Wives with Knives

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 8.30pm, CI The ti­tle of this pro­gram caused a few ner­vous tit­ters from men around the of­fice but there’s noth­ing witty or ironic about Wives with Knives. The se­ries pro­files women driven to de­spair by their abu­sive hus­bands be­fore, you guessed it, mur­der­ing them with knives. As in Banged Up Abroad, in­ter­views with the real peo­ple and their friends and fam­ily are blended with dra­matic re-creations. In the de­but episode, set in Har­lem, New York, we meet sin­gle mother and nurse tech­ni­cian Donna. Not just a nurse by pro­fes­sion, Donna also sup­ported her mother through years of drug ad­dic­tion. So here we have a kind, in­tel­li­gent, highly at­trac­tive and com­pas­sion­ate woman. What could pos­si­bly go wrong? Al­most ev­ery­thing, as it turns out. You see, when it comes to men Donna’s life has been one long string of heartaches. Then, just when she thinks she has met Mr Right, he turns out to be Mr Good­bar. Kevin is pos­sessed by a closet full of de­mons, chief among them ad­dic­tions to co­caine and al­co­hol. Things in­evitably spi­ral out of con­trol un­til Donna can take no more. Af­ter years of sys­tem­atic beat­ings, and with Kevin about to squeeze the life from her with his hands around her throat, she takes the only course of ac­tion she can. Will the courts un­der­stand? Will her five chil­dren have to grow up with their mother in jail?

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