This week’s highlights
Say Yes to the Dress ( Monday, RTÉ Two, 9pm)
You’re all set for your wedding day – the church and reception are booked, the cake is ordered, and your fella’s got his tin of fruit, but there’s just one all- important thing missing. That’s right, you haven’t got yourself on a wedding- based reality TV show. Well, here’s wedding planner Franc, aka Peter Kelly, to save the big day. With his crack team of bridal consultants, Franc helps another bunch of bridezillas as they rampage through towns and villages in search of that elusive wedding dress. You can be a fly on the bridal shop wall as the brides- to- be try on a succession of fabulous creations. Franc and his team face possibly their biggest challenge – persuading a bride and her five opinionated sisters to agree on one dress.
Orla Tinsley: Warrior ( Monday, RTÉ One, 9.35pm)
Orla Tinsley was not supposed to live beyond her 30th birthday. The journalist – who also writes for this newspaper – has been living with cystic fibrosis and campaigning for better treatment for sufferers. But, as the landmark date approached, it looked as though she might lose her battle with the disease – unless she got a life- saving double lung transplant.
After six heartbreaking false alarms, a donor was finally found, and Tinsley underwent groundbreaking surgery in New York. This documentary, filmed over a 14- month period, charts Tinsley’s journey in the lead- up to her double transplant, her recovery, and the beginning of a new life. “I was thinking of my donor and their sacrifice, generosity, and forward- thinking,” she told The Irish Times in April. “Their ability to have the conversation with their family beforehand, and when tragically they died, they gave me life. It is the greatest legacy anyone could ever give to someone else. I just hope that people will consider being organ donors.” Watch this, and you’ll be signing up straight away.
Vogue: My Sponsored Life ( Wednesday, RTÉ 2, 9.30pm)
Have you ever wanted to be a social media influencer? Five years ago, this job didn’t even exist, but now people are making big money online by recommending brands to their YouTube, Twitter and Instagram followers. Vogue Williams is one of them, but compared to some of the biggest SMIs around, she’s in the ha’penny place. In this second programme in her new three- part documentary series, she travels to LA to meet the uber- influencers whose every waking moment is sponsored by some big brand or other, and try to learn the secrets of how they make big bucks from little clicks.
( Thursday, RTÉ One, 10.15pm)
Would you go back and sit your Leaving Cert again? That’s what broadcaster Stephen Byrne does in this documentary, all about giving yourself a second chance. When Byrne sat his Leaving in 2009, he had a lot going on: the young YouTube star was changing schools, starting a new job at RTÉ and coming to terms with his sexuality, so he wasn’t really in the study zone, and when his results came in, he tore them up rather than face the terrible truth. Nine years later, a more mature Byrne decides to repeat the Leaving, going to night classes and going back to his old school to sit the exams one more time. This time, though, he’s not going to tear up his results.