Words: Katie Gartland
This wholesome story of two best friends getting married for tax reasons will warm your heart.
Nobody needs reminding what’s going on in the world right now. It’s January, it’s cold and we’re in lockdown. We’re all in need of a bit of escapism at the minute.
Look no further than RTÉ tonight for a wholesome distraction. ‘Let the Rest of the World Go By’ tells the story of the marriage of Michael and Matt who got hitched in 2017 in order to avoid inheritance tax.
Are you crying yet?
When Matt needed a full-time carer, his best friend Michael, who had been struggling with personal turmoil, stepped in to help. Matt and Michael decided to marry and began a mutually beneficial relationship of friendship and camaraderie.
The documentary looks at the day-to-day lives of the best friends and outlines how their marriage almost didn’t happen after complaints were made to the HSE. Michael was accused of taking advantage of Matt. Some complaints went so far as to say that Matt wasn’t fit enough to make the decision to be married. The documentary definitely proves them wrong.
According to RTÉ, “This story is primarily about friendship, love and care.”
‘Let the Rest of the World Go By’ also focuses on Matt and Michael’s lives before getting married. Matt was struggling and in need of a career while Michael had recently become homeless after the breakdown of a relationship.
Watch ‘Let the Rest of the World Go By’ tonight at 21:35 on RTÉ 1. Get the tissues ready for this one.