Ac­cept­able Risk

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE - EMILY HOURICAN

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., 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.

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