Sharon Horgan

First-look released for Sharon Horgan’s new dark comedy ‘Bad Sisters’

Eve Hewson, Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle and Sarah Greene (credit: Apple TV+)

The 10-part comedy thriller series will follow the Garvey sisters, who are bound together by the promise to always protect one another after the premature death of their parents. Joining Horgan as the Garvey sisters will be Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn), Sarah Greene (Dublin Murders), and Eve Hewson (The Luminaries).

Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen to star in Jack Thorne’s new drama

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The four-part drama explores the heartbreak and pain of a family being torn apart from having to make a choice no parent would ever want to make.

Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen play married couple Nicci and Andrew and together they have two daughters Katie (Alison Oliver) and Marnie (Niamh Moriarty).

However, Marnie is terminally ill with a life-threatening condition and the doctors believe the kindest thing to do would be to let her die.

James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan to star in lockdown drama Together

James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan (credit: BBC)

The poignant love story follows a husband and wife struggling to keep their relationship alive through the harsh reality of lockdown.

Directed by Stephen Daldry (The Crown), the film traces a British couple from the first days of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020 until the present day. Both hilarious and heart-breaking, the couple are forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship amid a global tragedy.

Arrested Development: Channel 4's new waster comedy Frank of Ireland

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From Father Ted to Derry Girls, Channel 4’s reputation for Irish comedy is second to none. Now comes Frank of Ireland, a new, six-part series made by Sharon Horgan’s production company, Merman, producer of BBC Two’s Motherland. The show stars Brian Gleeson, who plays the eponymous Frank, and his brother Domhnall. The Gleeson family are, of course, Irish acting royalty.

Channel 4 announces second series of This Way Up

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The series, produced by Merman, will see Bea and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) reunite as the Irish sisters Aine and Shona.

Picking up from the events of the series finale, This Way Up will continue to explore the tense will-they-won’t-they dynamic between Aine and Richard, played by Tobias Menzies (The Crown). Since Aine tutors Richard’s son Etienne, the employer-employee relationship between the pair will either halt their burgeoning romance or make it all the more passionate.

Kerry Condon, Nina Sosanya and Eileen Walsh to star in new Sharon Horgan comedy drama for UKTV

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Set in Dublin, Women on the Verge, which is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Lorna Martin, tells the darkly comic story of three successful thirty-something friends, who are all at various stages of their lives. Though all three are enterprising and hard-working, they're still concerned that their lives are not going entirely to plan.

Benedict Cumberbatch drama amidst new Channel 4 commissions

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The announcement comes amid a slew of new commissions and announcements from the broadcaster, as Chief Executive Alex Mahon and Director of Programming Ian Katz, addressed Channel 4 staff about the future of the channel.

Katz revealed a five-point plan which, he believes, will secure the broadcaster against threats posed by competitors, and will ensure that Channel 4 retains its crown as the youngest-skewing public service channel in the world.

Among those aims was a renewed focus on comedy for the channel and its on-demand platform All4.

This week's Top TV: 10 - 16 October


Derren Brown: Miracle

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Derren Brown takes his audience in his healing hands in the latest live show from the illusionist. Having already explored evangelical healers in his 2011 programme Miracles For Sale, Brown now performs medical marvels of his own by restoring one woman's sight and curing another of arthritis. Recorded from his tour last year, Derren Brown hosts the event from London's Palace Theatre.

Pulling writers reunite for new sitcom

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The Circuit centres around a small town social scene, where everyone hates going to dinner parties, but goes anyway.

Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn) and Adeel Aktar (The Night Manager, Four Lions) star as Nat and Gabe, a couple who have left their happy former lives for reasons that are not entirely clear.

In an effort to get to know the locals, they attend a dinner party hosted by their neighbours, Helene and Sasha (Victoria Hamilton and Tobias Menzies).