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RTE Player, until October 24, episode 1 RTE’S latest drama, a co-production with Canadian company Facet4, is filmed in Montreal and Dublin and written by veteran, Emmy Award-winning Ron Hutchinson, the man behind Fatherland, with Rutger Hauer, and The Island Of Dr Moreau Moreau, with Marlon Brando, by then well gone beyond eccentric.
Acceptable Risk stars Elaine Cassidy — always a good thing — as Sarah Manning, and starts with her husband of 18 months, Lee, who works for Dublin-based global pharma giant Gumbiner-fischer, being shot in the back of the head while on a business trip to Montreal. Strangely, Sarah’s first husband, who also worked for Gumbiner-fischer, drowned, apparently after falling drunk into the canal.
Angeline Ball as Det Emer Byrne (left) arrives to Sarah’s house to break the bad news of what looks like a tragic accident. But then police find a handgun in Lee’s luggage, and a strange man starts snooping round the house. Worse, as Sarah goes to look into Lee’s past, she finds he doesn’t seem to have one… Hans Werner Hoffman (aka Morten Suurballe from The Killing) plays the sinister head of Gumbiner-fischer, with Risteard Cooper as head of security. Enjoyable conspiracy thriller stuff.
Tv3.ie, until October 11, episodes 1-4 Against a backdrop of gradually rising infertility rates — apparently Ireland now has the third highest rate of childlessness in the developed world — this is an intimate exploration of what that actually means for six Irish couples.
Filmed over the course of a year, and exploring a variety of aspects, emotional and physical as well as familial, The Babymakers is an honest, compelling stab at interpreting the statistics in the light of human stories.
From the use of donor eggs to the implications of hormone treatment, the tragedy of miscarriage and the often-immense financial implications, this goes deep into the reasons why couples persist against sometimes considerable odds.