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Girlfriends

  • Episode: 

    1 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Wed 03 Jan 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 01 2018 : Sat 30 Dec - Fri 05 Jan
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Episode 1
 
The final night of Linda and Micky’s celebratory wedding anniversary cruise takes an unexpected turn, changing their lives and that of their children forever.
 
With her world turned upside down, back home Linda turns to life-long friends Sue and Gail for support as she struggles to cope.
 
When she discovers  the  depressing  reality  of  the family’s badly managed finances, Linda fears for the future, but the girlfriends are horrified to learn there may be bigger problems in store for their friend.
 
Meanwhile overburdened Gail is juggling caring for her aging mother and looking after her demanding grandson as  she anxiously prepares for her son Tom’s release from prison. With her divorce to her second husband Dave nearing completion; an unwanted letter causes Gail to face her true feelings. But is it too late for her to do anything about it?
 
When high-flying Sue gets a call from her PA she’s not prepared for the devastating news facing her at work. As the future of her career as the high-powered Feature’s Editor of the bridal magazine is thrown into  question,  Sue’s horrified by the realisation this may have more to do with her age than her performance at work. After committing her best years to her career and to her married lover and business partner John, Sue starts to question the choices she’s made.
 
Series overview
 
Rollem Productions brand new ITV drama Girlfriends - from the pen of  BAFTA  award- winning screenwriter Kay Mellor.
 
For life-long friends Linda, Sue and Gail, the years have flown by, yet their lives seem more complicated than ever. When Linda’s husband Micky vanishes from a cruise ship on their wedding anniversary Linda suddenly finds herself on her own for the first time in nearly 30 years. Widowed and out of her depth she turns to her old friends Gail and Sue for support, who each have their own problems to face…
 
The series stars Phyllis Logan (The Good Karma Hospital, Downton Abbey), Miranda Richardson (Mapp & Lucia, And Then There Were None, Churchill, iBoy) and Zoë Wanamaker (Mr Selfridge, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, My Family, Gormenghast, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) in the three lead roles and showcases a stellar supporting cast including: Daisy Head (Guilt, The Syndicate  3),  Chris  Fountain  (Coronation  Street, Hollyoaks), Philip Cumbus (The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui, Comus), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street), Val Lilley (Cuffs, Mr Sloane, Shameless), Anthony Head (A Street Cat Named Bob, You, Me & Them), Adrian Rawlins (Hard Sun, Maigret in Montmartre), Wendy Craig (The Worst Witch, Unforgotten), Dave Hill (Porridge, Vera), Steve Evets (This Is Us, Looking For Eric, Rev), Paula Wilcox (Upstart Crow, Mount Pleasant, Boomers), Chloe Hart (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), Elena Saurel (Midsomer Murders, Silent Witness), Thailia Zucchi (The Windsors, New Tricks), Emmett J Scanlan (The Fall, In The Flesh), Rochenda Sandall (Love, Lies & Records, Broken) and Matthew Marsh (Love, Lies & Records, Riviera).