REVENGE WITH A TWIST
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.