Thursday 19 July 2018

Brendan Courtney to reveal plight of families ‘trapped’ by housing crisis in new series

Brendan Courtney
Brendan Courtney
Amy Huberman
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

RTE’s Brendan Courtney took the Government to task over homecare for the elderly.

Now he is turning his attention to the housing crisis, which he said is threatening to reach epidemic proportions. 

“I’m doing a series for RTE called This Crowded House and it’s all about the housing crisis,” he said.

“It’s a series with eight different stories of people who are all trapped in bad situations and can’t get housing.”

The presenter and designer previously made a documentary about his late father Frank.

The film highlighted the lack of support available for families trying to care for older people. 

Entitled We Need To Talk About Dad, it chronicled the difficult choices faced by the Courtney family as they tried to provide the best care for Frank, who died in June. 

Apart from This Crowded House, the former Off The Rails star will also be reprising his popular online series Feed.

In it, he invites celebrities into his home to cook for him while he interviews them about their lives. Actress and writer Amy Huberman is among those appearing in the new series.

“I’m trying to learn to cook so they come in with five ingredients and cook a dish in 15 minutes,” said Brendan.

“They write the menu and they cook whatever they like while I talk to them about their lives.”

The series begins on September 26 with Health Minister Simon Harris, whom Brendan got to know while making We Need To Care About Dad.

He has also got Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to agree to take part in his quirky show, as he quizzes the politician on his life while also being fed.

Meanwhile, he will be focusing his attention on his fashion career tonight as he unveils his latest collection with Sonya Lennon.

The pair have invited 150 guests to the head offices of Dunnes Stores for the launch of the new Lennon/Courtney autumn-winter collection.

A massive hit for the high-street chain, this is the pair’s fifth collection to date, having first joined forces back in 2011.

Brendan has described the new range as “disco-inspired”.


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