This Morn­ing (Vir­gin Three)

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IT was like just like old times, stum­bling across an ex­cel­lent piece of pub­lic ser­vice tele­vi­sion by ac­ci­dent — in this case it was the item on the Wed­nes­day edi­tion of This Morn­ing on Vir­gin Three in which Love Is­land’s Chris Hughes could be seen hav­ing his tes­ti­cles ex­am­ined.

But to ex­plain how I got to This Morn­ing, I should prob­a­bly start the night be­fore with a TV pro­gramme of an event at which I was present, but play­ing no sig­nif­i­cant part — this was the An Post Ir­ish Book Awards cer­e­mony at the Clay­ton Ho­tel last Tues­day night, which was be­ing cov­ered by RTE for a high­lights pro­gramme to be shown on Thurs­day, and also by Vir­gin Three for an item on Ire­land AM to be shown the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

As I and my co-au­thor Tony O’reilly had re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for Tony 10, I was check­ing out the item on Ire­land AM, hop­ing that I wouldn’t see my­self ap­pear­ing ac­ci­den­tally in any of the pic­tures — cer­tainly there was no chance of my ap­pear­ing by de­sign, a re­al­ity which I’d ac­cepted on the night when I found my­self in the oblig­a­tory queue for the “red car­pet” di­rectly be­hind the Happy Pear twins and the win­ner of the Booker Prize, Anna Burns.

I can tell you it’s a lonely place out there on the red car­pet, when the pa­parazzi have just taken their pic­tures of the two most cel­e­brated men in Ire­land, and a cel­e­brated woman... and now they’re look­ing at you, and you can sense that they’re not quite as ex­cited by you as they might be, in an ideal world.

And you know what? By a happy co­in­ci­dence, I didn’t re­ally want them to take my pic­ture ei­ther, so it all worked out fine, and now my only worry was that TV3 might some­how have filmed me in the back­ground while they were talk­ing to an im­por­tant per­son.

As luck would have it, I was spared that or­deal too. And so I could re­lax and just en­joy Ire­land AM as I usu­ally do when­ever I drop in there, given that I like Mark Cag­ney as a per­son and as a pre­sen­ter — which prob­a­bly cov­ers most of what a TV host does, re­ally.

And which is why, a short time later, I hap­pened to see Love Is­land’s Chris Hughes hav­ing his tes­ti­cles ex­am­ined.

I’d left the telly on af­ter Ire­land AM, and the next time I looked up at it, there he was, with a doc­tor demon­strat­ing how men can check for signs of tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, us­ing Chris Hughes’s ac­tual tes­ti­cle.

Now there’s noth­ing on the TV these days that can sur­prise you — but I do be­lieve this was the first time I have seen a man on day­time TV per­form­ing such a use­ful pub­lic ser­vice in this way. Though I be­lieve RTE’S Check Up ac­tu­ally did such a thing 20 years ago.

In­ter­est­ingly, Love Is­land’s Chris Hughes was able to do this with a hand shield­ing the rest of his gen­i­talia, so that the fo­cus was en­tirely on the tes­ti­cle, and how to probe it for any­thing that shouldn’t be there.

Ob­serv­ing all this from the couch, pre­sen­ters Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes were call­ing it brave, which it most cer­tainly was. It is not un­usual for women to be on tele­vi­sion show­ing how to check for signs of breast can­cer, but by com­par­i­son there has been a dearth of men with the mo­ral courage to of­fer them­selves and their tes­ti­cles to the cause — and es­pe­cially not on live tele­vi­sion.

I can’t say that I’d be en­tirely re­laxed about do­ing it, since I am the sort of per­son who hopes against hope that he can’t ac­ci­den­tally be seen in the dis­tance when some­one else is front and cen­tre on the screen.

There­fore I would have some dis­tance to travel from there to a place on This Morn­ing with Philip Schofield and Rochelle Humes, chat­ting about my tes­tic­u­lar his­tory in gen­eral, and then ris­ing from the couch with the good doc­tor to as­sume the po­si­tion and to let him take it from there.

So I will say this to Love Is­land’s Chris Hughes — who­ever you are — you re­ceive my award, and a stand­ing ova­tion.

Chris Hughes on ‘This Morn­ing’

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