this week’s highlights
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