Friday 23 June 2017

'Prisoners' wives' has legs for success

Prisoners' Wives (BBC One) is like Footballers' Wives, only there are no footballers, just guys behind bars. Oh, and it's not so trashy, either, with none of the women being required to get their kit off by the end of the first episode.

In fact, Julie Gearey's six-part drama may be too sincere and well-intentioned for its own good, though a bright script and arresting performances from the central women should ensure its success as an upmarket soap opera.

To the forefront this week was the striking Emma Rigby, pictured right, as pregnant young wife Gemma, bewildered when cops storm her home and haul her sweet hubby off for murdering someone.

Polly Walker's good, too, as seen-it-all spouse of incarcerated drug trafficker Iain Glen, and enough tantalising loose ends have been created for the viewer to wonder what will happen next.

What more could you want on a Tuesday evening?

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