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      23.06.2013 19:44
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      Fabulous DVD, great bond between the characters

      Having the unusual opportunity of a complete day on my own and being all up to date with washing, ironing and the like, I had a rummage around in the tv cabinet and came across my box set of Mistresses which I have just finished watching. It is quite an old programme and was first broadcast in 2008 and I loved it then! It is easy to watch with warm believable characters although some of the storylines are a bit far fetched.

      There are four main characters involved, Katie played by Sarah Parish who is a GP who had an affair with one of her patients and when he died went on to have an affair with his son. Trudi played by Sharon Small who is a widow with two young daughters with her husband having gone missing believed dead in the 9-11 bombings, however it transpired that he was still alive and had faked his death for money. Jessica played by Shelly Conn is an events organiser who is unsure of her sexuality and Siobhan who is played by Orla Brady who has an affair with a work colleague which results in her getting pregnant and her husband leaving her. So all in all not your normal run of the mill activities!

      What I think appeals to me the most is the relationship between the four women who are very close to each other and share things they wouldn't share with anyone else, not even their partners. They support each other through whatever crisis comes up (of which there are definitely a few of these) and help each other through their insecurities and fears.

      Without being sexist I think Mistresses appeals to women more than men, as women can identify with the strong relationship between the four friends. There are several scenes of a sexual nature, the one on the roof terrace with Siobhan and Dominic is definitely my favourite, if you've seen it you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!

      So I think I'd better get up off the sofa now and do the lunches for tomorrow, been here so long today think I'm moulded to it, but its been a good day.......

      If you haven't seen it get hold of a copy of the DVD which you can pick up from Ebay now for about £3 and see if you like it as much as I do.

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        16.12.2010 19:39
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        A fantastic DVD series to keep you hooked on four very likeable and busy women

        Mistresses is a fantastic series that was first played on BBC television with series one in January 2008. I remember it so well because I stayed at my mum's house every Tuesday and Thursday evening and Tuesday nights we looked forward to Mistresses being on 9pm. The second series was then broadcast in February 2009. The third and final series was broadcast in August 2010. The three series have followed the lives of the same four women throughout. What I love so much about Mistresses is that it is a true British drama. Being a female I could relate to the different emotions evoked throughout the series. It is a very realistic series from which my mum and I ended up crying many times throughout. The only downside to the series is that each series is only six episodes long. So you just feel like you are properly into it and then the series finishes.

        This review is for Mistresses series one which I think is the most appropriate series to review since it is first introducing you to the four women and of course if you are thinking of buying the series you will start at series one. I will firstly write a small passage on each women to introduce them all in no particular order with a brief description of what happens to each women throughout the first series of Mistresses.

        Katie Roden played by Sarah Parish - Sarah is the oldest out of the four women and seems to have gone through crisis after crisis with the different men in her life. Letting go of a man she loved in her past and from then onwards falling for men she should not be with, for example, married men or younger men (with bad connections with other past men in her life). Katie is the type of women that although looks quite confident she is actually quite insecure and she does not know how to set herself boundaries and rules. She is a doctor but she does come across as quite a weak character. The decisions she makes throughout the series my mum and I were sitting there saying... "no Katie"... "what is wrong with her"... all the decisions Katie makes she knows will cause further problems for her life but it is as if she cannot control her decisions... she makes bad decision after bad decision. It is as if she cannot live without a man in her life. I think though that my mum could perhaps see a bit of herself in Katie and she became quite emotional through parts of the series. In series one Katie has an intimate relationship with a terminally ill patient of hers... this is a classic example of how Katie picks the wrong men, because not only was this one of her patients so breaching the rules of her job, but he was married with a son. Both his wife and son were Katie's patients too. So Katie starts the series in a very sticky situation. But as the series goes on the situation becomes far worse. Katie gets roped into helping this man's son get through the loss of his father. She then stupidly becomes close to him too. So not only the father... but she then moves onto the son who is a lot younger than her. This in itself brings problems to Katie far worse than Katie ever imagined.

        Trudi Malloy played by Sharon Small is the only blonde out of the four. She has had a tough life thinking she has lost her husband, Paul in the 9/11. She has two daughters and she is fantastic cake maker and mother. It is funny because Trudi is the lady that if you get a man to watch a series from Mistresses it is most likely that they would choose Trudi out of the four women if he had to choose one to spend the rest of his life with. Probably because she is the most family orientated women, developing home cooked meals and running around after the kids. I suppose it is because she has the most normal, close to home life. In series one Trudi receives a bereavement fund for around £1 million from the loss of her husband. Trudi constantly receives phone calls and gets hung up on without the person on the end of the line saying anything. This scares Trudi but it makes her think that perhaps Paul is out there somewhere and trying to contact her. But whilst this is going on Trudi opens the door to a women that claims to be Paul's ex lover and that they have a son. This women tries to claim some of the money from the bereavement fund... but as times goes on Trudi's life gets even more complicated and she is in a complete mix up on what to do and how to react to the situation in front of her.

        Siobhan Dhillon played by Orla Brady is a very strangely attractive women. She is very unique looking but she also has this secretiveness about her that seems to draw men to her. She is a lawyer and is married. However, whilst trying for a baby with her husband Siobhan has a secret interest with a colleague in her office. Unfortunately this single colleague also finds Siobhan very attractive and mysterious and they have a passionate, but a rather short lived relationship. Siobhan ends up experiencing guilt throughout the rest of the series whilst her husband comes to terms with a very upsetting finding that will inevitably make the marriage a lot harder for the future.

        Jessica Fraser played by Shelley Conn is in my opinion the prettiest, youngest and sexiest women out of the four. I do not think that anybody out there could not find her attractive. She is the one of the four women I wish I looked like... however I wouldn't like the problems that crop up along the way in her life. Jessica is the type of girl likes her freedom and being single. In series one Jessica is an event's organiser and has to arrange a lesbian wedding. Despite her love of men she ends up falling for one of the brides. This to me was the strangest storyline but really singleness is not what Jessica wants and as the series goes on and into series two and three all Jessica wants to do is settle down and have a family. She actually turns out to be one of the most normal of the girls from being the craziest one at the beginning.

        Now I have introduced the four women I should now explain how their lives are intertwined. They are four extremely close friends who help each other through the good times and bad times. As well as the good and bad times in their relationships with each other. Their friendships are not always easy. However, their relationship is the sort of the relationship that I think every female wishes they had with a bunch of girls. But inevitably it is hard for such a close knit relationship to continue when people are starting families. What is so nice is that even through the girls complicated lives they still remember one another and do not ditch each other for guys. Perhaps this is a little unrealistic because through life it is known that girls are terrible at ditching friends when a serious relationship comes along, then they are sucking up to their friends once the relationship is over. But these girls never have to do that because they can still find the time to hang out through all their relationships. Perhaps a great moral for females and even males to always remember your friends and stay in as much contact as you can with them. It seems throughout the series that the four is the magic number for friends. If one person is busy there is always someone else who is available for girls night.

        Overall this is a fantastic series which kept me gripped throughout. I watched it on TV and then bought it on DVD. The Series one of Mistresses can be bought on Play.com for £4.99 or off Amazon for £4.93 which is extremely good value for such a fantastic series. Or series 1 can be bought in a box set with series two for £10.96 off Play.com or £10.69 off Amazon. Or series 1 can be bought in a box set with series two and three for £23.49 off Play.com and £23.47 off Amazon. I would certainly recommend just buying the box set with all three series in. Great value and if you love series one you will inevitably want to watch the other two series. The best way to describe this series is as provocative and gripping. All three series have the 15 certificate. So it is only suitable for viewers over the age of 15 years old. I totally agree with this certificate because there are quite a few sexual scenes and references.
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        The Series one DVD comes with a very interesting special feature of 'The Making of Mistresses' something that you would definitely want to watch if you love Mistresses like me.

        Mistresses was written by Rachel Pole, Richard Warlow, Harriet Braun and Catrin Clarke. I thought only it was fair to at least mention their names in the review since the fantastic storylines... some realistic and a few others a bit farfetched really made Mistresses a fantastic drama.

        It was filmed in Bristol by Ecosse films. I did notice throughout the filming that I recognised parts from here and there in Bristol since my brother lives in Bristol so I vaguely know parts of the area. Ecosse films despite the Scottish name is a British film and television production company mainly for the BBC.

        All I can say to round off my review on Mistresses series one is that I hope to see more British dramas like this on television as soon as possible, since I find this sort of thing is lacking on our screens at the moment. A series well worth watching, primarily for the females however, I am sure the blokes out there can be roped into watching it too!

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          08.08.2009 15:46
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          Just fantastic! I loved everything about it!

          Trudi has recently started a new relationship with Richard who she meets on the school-run, but six years after she lost her husband in 9-11 she still can't let go and believe he is dead. Lots of twist and turns with Trudi and a surprise storyline so I don't want to give any of that way. Trudi has played roles in About A Boy and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

          Siobhan has a lot of secrets and although lovingly married to Hari, they are devestated to find out that Hari is unable to have children. So a pregnancy is certainly a shock, and obviously not Hari's. Baby Elsa soon follows and although they appear a happy family, appearances can be deceptive.

          Jessica is a gorgeous, party loving events organiser, determined not to fall in love or conform to a relationship, however after organising a same sex marriage, Jessica does exactly what she doesn't want to and falls for one of the brides. Cue lots of drama, heartache and sex!

          Mistresses is the perfect drama to sit down and watch with a large glass of wine and a box of chocolates! You'll cry, laugh and warm to the 4 gorgeous women and the way in which the lives cross. There is nothing I didn't like about this drama, except perhaps how all four women have beautiful homes, husbands, cars, clothes, etc! Jealous! I was immediately hooked and after the series ended, I even bought the DVDs!

          Anyone comparing this to Sex and the City is wrong - Mistresses is far superior!

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            20.07.2009 23:09
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            Great for a Sunday afternoon but I wouldn't cancel a night out to watch one.

            This is an English version of sex and the city, with slightly less nudity but more infidelity.

            It's based around 4 british women, all living in the same area (filmed in Bristol), but all with very different lives. You've got the career women and then the stay at home mum. The promiscuious one, the one who keeps ending up with the wrong man, you know the kind of thing.]

            The characters grow and evolve over time and their stories slowly begin to unfold with some happy, but also some very unhappy, outcomes.

            This has now been running for 2 series, 6 episodes in each. It started off really well, with a few twists and turns so you didn't know exactly what was coming, but, enough information so you could learn about the characters and what they were all about.

            While I still enjoyed the second series, it was a little more far fetched than the first and took a bit more 'imagination' to believe. Some of the antics of the characters was a little bit hard to believe and some conincidences just a bit too far fetched.

            However, saying that, I still enjoyed it and in fact was recently given the DVD set as a birthday gift. I've thoroughtly enjoyed watching them again.

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            27.03.2009 12:55
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            A must-see

            Mistresses is a TV drama shown on BBC1 that started early last year and ran for 6 episodes. The second series has just finished.

            Mistresses revolves around 4 female friends all in their 30's and 40's. The show follows their lives as they go through relationships, children, death & everything in between!

            The show consists of four main characters:

            Katie Roden played by Sarah Parish. Sarah Parish is probably the most recognisable actress out of the group (well the only one I recognised anyway) she appeared in the drama series Cutting It a few years back & also had a small part in the Kate Winslet film The holiday. Katie Roden, in the first series is a well respected GP. Her friends all think that she's been single for a while but in reality she's having an affair with one of her patients, this isn't just a simple love affair though, not only is the man in question married but he's also terminally ill. Katie grants his wishes by helping him to die. When he passes away she's left to grieve in secret, however his son finds out about the affair & comes to his local GP looking for help in finding him. Katie panics, knowing that she risks losing her job if people find out about the affair and what she did for her lover. Katie tries to help him, obviously knowing that she's leading him up the garden path but the two bond and eventually start an affair of their own. All that's left is for Sam to discover that it's Katie who was sleeping with his Dad...

            In the second series, after losing her job because of the affair Katie becomes an intern at a local hospital in which she meets Dan, a good looking heart surgeon. The two begin a relationship & Dan seems like the perfect guy. The only problem is Jack, Jack is another surgeon at the hospital who also happens to be Katie's first love from 20 years ago, Jack's married with kids but that doesn't matter to him as he's never truly gotten over Katie and now he has another chance, so will Katie give into temptation?

            Trudi Malloy played by Sharon Small. She's appeared in Dear Frankie & About A Boy. Trudi is a busy Mum to two young girls, her beloved husband was tragically killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and years on Trudi is still not over it. Paul was the love of her life. Trudi has only just received compensation for her husband's death, something which she's not interested in but it's a substantial sum of money and her friends persuade her to keep it. Trudi begins receiving prank phone calls, something which she dismisses as kids at first but when they keep happening she becomes convinced that Paul's still alive although her friends convince her that she's imagining things. Trudi later meets a woman who informs her that she & Paul were having an affair in America when he died and that they have a son together, she believes that she's entitled to half of Trudi's compensation. Trudi reluctantly agrees but when she follows the woman she finds out that her husband Paul is infact still alive and well, he faked his own death so he didn't have to deal with leaving his wife & kids and could also claim the compensation. Trudi needs to decide what to do, whether to call the police or take him back into her & her daughter's lives.

            In the second series Trudi is still in a relationship with Richard and the two end up getting engaged. This is until she finds substantial amounts of money missing from Richard's bank account & when she innocently asks where it went he gets suspiciously snappy with her. However when she follows him she finds out where the money is really going and is shocked to say the least. Richard had claimed that his wife had run off & left him but that wasn't exactly the truth & Trudi discovers to her dismay.

            Siobhan Dhillon played by Orla Brady. You'll recognise her from Shark, Revelations & Proof. Siobhan, in the first series is happily married to Hari, they've been together for 10 years are currently trying for a baby although they're having difficulty. When the results comes back that Hari will find it hard to conceive it shatters both their worlds. Siobhan is a successful lawyer and when she becomes a bit too close to comfort with her colleague Dominic things get messy when she lands up pregnant. What are the chances that it's Hari's?

            In the second series Siobhan & Hari are still together but their relationship is rocky to say the least. Hari is still finding it hard to forgive Siobhan for her infidelity, the two don't even share a bed anymore. It's not long before Siobhan's up to her old tricks again, one night stands with men she doesn't know and will never contact again afterwards, that is until she sleeps with the wrong man who turns out to be her new client at work. Although that isn't the only twist in the tale...

            Finally there's Jessica played by Shelly Conn, you'll recognise her from Dead Set, Party Animals & Raw. Jessica is the youngest of the group & the most wild. She doesn't do relationships. She's known as a bit of a man-eater. Jessica is a wedding planner and when she's put in charge of organising a lesbian wedding she discovers that she may not be as straight as she thought she was as she finds herself falling for Alex.

            In the second series Jessica is back to men and is marrying millionaire businessman mark. The two are very similar in that they love one night stands. The two agree that they'll have an 'open' relationship but when that becomes too much for Jessica she tries to convince Mark that they only need each other. Monogamy doesn't come naturally to him, however he does love her and tries his best, of course with a few slip ups along the way.

            When Mistresses started last year for the first series I was immediately hooked, the storylines were strong and the acting was great, you really felt for all the characters. I think the best storyline in the first series was Trudi's it was a shock to me when her not so dead husband walked passed her and you could really all the emotions that she was feeling. I do feel that the other three stories were a tad predictable, especially Siobhan's but that doesn't make them any less entertaining and I would highly recommend this to anyone.

            I've heard lots of comparisons to Sex & The City but I personally think this is completely different. Yes it's about 4 middle aged women & their relationships but I think the similarities end there. To begin with Sex And The City is a comedy whereas Mistresses is a drama series. The story's are a lot stronger and more involved whereas SATC focuses more on the sex and comedy.

            I did feel that the first series was stronger than the first one, the storylines seemed to be better thought out and more involved. I feel that in series one Trudi was given the best storyline by far as I had been trying to guess what was going to happen after she got the money, my money was on Richard so I'm glad that they went in another direction.

            Series two is still a cut above a lot of other drama series but unfortunately it didn't quite have that special something that the first one did. I feel that the first series had more effort put into it and could have taken a lot longer to write the storylines whereas series two only had a year and I think that was part of it's downfall, it feels a bit rushed. I think that in series two Siobhan had the best storyline, when the man she sleeps with turns up at her office you can feel her angst towards him and I think Orla Brady plays her character brilliantly. The twist in episode five was really good and also very unexpected. In the last episode everything seems to come to a conclusion way too quickly, part of the reason for this is that there was only 6 episodes, I feel that if they increased it to 8 or maybe even 10 they could have spaced it out a bit better without having to condense four storyline conclusions into an hour. I think it's a shame that this show is only given 6 hours to work with when there's dreadful programmes like Doctor Who on TV that seem to run endlessly.

            I've heard that there's going to be a third series of Mistresses next year which I'm genuinely looking forward to however I hope that the girls are given better storylines to work with next time and the number of episodes is increased. Another thing that I feel would give this programme a new lease of life would be better looking males!

            The acting is good and the four female leads have excellent chemistry with each other, you really believe that they're close friends and when you see them laughing and joking it reminds you of your own friends.

            I think that a lot of people have brushed this show under the carpet by calling this a Sex And The City rip-off which I think is wrong. This programme isn't just aimed at middle aged women either, I'm 19 and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I know that my Dad watches this too so it can be one for the men too!

            I'd highly recommend this to anyone who likes a good gritty drama that contains unexpected twists and turns.

            Series one is available from play.com for only £6.99 which contains all 6 episodes and contains a 'Making The Documentary' special feature.

            Series two is available from play.com for £12.99, it's released on the 30th so you can pre-order it. However if you want to buy both series together you can, the box set of series one & two will cost you £17.99 which really isn't a lot compared to some box sets. I would highly recommend going for the two series box set.

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              Worth checking out if you like frothy drama. Which I do!

              Technically, Mistresses should be awful. The plot lines are pretty thin. For much of the series, none of the main protagonists are even mistresses. It's pretty, glossy, frothy drama. And yet it's strangely engaging.

              For anybody who missed the first season, aired on BBC1 in early 2008, here's a brief summary of what happened. Trudi (Sharon Small - The Inspector Lynley Mysteries) was a single mother of two daughters. Her husband of many years was reported dead in the 9/11 tragedy and she was sent a cheque of compensation. A woman claiming to have had a lovechild with him then turned up on Trudi's door asking for a segment of the compensation cash. Trudi did a bit of digging and found that her husband was actually alive and well, and that the he had faked his own death to get a large lump sum. She reported him to the police and meanwhile began seeing Richard, who also has a daughter. Trudi is a reasonably shy person with money worries and a big heart; she always puts others first.

              Katie (Sarah Parish - Cutting It) was a GP who was having an affair with a terminally ill patient. When he died, she began to date his son Sam; however when Sam found out she'd been with his (married) father, he reported her to the authorities and she was forced to leave her job. Katie is wealthy and attractive but not the most confident. She's also a stranger to the word 'no' where men are concerned.

              Jessica (Shelley Conn - Party Animals, Dead Set) is the youngest of the group, and a free spirit. In series 1, her occupation as one half of an events organising firm introduced her to Alex, whose lesbian wedding she was in charge of. Jessica and Alex began an affair, but ultimately Jessica's reluctance to accept her sexuality and partake in a serious gay relationship upset Alex, who went ahead with the wedding.

              Siobhan (Orla Brady - Out of the Blue, Revelations) has been married to Hari for some time and the pair are in love - but she can't resist starting an affair with her lawyer colleague Dominic. As a result she gets pregnant, and when Hari finds out that baby isn't his, he decides to leave her, but she manages to persuade him to stay, so long as they seek marriage counselling.

              It's probably fair to say that Mistresses is a sort of British Sex & The City, although it takes itself much more seriously. It also has elements of the likes of Cold Feet and No Angels, which could never be a bad thing. What really makes it work is the lead cast; as Siobhan, who has a penchant for purple tights, Brady is particularly good. Her eyes mesmerise! Small as Trudi also has the lovely-but-hassled mother role nailed.

              One of the criticisms I have is that so many of the male characters are either utterly unlikeable or total creeps. Katie's season 1 lover Sam is creepy in the extreme; her med school romance Jack has no shame in constantly pulling her into passionate embraces, in public, despite being married. Raza Jeffrey isn't given much to work with as Hari, who is stupidly cold; somebody so deeply angry at their partner would've upped and left. Patrick Baladi's Richard is an intensely weak character, unable to say anything that needs saying. The few warm males are underused - Dominic, the most interesting by far, is sadly absent for much of series two.

              That said, I look forward to new episodes a great deal, so it must be doing something right. Season 2 continues in much the same vain as the first. Trudi, Richard and the three kids are living together, but Trudi's discovery about Richard's wife threatens to put an end to that. She has another admirer too, in the form of the well-mannered boss at the bakery she's taken a job at. Katie is now working at a large hospital, where she meets old flame Jack and his wife, as well as surgeon Dan. They fall in love and plan to move abroad but Katie can't quite resist old habits. Jessica is married to Mark; they are similarly adventurous and have an open marriage arrangement, but it's not long before she realises that isn't going to work. Siobhan, whose relationship with Hari has crumbled since the revelation about her previous affair, begins an affair with Tom (another major creep). She plans to keep each of the elements of her lives - family, the affair, work - seperate, but that's scuppered when Tom becomes a client at her law firm and then does his best to break up her marriage.

              The dynamic between some of the cast - particularly between Jessica and Mark, Trudi and Lucas, and the four women together - is pretty special. Both series of Mistresses are available on DVD from Amazon, either seperately or together, and a third series is rumoured to be planned for 2010, despite underwhelming ratings this time around. I really hope it works out because for all of its flaws, Mistresses is very easy to love.

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              Well done BBC

              This has to be one of the best series dramas that i have seen in a long time the BBC should be proud of themselves.

              Mistresses follows the lives and loves of a close group of thirty something girlfriends who met at university but whose lives have taken very different turns.

              Each has a very difference experience in life wth the love, deceit and affairs.

              Sarah Parish plays Katie, the rock of the group and a GP, her friends think she is a long-term singleton, but she is secretly grieving over the loss of a terminally ill patient with whom she has been having a two year affair, when one day his son, Sam, arrives at her work with a note from his father's lover and he wants to find out exactly who she was.

              Siobhan, played by Orla Brady, is a successful lawyer who appears to be living in wedded bliss with husband, Hari. The only problem is that her sex life has become more about making babies, so she has an office romance, where things become complicated.

              Trudi played by Sharon Small, a 9/11 widow who is convinced her husband may still be alive as his body has never been found and she keeps getting mysterious phone calls.She is left to bring up their two daughters on her own and after a long time being single she then has afew disasterous dates nut then she stumble upon Mr Right.

              Jessica played by Shelley Conn is a gorgeous, funloving commitment phobe whose huge sexual appetite takes her in various directions.

              Her friends are the one stable thing in her life, when she is asked to organise a lesbian wedding and becomes more involved than she expected.

              This made tuesday nights the best night on telly, the story line was fantastic and kept you wondering as to what was going to happen next.

              If you missed this you missed out all i can hope is that there is a second series because this was fantastic.

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                Super TV drama - make a second series BBC!

                I find television at the moment to be pretty, well, pants if I'm honest. There is rarely something on that I want to watch, so usually I'm sat on the sofa doing my University work or reading a book. But this January, the BBC gave us a new gem of a television show called Mistresses. The show had 2 faces in it I knew from other shows, and whom I both liked, so I thought it would be something I would enjoy. And I was right!

                Mistresses was a six-part drama series screened on the BBC through January and February. It followed the lives of 4 women who knew each other from University but now have very different lives. They all have different relationships and have different experiences of love. The show followed them as they tried to comes to terms with their relationships and supporting each other through the trials and tribulations which come with love.

                The show had a pretty good cast, starring household names Sharon Small and Sarah Parish, as well as Shelley Cohn and Orla Brady. I think most people have heard of the former two, but I personally hadn't seen the latter two ladies in anything. So, the characters. Sharon Small played Trudi, a mother of 2 and 9/11 widow. Her husband worked in New York and was killed in the terror attacks, so she is left to bring up their two daughters alone. But romance is blossoming at the school gates for Trudi, but as she is settling into her new relationship, someone unexpected turns up in Trudi's left and shatters Trudi's reality.

                Dr Katie Roden is played by Sarah Parish, probably best known for starring in 'Cutting It'. Katie's character is a little more complex that Trudi. We are told at the start of the show that Katie had an affair with a male patient John and helped him to die. But the twist comes when Katie gets a bit close to another patient... John's son. Will Katie tell him about the affair with his father, and will it cost her her career?

                Shelley Cohn plays party planner Jessica, the most promiscuous of all the ladies in the group. Jessica seems to be scared of commitment but doesn't mind a bit of bed-hopping, and being a mistress to more than one man. She is comissioned to organise a lesbian wedding, and starts to shock herself when she gets a little more involved with one of the brides than she expected to. But will the marriage go ahead, and has Jessica shaken off her phobia of committing to someone?

                And finally, lawyer Siobhan is played by Irish actress Orla Brady. Siobhan has been married to Hari for ten years, so is the most settled of the group. Her and Hari have been trying to have a baby for a while, and tests at the hospital leave the couple feeling hopeless about starting a family. The pair's bedroom-relationship isn't fun anymore, seemingly just about making a baby, so when she is tempted by office-colleague Dominic, can she resist the temptation?

                As you can see, there is a nice variety in the characters in the show, and the 4 actresses have done a marvellous job with them. The chemistry between the four women is completely believable - you really can believe that they have known each other for years. I liked that although the four characters each have their own worries and storylines going on, there were still things which regularly bring the women together, both good and bad. These are friends which are with you through thick and thin, and I think everyone needs someone like that in their life.

                This show, although entitled Mistresses, doesn't just focus on women who set out to sleep with married men intentionally and wreck relationships. It is primarily about relationships, but not necessarily with intentions of the women becoming mistresses. Siobhan is clearly devoted to her husband Hari, but is driven into the arms of another man by the pressure in their marriage. Katie just fell in love with one of her patients - she didn't mean to be a mistress. Trudi isn't so much a mistress, but is dealing with the strange feelings of falling in love with someone other than her husband, and rediscovering feelings she had laid to rest a long time ago. And for Jessica - well she explores avenues she never really expected but is left feeling a little left out.

                What made this show so watchable was the range of emotion throughout. One minute, you were nearly in tears feeling sorry for Siobhan and Hari after their news, then laughing your head off at Trudi preparing for her date with Richard, then rivetted by Jessica's confusion over her feelings towards the lesbian wedding. It was so well acted, you felt each emotion with them and this just made the show all the more compelling for me.

                For me, I personally loved Trudi's character. She was so sweet, and Sharon Small played her with a naivety, yet clearly she was carrying the burden of the loss of her husband with her all the time. Her developing relationship with Richard (played by Patrick Baladi) was a joy to watch and really captured the essence of a flourishing love when they least expected it.

                Saying that, the whole show was just fantastic television, and it was a bit of a shame that they only made 6 episodes of this superb drama. They have not yet confirmed whether or not they will be making a second series, but the show was quite a hit so I hope that they will choose to! I would definitely like to see how they can develop the characters relationships after everything that happened between them in the first series, and there is definite potential for expanding on the storylines.

                The first series has actually just been released on DVD and you can pick it up on Amazon for £12.98 plus postage or on Play.com for £12.99 delivered. The DVD contains the 6 hour-long episodes and a making of featurette.

                Main Cast:
                Sarah Parish - Katie
                Sharon Small - Trudi
                Shelley Conn - Jessica
                Orla Brady - Siobhan
                Raza Jaffrey - Hari
                Adam Rayner - Dominic
                Patrick Baladi - Richard

                Thank you for reading!

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                Follow the lives of four women and learn how their lifes have been touched by infidelity. They get caught up in complex relationships and have to rely on each other's support.