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While watch­ing My Year 12 Life ear­lier this year (the ABC se­ries that fo­cused on the gru­elling ex­pe­ri­ences of HSC stu­dents via video di­aries) the thought oc­curred to me: as over­whelm­ing as Year 12 is, th­ese stu­dents do it once (hope­fully) while their teach­ers re­turn each year to do it again and again. As such, this ter­rific se­ries hosted by Jane Caro can be seen as a com­pan­ion piece. Here, part two of three is full of sur­pris­ing in­sights: mark­ing un­til 2am; ad­mit­ting the love­hate re­la­tion­ships with the job; ac­knowl­edg­ing the mul­ti­fac­eted role as pseudo par­ents, psy­chol­o­gists and some­times even friends. “Be­cause peo­ple have all been to school they pre­sume they know what teach­ing is all about,” says one teacher. In­for­ma­tive and sym­pa­thetic. As the ti­tle would sug­gest, this is a tale of 18th­cen­tury pros­ti­tu­tion, and no one’s del­i­cate sen­si­bil­i­ties are spared in the open­ing min­utes. (You’ve been warned.) Writ­ten by ac­claimed screen­writer Moira Buffini ( Viceroy’s House), the se­ries cen­tres on tough-as-nails madam Mar­garet Wells (Sa­man­tha Mor­ton) and her daugh­ters Char­lotte and Lucy, played by, re­spec­tively, Jessica Brown Find­lay ( Down­ton Abbey) and Eloise Smyth ( For­ti­tude, on SBS On De­mand). Lucy is about to have her vir­gin­ity auc­tioned; Char­lotte has al­ready suf­fered that fate and is now a fa­mous pros­ti­tute. Wells not only has this im­moral quandary on her hands but a com­peti­tor has called the con­sta­bles and a Bi­ble-thump­ing mob down on her es­tab­lish­ment. The Liv­ing Room Fri­day, 7.30pm, Ten Ire­land cer­tainly has seemed to be the re­cip­i­ent of a lot of screen-re­lated tourism in re­cent years. Skel­lig Michael, the is­land that fea­tured in the Har­lots clos­ing scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, went straight to the top of many peo­ple’s lists (with the caveat that it’s a UNESCO World Her­itage site and vis­i­tor num­bers are tightly man­aged). Game of Thrones also is send­ing diehard fans in the Emer­ald Isle’s di­rec­tion. Here, Chris Brown trav­els to Cas­tle Ward in North­ern Ire­land, the an­cient site where most of the ex­te­rior shots of the fic­tional Win­ter­fell are filmed. Tour guide Wil­liam Van Der Kells shows him around, plus he meets some of the cast. Go­ing Clear: Scien­tol­ogy and the Prison of Be­lief (8.30pm, SBS) screens to­mor­row, turn­ing a spot­light on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s prac­tices. For­mer ad­her­ent and Os­car win­ner Paul Hag­gis ( Crash) is the one that sticks with me. Af­ter he is pro­moted to the up­per lev­els of Scien­tol­ogy, he is shown the se­cret rev­e­la­tions writ­ten by L. Ron Hub­bard him­self. “What the f..k are you talk­ing about?” he says of the tales fea­tur­ing alien over­lords and so forth. “I’m down for all the self­help stuff and get­ting rid of neg­a­tive emo­tions, but what the f..k is this?” Sev­eral quotes spring to mind when con­sid­er­ing Taken 3 (Sun­day, 9pm, Ten), but “Fool me thrice, shame on both of us” seems ap­pro­pri­ate. That is by way of say­ing the premise of this Liam Nee­son ve­hi­cle is about as thin as the pre­vi­ous two. But see­ing him play for­mer spy and fre­quently dis­missed father and ex-hus­band Bryan Mills, wreak­ing havoc on all com­ers, is a guilty plea­sure. Matt Da­mon and An­gelina Jolie star in the Robert De Niro-di­rected film The Good Shep­herd (Mon­day, 8.30pm, One), which drama­tises the early years of the CIA. It also fea­tures a young Ed­die Red­mayne, who less than 10 years later won an Os­car for The The­ory of Ev­ery­thing.

ex­plores the lives of sex work­ers in the 18th cen­tury

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