The Farcical Arc of The Weightloss Reality Star; And The Travesty That is the Ulster Rugby Rape Case

The High Low is back! Where did those 6 weeks go? Dolly’s been on a nationwide book tour; Pandora’s birthed a tiny dictator. We round-up all the articles, programmes and podcasts we’ve been enjoying during our hiatus, as well as the topics that made us miss The High Low.


On today’s agenda: the depressing arc of the weightloss celebrity and the esoteric nature of reality TV (Dolly compares it to an old-fashioned Italian family - Pandora wonders if that is a good thing); and the controversial verdict of the Ulster Rugby rape case, which concluded last week, after a 42 day trial, with an innocent verdict. 2018 may have been a year of MeToo; but does the disappointing denouement to this case suggest that it’s all just hot air?


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Reading


How A Young Woman Lost Her Identity - byRachel Aviv for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/how-a-young-woman-lost-her-identity


Will Ferrell interviews Joaquin Phoenix -

for Interview magazine https://www.interviewmagazine.com/film/joaquin-phoenix-april-2018-cover-story-will-ferrell


Promising Young Women by Caroline O'Donoghue 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Promising-Young-Women-Caroline-ODonoghue/dp/0349009902 


Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brit-ish-Race-Identity-Belonging/dp/1911214284/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1522873963&sr=1-1&keywords=afua+hirsch 


Inside Court 12: the complete story of the Belfast rape trial - The Irish Times 

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/inside-court-12-the-complete-story-of-the-belfast-rape-trial-1.3443620 


Who Was Really On Trial In The Ireland And Ulster Rugby Rape Case? - The Independent 

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ireland-ulster-rugby-rape-case-not-guilty-brendan-kelly-qc-victim-a8278216.html 



Watching 


This Is Us - on Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-is-Us-Season-1/dp/B01N1PBW1G


Save Me - on Sky https://www.sky.com/watch/title/series/f9843d4d-5610-4b7f-abc9-fb7a6d3bb61a


UnREAL - on Amazon Prime https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B014GGAJQI


Sex, Drugs and Murder - on BBC iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/group/p04nllxx


Damned on Channel 4 acast.com/privacy