The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

ALL right, let’s ac­knowl­edge right from the start that I’m not the tar­get au­di­ence for BadMothers. Like Ten’s Play­ing­forKeeps, this new drama with head­lin­ers Melissa Ge­orge (above), Tess Haubrich, Mandy McEl­hin­ney, Jes­sica Tovey and Shalom BruneFrank­lin is aimed at the ladies and could well con­nect. Sarah Pooley (Haubrich re­placed Jes­sica Marais, who left the pro­duc­tion to fo­cus on her health) is a GP, mar­ried to restau­ra­teur An­ton (Daniel MacPher­son). The pair live in a wealthy sea­side Mel­bourne sub­urb, where the snooty Bedford Moth­ers’ Club is headed by Char­lotte Evans (Ge­orge). The Bad Moth­ers – Maddy (McEl­hin­ney), Danielle (Tovey) and Bindy (Brune-Franklin) are out­side the clique. Sarah is con­vinced her hubby is hav­ing an af­fair and it isn’t long be­fore she is proved right. Time to pal up with the Bad Moth­ers and, af­ter a co­pi­ous amount of al­co­hol, start plot­ting re­venge. But things turn se­ri­ous when some­one is found mur­dered (no spoil­ers). Think of BadMothers as a cross between Des­per­ateHousewi­ves and Win­ner­sandLosers. Ge­orge’s per­for­mance is an ac­quired taste and it is a pity Marais isn’t in the mix be­cause I wasn’t con­vinced about the Haubrich/MacPher­son pair­ing. Still, there is plenty of sharp writ­ing and juicy scenes to keep view­ers in­trigued. McEl­hin­ney in par­tic­u­lar seems to be hav­ing a ball in a role a world away from Ma­tron on LoveChild.

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