Get your­self in train­ing for 16 days of watch­ing the world’s best in com­pe­ti­tion

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - FOOD & DRINK -

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.


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