Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Time to Split but Will the Sisters in This Divorce Drama Get Their Happy Ever After?

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

It's Time to Split but Will the Sisters in This Divorce Drama Get Their Happy Ever After?

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Byline: Alastair McKay The Viewer

The Split BBC One, 9pm I Am a Killer Crime + Investigation (Sky 156, Virgin 275, BT/TalkTalk 328), 9pm AT FIRST glance, The Split looks like a cynical thing. Abi Morgan's drama about the Defoes a family of feisty female divorce lawyers at war with each other (but mostly with themselves) had a whiff of formula. The men were terrible, stickmen fashioned from derision and lint, while the women were fabulously contradictory and complicated, at least in their own minds. Mostly there was Hannah (Nicola Walker), who was terribly successful, with her top job and her admirable kitchen-diner, and her permanent sense of being cheated, because Having It All isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when your husband, Nathan (Stephen Mangan), is boring and reliable and a man, not a labrador, where such qualities would be prized.

Hannah's married name is Sterne, though Nathan looks to be descended from an unbroken line of Long-Sufferings. Hannah had her sisters too, and they were decorative, mostly. There was a dark-haired one, Nina (Annabel Scholey), marooned without a paddle on a professional desert island with Mamma Defoe (Deborah Findlay), who is eternally grumpy on account of the fact that her husband, the Gold Blend bastard (Anthony Head), walked out 3,000 years ago, only to return without so much as a by-your-leave sporting a scarf like a Paisley windsock.

There's another sister, Rose (Fiona Button), who is blonde and cute, and less tough, and her role is to navigate a bumpy progress towards her own wedding. Rose exists in the perfumed universe of a Richard Curtis romcom, having flirtatious encounters with comedy vicars and falling out and making up with her supine comedy boyfriend in a way that proves that romance isn't dead. It's just delirious. …

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