Kidding about is good 4 the soul
HARD to say which scene was more excruciatingly funny in Women On The Verge. The one where single parent Katie, Nina Sosanya, back pedals on artificial insemination – in stirrups, mid-procedure. Or the one where Laura, Kerry Condon, bumps into her brother and soon-to-be godson having blatantly shagged someone she shouldn’t have in a pub toilet. On Thursdays on W, it’s co-written by Catastrophe and Motherland comedy goddess Sharon Horgan, who pops up as a much-needed therapist. With plenty of gags about sex, dating and having babies, it’s like a Dublin-set Sex And The City, with Emmett J. Scanlan as the Mr Big. IF feelgood telly can be described as something that leaves you weeping uncontrollably then gasping in despair, Old People’s Homes For 4 Year Olds did it for me. retirement village, experts test changes in mood, memory and mobility.
I did wonder if the pensioners would suddenly muster the strength to leap up and run in the opposite direction once they saw ten tiny kids bounding towards them.
But these people have lived through world wars. They are made of sterner stuff.
all over his face. Then another sucker punch to the heart. Scarlett, four, told Beryl, 85, she couldn’t invite her mummy to their party because: “my mum’s died”.
Beryl was visibly moved and viewers sobbed as Scarlett’s dad told how his wife Sally died nine months earlier from breast cancer, but he “still loved her utterly”.
Soon, Beryl and Scarlett became firm friends, with #Berylett earning mentions on Twitter.
Later Lavinia took determined steps out of her chair, Victor had sparkly party poppers in his hair and little Phoenix came out of his shell. We need more of this.
This didn’t just pull on the heartstrings, it ripped them out and tied them in knots. It was all kinds of wonderful and shines a spotlight on the ageing crisis.
More of Lavinia nicking Jelly Tots please, less of Victor waltzing alone.
In tomorrow’s show they get chickens and Lavinia gets lost in a maze, so I have high hopes.
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