Why Sarah Jessica Parker’s new show Divorce gets it so right
Sarah Jessica Parker makes a triumphant return to TV with her new show Divorce, which starts on Sky Atlantic this Tuesday. Here's why it's seriously compulsive viewing.
Let’s get one big point out of the way first. Sarah Jessica Parker’s role of Frances in HBO’s new showDivorceis not an older, suburban answer toSex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw.
Divorceis notCarrie 2.0,Carrie Ten Years LaterorCarrie Does The Suburbs. But it must be said, if you loved Parker inSex and the Cityand have found her movie appearances since the show wrapped in 2004 haven’t quite hit the spot, then you should be very pleased withDivorce.
Parker stars not as Carrie but Frances, a New York recruitment consultant who comes to the realisation in episode one – at her best friend’s disastrous 50th birthday party – that her marriage to Robert (Thomas Haden Church) is dead in the water.
But what might not beCarrie 2.0(aside from anything else the wardrobe is a far-too-conservative array of silk dresses and elegantly cut coats) still brings back the everywoman awkwardness and flaws which made Parker so watchable inSex and the City, as she struggles to keep a cool head – and her dignity – when the power play between her and her estranged husband begins to see-saw back and forth.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church in Divorce
Divorce‘s secret weapon isCatastrophestar and writer Sharon Horgan, who penned the screenplay. WithCatastrophe,Horgan showed her knack for using humour to explore the complications of modern relationships. InDivorce, despite the gloomy premise of a family and relationship being split in two, this humour translates brilliantly to a larger-scale HBO set-up.
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