Girlfriends Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review – Kay Mellor ITV drama


Girlfriends has quickly followed the ridiculously-titled Love, Lies and Records as another Kay Mellor drama to grace our screens, and the moment a dire cover of “Ain’t No Mountain Hugh Enough” boomed out over the opening credits, I wanted to hammer nails into my feet to take the pain away.

Linda’s (Phyllis Logan) on a cruise ship holiday of a lifetime – with a life-changing situation lying ahead of her, Sue’s (Miranda Richardson) a self-obsessed individual who does her make-up while she’s driving and then seems surprised when she’s caused an accident, while Gail’s (Zoë Wanamaker) a lollipop lady, and the only one of the three who is not immensely irritating.

Throw in problems at work for Sue with her business partner and lover, John (Anthony Head), and we have a threadbare story where characters explain the plot to each other over and over, just in case you couldn’t wait ten minutes for an ad break so you could use the toilet, and Girlfriends is another case of “TV for women”.

It has nothing much for men. Women have Gail’s son walking around with a toned chest and wearing nothing but a smile and only just enough down below. Do men get the same from a woman? No, they do not.

Girlfriends begins tonight at 9pm, and then will be on the ITV Hub, and is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its release on February 12th.

Girlfriends – ITV Trailer

Episode 1: 1/10

Director: Kay Mellor
Producer: Josh Dynevor
Writer: Kay Mellor

Linda: Phyllis Logan
Sue: Miranda Richardson
Gail: Zoë Wanamaker
Carole: Paula Wilcox
Andrew: Philip Cumbus
Louise: Chlöe Hart
Micky: Steve Evets
Edna: Valerie Lilley
Stacey Cook: Elena Saurel
DI Donoghue: Emmett J Scanlan
Barbara: Wendy Craig
Ryan: Chris Fountain
John: Anthony Head
Ruby: Daisy Head
Frank: Dave Hill
Rob: Nav Sidhu
Natalie: Thaila Zucchi

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  • wizHQ

    Seriously? berating ‘TV for Women’ for not having young eye-candy for men in it. So in a few words you’ve managed to demonstrate your own ageism and misogyny whilst not being smart enough to grasp that this particular serving of ‘TV for Women’ might not be preoccupied with whether or not you like it. Shame on you.

    A: it’s wasn’t made for you
    B: the three leads are smart talented beautiful women.
    C: your comments are buying into a culture uses ageism and body-shaming to oppress women.
    D: I’m sure there are many women who are more interested in seeing comedy and drama, written by their peers, addressing their issues and fears and portraying the strong female voices and characters that we see every day in our lives, but all too seldom on screen.
    E: it’s insulting to everyone to reduce television to a hunt for images of young people in their underwear.

  • How on earth did you get C & E out of that? Blame Kay Mellor for filling the show with a scantily-clad man.

    In this age of equality, why isn’t there a woman running around in her smalls with exposed nipples? Why is that a problem to you?

    And it’s “TV for women”, purely because it’s junk aimed at women, which is what TV does a lot these days. Look at all those ads where men are made to look stupid by women. Total sexism on TV!

  • helen robinson

    Usually love a good Kay Mellor series. I just don’t know what happened here. Great cast but the acting wasn’t as good as the local Xmas panto. Kay is usually great but the storyline was weak. I really didn’t enjoy it at all and it’s the only one of hers that I haven’t. It was clearly meant to have farcical elements but there wasn’t a single thing in it to draw me in.

  • Did Steve Evets’ character ever come back into it? I figured he’d show up at the very end and cause a cliffhanger for a potential series 2, but I didn’t stick around after the first episode.

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