Oh goodie, Midge is back, her continuing adventures beckoning like a bright festive season bon-bon. The arrival of the third series of the charming, beautifully written and designed The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (Amazon Prime) is cause for celebration.

Infused with an irresistible optimism, the series, which is set in the early 1960s, is like a ray of warm light in a TV schedule packed with crime stories and dystopian tales of dread. “I feel like I see women falling apart on TV all the f–king time,” Amy Sherman-Palladino, the series’ creator, writer, co-producer and director, told Rolling Stone in 2018. “I just want some woman to keep her shit together.”

Her plucky heroine, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), a nice Jewish girl, the former wife of Joel (Michael Zegen) and mother of their two rarely seen children, definitely does that. After what she’d thought was a perfect life crumbled due to Joel’s dalliance with his secretary, Midge, who’s smart, sassy and resilient, unexpectedly embarked on a career in comedy after an impromptu drunken set at a downtown club in Manhattan demonstrated her previously untapped talent for stand-up. Prior to that, her claim to fame was baking a good brisket.

Rachel Brosnahan plays the plucky heroine of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Rachel Brosnahan plays the plucky heroine of The Marvelous Mrs MaiselCredit:Amazon Prime Video

As the new season begins, Sherman-Palladino and her creative partner and husband, Daniel Palladino, have moved the story along, with a number of key characters charting new courses. Midge and her manager, Susie (Alex Borstein), are preparing for a tour that could be Midge’s big break as the support act for popular crooner Shy Baldwin (Leroy McClain). But tensions arise when Susie gets an offer to also represent established comedy-scene queen Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch). Midge acts like a spoiled brat, or a jilted lover, casting Susie’s representation of a new client – a despised rival – as a betrayal and refusing to see the opportunity it might represent for her devoted manager, who subsists on a meagre budget and lives in a cupboard-sized flat.



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