The Baby

The Baby's unique perspective on contemporary motherhood

The horror in Sky’s new series The Baby comes even before we properly meet the demonic cutie himself. It is in the opening scene, when a poker night hosted by fun-loving thirtysomething Natasha (played by Michelle de Swarte) goes terribly wrong. First, her friend’s new baby ruins the vibe, then she finds out that another pal (Isy Suttie) is pregnant. A nightmare situation for Natasha, indeed.

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Debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer co-wrote the eight-part series, a darkly funny exploration of motherhood from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t want to be one.

Actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte stars as the 38-year-old Natasha, whose closest friends are all having children. Natasha is furious, but when she is unexpectedly given a baby of her own, her life implodes. As she discovers the true extent of the baby's evil nature, she is forced to resort to increasingly desperate measures to rid herself of it.

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Written by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace, who has acted as a co-producer on Sex Education, De Swarte will play 38-year old Natasha, the friend who has never made long-term plans and spends her life doing things on her own terms. When she’s suddenly landed with a baby, her solipsistic life dramatically implodes. With controlling, manipulative and violent powers, the baby soon turns Natasha’s life into a living hell.

As Natasha begins to discover the baby’s truly deadly nature, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to escape, but the baby simply won’t let her.

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Kassell will also act as an executive producer for the eight-part series, having recently directed and executive produced dystopian superhero drama Watchmen.

The Baby, co-created by screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer, takes a stark and unflinching look at the anxiety over the dilemma of whether or not to have children and what the supposed joy of motherhood really looks like. 

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Co-created by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer (Production Manager for Gangs of London), The Baby is a darkly funny delve into the depths of motherhood.

When a baby is thrust upon unsuspecting 38-year-old Natasha, she is forced to give up her comfortable life of freedom and indulgence to be at their beck and call.

Far from your average case of parental compromise, the baby possesses such manipulative and violent powers that Natasha’s life spirals out of control.