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My Week As A Muslim
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.