The Undoing (4 stars)

Hugh Grant in The Undoing.

Hugh Grant in The Undoing

Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant star as a couple whose relationship is unravelling

The Undoing is certain to be no fun at all for one potential viewer. Were Paddington Bear to access his Sky subscription and see its co-stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant (variously his nemeses in the big-screen movies of 2014 and 2017 about the cuddly Peruvian), he might spill marmalade all over his wellies. For the rest of us, seeing two actors doing what they do best (Kidman all glacial and elegant, Grant all blustering and polite) is an enjoyable enough treat. Add in an extremely hooky whodunnit after a gruesome murder is committed, and you have six weekly episodes that won't come around quickly enough.

Grant and Kidman play the Frasers, an ostentatiously successful and influential New York couple: Mike is an oncologist, Grace is a therapist, with both of them helping strangers in their darkest moments. They've also managed to raise a savvy teenage son, Henry (Noah Jupe) who acts as a glue when the pair's relationship starts to unravel. And unravel it most certainly does, when a corpse shows up and the finger of suspicion is directed straight into the Frasers' lavish home.

Created by David E Kelley (with whom Kidman worked for the equally mysterious Big Little Lies), The Undoing (adapted from Jean Hanff Korelitz's 2014 novel You Should Have Known) is the textbook tale of a seemingly rock-solid partnership which, to Mike's full knowledge and Grace's complete amazement, is built on perilous, deception-filled foundations. The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl plays a prosecution lawyer, and Donald Sutherland is Grace's wolfish father who has no time for his son-in-law. Without giving anything away, expect shocks and misdirections aplenty.

Sky Atlantic, starts on Monday 26 October, 9pm.

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