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Red alert - The Snapper will be on TV on St. Stephen's Day

By James Fenton

December 6, 2019 at 10:11am

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You've seen The Snapper, you've quoted it a million times and you might even have read the book. That doesn't mean you won't sit down on the sofa for its traditional Christmas screening this year.

The Irish classic is on our screens more than any big-budget Hollywood effort and for good reason, anyone who has seen it would agree. The eccentricity of the Curley family is something most of us can relate to, particularly those who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s.

If for some reason you haven't seen The Snapper, the plot revolves around Sharon Curley becoming unexpectedly pregnant, leading to much speculation around the town. Sharon's father Dessie repeatedly tries to get his daughter to reveal who the father is but she is determined to keep in a secret.

This year's screening will have some extra poignancy following the death of Pat Laffan who played Georgie Burgess in the film. Laffan died in March of this year at the age of 79.

If you're interested in catching The Snapper again, or seeing it for the first time, it can be found on Virgin Media One on St. Stephen's Day, starting at 9pm. Before that, RTÉ has announced a packed schedule for Christmas Day, more details of which can be found here.

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