The RTÉ Player team share their top picks to watch on RTÉ Player this week.
No doubt you’ve seen the reaction that Blindboy Boatclub has received following his interview on The Tommy Tiernan Show. If you haven’t had the opportunity to find out what all the fuss has been, watch the short clip now on RTÉ Player or the full episode here. For those of you unfamiliar with The Tommy Tiernan Show, it has all the ingredients of a normal chat show but with one catch – neither the host nor the audience know the identity of the guests until they walk out on stage! In this particular clip, Rubberbandit, Blindboy Boatclub, endears himself to the nation with his passion and concern for our country, its people and their mental health. Nevermind his beautiful smile and twinkly eyes that has host, Tommy Tiernan literally swooning. If that leaves you wanting more, watch the interview with Ruby Wax. Spoiler alert! It. Gets. Awkward.
First Dates Ireland
Our famous faces are back this week to share with us their opinion on the ‘L’ word when we asked the question Haddaway needed to know the answer to back in 1993 – ‘What is Love’? In this brand new, bite size clip available only on RTÉ Player, Crystal Swing’s Mary Burke declares what love means to her while RTÉ 2FM’s Chris and Ciara tell it to us straight. Some call it a minefield, some declare it a sewer and some go so far to say it is soul crushing and depressing. Nice. Find out how TV Presenter and Style Entrepreneur, Darren Kennedy and friends feel about online dating, profile pics and Instagram filters in First Dates Ireland Extras on RTÉ Player. If you’re looking for more, watch the date that everyone is talking about as John-Charles from Offaly (27) who is deaf, checks out the body language of Stephen (25), reigning Mr Gay Ireland in First Dates Ireland first ever Sign Language date on RTÉ Player.
What Not to Miss?
Sixteen years on and the small, sleepy fishing village of Dingle is still welcoming hoards of music fans on their annual pilgrimage to see some of the worlds’ most talented musicians perform in the intimate surroundings of St. James Church for RTÉ2’s live music series, Other Voices. RTÉ Player is celebrating these years by featuring some of the most notable performances from artists such as Mumford & Sons, Hozier, Willie Nelson, The xx and more for a limited period. Reminisce on some of the most breathtaking performances from national and international artists in The Best of Other Voices available on RTÉ Player for a limited time only.
Documentary of the Week
With #TimesUp and #MeToo campaigns particularly prevalent at the moment it’s worth revisiting the one-hour documentary in which the acclaimed Irish writer Louise O’Neill forensically explores the issue of consent and the rise in sexual assault in Irish society today. In Asking For It?: Reality Bites Louise investigates where Ireland stands on this highly emotive topic as she explores our entrenched attitudes sexual violence and related issues such as casual sex and slut shaming. Louise has long been debating the concept of rape culture and consent in the media. Through her strong engagement with social media, she has been passionately railing against our acceptance of sexual violence in Ireland. This has led to her receiving constant abuse from online trolls. This documentary will bring both O’Neill and the audience on a personal journey as Louise gets under the skin of the Irish psyche in 2016. Watch it now on RTÉ Player.