Pick of the week
The Divorce Monday, 9.30pm, ABC This is great fun. A contemporary comic opera written especially for television, it tells the story of art critic Jed (John O’May) and Iris (Marina Prior) Fielding who are celebrating their divorce with a glittering party at their country home. She hates his ghastly jokes and self-righteousness, he dislikes her tendency to drink, her book club and her Renault. But they once had fun together and it’s an affectionate parting. “Let’s give thanks for the love we shared,” Jed says. “And even greater thanks that at last it’s over,” Iris replies. “There’s something so callous about celebrating the death of love,” says their bestie, Ellen Gray (Melissa Madden). There’s much singing, dancing, wit and passion in this series, which runs across four consecutive nights. Iris has a younger lover, William (Matthew McFarlane), and her sister Louise (Lisa McCune), troubled that she hasn’t found a man and time is running out, has an eye for Jed. Apart from all this, there is the couple’s former personal assistant, Caroline (Kate Miller-Heidke), who has got used to the good life and now owes money to two shifty characters. They arrive at the mansion seeking to get their money back. And that’s just the first episode. Lyndon Terracini came up with the concept; the music is by Elena Kats-Chernin and the libretto by Joanna Murray-Smith which, together with an ensemble cast, makes this a rich production.