Tuesday 20 March 2018

2312 Pick of the day

Fresh Meat/Raised By Wolves Channel 4, 10pm, 10.50pm

Christmas has come two days early for fans of the brilliant journalist and writer Caitlin Moran. 'Raised By Wolves' is a pilot for a mooted comedy series penned by Moran and her sister Caroline.

Moran, a funny and deeply political writer, has said in interviews that she was motivated to co-write the show because "telly never has any smart, amusing intellectuals living on a council estate", and also because she wanted to create teenage female characters for her daughters to enjoy and aspire to.

Directed by Irishman Ian Fitzgibbon , the programme is set on a council estate in Wolverhampton, in the English West Midland.

It's a modern-day reimagining of the Morans' real childhood: loads of kids, no money, none of them attending school, but all somehow incredibly well-read, culturally savvy, witty and curious.

All named after strong women, sisters Germaine (Helen Monks), Aretha (Alexa Davies), Yoko (Molly Risker), Mariah (Lucie Brown) and baby Cher live with their brother Wyatt (played by Caden Ellis Wall) and their mother Della (Rebekah Staton).

Germaine (16) and Aretha (15) are the key characters. Germaine is in love with local lout Lee Rind (Kaine Zajaz), and dreams of a Jane Austen-style romance.

Aretha, with her love of Jung and Barack Obama, has a more realistic outlook. Constantly at loggerheads, yet covering one another's backs, the sisters are trying to get somewhere in life, with only themselves and their extended family to rely on.

Before that, there's the season finale to the third season of college comedy 'Fresh Meat'. In the aftermath of last week's party, relationships and friendships are on the rocks.

Oregon (Charlotte Ritchie) is now going head to head against Vod (Zawe Ashton) in the Student Union elections, and the gloves are truly off.

Josie (Kimberley Nixon) and Kingsley (Joe Thomas) come to an arrangement to overcome their relationship problems, while Howard (Greg McHugh) realises it's now or never with Candice (Faye Marsay).

Irish Independent

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