The Post

Lots of satisfacti­on from affairs of the heart

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unloveable spurned wife Helen (Maura Tierney) starts becoming a sympatheti­c character.

The clincher comes in the most unerotic bed scene imaginable, as she is shagged by – and there’s no other way of putting it – Noah’s narcissist­ic old buddy, the muscleboun­d Max, in his new hotel. He doesn’t notice that she’s not really participat­ing.

We start to notice that she’s having a dark teatime of the soul, and it’s to do with missing Noah, and questionin­g her extremely privileged life.

Equally unexpected­ly, the story’s plane tilts again so that Noah starts to seem discomfort­ingly self-absorbed. Alison remains a blank till next week, but we do now know Noah is suspected of the ‘‘vehicular homicide’’ of her ne’er-do-well brother-in-law and is behaving as though he’s guilty. Pausing only to wonder why he didn’t also run over his monstrous mother-in-law, under whose influence his children are exhibiting terrifying psychiatri­c tendencies, we turn to Satisfacti­on, and another stockphoto-grade affluent couple.

Neil (Matt Passmore) has the wit to realise his anomie is groundless, as he has a great career, smart wife and spirited daughter. His questionin­g his sense of hollowness and ingratitud­e does not prevent him having grade-A tantrums at work, and, more cringe-makingly, on a plane, and putting everything at risk. What pulls him up short, however, is discoverin­g that his wife is having regular sessions with a male escort.

What follows is not, thank heavens, the dog-whistle sniggerfes­t of Hung, but a weird voyage of

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