this week’s highlights
Is your house hopelessly cluttered? Are your closets bursting with useless bric- a- brac and are your wardrobes spilling over with old clothes you’ll never wear? Ever wondered why you’re so reluctant to let things go? It’s all in your mind, apparently – you have to change the way you think and root out the underlying issues that cause you to become a hoarder.
Architect and designer Roisin Murphy can’t do much about what’s in your head, but she can help you de- clutter your home, which hopefully will open the door to a better state of mind and a happier life. Roisin and her team are back for another series of Desperate Houses ( Tuesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm), and they’ll be going into people’s pads and helping them clear out the clutter that’s been piling up over the years.
Their first patient – I mean, client – is Annette from Tallaght, who has brought up three children in her house on her own after her husband, Michael, died of a brain haemorrhage when the kids were very young. Tragedy befell the family again when her son John died four years ago. The legacy of her loss is that Annette now has problems with letting things go, but ironically, her house so cluttered, the things worth keeping – and the important mementos of her life – are buried under a load of stuff that is no longer of any value. Roisin’s task is to help Annette separate the junk from the things that really matter.
For problems more medical than storage- related, Dr Pixie McKenna and Dr Phil Kiernan are back for a third series of You Should Really See a Doctor ( Wednesday, RTÉ One, 8.30pm). They’ll be travelling the country again with their pop- up clinic, and among their patients is a guy with persistent mouth ulcers, a woman with chronic pelvic girdle pain, and a farmer with a mysterious burning sensation in his feet. You should really see some of these rashes, bumps and blisters – if you can stomach it. The doctoring duo will also be visiting the Blue Jean Country Queen Festival in Athboy, Co Meath, to show the belles how to carry out their own breast checks, and calling at the Limerick Classic Car Show to help the motorheads check under the hood for testicular cancer.
So, you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and suddenly everyone around you is being super- nice to you, your boss stops threatening to fire you, and your girlfriend has decided not to dump you after all. But then the doctor tells you he made a mistake and you’re not actually sick at all. What you do? You say nothing of course, and continue to enjoy all the attention and sympathy. Sick Note ( Tuesday, Sky One, 10pm) stars Rupert Grint as the misdiagnosed Daniel, with Nick Frost as the incompetent doctor who urges Daniel to keep the charade up. But of course, as with all telly lies, the deception spirals out of control with – we hope – hilarious results.
Imagine staying with someone for 50 years. I know, you can barely go 50 hours without having to go on Tinder and find a new fling. But amazingly, some people have lasted an entire half- century in each other’s company without killing each other. Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage ( Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm) meets ordinary couples who have stuck it out through thick and thin, and tries to uncover the secret to a long
■ Joan and Pierce Butler, who have known each other since they were growing up in Rathgar, Dublin, tell their story on ‘ Golden: Our 50 Years of Marriage’, RTÉ 1, Monday. PHOTOGRAPH: RTE and happy relationship. The couples cast their minds back to their courtship, their wedding day, the arrival of children and the many milestones, challenges, victories and tragedies along the way.
Among those featured are Pat and Kathleen Mulcahy, who founded Project Children, which brought young people from the North on a trip to America to escape the Troubles; Joan and Pierce Butler, who have known each other since they were growing up in Rathgar; Kees and Anneke Vogelaar, who moved to Ireland from the Netherlands and bought an apple farm, but had to deal with the tragedy of losing their son; and Ned and Eileen Cusack, who have been married for a whopping 73 years, and may be Ireland’s oldest married couple.