The Legacy left me sit­ting on the edge of my seat


I DO love a bit of Scandi Noir - that whole dark hu­mour and lack of sen­ti­men­tal­ity, the po­lar op­po­site to us gre­gar­i­ous, over-emo­tional Ir­ish. So it was with huge ex­pec­ta­tion I sat down to watch

The Legacy on Sky Arts last Wed­nes­day night. This is the lat­est of­fer­ing from the mak­ers of The Killing and Bor­gen and is a fam­ily drama laced with in­trigue, death and sib­ling ri­val­ries.

I wasn’t dis­ap­pointed. After only one episode I was left sit­ting on the edge of my seat and count­ing down the min­utes un­til the next one. It was ab­so­lutely grip­ping from the start with the open­ing scene show­ing one of the cen­tral char­ac­ters, renowned artist, Veronika Groo­nen­gaard stand­ing out­side an on­col­ogy ward smoking a fag and look­ing heav­en­ward. You know in­stantly it’s not go­ing to end well.

Veronika is the Ma­tri­arch of the fam­ily, an ec­cen­tric artist work­ing from a di­lap­i­dated manor. It’s the run up to Christ­mas and we see how dys­func­tional the fam­ily are. Veronika has a fraught re­la­tion­ship with her daugh­ter Gro, her son Fred­erik doesn’t talk to her, another son, Emil is over in Thai­land spend­ing all her money and then the real shocker, a se­cret love child who is only re­vealed to the oth­ers when Veronika keels over and dies. Signe, the se­cret love child is be­queathed the en­tire fam­ily es­tate much to the shock and hor­ror of the oth­ers.

The story was bril­liantly played out and within seconds like all good Scandi noir, you for­get the sub­ti­tles and be­come ab­sorbed in the story. Hav­ing said that you re­ally can­not look away from the screen for a sec­ond, or you’ll be lost and have to do what I do on a reg­u­lar ba­sis - pause and rewind!

The Late Late Toy Show for me is a chance to see Christ­mas through the eyes of a child and this years for me any­way, was the best yet. I give out about Ryan Tubridy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis be­cause I think at times he comes across as tak­ing him­self too se­ri­ously and can be a bit pa­tro­n­is­ing to boot but on the Toy Show he is his very best self and I sus­pect the Real Tubs comes out. You can see he has a great affin­ity with chil­dren - he gets down to their level and has no prob­lem be­ing silly or mak­ing him­self look like a fool.

The Theme this year was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the open­ing se­quence was sim­ply mag­i­cal. How could you not love all those re­ally cute chil­dren dressed up and singing their hearts out? 269 kids took part in the show, singing, danc­ing and road test­ing hun­dreds of toys. In keep­ing with other years, there was ma­jor spec­u­la­tion about Ryan’s Christ­mas jumper but this time round he de­cided to wear four dif­fer­ent ones all knit­ted by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

It was Ed Sheeran how­ever who stole the show sur­pris­ing fan Aimee Keogh as she was singing along to his song, Lego House. On see­ing her idol she screamed, “I’m hys­ter­i­cal”. Sure you couldn’t buy that kind of TV mo­ment.

Tubs en­gaged in an egg fight with a lit­tle girl, don­ning a granny plas­tic mac and scarf, he had a nerf gun fight where he tar­geted the au­di­ence and he lost con­trol of a go kart, man­ag­ing to say s*** twice in the space of a few min­utes.

It was good clean fun and ev­ery­thing that we needed to get us into the Christ­mas spirit.

This week on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, we learnt that Ed­wina Curry is a tough old bird, (well we all kind of knew that), Jimmy Bullard is a bit of a bully, Na­dia Forde isn’t just a pretty face Ken­dra Wilkin­son is a Whinge and Jake Quik­enden is a Dope.

Here was I think­ing this year’s con­tes­tants were the nicest, most sin­cere bunch to date and then hunger set in and it all started to kick off. The first ma­jor row in camp erupted be­tween Ed­wina and Ken­dra when Ed­wina chal­lenged Ken­dra over some­thing she’d said. It was un­com­fort­able view­ing. Ed­wina is a highly in­tel­li­gent, ed­u­cated woman and her at­tack was pas­sive ag­gres­sive and aimed at un­der­min­ing and goad­ing Ken­dra. Which she did, re­sult­ing in Ken­dra blow­ing her top in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.

Mean­while things have turned sour for best bud­dies Jake and Jimmy after Jimmy launched a vit­ri­olic at­tack on Jake for no par­tic­u­lar rea­son call­ing him weak and un­tal­ented. It’s ob­vi­ous Jake isn’t the sharpest knife in the cut­lery drawer and I sus­pect Jimmy picked on him for ex­actly that rea­son. Later he ex­cused his be­hav­iour by say­ing it was only ban­ter. If he ban­tered with me like that I’d box the head off him!

Na­dia Forde has sur­prised many by com­ing across as a very down to earth, easy go­ing, placid girl with a great sense of hu­mour. Un­like Ken­dra who spends her whole time moan­ing, “I don’t like it, I don’t like it” Na­dia just gets on with the job at hand, de­spite her ob­vi­ous fears. You’d have to won­der did Ken­dra go round the Play­boy man­sion whin­ing, “I don’t like it” when Heff sum­moned her to his room!!

It’s still the best Re­al­ity TV show on telly and will get my vote ev­ery time.


Bressie’s Teenage Kicks, Tues­day, RTE 2, 10 pm

I must ad­mit, part of the rea­son I’m rec­om­mend­ing this is be­cause I never get tired at look­ing at Bressie! He is so easy on the eye! But he also is a nat­u­ral on tele­vi­sion and I re­ally like the con­cept of this show. This week Bressie heads to Lim­er­ick to take on the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing and nur­tur­ing a teenage pop band. he be­gins by hold­ing au­di­tions and is helped by drum­mer Ro­nan Nolan and May Kay from punk band, “Fight Like Apes.” Of course it doesn’t all run smoothly as you can imag­ine and Bressie has his work cut out for him!

The High Hopes Choir, Thurs­day, RTE 1, 10.15 pm

This mov­ing se­ries fol­lows for­mer RTE Con­cert Orches­tra con­duc­tor David Bro­phy as he sets up Ire­land’s first ever home­less choir. The three part doc­u­men­tary re­volves around Bro­phy’s ef­forts to form the en­sem­ble. Dur­ing the first episode we learn that he aims to es­tab­lish two re­gional branches, one in Dublin and one in Water­ford and dur­ing the course of the pro­gramme con­tacts char­i­ties such as Fo­cus Ire­land and St Vincent de Paul to try to re­cruit mem­bers.

Top: The Legacy on Sky Arts is a fam­ily drama laced with in­trigue, death and sib­ling ri­val­ries. Left: The Late Late Toy Show for me is a chance to see Christ­mas through the eyes of a child and this years for me any­way, was the best yet. and Lastly don’t miss Bressie in Bressie’s Teenage kicks on Tues­day RTE 2 at 10 p.m.

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