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