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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How A Young Woman Lost Her Identity - byRachel Aviv for The New Yorker

Will Ferrell interviews Joaquin Phoenix -

for Interview magazine

Promising Young Women by Caroline O'Donoghue 

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

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

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


This Is Us - on Amazon Prime

Save Me - on Sky

UnREAL - on Amazon Prime

Sex, Drugs and Murder - on BBC iPlayer

Damned on Channel 4