Kid­ding about is good 4 the soul

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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.

SOGGY Bot­tom first Award: Bake Off’s proved a Ve­gan Week on C4 con­tes­tants sloppy mess, with crack on with wish­ing they could eggstraor­di­nary. some­thing more “Is there a Paul Hol­ly­wood teased ve­gan cook­book?” Noel. While Jon pleaded: “Can we have ke­bab week?” A big, ahem, missed steak.

JUST like mil­lions of view­ers, I in 1976, has never been found and was left per­plexed by the bizarre po­lice don’t be­lieve her story, which tale­tuofre­jeant,et­suh­moltqi­u­niapimt I Avmeruors­dteir­ern?cin­cisl­hiet re­called in 2011 only af­ter ther­apy. on Wate, qdunies­sad­laityd. olup­tat, v e r o s d i g n ai in­ter­viewed Janet, who told me: “I The corem ITV doc­u­men­tary do­lore te told fac­cum­san­dio how don’t feel guilty, I am the vic­tim. Janet, min­cidunt 68, says she lo­bor killed con­umsa ndion­se­qui her busi­ness “He did what he did and I did what I part­ner, acilit farmer prae­senim Fred alit Hand­ford, er­ciduipit 42 did.” years ver ago, aut af­ter lan­di­amet he raped her. lor­per sum She sounded to­tally plau­si­ble. She ac­cummo says she dip­sum ing grabbed his quis gun acil­isit and ea commy nos nim But a de­tec­tive on the case told shot him, loaded his ipit body au­giat. me the mur­der was highly ali­quamet, into Sum in ute a wheel­bar­row and un­likely given the facts. A buried him in a field. But baf­fling case. We will likely Fred, who van­ished never know the truth.

GEN­ER­A­TION GAME: Old Peo­ple’s Homes For 4 Year Olds

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