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Sunday 20 April 2014

Thursday's TV picks

Darren Kennedy talks about sex in his new documentary 'Like A Virgin'
Darren Kennedy talks about sex in his new documentary 'Like A Virgin'

Tonight's must-watch tele:

Pick of the Day:

Reality Bites: Like A Virgin/Aime Lawlor: Facing Cancer RTE2, 9.55pm/RTE1, 10.15pm

In the first of two documentaries on RTE tonight, Darren Kennedy, a journalist with this newspaper, looks at the topic of virginity in the latest instalment of the 'Reality Bites' strand.

Kennedy travels around the country talking to people about their experiences with the aim of answering the question: what does it mean being a virgin today in Ireland? Is it just a big fuss about nothing -- something to just get rid of -- or a life changing event?

To that end, Kennedy finds a 30-something year old virgin and visits a music festival to see what's actually going on with young people and their attitudes to sex.

Elsewhere, former TD Mary O'Rourke talks about how she lost her virginity, while Jennifer Maguire explains why she thinks she lost it too young.

Meanwhile, in the first of a two-part documentary, journalist Aine Lawlor faces up to the gravity of her own cancer and learns more about how she has benefited from a new era in treatment.

Here, she traces her own treatment for HER2 breast cancer, meeting her medical team who shed new light on her cancer cells, her MRI scans and her clinical trial medicine.

The programme also features other women, alive and well many years after being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer thanks to the breakthroughs in HER2 cancer medicine.

Comedy

2 Broke Girls

RTE2, 7.25pm/E4, 9pm

The third season of this popular US sitcom is currently showing on two stations, though RTE is a few episodes ahead. In the 7.25pm episode, Max and Caroline attempt to add 'cronuts' to their cupcake shop's product line with mixed results. Meanwhile, E4 is showing the first episode of season three, and business is booming for Max and Caroline's new pop-up shop. Their place gains big publicity after an unfortunate incident outside their serving window involving a rock star.

Factual

Don't panic -- The truth about population

BBC2, 9pm

With the world's population at 7billion and still growing, many of us might often look at the future with dread. Here, Swedish statistician Professor Hans Rosling presents a different view. He presents a live studio event featuring 3D infographics, painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand -- often for the better.

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