Heart of the af­fair

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - TODAY’S TV - CATAS­TRO­PHE

SWEARY and filthy, yet ten­der and be­liev­able, this com­edy writ­ten by and star­ring Sharon Hor­gan and Rob De­laney is one of the best things on TV.

It’s a rom com, but not as you know it. There’s no Richard Curtis pulling some Love Ac­tu­ally-es­que heart­strings, or Car­rie Brad­shaw skip­ping af­ter Mr Big through a New York park in stilet­tos and a jaunty hat. This is about as real as you can get – the can­did tale of a re­la­tion­ship be­tween two nor­mal, flawed peo­ple with, as the kids would say, no fil­ter. “You can be vile and dirty but still give some­thing with heart,” says Sharon. “It’s truth­ful, from real sto­ries. We’re just putting it out there as it is.” If you didn’t know, this is what you’ve missed so far. An Amer­i­can man and Ir­ish woman (help­fully called Rob and Sharon) meet in London and have a fling. She gets preg­nant, they move in to­gether, fall in love and end up mar­ried with two kids and a dog – although the dog sadly met his maker in the last se­ries. When we last saw the cou­ple, Rob was open-mouthed af­ter find­ing a re­ceipt for the morn­ing af­ter pill and won­der­ing if Sharon had cheated on him. Now we pick up events at that ex­act mo­ment, as they eat pizza on the sofa and Rob de­cides whether or not to con­front Sharon about what he’s found. He does in the end, but Sharon man­ages to bat away his ques­tions be­fore head­ing off on an in­ves­tiga­tive mis­sion to track down the bloke in ques­tion, Nico, and find out ex­actly what hap­pened – well, she was too drunk to re­mem­ber. But Rob is deeply sus­pi­cious, with Sharon’s un­nat­u­rally good be­hav­iour ring­ing alarm bells. Fi­nally, when their son Frankie has an ac­ci­dent, it forces the is­sue out into the open, and you’ll be root­ing for the cou­ple to sur­vive.

TROU­BLE IN STORE Sharon and Rob

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