Darragh Maloney present the RTÉ Sport Awards 2023, live from Studio 4. The awards being handed out on the night include Sport Sportsperson of the Year, Sport Team of the Year, Sport Manager of the Year and Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Sunday GAA Live (RTÉ 2, Sunday 17th, 5pm)

Live coverage from Croke Park of the 2023 AIB Senior Camogie Club All-Ireland Championship Final. Throw-in 5.15pm.