What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (22nd – 24th December 2014)



The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ABC 2, 7:53pm AEST

Join Jimmy Fallon on Monday for what is sure to be a fantastic show with Amy Adams and Nick Offerman. Offerman, in particular, is always a good interview with his unique sense of humour and surprising talents.

Castle, Ch. 7, 9:30pm AEST

Enjoy Castle’s offbeat Christmas episode, ‘Bad Santa.’ Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Det. Beckett (Stana Katic) investigate a murder involving a killer Santa Claus (of course) as they prepare to spend the holiday season together. When it appears to be related to the mafia, Castle gets caught between his connections and the NYPD.


Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow, ABC 2, 8.34pm AEST

This 2011 Christmas special is well worth a watch (or a re-watch). Michael McIntyre’s festive stand-up routine is comedy at its most relatable. Plus, he is joined by some of Britain’s favourite comedians, with Rob Brydon, James Corden and Miranda Hart also taking the stage.

Groundhog Day, Ch. 7, 8:30pm AEST

Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell star in this 1993 comedy classic. Grouchy weatherman Phil (Murray) finds himself repeating the same day over and over again. At first, he tries to use this to his advantage to gain the affections of colleague Rita (MacDowell), but quickly becomes demoralised with the endless repetition of his days.


Carols by Candlelight, Ch. 9, 8:00pm AEST

Be part of the Australian Carols by Candlelight tradition and tune into Channel 9 on Christmas Eve. Hosted by David Campbell and Lisa Wilkinson, this year the performers include Anthony Callea, Tim Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior and David Hobson.

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, SBS 2, 8:30pm AEST

Dreamt up by the brilliant comic minds of the Monty Python crew, Life of Brian tells the story – in the most outrageous way possible – of Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) a man born on the original Christmas who spends his life being mistaken for the Messiah. Ending with the famous ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ scene, the brilliantly irreverent film is sure to make you laugh.