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There's A Whole Heap Of Classic Movies On Irish TV Tonight

By James Fenton

June 2, 2017 at 12:56pm

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If you're planning on heading out to celebrate the Bank Holiday tonight, we recommend setting the recorder before you do.

Irish TV, for all we give out about it, is delivering some absolutely quality viewing this Friday evening and we're already visualising our slippers and cup of tea. 

For starters, RTÉ 1 will be showing the critically acclaimed true story Philomena which centres on a woman who was sent to Ireland to give birth in 1951 before having her son taken from her. She kept the secret from her family for 50 years before coming back to search for him. Judy Dench and Steve Coogan star in the powerful and heart-wrenching tale.

The movie gets underway at 9.35pm which is the same time that Boyhood will be starting over on RTÉ 2. The drama was filmed over 12 years, keeping the same cast as they all got older, and depicts the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans, Jr. played by Ellar Coltrane. If you haven't caught this unique movie yet, believe us, you will be entranced from the opening scene.

Not to be outdone by their rivals at Montrose, TV3 have gone for an auld action classic in Mission Impossible. Pretty brainless stuff so perfect if you just want to flake out after a long week. Tom Cruise will be appearing on our screens at 10pm.

Finally, if you're still not ready for bed after all that, you can flick over to BBC 1 for 1998 romcom Sliding Doors which starts at midnight.

Not a bad line-up at all. If we had plans we'd cancel 'em.

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