Women on the Verge
three female pals help each other in SHARON HORGAN’S latest series
COMEDY W HD, 10pm
As well as executive-producing this new Dublin-set comedy, Sharon Horgan co-writes and stars in the first episode as a therapist counselling one of three women in crisis.
Women on the Verge
Thursday, w Hd, 10pm FROM Pulling TO Divorce, writer and actress Sharon Horgan has hilariously catalogued the experiences of women who, at various stages in life, have found things not going quite according to plan.
Now, in her latest TV offering, Horgan plays a therapist counselling a stressedout journalist whose life is in turmoil in the new W comedy drama, Women on the Verge.
As well as writing the first episode, Horgan is executive producer of the series, which is based on a magazine column and book by Lorna Martin.
The six-parter centres on three friends who are all facing critical decisions about their futures. Journalist Laura (Kerry Condon) is having a steamy affair with a colleague; single mother Katie (Nina Sosanya) is contemplating artificial insemination; and Alison (Eileen Walsh) desperately wants a baby and to get back together with her ex-boyfriend Martin (Aaron Mccusker).
LIFE’S A CHALLENGE
‘It’s about that ticking time bomb, and how the women all feel it in different ways, be it relationships or babies,’ explains Walsh. ‘They want to try to get on the right track before they derail.’ While Laura and Alison are looking for their happy ever after, Katie has a more sanguine view of relationships, having already been married and divorced, and it is at her suggestion that Laura contacts a therapist, the enigmatic Dr Fitzgerald (Horgan), in a bid to get her life back on track.
Condon admits that being on the couch while Horgan played her therapist was a slightly strange experience.
‘Those scenes were the first of the shoot for me,’ she says. ‘There were so many things on my mind – mainly trying to do a good job, so Sharon wouldn’t worry I was going to mess it all up.’
EILEEN WALSH, KERRY CONDON AND NINA SOSANYA AS ALISON, LAURA AND KATIE
SHARON HORGAN AS DR FITZGERALD