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My Week As A Mus­lim

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - GUIDE - EMILY HOURI­CAN

Chan­nel4.com, un­til Novem­ber 22 An odd, uneasy idea here, that may have started life as some­thing more light­hearted, be­fore events over­took it.

Katie Free­man is EX-RAF and now works as a health­care as­sis­tant in the NHS. In or­der to con­front what she says is a fear of Mus­lims, she de­cides to dress as one — com­plete with pros­thet­ics, a heap of foundation and head­scarf — and move in with British Mus­lim Saima Alvi in Manch­ester for a week, the bet­ter to un­der­stand “why they live like that”, as she puts it. Pre­sum­ably this be­gan as a kind of vari­a­tion on St­ing’s “If the Rus­sians love their chil­dren too...” But then the Manch­ester Arena was at­tacked and 22 peo­ple killed, at which point Katie’s ef­forts to talk wolf-whis­tles with Saima, and whether these are good clean fun or not, be­came sub­sumed in a far wider de­bate. Sud­denly Katie hears from Mus­lim women who don’t dare leave their houses — one has a tread­mill to walk on be­cause her son has cau­tioned her not to go out — and won’t let their chil­dren take pub­lic trans­port. It’s a shame we need Katie as our ‘guide’ — Saima and her friends do a bril­liant job of ar­tic­u­lat­ing their own ex­pe­ri­ences — but there is plenty of in­ter­est here be­neath the slightly sick­en­ing ‘brown­face’ premise.

TG4 Player, sea­son 1, episodes 1-6 Low bud­get, home-grown, this Ir­ish-lan- guage drama, first broad­cast in 2016, is none­the­less a lively and very en­ter­tain­ing watch.

The story of a band of crusty old trad rock­ers, big back in the day, fallen on in­dif­fer­ent times, who, after an acrimonious break-up, haven’t seen each other for years.

A chance meet­ing puts the idea of a one-gig-only re­u­nion into their heads.

This stars Sean Mcgin­ley, Don Wy­cher­ley, Aonghus Mcanally, and Caro­line Mo­ra­han, with a se­ries of amus­ing cameos from Patrick Ber­gin, Liam Cun­ning­ham, Stephen Rea, Amy Hu­ber­man, Paddy Moloney and Brendan Grace.

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