Week’s high­lights

The Irish Times Magazine - - TV & RADIO -

this from Wed­nes­day, Ama­zon Prime

Rachel Bros­na­han knocks ‘ em dead once again as the epony­mous Midge Maisel, a Jewish house­wife in 1950s New York who has dis­cov­ered her tal­ent for stand- up com­edy, and is fol­low­ing her dream in an era when women were ex­pected to stay at home while the men went out and told all the jokes. Midge’s brand of raw, fem­i­nist com­edy is a shock in the days be­fore bra- burn­ing, and Bros­na­han, pre­vi­ously seen in House of Cards, is a pow­er­house in the role, ably sup­ported by Alex Borstein as her shoot­from- the- hip man­ager. The first se­ries saw Midge shar­ing a jail cell with the great Lenny Bruce after mak­ing a risque stage de­but, and this se­ries sees her hon­ing her com­edy skills with a view to get­ting the ul­ti­mate gig – a slot on Johnny Car­son. But ri­val co­me­dian So­phie Len­non, still smart­ing after her pub­lic take­down, is out to make things dif­fi­cult for Midge. you how to whip up some fes­tive treats no mat­ter where you are this Christ­mas. Kilkenny is the win­ner of this year’s Restau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion of Ire­land’s Foodie Des­ti­na­tion Award, so this is why Maguire has de­camped to the Mar­ble City. Neven will show you how to cook the tra­di­tional turkey and ham, how to come up with in­ter­est­ing and un­usual starters and ac­com­pa­ni­ments, and how to get cre­ative with those left­overs. Ev­ery recipe will be easy and straight­for­ward, prom­ises Maguire, and also, of course, de­li­cious. Wed­nes­day, RTÉ One, 9.35pm

An­other Christ­mas, an­other home­less cri­sis. A year after ac­tivists oc­cu­pied Apollo House to high­light the plight of home­less peo­ple, it seems things have just got worse, and more fam­i­lies will face a Christ­mas with­out a place to call home. This doc­u­men­tary ex­am­ines Ire­land’s seem­ingly end­less hous­ing cri­sis, at a time when rents are at an all- time high, and de­vel­op­ment of res­i­den­tial land is lag­ging way be­hind the ever- grow­ing de­mand for hous­ing. The pro­gramme asks why the Gov­ern­ment’s Re­build­ing Ire­land pro-

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