This week’s high­lights

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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.

Leav­ing Again

( 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.

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