this week’s high­lights

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO - Kevin Court­ney

The an­nual awards show, which hands out gongs for good deeds and great sac­ri­fices, was a vic­tim of the Beast from the East, and had to be post­poned due to bad weather. Now, with the weather fi­nally set­tling a bit ( we hope), the resched­uled Peo­ple of the Year Awards ( Sun­day, RTÉ One, 9.30pm) is ready to hon­our the or­di­nary Ir­ish peo­ple who do ex­tra­or­di­nary things to help their fel­low hu­mans. Gráinne Seoige and Ai­dan Power will present the event live from Dublin’s Man­sion House, and awards will be handed out in cat­e­gories in­clude Young Per­son of the Year, Com­mu­nity Group of the Year, Sportsper­son of the Year and In­ter­na­tional Per­son of the Year.

In 1996, film­maker Don­ald Tay­lor Black was given un­prece­dented ac­cess to Moun­tjoy Prison to make his ground­break­ing doc­u­men­tary The Joy. Now, 21 years later, he re­turns in Back to the Joy ( Mon­day, RTÉ One, 9.35pm) to see how life in­side has changed for the in­mates and staff of the prison. The orig­i­nal se­ries, broad­cast in 1997, gar­nered an av­er­age view­er­ship of around 800,000, a fig­ure telly pro­duc­ers these days can only dream of. We’re so used to see­ing in­side var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions that this se­ries is un­likely to have the same im­pact as the orig­i­nal, but it might still be worth a look- in.

If you’re plan­ning a re­union with a group of your clos­est friends, do your­self a favour – pick a nice ho­tel near the city, close to phones, broad­band, hos­pi­tals, other peo­ple etc. Don’t for God’s sake choose a re­mote chalet in the French Alps, cut off from all con­tact with civil­i­sa­tion, lit­tered with all sorts of hazards, and with death lurk­ing in ev­ery shadow. The Chalet ( Tues­day, Net­flix) is a French- made se­ries about a group of friends meet­ing up for a sum­mer get­away, who soon find them­selves trapped in deadly bat­tle for sur­vival as dark se­crets come to the sur­face.

It was Bri­tain’s most no­to­ri­ous racially mo­ti­vated mur­der, and it shook the coun­try to its core. Teenager Stephen Lawrence was mur­dered by six white youths at a bus stop 25 years ago, and this three- part doc­u­men­tary, Stephen: The Mur­der that Changed a Na­tion ( Tues­day- Thurs­day, BBC One, 9pm), looks back at the strug­gle of Stephen’s par­ents, Doreen and Neville Lawrence, to take on a bro­ken sys­tem and get jus­tice for their son. The doc­u­men­tary un­picks the web of po­lice cor­rup­tion, in­sti­tu­tional racism and perver­sion of jus­tice that marked this water­shed mo­ment in Bri­tish so­cial his­tory.

It’s the usual prob­lem. You go to a top Miche­lin- starred res­tau­rant, where the ce-

lebrity chef whips up a gourmet meal fit for kings. When it’s brought to your ta­ble with a flour­ish, you look down sus­pi­ciously at the fab­u­lous cre­ation, and ask, “How many calo­ries are in it?” You can come up with the finest, award- win­ning dish, but if it’s full of fat, su­gar and other stuff that’s bad for you, well, might as well give it to the dog.

Healthy Ap­petite ( Wed­nes­day, RTE One, 8.30pm) is a new eight- part se­ries in which Ire­land’s finest chefs are chal­lenged to come up with mouth­wa­ter­ing dishes that won’t make their cus­tomers keel over with a coro­nary. Pamela Flood is your com­pere, and the chefs – in­clud­ing Gary O’Han­lon, Paul Flynn and Derry Clarke – must face a foodie panel com­pris­ing di­eti­tian Aveen Ban­non, food critic Ross Golden- Ban­non and chef Adam By­att of Trin­ity Res­tau­rant in Lon­don, who is a dab hand at cook­ing up healthy haute cui­sine.

No, not an­other sci- fi se­ries from Net­flix, The Alienist ( Thurs­day, Net­flix) is a pe­riod piece, set in New York in 1896, about a hunt for a se­rial killer. The starry cast in­cludes Daniel Bruhl as the tit­u­lar alienist ( a fancy name for a crim­i­nal psy­chol­o­gist), with Luke Evans as a news­pa­per il­lus­tra­tor and Dakota Fan­ning as an am­bi­tious young sec­re­tary who wants to be New York’s first fe­male po-

■ Gráinne Seoige and Ai­dan Power host the resched­uled Peo­ple of the Year Awards live from Dublin’s Man­sion House, Sun­day, RTÉ One, 9.30pm. PHO­TO­GRAPH: RTÉ lice de­tec­tive. Some­one is mur­der­ing young male pros­ti­tutes, and po­lice com­mis­sioner and fu­ture pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt hires Dr Las­zlo Krei­zler ( Bruhl) to em­ploy the pi­o­neer­ing tech­niques of psy­chol­ogy and foren­sics to catch the per­pe­tra­tor.

Imag­ine hav­ing a back­stage pass at all the go­ings- on be­hind the scenes at pop mu­sic’s most iconic event? Well, thanks to the magic of tele­vi­sion drama and po­etic li­cence, we can now be a fly on the wall at the mas­sive char­ity con­cert, look­ing down at all the be- mul­leted heads as they pulled to­gether to keep this jug­ger­naut go­ing for one mo­men­tous day back in 1985. Based on the ru­mours and apoc­ryphal tales that grew up around Live Aid, Ur­ban Myths: Back­stage at Live Aid ( Thurs­day, Sky Arts, 9pm), the sec­ond in the Ur­ban Myths se­ries, takes us deep into the green room at Wem­b­ley, where Bob Geldof, Midge Ure, Sade, El­ton John, Fred­die Mer­cury, Fran­cis Rossi and Rick Parfitt are stag­ing their own bat­tle of the big egos.

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