Mike Murphy returns to our screens with this frank and intimate two-part documentary series. The Lives of Mike is an in-depth portrait of this multi-faceted man who captured the hearts of Irish audiences during his broadcasting career, and continues to be remembered with universal fondness. Adored by the public as a charming and lovable rogue, he seemed to find success wherever he turned. For Mike however, the journey has been more difficult and challenging. Murphy's story has been of a man constantly reinventing himself. Never content with a prescribed role, the secure job, or life as a celebrity broadcaster, he always pushed the boundaries. Confounding his critics, Mike moved with apparent ease from comedy sketches and iconic candid camera inserts for 'The Live Mike' to establishing himself as one of RTE's most popular Arts broadcasters while also setting up one of Ireland's first independent television production companies. The first programme in this two-part documentary delves into Mike's childhood which was filled with many bleak times.