Title: Lords and Ladles
Lords & Ladles is back for a second series traversing the country and taking the viewer on a historical journey to celebrate our past through the wonders of food and the glories of cooking. The series features three of Ireland's finest Chefs: Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio and Paul Flynn.
Each week the Chefs arrive at a Great Irish Country House to recreate a grand dinner from its history while tantalising the TV audience with sumptuous descriptions of the treats that are on the menu. But first they must Draw Lots for the division of labour - one will Gather the ingredients, one will Cook, and one will get to Dine with the Gentry.
The Gatherer must source the ingredients for the feast - hunting, shooting and fishing feature strongly, as do lambs ears, sheep's feet and of course lots of tongue! The Cook will familiarise themselves with the workings of the kitchen and grapple with the enormous amount of food that seems to have been the norm for a grand house dinner.
Meanwhile the Diner gets to explore the house with the family, learning about its place in the history of the area and the Island, the trials and tribulations of the family seat and of course help lay the table using the finest silver and china from the house safe.
The Cook's work all done, the meal will be served with all the pomp and ceremony it deserves, to the audible delight of the diners who can't help themselves from gasping at the spectacle as the sumptuous banquet is laid before them
Transmission: Sundays @ 18.30 on RTÉ One -
Production Company: Mind The Gap
Title: Can't Cope Won't Cope
Can't Cope, Won't Cope is a darkly comic drama about two young women, as one of them starts to spiral out of control. Aisling (Seána Kerslake) used to getting her own way and Danielle (Nika McGuigan), never one to hog the spotlight, is only too happy to go along with it. But things are changing. Reality is about to hit them, and hit them hard.
Some say it caused the recession, Coppers getting its own ATM. It's certainly put a dent in the bank accounts of Aisling O' Dowd (Seana Kerslake) and Danielle Mullane (Nika McGuigan). Can't Cope, Won't Cope is a darkly comic drama detailing the unravelling of a friendship between two co-dependent young women as the hangover wears off and their lives and priorities begin to radically diverge.
Danielle and Aisling get as excited about the 'euro saver menu' as their school friends now get about their engagements. And they both agree that the real walk of shame is when you bring all the mugs and plates gathered in your room back down to the kitchen. They are a perfect fit.
Set in contemporary Dublin, in the house they have shared since moving from Cork, these two very different twentysomethings navigate their respective professions; a high-powered finance job in Aisling's case, and a struggling art career in Danielle's.
Aisling is used to getting her own way and Danielle, never one to hog the spotlight, is only too happy to go along with it. But 'going along with it' is starting to lose its appeal; there seems to be a lot more cleaning up than just last night's empty cans.
Aisling has learned that if you leave a mess for long enough, someone else will clean it up.
Something is changing and Aisling, head firmly turned in the opposite direction, is going to be the last to find out. After years of living in each other's pockets, the shine is wearing off for Danielle. As she starts to invest in her other relationships, like the charming Ferg (Muiris Crowley) things come to a head for Aisling. Her boss (Amy Huberman) is losing patience with her. Her part time love interest Lorcan (Laurence O Fuarain) has a full time girlfriend, and professionally, things are coming to a very ugly head.
The one thing that holds Aisling and Danielle together, their fear of reality, might wind up being what drives them apart. They may not know it yet, but the sobering light of day has them firmly in its sights.
Transmission: Mondays @ 22.00 on RTÉ Two
Genre: Comedy Music & Talent
Production Company: Grand Pictures