this week’s high­lights

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO - One of Us ( Mon­day, RTE One, 10.35pm) In case you missed this when it pre­miered Kevin Court­ney

Ger­maine Bloody Greer ( Satur­day, BBC Two, 9pm) Who’d be Ger­maine Greer right now? The writer and fem­i­nist has stirred up a me­dia storm with here re­cent com­ments on rape, sug­gest­ing it is not that se­ri­ous a crime. This doc­u­men­tary was ob­vi­ously com­pleted be­fore she made those com­ments at the Hay Fes­ti­val, but we may be watch­ing it with a dif­fer­ent eye. The doc­u­men­tary, di­rected by Clare Bea­van, spends time with Greer as she rem­i­nisces about her early days in the eye of the equal­ity storm and muses on the # MeToo move­ment. Lords and La­dles ( Sun­day, RTÉ One, 6.30pm) Sum­mer’s ar­rived, and you’re prob­a­bly stock­ing up on salad in­gre­di­ents and healthy meals to keep that beach body toned. Well, for­get about it. Just get out the spit roast, fill the larder with lard, and get ready to gorge on some of the fat­ti­est foods from Ire­land’s his­tory in the new se­ries of Lords and La­dles. Once again, three of Ire­land’s top chefs – Catherine Ful­vio, Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn – fetch up at some of Ire­land’s finest coun­try houses to recre­ate a typ­i­cal ban­quet from long ago. Wel­come to Ire­land’s an­cient feast.

In the first episode, the time- trav­el­ling chefs visit Clon­alis House in Co Roscom­mon, home of Py­ers and Mar­guerite O’Conor- Nash, whose most fa­mous ances­tor was Rory O’Conor, the last high king of Ire­land. So what’s on the menu? This week it’s a 14th- cen­tury feast of juicy spit- roasted pig, ac­com­pa­nied by veni­son boiled in grass ( yummy!) and fol­lowed by a mouth­wa­ter­ing pig’s belly pud­ding. This meal is guar­an­teed to get me­dieval on your ass - and your tummy, thighs and heart. Poldark ( Sun­day, BBC One, 9pm) There’s trou­ble down t’pit – that’s prime min­is­ter Pitt to you – in the lat­est se­ries of poldark, the his­tor­i­cal drama star­ring Ai­dan Turner in the role he was born to play. Se­ries four finds the coun­try in po­lit­i­cal tur­moil, as Pitt calls a gen­eral elec­tion, and Poldark re­alises that if he’s go­ing to stop Truro’s MP Ge­orge War­leg­gan from mak­ing Corn­wall suf­fer, he’s go­ing to have to go down to West­min­ster and sort it out him­self. When a corn riot erupts in Truro, and a mer­chant is killed, Ross’s broth­ers- in- law are framed for the mur­der. Mean­while, Demelza is begin­ning to reap the whirl­wind of her in­fi­delity. We’re promised lots of in­ter­est­ing new char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing a vil­lain­ous new ad­ver­sary for Ross, but the big ques­tion is, will Ai­dan Turner whip his shirt off and turn up the sum­mer heat? Tommy Bowe – The End Game ( Mon­day, RTÉ One, 9.35pm) Many of Ire­land’s rugby stars are forced to re­tire through in­jury, hav­ing had one too many bangs on the head, or one too many knocks to the knee. Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Tommy Bowe, how­ever, made the tough de­ci­sion to quit while he was still in tip- top con­di­tion, and this doc­u­men­tary fol­lows his fi­nal months in pro­fes­sional rugby as he pre­pares for the new chal­lenges ahead. Hav­ing come back from se­ri­ous in­jury to full fit­ness, Bowe could have played an­other cou­ple of sea­sons, but he has a young fam­ily to con­sider, and, as he soon finds out, it’s bet­ter to choose your own time to quit rather than wait­ing for the de­ci­sion to be made for you. Bowe meets other re­tired sports pro­fes­sion­als to find out how they ad­justed to life out­side sport, and looks at the ca­reer op­tions avail­able to re­tired sports­peo­ple who have made the great leap off the play­ing field.

on the Beeb in 2016, this dark drama set in the Scot­tish High­lands is get­ting a run on RTÉ. When two young new­ly­weds, just back from their hon­ey­moon, are bru­tally mur­dered, their fam­i­lies are dev­as­tated, and the com­mu­nity in the re­mote vil­lage of Brae­ston are in shock. But when fate, in the form of a car crash, de­liv­ers the sus­pected killer into their hands on a stormy night, the fam­i­lies face a huge dilemma – do they leave the in­jured man to die, or do they put aside their de­sire for retri­bu­tion and save him? It’s not long, though, be­fore the de­ci­sion is taken out of their hands, and things take some un­ex­pected and nasty twists. The four- parter was writ­ten by Harry and Jack Wil­liams, the broth­ers be­hind the hugely ac­claimed Miss­ing. And don’t worry if you miss this again – it’s on Net­flix.

The Trou­ble with Women with Anne Robin­son ( Thurs­day, BBC One, 9pm) Few of us will for­get the ter­ror on grown men’s faces as Anne Robin­son turned her steely glare on them and de­clared: “You are the weak­est link.” The no- non­sense TV pre­sen­ter can shat­ter glass ceil­ings with just one look, but in this spe­cial doc­u­men­tary, Robin­son won­ders if women are tough enough to take on the pa­tri­archy, or are they snowflakes who let men tram­ple on them in the work­place, at home and in the world at large. Robin­son meets women from all walks of life to find out why they’re still not get­ting the equal pay they de­serve, and why they are still be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against.

A hun­dred years af­ter women’s suf­frage, are women still not be­ing force­ful enough to de­mand their rights? Or is the pa­tri­archy too pow­er­ful to top­ple in just a sin­gle cen­tury? Along the way, Robin­son has her own views chal­lenged, and calls for women to keep fight­ing, so that it doesn’t take an­other 100 years to achieve equal­ity.

Catherine Ful­vio, Derry Clarke and Paul Flynn in the new se­ries of Lords and La­dles, RTÉ One, Sun­day

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