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What some of Northern Ireland's famous faces will be watching at Christmas


It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

The Snowman

The Snowman

Actor Bruce Willis

Actor Bruce Willis



It's a Wonderful Life

DUP leader and Finance Minister, Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland's soon to be First Minister, says the Queen's Christmas Day message is top of her festive viewing list:

As an enormous supporter of our Royal family, my top priority will be to sit down with my mother and the rest of the family and watch the Queen's Christmas message. It's a tradition and always a milestone of Christmas Day. I love seeing Her Majesty and we'll maybe even get a glimpse of Charlotte or George. Beyond the Queen I will probably watch a little of Call the Midwife and Downton Abbey.

Broadcaster and event host Pamela Ballantine is well prepared for festive viewing:

The must-see is Downton Abbey, but also for me, and not the family viewing, I cannot miss the Doctor Who special. I will be at my sister's so both will be recorded on Sky Plus in case I missing anything.

Former Ireland and Ulster rugby star Stephen Ferris is a big Bruce Willis fan:

Die Hard. It's an action movie based around a Christmas party. All of Bruce Willis' one-liners are awesome. What a movie. What an actor.

Gerry Morgan, the drummer for singer James Bay, will be eating too much food and watching lots of TV:

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I will be in Newry for Christmas Day because we have a couple of weeks off. I will be watching the classics like Mighty Ducks and Die Hard. I quite like The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton. I like the sinister soundtrack of the film - it's a nice juxtaposition from the Christmas festive vibe."

TV presenter and model Zoe Salmon is hoping to spend Christmas in Northern Ireland:

My personal favourite Christmas film is It's a Wonderful Life. I love watching the classics and this is the perfect one at my favourite time of year.

Domesticated Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness won't have time for TV as he will be busy in the kitchen:

On Christmas Day I will be doing all the cooking, as I always do, so I'll be watching the cooker not the television.

Actress Caroline Curran, who is starring in her own play My Big Fat Belfast Christmas at Theatre at the Mill, will make time for the soaps:

I always watch Santa Claus The Movie to start my day off. Then all of the soaps and, of course, Mrs Brown's Boys.

Theatre star and singer Conleth Kane, from Lurgan, whose Christmas single River is on the airwaves at the moment, loves festive viewing:

I simply have to watch The Snowman. It's my all-time favourite. I also really love Home Alone one and two.

Model agency boss Alison Clarke and golfer husband Darren will be on the beach on Christmas Day:

I am away at the minute in the Bahamas for Christmas and New Year, so there will be no TV on!

Author Lucy Caldwell is another fan of the festive classics:

For me, Christmas isn't Christmas without The Sound of Music. But this year, there isn't going to be much lazing - we've got a very active toddler who's more interested in somersaulting over the sofa than sitting on it. One thing he does like is a lovely new CBeebies animation called Hey Duggee, which is produced by my husband's aunt. The gentle introduction to In the Night Garden, also on CBeebies, is sure to calm both toddler and frazzled parents.

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