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Domestic Divas

Ever wondered how you've somehow managed to get to this point in your life without knowing how to roast a chicken? Or how the minute you lose a button on your jacket you call your mam for help? How about the fact that for you cleaning involves an antibacterial wipe and 5 minutes of your time once a fortnight? Many of us who grew up through the Celtic Tiger years have side-stepped basic life skills in favour of take-away dinners, bringing the washing home to mammy once a week and throwing out anything that isn't as shiny and new as the moment we bought it. We're convenience addicts. But real convenience is all about planning.

That's where Domestic Divas step in. Aisli Madden and Cat Lawlor are here to save the day! Anywhere there's a week old hoodie with a fraying thread about to be thrown in the bin - they'll be there. Anywhere there's a bathroom floor that hasn't seen a mop since mammy's last visit - they'll be there!

Aisli and Cat are on a mission to help the helpless, to demonstrate basic life skills that came so naturally to our parent's generation and not so easily to 20 to 30 somethings. They will share the knowledge, skills and power to live life better - to eat more healthily, deliciously and nutritiously. To care for a home - like a boss! To take pride in ourselves - inside and out! And they want to do all of this with the least amount of fuss possible.

  • Aisli and Cat help a single mother who desperately wants to throw a 1st birthday to remember for her special little boy.
  • They meet a social butterfly who has no time to cook or clean but wants to stop relying on his flatmate to do all of the housework and stop spending all of his spare cash on take-aways and expensive lunches.
  • They come up with healthy, nutritious and easy ways for a busy working mother of two to feed her family with fresh ingredients straight from her Diva-built pop-up garden.
  • The Divas will come to the rescue of a mother and daughter who are struggling to deal with sharing a house as adults when one of them does all of the housework while the other does nothing.
  • They'll help a student throw a lavish dinner party for her best friend who's moving to Australia complete with etiquette and décor tips.

The brand new six part series Domestic Divas will remind everyone of the comforts of home - a crisp clean bed, the smell of fresh laundry, a sparkling bathroom, a neat and tidy bedroom and a scrumptious hot meal on the table. Domestic Divas will be a masterclass in achieving domestic bliss.

Episodes

Episode 1

Busy working mother of two Michelle Dillon wants the Domestic Divas to help her with making homemade, nutritious meals for her family and help with planning her weekly shopping. She has two small children (Olivia & Harry) and is returning to her job as a social worker once her baby Harry turns 6 months. Harry has never had home-made food - everything he eats is pre-made, packaged and processed. Michelle is desperate to change that and wants to be able to plan better so that she can make the most of her time with her young family once she returns to work. Aisli and Cat step in to show her how easy cooking from scratch can be. They bring her to meet the Happy Pear to learn all about the benefits of healthy eating. They build a pop-up vegetable and herb garden so that she can have the freshest ingredients in her own back yard. And finally they help her throw a relaxed afternoon party for her family and friends.

Episode 2

The Divas come to the rescue of a mother and daughter who are struggling to deal with sharing a house as adults when one of them does all of the housework while the other does nothing. Ann is the doting mother of 20 year old Lauren. Ann enjoys housework but would like for Lauren to be more involved in their household chores and not just assume Ann will do it all. Lauren would like for Ann to loosen the apron strings but feels that her mother is not ready to let her go.
While Aisli gets to the root of the problem with Ann, Cat meets with Lauren to encourage her to stand on her own two feet. First up - cleaning her room and washing her own clothes. A first for Lauren! Aisli teaches Lauren how to make some breakfast treats that she can cook for Ann to show her how much she's appreciated - delicious apple & cinnamon porridge and decadent eggs benedict are on the menu, while Cat rustles up a stack of scrumptious banana pancakes. Aisli & Cat help Lauren to clear out the front bedroom in the house, it's the room Ann was born in and she has always wanted it to be her bedroom. They also teach Lauren how to make her mother's bed to a 5 star standard. How will Ann & Lauren's relationship change as a result of the Divas intervention?

Episode 3

Aisli & Cat meet social butterfly Mark who has no time to cook or clean but wants to stop relying on his flatmate to do all of the housework and stop spending all of his spare cash on take-aways and expensive lunches. Mark spends €70 on average every week on pre-made convenience foods. The Divas teach Mark how to make nutritious lunches to save him money and help him steer clear of unhealthy quick snacks. Then they give him the bad news - cleaning requires elbow grease, and lots of it! They help him scrub his apartment and replace fallen tiles on the kitchen wall. With a little help from the Divas, Mark wants to surprise his friends by cooking them a traditional Sunday roast. How will his friends react to the new Mark?

Episode 4:

Aisli & Cat meet single mother Liz who desperately wants to throw a 1st birthday to remember for her special little boy Luke. Liz has no idea where to start - she needs ideas for party invites and games, and help making the all-important cake. Liz went through the mill to have Luke and really wants to pull out all the stops for his big day. She has one big, or rather small, problem - she lives in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment in the inner city. Liz's sister and her family are flying in from America to meet Luke for the first time and help celebrate his birthday. Aisli & Cat decide to move Luke's party from the city out to the beautiful surrounds of Powerscourt Waterfall. Will Liz's family be suitably impressed by Luke's special 1st birthday party celebrations?

Episode 5:

The Divas meet equestrian loving Dawn who wants to throw a lavish dinner party for her best friend who's moving to Australia. Aisli visits Declan Maxwell in Michelin star restaurant Chapter One to find out how to set the perfect table and create the perfect ambience at a dinner party. She also gets essential advice on wine from O'Brien's Lynne Coyle. Meanwhile Cat shows Dawn how to make individual beef wellingtons, a classic dinner party dish that's bound to impress her friends. The Divas help Dawn to really push the boat out and throw a traditional, elegant and sumptuous dinner party that her emigrating friend will never forget. Will the dinner party go according to plan?

Episode 6:

The Divas get their hands on single guy Liam who's looking for help with getting fit, making delicious protein rich vegetarian food and maybe even finding love! Aisli & Cat meet Liam in his new home in Co. Mayo, a home he has dedicated to making as eco-friendly and self-sufficient as possible. But the Divas remind Liam that he should also be putting the same time and effort into looking after himself. They set him up with a sustainable get fit routine, give him ideas for delicious vegetarian cooking that doesn't revolve around spuds and cabbage, and teach him a thing or two about putting his best foot forward. Will Liam accept with the Divas changes?

Domestic Divas
  • RTÉ One, Tuesday, 8.30pm