The RTÉ Player team share their top picks to watch on RTÉ Player this week.
Rock star and charity campaigner Bob Geldof, New York based Corkonian comedian Maeve Higgins and musician, singer-songwriter, and actor, Finbar Furey were among the guests on Good Friday’s The Late Late Show. The Live Aid humanitarian, Bob Geldof, chatted about everything from his championing of WB Yeats to the recent controversy around his decision to hand back the freedom of Dublin in protest and why he thinks the marriage referendum was a defining moment for his generation. Comedian Maeve Higgins joined Ryan to chat about making a name for herself on the US scene and keeping her toe dipped in the comedy waters on this side of the Atlantic as well as some exciting new projects including a brand new comedy set to start shooting in Cork next spring. Finbar Furey joined Ryan to chat about why his love for music is as strong as ever along with a very special performance and the Home of the Year judges Hugh Wallace, Deirdre Whelan and Patrick Bradley, discussed what it takes to be declared Home of the Year. Along with that we met some of the animals rescued and restored to full health by The Donkey Sanctuary and were treated to some ear candy with music from Relish. Watch the full show or clips and extras on RTÉ Player now.
My Big Day: Home or Away is an exciting and entertaining original format where one couple is given the services of two top class wedding planners. One planner arranges a wedding at home, in Ireland, one plans a wedding away, somewhere fabulous and foreign. After considering all the options and all the variables, the couple chooses the winning venue. At the end of the programme we see all the family and friends of the couple witness them tying the knot at their dream location. We follow Kate Browne and Peter Twomey from Whitescross, just outside Cork City as they embark on a future together alongside the fun of a competition between two wedding planners, and essentially between two dream weddings. Our wedding planners are Bruce Russell and Tara Fay. Bruce is the wedding planner of choice in London. He has planned weddings for the rich and famous, from royalty in Pakistan to mega-rich celebrities. Tara is Ireland’s most respected wedding planner. Her weddings have appeared in Hello magazine, and her client list boasts international superstars. Both are at the top of their game and not afraid to show it. Pulling out all the stops, and planning the weddings to within an inch of their lives, Bruce and Tara will stop at nothing to win this battle of the wedding planners. The question remains, will Kate and Peter choose Tara’s home-grown wedding and or Bruce’s sun-kissed nuptials? Find out now on RTÉ Player!
What Not to Miss?
From the makers of Happy Valley, Ordinary Lies and Trust Me comes a brand new three-part drama starring Irish actress Paula Malcomson and Christopher Eccleston, Come Home. Greg (Christopher Eccleston) and Marie (Paula Malcomson) have been married for nineteen years, when, seemingly out of the blue, Marie walks out on him and her three children. The story is told from different perspectives over three episodes following Greg and their kids as they struggle to comprehend their mother’s actions. This touching and intriguing drama will take audiences on a rollercoaster of ever-changing emotions and allegiances. Multiple timeframes, viewpoints and flashbacks tell Greg and Marie’s story and force viewers to confront their own truths. How can two people that loved each other become so opposed? Can a child learn to forgive their mother for leaving them? And why would Marie make such a shocking and significant decision to change their lives and divide their loyalties forever? Watch now on RTÉ Player.
Pick of the Week
Based on the novel of the same name, Apple Tree Yard is a British television thriller starring Emily Watson and Ben Chaplin. This provocative thriller sees an eminent scientist caught up in a damaging and compromising lie. Yvonne Carmichael (Emily Watson) has worked hard to achieve the life she always wanted: a high-flying career in genetics, a beautiful home, a good relationship with her husband and their two grown-up children. Then one day she meets a stranger (Ben Chaplin) at the Houses of Parliament and, on impulse, begins a passionate affair with him – a decision that will put everything she values at risk. At first she believes she can keep the relationship separate from the rest of her life, but she can’t control what happens next. All of her careful plans spiral into greater deceit and, eventually, a life-changing act of violence. Apple Tree Yard is both a psychological thriller and an insightful examination of the values we all live by and the choices we make, watch the first three episodes not on RTÉ Player.