This week’s high­lights

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

Doc­tor Who ( Sun­day, BBC One, 6.45pm)

Space, the fi­nal fron­tier of in­equal­ity, is about to change for­ever with the ar­rival of Jodie Whit­taker in the role of TV’s most fa­mous timelord. When the BBC an­nounced that the 13th Doc­tor would be a woman, spotty ado­les­cent males of all ages had to have a lit­tle sit- down. Even more shock­ing than the sex- change was the news that the series is mov­ing from its tra­di­tional Satur­day evening slot to Sun­day night. Mummy, I feel dizzy.

Now that the hard­core Who­vians have had time to get their heads around this new re­al­ity, it’s time for Whit­taker to make her doc­to­rial de­but in this first episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth ( love the Bowie ref­er­ence, Beeb). Whit­taker does look a bit Bowiesque with her metal­lic blonde hair and an­gu­lar fea­tures – ex­cept she has a dis­tinct York­shire ac­cent. In this open­ing episode, three young peo­ple are about to have their lives ( and their place in the space- time con­tin­uum) changed for­ever when a mys­te­ri­ous woman falls from the South York­shire sky, with no rec­ol­lec­tion of her name or how she got there. (“We don’t get many aliens in Sh­effield,” says one char­ac­ter. Well, not af­ter Brexit, any­way.)

The series is writ­ten by new pro­ducer and showrun­ner Chris Chib­nall, tak­ing over from Stephen Mof­fatt, who drove the Doc­tor’s big 21st- cen­tury re­vival, so no pres­sure there then. Ad­vance re­views sug­gest we could be look­ing at the best Doc yet, and Whit­taker is a force of su­per­na­ture in the role.

Donal’s Meals in Min­utes ( Wed­nes­day, RTÉ One, 7.30pm)

It’s the mid­dle of the week, you just got home from work, and you have five min­utes to get din­ner ready be­fore hockey prac­tice. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO? You tune in to the sec­ond series of Donal Ske­han’s fast- cook­ery series, and learn how to whip up a de­li­cious din­ner us­ing just a few sta­ples from your cup­board. Ske­han now lives in Cal­i­for­nia with his wife Sofie, and they’ve just had a baby, so Ske­han re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates the need t o g e t t he f ood on t he t a bl e dou­ble- quick. And his fans ap­pre­ci­ate his ad­vice, the fresh- faced kitchen star has 228,000 In­sta­gram fol­low­ers and more than 700,000 YouTube fans.

Find­ing Joy ( Wed­nes­day, RTÉ One, 9pm)

Au­tumn’s kick­ing in – the leaves are fall­ing, the air is cool­ing, and Amy Hu­ber­man is back on our tel­lies, giv­ing us all that warm, cosy, curl- up- by- the fire feel­ing ( or is that just me?). Hu­ber­man is strik­ing out once again in her new six- part com­edy- drama, only this time it’s the troll- filled world of so­cial- me­dia in­flu­encer. Amy plays Joy, a young ca­reer woman just get­ting on with it af­ter a break- up with her long- term boyfriend. Then she lands a gig fill­ing in for a pop­u­lar vlog­ger, and is sud­denly thrust into so­cial me­dia star­dom. Will Joy find joy or will this show fall flat on its Face­book? Hu­ber­man has writ­ten the series, and it co- stars Ais­ling Bea,

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