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Sunday 15 September 2019

Unexpected day off work due to Ophelia? Distract yourself from the weather with these top TV suggestions

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy in The Deuce
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy in The Deuce
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

If you're currently languishing in bed wondering what to do with your unexpected day off we have some TV-related suggestions to stave off boredom/distract from the hurricane...

ITV's This Morning, 10.30am

Holly Willoughby and This Morning co-host Philip Schofield

Anyone who regularly spends any time at home during the day will know that ITV's This Morning is often TV gold.  Presented by Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield it's far from the bland family-friendly show you might expect to kick off on terrestrial TV at 10.30am.  Last week a man and his wife took to the sofa to talk about the benefits of their sex robot, for example.  And the presenters regularly descend into fits of giggles over accidental innuendos, or just the topics they cover.  It's hit and miss but when it's a hit it's brilliant.


Mindhunter, Netflix


Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany play ambitious FBI agents in the 1970s who start trying to understand the motivations of violent psychopaths.  It's based on a non-fiction book about the early yers of FBI psychological profiling.  Se7en director David Fincher helms four episodes of the first season, all of which is ready and waiting for a binge on Netflix now.


Blind Date, TV3 Player

Al Porter.

If you haven't had a chance to catch Al Porter's new Blind Date on TV3 yet, last night's second episode is available now on 3Player.  Opinion on social media appears to be divided with some hailing it a triumph for Porter, but others talking about pouring bleach in their eyes.  But we love a bit of a cheese and a good moan so the latter reaction probably indicates it's highly entertaining!

Television review: There's more to Al than innuendo and outdated dating shows...


Acceptable Risk, RTE Player

Acceptable Risk, RTE One

RTE's new six part drama stars the wonderful Elaine Cassidy as Sarah Manning, a woman whose Canadian husband, a high flying exec with Dublin based global pharmaceutical company Gumbiner-Fischer, is murdered in Montreal.  Her first husband, who worked for the same company, drowned after falling into a canal while drunk.  Written by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Kenny Glenaan, it's available on the RTE Player now.

Also on the Player is the first episode of compelling new documentary series Trauma, which charts the trials of people admitted to the emergency departments of Irish hospitals.

Acceptable Risk review: 'RTE drama is strictly run-of-the-mill stuff - reasonably watchable but not grippingly so'


The Deuce, Sky Atlantic

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James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Deuce

Written by The Wire's David Simon and starring James Franco (as identical twins Frankie and Vincent Martino) and Maggie Gyllenhaal as prostitute Candy it's a top-notch offering tracing the evolution of the porn industry in New York City's Times Square in the 1970s.  Here's Pat Stacey's 5 star review:

The Deuce review: Riveting new series about 70s New York porn industry serves up a perfect ace


Say Yes to the Dress, TLC

Say Yes To The Dress star Randy Fenoli

The Irish version of Say Yes to the Dress kicks off on RTE2 tonight, so if you feel like getting in the mood there's a SYTTD marathon running from 4pm to 8pm, preceded by a double bill of the other wedding dress-related reality show Something Borrowed from 3pm on TLC.  There's also a SYTTD special, Say Yes to the Dress: The 12 Dresses of Christmas from 1-2pm if you really want to make a day of it...

Here's more on the Irish version: Let me be FRANC (before you say yes to that dress...)

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