On tonight’s Don’t Tell The Bride, Dublin bride Tracey must face her biggest fear on the way to her wedding ceremony… driving a car! Dressed in her white gown and veil, Bride Tracey is surprised when a driving instructor arrives on her doorstep and she finds out she’ll be driving herself to the ceremony. There’s only one problem – she ‘literally’ can’t drive!
The Local Eye – which goes behind the scenes at three new newspapers – The Northside People, The Nenagh Guardian and The Donegal Post.
Gareth Naughton writes:
It’s the battle of the hacks on The Local Eye tonight as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visit Donegal.
Donegal Post editor Michael McHugh has an official pass but finds that this does not necessarily translate into access to the Royals. Will Donegal Post social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle be more successful with her guerrilla tactics?
Elsewhere on tonight’s episode: Doubting Thomas, Peter Gleeson investigates the healing powers of a holy well for the Nenagh Guardian while in Dublin Northside People reporter Neil Fetherstonhaugh visits pensioner pool champs banned from their own pool room!
Paying For Sex is a one-off documentary for the Reality Bites strand that explores the ongoing debate and the highly contentious and taboo subject of “paying for sex” in Ireland.
The documentary follows sex worker Kate McGrew (of Connected) and prostitution survivor Rachel Moran as they campaign tirelessly on opposing sides of a new law (part of the Sexual Offences bill) which, if passed, will make it a crime to pay for sex in Ireland.
Comedian Kevin McGahern’s new three-part series Kevin McGahern’s America starts on RTÉ2 at 9.30pm.
Sarah Neville writes:
Across the series, Kevin explores the various aspects of life in America—gun rights, intimacy in the digital age and whether you really can choose your family. In tonight’s episode Kevin meets some of the founders of the South Florida Survivalist Network and tries out some of their gear but it’s not a national disaster that Kevin fears…
In episode three of Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Aisling can’t help herself at the an important business dinner and the results leave her skating on thin ice. And Danielle’s attempts to help don’t quite go according to plan.
The second instalment of five-part series Keeping Ireland Alive: The health service in a day.
Gareth Naughton writes:
In the first clip (top), we visit Beaumont Hospital, where Maria Montgomery, 36, and her younger brother David O’Sullivan, 35, from Tipperary, are preparing to go into surgery. Today, under the team of Ms Dilly Little and Mr Gordon Smyth, Maria will be donating her kidney to her brother.
In the second clip (above), at the National Burns Unit in St James’s Hospital, we find Mr Odhran Shelley, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon on his morning rounds. Today, Mr Shelley will operate on Joanne McMahon, who suffered heavy burns to her face and body in an accident during a barbecue two years ago.
The first episode in a five-part series called Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service In A Day.
Gareth Naughton writes:
The clip [above] features Naas man Tommy McCormack, who is living with dementia, and his wife Annette as she brings him to take part in one of the highlights of his week – singing with the Kildare Pastimes Choir, which works with people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Keeping Ireland Alive: The Health Service In A Day brings viewers the health service as they’ve never seen it before. Filmed over one 24-hour period in May with 75 cameras at locations throughout the country, this five-part series pushes beyond the headlines to tell the human stories at the heart of this often controversial but most vital service.
Fortune’s Wheel is a documentary feature film about Bill Stephens, an ordinary young man in 1950s Ireland with an extraordinary ambition: to become an international circus star.
It is also a love story about Bill and his young and beautiful wife Mai, from East Wall. Their double act, Jungle Capers, Bill Stephens and Lovely Partner, was a series of death-defying feats with a troupe of lions and dogs designed to thrill audiences in the circus tent and on the stage.
With this act they hoped to break free from the suffocating reality of Irish life, but things went terribly wrong when, in November 1951, one of their animals escaped.
The story gained national and international attention at the time, but it is only now – after 60 years of silence – that two families and a community have come together to tell the story in full.
Irish peacekeepers have been serving in the Middle East continuously since 1958. In that time, 47 Irish soldiers have paid the ultimate price in the cause of peace while on active service in south Lebanon, an area often beset by conflict and war.
In tonight’s documentary, viewers will hear from Sergeant Michael Merrigan who was serving alongside Private Billy Kedian (22) when he was killed in May 1999 as the Irish outpost where they were stationed came under attack from mortars fired by the South Lebanon Army militia group.
Pte Kedian, from Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo, was killed when a mortar struck directly in camp as the soldiers were making their way to the safety of a bunker, an emergency response known as ‘groundhog’.
Wogan’s death in January this year came as a shock to his millions of fans. The legendary broadcaster, who succumbed to cancer at the age of 77, had kept his illness private. When he was forced to pull out of presenting duties on Children in Need and his BBC Radio 2 programme, the reason given was a bad back.
In Wogan: A Legacy, Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy, who often covered for Wogan on his BBC Radio 2 programme including when Wogan became ill earlier this year, details his final contact with the Limerick man.
Other contributors to Wogan: A Legacy include: Mike Murphy, Dermot O’Leary, Henry Kelly, Gloria Hunniford and Fr Brian D’Arcy.