CULTURE

Tuesday 31/12

FILM: A Simple Wish Murray is a fairy godfather trying to help 8-year-old Anabel to fulfil her wish that her father Oliver, a cab driver, would win the leading role in a Broadway musical. Unfortunately, Murray’s magic wand is broken and the fairies convention is threatened by the evil witches Claudia and Boots. Family comedy starring Martin Short, Mara Wilson, Amanda Plummer and Francis Capra. (Star – 21.00) FILM: Shadowlands Based on the life of writer C.S. Lewis, who won acclaim with his Chronicles of Narnia books, this film looks at his life as a lecturer at an Oxford College in the 1930s and his tragic affair with a young, American fan. Social drama directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Roddy Maude-Roxby and John Wood. (Alter – 0.30) FILM: Solstice: A Christmas Story For people like Nick Altman, the coldest, loneliest night of the year is Christmas Eve. Set in Chicago, the film follows his day from morning till midnight, as he encounters a variety of characters who help renew his belief in the holiday spirit. Social drama starring Michael G. Kelley, Mary Margaret McCloud and Peter Contos. (ET3 – 16.30)