Mistresses

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Mistresses to be remade in the US

The ABC network has ordered a remake of British drama series Mistresses. The network has skipped the pilot stage of the project and will air the series in 2013.

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8:30pm Friday, January 6 on TV One

Some secrets are best kept hidden

TV ONE welcomes back Mistresses and a new season of secrets, scheming and seduction.

Tonight, two years have passed and the once impenetrable bond between best friends Katie, Trudi, Jessica and Siobhan has been broken.

As the girls gather it’s clear things have changed dramatically: there’s tension in the room and no happy greetings.

But what could have happened to bring them to this?

With special guest Joanna Lumley.

UKTV – Thursdays from 25 November, 8.30pm

Some secrets are best kept hidden.

It’s one year on, and the emotional lives of Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica are as complex as ever. Sexy and sophisticated, glossy and gorgeous, this drama about secrets and lies, passion and lust continues. Having put herself back together after John’s death, Katie retrains as a hospital doctor, where she meets charming and attractive surgeon Dan. Everyone, including Katie, can see he’s the perfect match but is she really ready to surrender her carefully guarded single status? And are her feelings for her new boss and old flame Jack Hudson entirely professional?

Trudi, determined to put her past with Paul behind her, is enjoying a life of domestic chaos with Richard and their brood. Beset by financial worries, she starts supplying cakes to the local deli run by the gorgeous and much younger Lucas. When she stumbles across a series of mysterious payments Richard is making to an unknown woman, Trudi can’t help but assume the worst. And of course, Lucas is more than happy to catch her fall.

Siobhan has worked hard at her relationship with Hari. Adoring parents to baby Elsa, their friendship goes from strength to strength but there is a catastrophic lack of intimacy in their marriage. Unable to resist her sexual desires, Siobhan seeks solace in the arms of strangers during a series of casual encounters at an upmarket hotel. All appears under control until one of her midnight trysts shows up in her office and threatens to bring the whole edifice tumbling down.

It’s all change for Jessica. The archetypal single girl is getting married. Her fianc�, Mark Hardy, is a dashing entrepreneur and a real tart – just like Jessica. They’re both beautiful, they love the high life, they fancy each other like mad… and neither cares much for monogamy. It’s the perfect arrangement – or is it?

So since when was love ever simple? With their friendship to hold them together, the four battle through love, lust, lies and infidelity. Part drama, part thriller, this bold take on modern life and love continues.

Starring: Sarah Parish (Blackpool, Cutting It), Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, About a Boy), Orla Brady (How About You), Shelley Conn (The Innocence Project, Party Animals), Raza Jaffrey (Spooks, Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee

Hee), Adam Rayner (The Line of Beauty) and Patrick Baladi (The Office, Bodies).

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Jack Black comedy gets picked up

A new half-hour comedy series produced by Jack Black has been picked up by American network NBC. The series, which is based on the non-fiction book Guinea pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment, focuses on a journalist whose life is affected by the assignments he is given.

Campion teams up with BBC

Kiwi filmmaker Jane Campion has teamed up with the BBC to direct a new multi-part TV series for the network’s autumn/winter season. The series, entitled Top of the Lake, will be set in New Zealand and focus on a pregnant 12-year-old girl.

Hilton to feature in new reality show

Paris Hilton will reportedly feature in a new reality show which will attempt to prove she’s not a “dizzy blonde”. A spokesperson for the project said the show will not be like The Simple Life but more a serious look at the socialite.

Conn joins Terra Nova

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UKTV – Thursdays from 11 March, 10pm (Thursdays thereafter, 9.30pm)

You don’t wake up wanting to be someone’s mistress – somehow it just happens…

You meet someone, you fall in love, it feels right but you know they’re married and you know it’s wrong. Set in a world where friends have become the new family, Mistresses follows the lives and loves of four 30-something girlfriends who met at university and are still good friends, but whose lives, and love lives, have taken very different turns.

Katie and Trudi are the ‘grown-ups’ of the group. Katie, a fantastic doctor, fell in love with one of her patients, John – who also happened to be married and terminally ill. After his death, she meets Sam, John’s son. But Sam knows his dad was having an affair. And he’s determined to find out who the other woman was. Mother of two Trudi has struggled to accept her husband’s death in 9/11. So meeting Richard at the school gates is exciting and daunting. And slightly suspicious, given that he appears at the very same moment Trudi receives £1million in compensation.

Their friend Jessica lives an anarchic lifestyle, which supplies a lot of gossip and humour. She reckons there’s no such thing as love – until she meets Alex. But Alex is one-part of a lesbian couple whose wedding Jessica is supposed to be organising.

And then there’s the happily married Siobhan – or is she? Siobhan and Hari seem to have the perfect marriage, but their sex life and the cosiness of their relationship is starting to lose its charm, for Siobhan, anyway. What starts out as a bit of flirtatious fun with Dominic at her office, becomes something altogether more serious…

From dizzy highs to extreme lows, from excitement and happiness to torment and loneliness, they’re on a journey with no signposts, led by their emotions and struggling to hold it all together. It’s a world where the strength of their friendship means everything.

Sexy and sophisticated, this is a story about secrets and lies, passion and lust, loss and guilt. Part drama, part thriller, this is a bold take on modern life and love.

Starring: Sarah Parish (Blackpool, Cutting It), Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, About a Boy), Orla Brady (Nip/Tuck, Hustle), and Shelley Conn (The Innocence Project, Party Animals).

Friday 24 April, 8.30pm

Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica return in a new series of Mistresses – and the 30-somethings’ emotional lives are as dramatic and complicated as ever.

After her married lover’s death and her ill-advised affair with his son, Katie (Sarah Parish) retrains as a hospital doctor, where she meets charming and attractive surgeon Dan (Mark Umbers). But is she really ready to surrender her carefully-guarded single status? And Jessica (Shelley Conn), the archetypal single girl whose love life has encompassed men and women, is getting married to dashing entrepreneur, Mark Hardy (Oliver Milburn.) But is it really a perfect match?

Beset by financial worries, Trudi (Sharon Small) starts supplying cakes to the local deli run by the gorgeous and much younger Lucas (Sean Francis). Siobhan (Orla Brady) has worked hard at her relationship with Hari (Raza Jaffrey), but there’s something missing, and she seeks solace in the arms of strangers. Lots of strangers.

So what was it like for actress Brady, filming so many sex scenes with different people? “Filming love scenes always seems preposterous,” says the actress. “Usually by the time you get there, you feel so nervous or uncomfortable or fat, that there is only one way to cope with it, and that is by finding it quite funny! In this instance, I worked with the same crew on series one, so that made it better as we all know each other and get along well. Also, I trusted my director and knew that my ass wasn’t going to end up on screen in his shots, so all in all it was fine!”

She and the other three actresses are good friends, and enjoyed being housed together during filming of the second series. Says Sarah Parish, who plays Katie: “We all know each other so well now, and the four of us girls lived in one big house that has been split into four apartments, so it was like being The Beatles in Help! We’d all run up and down the stairs, party in each other’s houses and borrow sugar and tea! It was a really lovely atmosphere on and off set, which made the three months that we filmed the series a very relaxing time.”

Join Parish, Brady and their co-stars for the second series of Mistresses, starting tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE.

Wednesday 10 December, 8.30pm

The series final of Mistresses sees Siobhan in denial about her pregnancy; Jessica continue to struggle with Alex; and while Trudi and Katie make up, Trudi is struggling to stop her dead husband from ruining her relationship with Richard, and Katie is found out.

Siobhan thinks she can get away without telling Hari the baby isn’t his. She visits Duggan and tries to persuade him to transfer and promote Dominic. But when Dominic confronts Siobhan about the baby – he knows it’s his – she realises she is going to have to tell Hari the truth.
Simon and Jessica have a business lunch with Alex and Lisa; Alex acts very cold, and when she tells Jessica she should value herself more, Jessica is very hurt. Later, Alex waits for Jessica outside her office to apologise, but Simon sees the pair kiss goodbye and tells Jessica he knows what’s going on.

In an attempt to solve her problems, Trudi invites Sally and Paul Junior to her home and lets Sally know she’s thinking about giving her the money. Trudi then goes to see Richard and the pair patch things up. Trudi is over the moon, but when she visits the hotel to give Sally the cheque, she gets the surprise of her life.

Meanwhile, Sam arrives at Katie’s house in the middle of the night and informs her that his instincts tell him she helped John die. Katie goes to visit Gemma, but Sam arrives telling Gemma about the affair and that Katie helped John die. Later, after burning all her mementos of John, she heads to the surgery to find Rob and Gemma waiting.

Wednesday 26 November at 8.30pm

Tonight on Mistresses, Trudi is in denial about Sally, and while Richard is very keen to see Trudi again, Trudi is too freaked out by the whole situation.

Telling her friends what has happened, Trudi is sure Sally is authentic, but the girls disagree. When Sally delivers Paul’s cufflinks to Trudi, they still don’t think it is proof enough, so Trudi visits Sally to find out for herself. She is shocked to see the evidence and discover that Sally wants a third of Trudi’s 9/11 cheque – for her and Paul’s little boy.

Siobhan tells Katie she is pregnant and Dominic is probably the father. Hari is furious with Siobhan when she misses her appointment with the fertility specialist.

After ending up in bed together, Katie tells Sam she was his father’s lover and he is appalled. And Jessica is feeling hugely unsatisfied and confused, but doesn’t know why.

Wednesday 5 November, 8.30pm

TV ONE’s new drama Mistresses sees the story of four women in their 30s living with the consequences of wanting the wrong person at the wrong time. Sexy and sophisticated, it is a story about secrets and lies, passion and lust, loss and guilt.

Katie (Sarah Parish), a fantastic doctor, fell in love with one of her patients, John – who also happened to be married and terminally ill. After his death, she meets his son Sam. But Sam knows his dad was having an affair and he’s determined to find out who the other woman was. Mother of two, Trudi (Sharon Small) has struggled to accept her husband’s death in 9/11. Meeting Richard at the school gates is exciting and daunting – and slightly suspicious, given he appears at the very same moment Trudi receives £1million in compensation. Successful, hard-working solicitor Siobhan (Orla Brady) is trying for a baby with husband Hari, but their love life has lost its spark. Then, what starts out as a bit of flirtatious fun with Dominic at her office, becomes something altogether more serious. And fun-loving minx Jessica (Shelley Conn) is the archetypal mistress. In the middle of a reckless affair with her married boss, she believes there’s no such thing as love – until she meets Alex. But Alex is one part of a lesbian couple whose wedding Jessica is supposed to be organising.

From dizzy highs to extreme lows, from excitement and happiness, to torment and loneliness, the women are led by their emotions, struggling to hold it all together. It’s a world where the strength of their friendship means everything.