The Big Christmas Rewind
Christmas Eve, 6:20PM, RTE One
In this Christmas cracker of a show Irish celebrities and their real-life or TV families sit down together to rewind through a nostalgic, heart-warming and hilarious mix of the best of Irish Christmas telly from years gone by.
Nothing says Christmas like getting cosy on the couch with your family, and joining us in a fabulous retro set to roll back the years and share their own Christmas memories are a host of household favourites:
PJ Gallagher, Demi Isaac Oviawe & Jennifer Barry (The Young Offenders)
Saoirse-Monica Jackson & Dylan Llewellyn (Derry Girls)
Eilish O’Carroll & Fiona O’Carroll (Mrs Browns Boys)
Doireann Garrihy & Francis Brennan
Vogue Williams & her mum Sandra Wilson
Christy Dignam, his daughter Kiera and granddaughter Ava
Pat Shortt & his daughter Faye
Mairead Ronan & her son Dara
Mary O’Rourke & her grandchildren Sarah & Scott
Each group reacts to a collection of gems from the archives, featuring the best ads, news reports and TV shows from Christmases gone by, from 1950s gift ideas to 1980s kids’ Christmas lists, national treasures like Monica Sheridan, Brendan Grace and Gay Byrne, cooking fiascos, stolen Christmas trees, dangerous toys and iconic Toy Show moments.
Our guests reminisce and relive Christmas traditions and trends, with each generation offering a different take as they explore how much things have changed – and how much they’ve stayed the same. For some it’s a glorious trip down memory lane, for others it’s Ireland as they’ve never seen it before.
They’ll tackle the great festive debates and share memories of favourite toys and foods. They’ll also open presents, pop crackers and play games, in this unmissable celebration of everything we love about an Irish Christmas.
The Big Christmas Rewind is a Mind the Gap Films production for RTÉ One.
Producer: Fran McNulty; Director: Martin Gaughan; DOP: Andrew Cummins; Sound: Daniel Gaughran; Production Designer: Fiona Cunningham, POV Design.