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HAIR OF THE GODS RTE One, 10.30pm
THERE might be a recession on but the beauty business is still booming.
From fake nails to fake tan, many have now dabbled in the art of selfenhancement.
Human hair extensions can be seen on the rich and famous.
But recently there has been much debate about whether this product exploits the poor elsewhere.
Hair Of The Gods takes a look at the journeys of four different people - Hemlata from India, Thomas from Italy, Madge from Dublin and Jovita from Kilkenny - linked by hair extensions.
Hemlata is a young Indian woman from a small farming village in Bengal. She lives without telephones or electricity.
With her family she is going on a five-day pilgrimage to donate her hair to the temple of Simachalam in the Andra Pradesh region.
Hemlata's journey is for her young son who has eyesight problems. They believe if they offer up their hair to the Gods, luck will be on their side.
Thomas Gold is a young millionaire who, with his father David, set up the business empire known as Great Lengths.
Thomas' conscience is clear - he has been assured some of the money the temples receive in exchange for the hair will be reinvested in community projects, and he wants to believe it.
Madge Curly is a middle-aged glamorous lady from Dublin who makes regular trips to her hair salon to use Great Lengths hair extensions.
And Jovita Urbanaite, in her 20s, lives in Kilkenny and is a manager of a local McDonalds.
Originally from Lithuania, she is also a part-time model and hopes that having human hair extensions will improve her career.
WE LOVE DRAMA
HOLBY CITY BBC1, 8pm
FROM The Wire to brain-dead patient on Holby City - Donna's moving farewell to her father Derek tonight isn't much of a stretch for returning guest star Clarke Peters but it's nice work if you can get it.
When out-of-work actors talk about "resting", most of them would be all too grateful to have a comfy ICU bed to do it in.
Elsewhere, it's Elliot and Tara's groundbreaking operation on a gravely ill 10-year-old girl - and Elliot is displaying all the steely backbone we've come to expect from him... none at all.
He then places the little girl's life in real jeopardy and registrar Joseph has to step in. They should have learned by now to leave all the daredevil stuff to Robosurgeon Connie.
And Chrissie Williams proves she's more than a match for student doctor Oliver. He thinks his flirting has got Chrissie wrapped around his little finger. But he overplays his hand tonight and learns you underestimate the female staff of Holby at your peril.
WE LOVE REAL LIFE
THE HALF TON MUM TV3, 10pm
RENEE Williams became the largest person ever to have gastric bypass surgery.
She was 29 and 70 stone after her weight ballooned from 40 stone after a car crash.
Renee, from Austin, Texas, had battled with her weight since childhood and was classified as super-morbidly obese at the age of 12.
She was married by the age of 15 and had her first child Mirina at 16 when she weighed 30 stone.
Renee was 35 stone by the time she had her second daughter Mariah.
She said: "When you don't have that thing in your head that tells you you're full, it's disgusting the amount of food you can eat."
In 2003, she was hit by a drunken driver in an accident that left her unable to walk because her leg was crushed.
She begged reluctant doctors to perform gastric bypass surgery - and 12 days after the operation Renee died suddenly from a heart attack.
WE LOVE SOAPS
EMMERDALE TV3, 7pm
RYAN gets a mysterious and lucrative job offer from Dubai tonight - the kind of offer he'd be mad to refuse.
Until, that is, Mark sidles up to him to take all the credit for being behind it. Natasha is understandably furious.
How on earth did Mark manage to fake his own death when he seems incapable of carrying out any plan requiring more finesse than tying his own shoelaces?
EASTENDERS RTE1, 7.30pm
WHILE Bianca and Ricky set up in competition to see who can score the most ticks at the speed dating night, Dot finds herself busy interviewing for a new lodger.
It's an oddly similar process when you think about it - firing questions at strangers to try to work out whether they're the sort of person who'll drive you completely mad by leaving the toilet seat up.
The major downside to speed dating in the Queen Vic, of course, is rather inevitable - that the turnout consists entirely of people you either know or are related to.
Which is exactly how Bianca ends up matched with someone she already knows absolutely everything about.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Aug 11, 2009|
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