World Music Performance: Ragus

Arts Channel – Saturday 22 December, 9.00pm

Filmed at Dublin’s famed Olympia Theatre late last year, where Ragús performed to record-breaking crowds, this show captures the spirit of the music, song and dance traditions of the Aran Islands. Featuring an ensemble cast of award winning traditional musicians, singers and dancers, Ragús is real Irish entertainment – a journey to the heart of the living tradition, that encapsulates and exhibits newfound confidence in Ireland’s music and dance heritage. Highlights include assorted jigs and reels, The Christy Moore classic The Two Connelleys and Robbie Burns immortal Green Grow the Rushes.

Entertaining The Troops

Arts Channel – Saturday 15 December, 8.00pm

A nostalgic salute to the Hollywood stars who brought music and laughter to the troops during World War II. Filled with clips, newsreel footage, present-day interviews and reunion.

Agatha Christie’s Garden

Arts Channel – Thursday 6 December, 8.00pm

The world’s most successful crime writer and creator of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Agatha Christie’s career spanned more than 50 years during which time two billion of her books were sold. Agatha Christie’s Garden reveals clues about the author including intimate interviews with her only grandson Mathew Prichard, Janet Morgan, Agatha’s biographer and Agatha Christie expert and the revered crime writer Baroness P.D. James. Also featured is stunning footage of Greenway, Christie’s ‘magical place’ in Devon where she escaped from the literacy circus and spent time with her family.

The Best Of Riverdance

Arts Channel – Saturday 1 December, 8.00pm

Includes 18 of the all-time best performances of Riverdance. From its extraordinary beginnings at the Point Theatre, Dublin, with original stars Michael Flatley and Jean Butler, through its phenomenal success in Radio City Music Hall, New York to its latest live recording in Geneva.

Theatre and Film Special: Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes: Episode 2

Arts Channel – Friday 29 June, 7.30pm

The story of the Marvel Comics Super Heroes continues; including Spiderman, Batman, the X-Men and many more. Features interviews with screenwriters, artists and film producers.

Theatre and Film Special: Giuseppe Tornatore: A Dream of Sicily

Arts Channel – Thursday 28 June, 7.30pm

A profile of the Oscar-winning director of ‘Cinema Paradiso’, Giuseppe Tornatore, offering an intriguing look at the parallels between the real-life filmmaker and the fictional Salvatore.

Design Special: Louis Vuitton: Champs Elysees – The Countdown

Arts Channel – Wednesday 27 June, 8.30pm

The inside story of the three months preceding the inauguration of Louis Vuitton’s new flagship store in the Champs Elysees, which aims to be one of Paris’s most visited monuments.