Monday 23 January 2017

When TV brought on an existential crisis

Published 20/10/2016 | 02:30

On the wrong track? New TV show 'Divorce' does not make for happy pre-wedding viewing
On the wrong track? New TV show 'Divorce' does not make for happy pre-wedding viewing
Vicki Notaro

Pardon me, I'm in the middle of an existential crisis. It's been ongoing since I watched the first episode of Sharon Horgan's new series 'Divorce' at the weekend - and the second, which screened last night on Sky Atlantic, hasn't done much to alleviate my fears.

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The show makes for intriguingly uncomfortable viewing for just about anyone, particularly the newly married or those considering the prospect. Sarah Jessica Parker's character Frances is unhappy with her husband, played by Thomas Haden Church, who she finds both irritating and repulsive. She's asked for a divorce, but when she's jilted by her bit on the side she goes crawling back. Then her husband finds out about the affair and all hell breaks lose. So far, so dark.

If it resonates with me deeply, that's not shocking - I'm about to get married, you see. It's five months and counting until I walk down the aisle and make the ultimate commitment to the man of my dreams. I'm excited, I'm hopeful and I'm pretty darn certain that he's the one for me, otherwise I wouldn't have bought the white dress. But watching a show about the disintegration of an outwardly happy union, and reading the high praise heaped on said show for being so honest and truthful about marriage, has quite simply frightened the bejesus out of me.

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