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Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles

Lilly and Maeve Higgins

Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles is a new series written and performed by the comedian Maeve Higgins.

Throughout the series, which is set in a country kitchen, Maeve helps her sister Lilly - a brilliant cook - to prepare minor feasts for various people.

The sisters poach a whole fish to impress their boyfriends, make appetizers for a dead pet's anniversary dinner and construct a lollipop tree for some children they vaguely know.

The whole time Maeve talks through her ideas and feelings about the guests and the food while Lilly stays quite quiet. The sisters' words and food are complemented by beautiful archive footage of Ireland in the past and magical stopframe animation.


Programme 1: Have Those Girls We Went To School With Over

Lilly and Maeve cook up a storm for their old schoolfriends. Girls just want to have fun and tonight that means eating for the first time in a week. Friendships are important!

Programme 2: Impress The Boys

Lilly and Maeve poach a whole salmon, replacing the scales with cucumber, determined to show their boyfriends a good time. They figure out what went wrong in the past and smile brightly to try and forget about all of that for the night.

Programme 3: Party Hard

Children are on the way! No, Lilly and Maeve are not pregnant, there's just some children coming to a party in the Higgins house! Childhood is revisited with surprising results.

Programme 4: Remember That Dog

Lilly and Maeve host an anniversary dinner for their dead dog, Rippie. Pets of the past are remembered by Maeve while Lilly outdoes herself with cucumber appetizers with brazen tuna faces and sad olive mouths.

Maeve Higgins' Fancy Vittles
  • RT Two, Tuesday 15 September 2009, 10.30pm
  • RT Two, Tuesday 22 September 2009, 10.30pm
  • RT Two, Tuesday 29 September 2009, 10.30pm
  • RT Two, Tuesday 6 October 2009, 10.30pm