TV review: Women on the Verge, W
- Henry Northmore
- 5 October 2018
New comedy from Sharon Horgan following the lives of three women in Dublin
Sharon Horgan has a pretty impressive hit rate. Pulling, Motherland, Divorce and the genius that is Catastrophe have all captured the reality of modern relationships at various stages from the single life to single parenting. Women on the Verge falls somewhere in-between focusing on three women in their 30s in Dublin whose lives aren't exactly going as planned.
Created by Horgan with writer / journalist Lorna Martin and adapted from Martin's comic memoir, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (which was based on her Grazia column Conversations with My Therapist). In Horgan's customary frank style we're introduced to Laura (Better Call Saul's Kerry Condon) during some awkward sex in a pub toilet; Katie (Nina Sosanya) halfway through a mechanical medical insemination and Alison (Eileen Walsh) while reversing a recent breakup with a hapless boyfriend. What binds these characters is their friendship, unfulfilled potential, rubbish relationships and the mistakes they have made. And with about a dozen projects on the go (including Channel 4's forthcoming Happy AF, Showtime horror-comedy Shining Vale and new series of Motherland and Catastrophe) it's nice to see Horgan find the time to pop up briefly each episode as Laura's psychiatrist.
Laura's her own worst enemy, succumbing to temptation and jealousy, but by episode two you find yourself warming to her and the chaos of her life. Condon makes her relatable and vibrant even as she creates her own drama and drives her career into the ground. It's not as fully rounded as Catastrophe and obviously doesn't have the budget of HBO's Divorce, but Women on the Verge is rude, honest and often very funny.
Episodes watched: One—three of six.
Women on the Verge starts on W from Thu 11 Oct, 10pm.