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Member Name: daniella2202
Advantages: Fantastic storylines, great actresses, very gripping
Disadvantages: Only 6 episodes per series so just as you get into it, it finishes
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.
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!
Summary: A fantastic DVD series to keep you hooked on four very likeable and busy women