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o Naturally, RTÉ decided to show it on Sundays, in between breaking news and Zoo. I have given up trying to understand the peculiarities of RTÉ scheduling. All I will say is try to catch up Fire and blood on RTÉ Player – it’s a gem of a chain.
Our national broadcaster, with infinite wisdom, instead decided what we needed on Monday night was another help of the Dr Eva’s Great Escape (RTE1).
It could be worse, I guess. This time there were only two episodes instead of the three that made up the 2020 series.
But what Great escape loss in volume of episodes, it more than makes up for the increased number of serious bouts that made the first episode inoperable.
Two years is a long time in television, so you may need a recap.
In 2020, weight loss expert and former Switch operation Contributor Dr. Eva Orsmond and her husband (now ex-husband) Wyatt purchased a dilapidated old hotel in Portugal with plans to convert it into a five-star hotel and spa resort.
They saw it as a good commercial opportunity – although at one point, they had to borrow 2 million euros from a Portuguese bank when their initial budget was exhausted, because the budget in the real estate chain in Ireland has always been unrealistically small. By the way, ‘small’ is relative in this case.
Having just reunited after a long separation, they also thought this project would be a good way to repair their fracturing marriage.
The first part of the plan seems to have worked. Solar Alvura Health Hotel, as its name suggests, has opened its doors.
Midway through the opening episode, Orsmond announced that she and her husband had decided to split up again. They will maintain friendships and business partnerships, and continue to work on projects, but they will not be a couple.
Near the end, she unleashed rumors that they were going to get a divorce, which will only be news for those lucky enough to avoid the storm of media coverage Orsmond, who appears to have been interviewed by every newspaper and news website in town for the past few days.
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As before, Dr Eva’s Great Escape is a nauseating expression of arrogance, entitlement, egoism, ostentation, self-obsession and self-importance, with a hint of misplaced self-pity thrown into the mix.
An “I” conspicuous by its absence is self-awareness. This second series, if any, is even more spectacular than the first.
It opens, after splitting, during the Covid-19 lockdown. After returning to Dublin for a sabbatical, Orsmond returned to Portugal, living alone in a rented villa – ostensibly an ultra-luxury rental villa – while Wyatt plunged into the project.
When restrictions were eased, she fled this high-profile distress and returned to work at the hotel. ‘Work’ is also a relative term.
Like many famous gurus, Orsmond was much better at teaching people what they should do than being told what to do. she should do.
When Wyatt, who is trying to keep a job without any real craftsmen, suggested that it would be helpful for her to choose a paintbrush instead of spending time doing yoga or learning Portuguese. Nah, she was trying to get away with it.
On Planet Eva, small accomplishments are magnified into big ones. After cooking for a bit, she claims that if one day the chef doesn’t show up, she can do a good job on her own.
“I think my confidence has increased,” she said. Honestly, if it grows any bigger, they’ll have to take down a few walls inside the hotel to fit it inside.
Your enjoyment with Dr Eva .’s Great Escape will depend on your tolerance for its star and your interest in the romantic woes of Orsmonds (mine was 0 on both numbers) because once you remove that , all that remains is the usual fanfare – and in the current climate, completely inappropriate – RTÉ pornography regularly knocks our necks down.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/dr-evas-great-escape-review-arrogance-and-egotism-of-eva-orsmond-is-not-what-the-doctor-ordered-41899511.html Dr. Eva’s Great Escape review: Eva Orsmond’s arrogance and egotism is not what the doctor ordered