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What to watch on TV tonight: Wednesday

All the telly that everyone will be talking about tomorrow.

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DailyEdge.ie rounds up the TV shows that you’ll be tweeting about tonight and talking about tomorrow.

RTÉ Investigates: Travellers – Lives on the Fringes (RTÉ One, 9.35pm)

RTÉ spent six months investigating the reality of life behind the crisis in Traveller accommodation in Ireland today, with the findings documented in tonight’s show. Across Ireland, Travellers are at a huge disadvantage compared to the general population. They have an 80% unemployment rate, a suicide rate that is six times the national average and 25% of children living in emergency accommodation outside of Dublin are Travellers, even though the Travelling community represent just 0.7% of Ireland’s overall population. In RTÉ’s investigation, they highlight the conditions on unauthorised sites that Travellers live on – they are typically without basic facilities like showers, toilets and sometimes running water. As the housing crisis has worsened, so have the conditions that Travellers are living in. 

The World’s Most Extraordinary Christmas Dinners (Channel 4, 9pm)

Documentary following the people whose ambition and creativity has no limits when it comes to Christmas dinner. Nasa astronaut Anne McClain will be spending Christmas Day on the international Space Station, with a variety of carefully selected and meticulously prepared meals. On a nuclear submarine at the bottom of the ocean, 150 submariners tuck into Christmas dinner that was prepared and stored before the sub set off. Food historians Marc Meltonville and Adrian Warrell will also recreate a Christmas dinner straight from the Middle Ages.

Celebrity Call Centre at Christmas (Channel 4, 10pm)

Strictly Come Dancing finalist Debbie McGee, presenter Nick Hewer, Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom as well as actresses Amanda Barrie and Sunetra Sarker join comedian James Acaster at the call centre, where they’ll dispense advice to the public. The dilemmas cover every sort of issue from Christmas quandries to troublesome affairs of the heart. 

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Everybody’s talking about… Courtney Act considering Eurovision

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After winning Celebrity Big Brother, competing in Australian Idol and making it to the final stage of RuPaul’s Drag Race, celebrity drag queen Courtney Act is now eyeing up next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. You can read all of the details here. If you are obsessed with Courtney Act, you can also look forward to Courtney Act’s Christmas Extravaganza on Channel 4 this Christmas Eve, where she’ll be joined by Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio and Darienne Lake. 

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Or flick over for…

  • Insert Name Here: Christmas Special (BBC Two, 10pm) Sue Perkins hosts a festive edition of the game show with Chris Packham, Suzannah Lipscomb, Carol Vorderman and James Acaster joining team captains Josh Widdicombe and Richard Osman.
  • Jamie’s Quick and Easy Christmas (Channel 4, 8pm) Jamie Oliver shares his ideas for simple festive recipes that take little effort to prepare but still have all the flavour.
  • Inside Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb (BBC Four, 8pm) Documentary following the construction of a 36,000-tonne steal structure to entomb the remains of the nuclear power plant destroyed in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. 
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (E4, 9pm) If you’re a sucker for the Twilight films, it’s your lucky night.
  • Donal’s Meals in Minutes (RTÉ One, 7.30pm) In a seasonal special, Donal runs through five festive recipes that promise to warm the hearts of guests this Christmas. 
  • Deirdre: A Tribute (Virgin Media Two, 8pm) Another chance to see the tribute for Coronation Street star Anne Kirkbride. 

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