Sharon Horgan's new show Women on the Verge begins, while Press and Sick of It both end, and Get Shorty returns for a second season . . .
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Women on the Verge, 10.30pm, RTÉ 2
Here's a new six-part dramedy set in Dublin that follows the lives of three women in their 30s, played by Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya and Eileen Walsh.
While everyone else is settling down, married with kids, and increasingly in control of their lives, Laura, Katie and Alison seem to be moving in the opposite direction.
Created by Sharon Horgan and Lorna Martin, and adapted from Martin’s critically acclaimed comic memoir Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the show opens after a potential work promotion, a family christening and a messy love triangle collide disastrously for Laura.
She decides it’s time to take action to stop herself from completely unravelling. Alison, desperate for a baby and sick of first dates decides to get back with her ex Martin, despite not being in love with him.
Single parent Katie backs out of an artificial insemination to give her daughter Ella a sibling but finds out some surprising news concerning her ex husband’s new wife Siobhan.
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Ireland's Biggest Prison, 9.00pm, Virgin Media One
As the title clearly implies, this is about incarceration in Ireland – more specifically, the Midlands Prison, a medium security prison in Portlaoise, County Laois.
The Midlands Prison was built adjacent to the high security Portlaoise Prison, with which it shares some facilities. And in this opening episode viewers get to meet the Governors, as well as prison staff and inmates.
Press, 9.00pm, BBC One
Ben Chaplin has been eye-catching as tabloid editor Duncan in this far-fetched but fun tale of two fictional newspapers in London.
Tonight, Duncan attempts to spend quality time with his son, Fred (Benjamin Campbell), but finds it difficult in the face of Sarah’s (Natasha Little) open hostility.
Meanwhile, at the home of her billionaire boyfriend, Max Klein (Matt Rippy), Sarah informs Duncan that she and Max intend for him never to see Fred again.
Elsewhere Holly (Charlotte Riley) struggles to separate her personal grievances from her professional ambitions. She adds to Duncan’s troubles by threatening to publicly expose his relationship with Kristina (Kasia Koleczek), the sex worker with whom he has a longstanding arrangement.
Sick of It, 10.30 & 10.30pm, Sky One
Snubbing the Voice in His Head, Karl decides buying flowers is the only way to win Zoe back in the first of two final episodes.
But his plan to woo her goes out the window when he gets caught up in the lives of a father and his estranged son he picks up in his cab.
Later, and suffering from a bad bout of constipation, Karl heads to the doctor to find out the only way to get things moving is to get over Zoe and start looking for love again.
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Salt Fat Acid Heat, Netflix
Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels the world to explore four basic keys to wonderful cooking, serving up feasts and helpful tips along the way.
Get Shorty, 9.00pm, Sky Atlantic
Chris O’Dowd returns as Myles Daly, the mobster looking to make a killing in Hollywood, as the second season of the dramedy gets underway.
After the events of season one, Miles is in a dark place, and is working on a new project while anxiously awaiting the first cut of his film The Admiral’s Mistress.
Meanwhile, washed-up producer Rick Moreweather (Ray Romano), now living a double life as an FBI informant, comforts his on-again, off-again squeeze (and also a terrifyingly unstable mob boss) Amara when business goes south.
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Greene and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra for Dublin
Jenny Greene and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage at the Iveagh Gardens next summer.
The phenomenal live act will play the Dublin venue on Sunday, July 7 2019.
Tickets priced €49.50 go on sale on Monday, December 17 at 10am from Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide.
DUBLIN! We are so excited to announce @djjennygreene and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will take to the stage of Iveagh Gardens this summer on 7 July 2019. 🙌 Tickets go on sale this Monday at 10am! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/nnQlud3WgC
— Aiken Promotions (@aikenpromotions) December 13, 2018
Meanwhile, Greene and the orchestra will return to Live at the Marquee Cork on Friday, June 28 having blown audiences away there last year.
Tickets are on sale now.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!@djjennygreene, @rte_co & @gemma_sugrue return to @LATMofficial on Friday June 28th!
Get your tickets on @TicketmasterIre RIGHT NOW!https://t.co/dljdnahwkC
— RTÉ 2FM (@RTE2fm) December 13, 2018
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EastEnders set revamp goes £27 million over budget
The BBC's project to rebuild the set of EastEnders will now cost £27 million more than originally planned.
The original budget for the refurbishment of the soap's set was fixed at £59.7 million in 2015, but the revised budget is now £86.7 million.
The completion date has been pushed back two-and-a-half years, from October 2020 to May 2023.
A report from the UK's National Audit Office (NAO) said a lack of expertise, over-optimism regarding costs and delays in construction led to the 45% budget increase for the project.
The BBC said the project was "large" and "complex" and added that there had been "challenges on the way".
The project – which is called E20 – will see the original 1984 set of the soap in Hertfordshire being rebuilt and expanded.
The set was only supposed to be used for two years but has lasted for 34. This has led to problems with health and safety, continual investments in refurbishments and the inability to shoot in high-definition due to the decaying set.
"The show remains one of the BBC's flagship programmes and yet is filming from a set that is no longer fit for purpose," the BBC said in a statement.
"The new set will be suitable for HD filming for the first time and extend Walford to better reflect modern East End London.
"It's a large, complex project which has already delivered many other vital improvements at BBC Elstree Centre but like any building work of this scale there have been challenges on the way, including construction market issues beyond our control and from working on a brownfield site.
"As the NAO recognises we've already made improvements and are keeping the project under close scrutiny."
The new EastEnders set will include a "Front Lot" replicating Albert Square and the traditional set, and a "Back Lot", which will include new Walford outdoor locations and will be made to look more like the streets of 21st-century London.
The NAO concluded in its report: "The BBC will not be able to deliver value for money on the E20 programme in the way that it envisaged in 2015.
"Disappointingly, some of the reasons for this were built into E20 at the outset and could have been addressed earlier."
EastEnders airs on RTÉ One and BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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Bob Dylan and Neil Young announce Irish show
Music legends Bob Dylan and Neil Young have announced a one-off Irish show next July.
Dylan and his band and Young with Promise of the Real will play Kilkenny's Nowlan Park on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
Tickets go on sale next Monday, December 17, at 9:00am from outlets nationwide.
The Director of Aiken Promotions, Peter Aiken, told RTÉ's Morning Ireland that he expects people to travel from overseas in order to see the concert.
It is one of just two concerts Dylan and Young will headline together this year – they haven't performed together since 1994.
Aiken said the two artists have a proven track record of selling tickets in Ireland and, if you combined the ticket sales of all the shows they have played here, an estimated 800,000 people have gone to see them perform.
"They'll come from everywhere for this, you know," he added.
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Emmerdale star Hardwick proposes to producer Brooks
Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick has revealed she proposed to her girlfriend, the soaps's producer Kate Brooks.
The star, who plays Vaness Woodfield on the soap, announced the happy engagement news on Twitter and Instagram.
She posted a black and white photo of them on a balcony with glasses in their hands, writing: "So after months of planning, I popped the question!!!
"She said yes!!!"
Hardwick added emojis of an engagement ring and two brides with the hashtags "#loveislove" and "#noordinaryproposal".
Emmerdale producer Brooks retweeted the message and said: "Thank you for all the love", adding the hashtags "#shedidgood #whataweekend #worthmissingthejunglefor."
Thank you for all the love ❤️ #shedidgood #whataweekend #worthmissingthejunglefor https://t.co/4U6BJuF8Vr
— Kate Brooks (@katebrooks) December 12, 2018
The couple went public with their relationship in October when Hardwick posted pictures of the pair on Instagram on National Coming Out Day.
"It will all work out in the end," she wrote, adding: "#behappy#nationalcomingoutday #loveislove."
Hardwick's on-screen character Vanessa also found happiness recently when she and her girlfriend Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) finally declared their love for one another.
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Keith Richards ‘pulls the plug’ on heavy drinking
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has said he has "pulled the plug" on heavy drinking ahead of his 75th birthday.
The guitarist told Rolling Stone he made the decision a year ago.
"I pulled the plug on it. I got fed up with it," he said.
Richard admitted he still enjoys "a glass of wine occasionally, and a beer".
"It was time to quit. Just like all the other stuff," he continued.
When asked if it was an adjustment, Richards replied: "You can call it that, yeah. But I don't notice any difference really – except for I don't drink. I wasn't feeling [right]. I've done it. I didn't want that anymore."
Richards' fellow Rolling Stones guitarist, Ronnie Wood, chose sobriety in 2010.
"He's a pleasure to work with," said Richards. "Much more mellow. He's open to more ideas, whereas before I'd kind of grit my teeth and go, 'He's gonna give me some s*** for saying this'. Now, he'll say, 'That's cool, man'."
The Rolling Stones will embark on the North American leg of their No Filter tour in Miami next April.
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