YVONNE GORDON MY VIEW
Get yourself in training for 16 days of watching the world’s best in competition
Just when you thought you were safe, sport is back dominating the schedules. For just over a fortnight, the world’s eyes will be focused on London as the fittest people on the planet attempt to write themselves into the history books. Just like with Euro 2012, the choice is between RTÉ’s comprehensive, if lesser- resourced, coverage and the slick packaging of the BBC. For those who will be glued to their armchairs for the rest of the summer, it’s probably a good bet to do a bit of channel surfing (which, for many of us, will be the closest we come to actual sport). So tune into RTÉ Two when our own medal hopes, such as Katie Taylor, are competing, and the Beeb when you want all the bells and whistles, and the analysis of some great former champions.
And if some of you are becoming depressed at the mere thought of all these superhumans padding around your screens, there are a few distractions, not least Paddy O’Gorman tramping the Titanic trail in his new series (Tuesday, 7pm, RTÉ One). While superhuman feats of strength, speed and endurance are attempted elsewhere, you can be sure Paddy will take his own sweet time meeting and greeting people in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and the famous ship’s last port of call in Cobh.
On a more serious note, Cracking Crime – Cold Cases ( Tuesday, 9.35pm, RTÉ One) investigates four of Ireland’s most shocking murders. The first episode looks at the killing of Irene White in Dundalk back in 2005. The mother of three was murdered in the kitchen of her home after finishing the school run. The series reconstructs the last hours of the victim’s life to try to prompt viewers, who may know something about the killers involved, to contact the gardaí.
On TV3, 24 Hours To Kill ( Wednesday, 10pm) treads similar ground with another shocking case: the killing of Celine Cawley in her home in Howth in Dublin in 2008.
Meanwhile, Scannal! examines a different event that shocked the nation back in 2007. That was the year in which a brave young mother, 41-year- old Susie Long, revealed on national radio that she had been effectively handed a death sentence by the inadequacies of the Irish healthcare system. Sadly, Susie died later that year of cancer, but not before opening a public debate, if not instigating the changes that are still so sadly required.
It’s all very sobering viewing – so perhaps a dose of a silly Olympic sport like beach volleyball or synchronised swimming might be needed after all, to lighten the mood.