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What’s on? TV highlights for Thursday October 11

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 . . .

Pick of the day

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.

Ending Tonight

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.

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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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EastEnders lines up a Halloween hunt

EastEnders fans are set to join Kat in a frantic search this Halloween.

Warning: spoiler alert!

After a night out in costumes at the E20, Jean isn't in the best of shape so Kat brings her home.

They realise that Hayley has gone into labour but cannot be found.

Jean makes Kat promise to find Hayley, and Kat sets off on her search.

Fans can find out what happens next on RTÉ One and BBC One on Tuesday October 30 at 7:30pm.

EastEnders airs on RTÉ One and BBC One on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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Vince Vaughn pleads not guilty to drink driving charges

Vince Vaughn has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence charges stemming from an arrest in June.

The 48-year-old True Detective star was arrested at a routine DUI checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, California, just after 1am on Sunday, June 10.

Vaughn is charged with three misdemeanors;one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content or higher and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection.

Authorities say Vaughn repeatedly refused to get out of his car when officers asked him at the checkpoint. The movie and television star was held on $5,000 bail and later released.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office released a statement on September 7 confirming charges brought against the actor.

According to E! News, Vaughn's attorney Blair Berk entered the plea of not guilty to all counts as the actor was a no-show at Torrance Courthouse on Friday.

Judge Nicole Bershon asked Berk whether they had already received Vaughn’s blood test results. Berk replied no, and she said she is anticipating it will take some time to get the discovery.

"But I think we are on track," Berk said.

If convicted of all of the charges, The Wedding Crashers actor could face up to a year in county jail, prosecutors said.

Vaughn was ordered to return to court on December 14 for a pretrial conference.

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Astley says upside of fame ‘not worth the downside’

Rick Astley says fame is his biggest disappointment and admits he wakes up some days and he is "not very happy".

The 52-year-old Never Gonna Give You Up singer has sold more than 40 million records during his long-spanning career but he admits he still feels underwhelmed by fame.

Speaking to The Guardian newspaper, he said: ''Fame. The upside is not worth the downside – you can't turn fame on and off, and have privacy.''

Astley admits that he often finds himself feeling unhappy buts revealed how music helps put him "into a better mood".

''I have to get myself into a better mood, and music does that for me quite often.''

The Cry For Help hitmaker, who recently made a shock cameo in Hollyoaks, retired from making music in 1993, at the age of 27, but returned to the music industry in 2001.

''I'd been doing the same thing for so many years. Now it doesn't seem like any amount of years, but then it was a quarter of my life.

''I was a young guy and I was like, 'I don't want to be doing that every single day of my life. I want to hang out with my friends. I've made a lot of money. I want to spend some of it. I want to do the things I want to do.'''

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Prince Harry Shares a Deeply Personal Moment With a Widow After Climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's tour of Australia is more than just receiving gifts and praise from adoring fans. It's also about getting the chance to connect with people on a personal level, which is precisely what Prince Harry did on Friday when he scaled the Sydney Harbour Bridge alongside Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Invictus Games competitors. One of those competitors who joined the Duke of Sussex in climbing the bridge was 41-year-old Gwen Cherne, who lost her husband and Australian special forces officer Peter J. Cafe to suicide in February 2017.

Harry and Gwen spoke for about 10 minutes about a number of topics, including the experiences of loss and grief. Harry, who lost his mother, Princess Diana, at the age of 12, comforted Gwen while they talked. "He understood what I meant. When you understand loss, I think it's obvious," Gwen said in an interview with People. "He did ask me if I was getting the support I need from the Defense and ex-servicemen and veteran community."

Gwen, who is an adviser for widows, veterans, and families for the Australian Department of Veterans Affairs and an Invictus Games Ambassador, also noted that when Harry's entourage tried to get him to keep walking, Harry refused to leave. "He stopped and said, 'I'm in a middle of a conversation, and I'm not going to leave this.' We were talking about my story and mental health and how difficult it is still, in our society, to talk about grief and loss and suicide," she said. "And how important things like the Invictus Games are to shedding light on, and allowing people to start to have these conversations that are great to have."

Harry also asked Gwen about her three children, Emily, Lachlan, and Tom, and how they've all been coping. "Lachlan is the spitting image of my husband. Harry said something like the children must remind you of him, or live on in him," Gwen said. "And I said my son is so much like him. It was comfortable and thoughtful."

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Try to “Sweat Out” Your Cold in a Group Fitness Class

You've probably heard that "sweating out a cold" will relieve your unpleasant symptoms and help you feel better. Or maybe you are so excited for your group fitness class, you can't possibly cancel, even if you're not feeling well.

If you're considering showing up to a workout class while sniffling, sneezing, and fighting off a headache, you should reconsider — we spoke to some experts to find out whether or not it's a good idea to hit a boutique fitness class if you're feeling under the weather.

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How Contagious Are You When You Have a Cold?

The symptoms of a cold may vary person to person, but the most common ones are runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and a headache. With all that phlegm and snot dripping out of your body, you're bound to spread your sick germs to other people.


"You are most contagious to others the first few days of your symptoms, and even the day before, but there is little you can do about that," internist Arielle Levitan, MD, told POPSUGAR. She explained that cold germs are most contagious via touching infected secretions, such as mucous and saliva, but not so much with tears and sweat. Colds are also somewhat contagious with germs in the air like from sneezing and coughing.

Edo Paz, MD, a doctor with the free primary care app K Health, echoed that the cold and flu, which are caused by viruses, are extremely contagious. "You should minimize proximity to other people while you have a cold, and if you absolutely must be around others, be sure to contain your germs by coughing into your elbows, washing your hands frequently, and throwing away your used tissues," he said.

Can You Work Out When You're Feeling Sick?

Even if you're feeling under the weather, you may feel like you're well enough to exercise. Kenton Fibel, MD, family medicine physician at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, said that the above-the-neck/below-the-neck rule is a helpful guide as to whether or not you should work out with a cold.

"Typically, above-the-neck symptoms like sore throat, runny nose, or congestion are OK to work out with, but below-the-neck symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, or muscle aches should be a sign that you should let your body rest and recover. If you have a fever, you should also try to avoid significant exercise."

So while you can work out if you have above-the-neck symptoms, you shouldn't go too hard; Dr. Fibel said if you work out too hard when you're sick, it can make it more difficult for your body to fight off infection and will take you longer to get better.

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So, Should You Go to a Group Fitness Class With a Cold?

"As a doctor of internal medicine I would say that you can work out if you feel up to it," Dr. Levitan said. Dr. Fibel also said that overall exercise does improve your immune system. However, just because you can work out doesn't mean you should go to a gym or boutique fitness class, and potentially get other people sick.

"Every cold and flu season, I see people coming to the gym," NASM-certified personal trainer Allan Misner told POPSUGAR. "It is disturbing to see them hacking, coughing, and sneezing while they're using the treadmills, ellipticals, and other machines." Not to mention group fitness classes where you are using shared equipment and in such a small space with potentially dozens of other people. Instead, Allan encourages people to work out at home if they have a cold, maybe with a bodyweight workout or home cardio equipment.

In fact, family and emergency medicine doctor Janette Nesheiwat, MD, recommends not working out at all when you are feeling sick. "Let your body heal," she told POPSUGAR.

"You can make yourself more sick; a cold can turn into a pneumonia and you can pick up more bugs when you are ill," Dr. Nesheiwat explained. "If you are exercising in a group setting, you are likely contaminating the gym equipment and your fellow gym-goers." She recommends staying home to recover and drinking lots of fluids, including hot tea, taking zinc, and resting.

Sounds like you're better off waiting until you feel at 100 percent to get back into the gym. After all, who needs an excuse to stay home and watch Netflix?

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