There is a new comedy coming to RTE from BAFTA award-winning comedy writer and actress Sharon Horgan.
We can’t praise this woman enough. Everything she creates an takes part in is hilarious. Creator of the comedy series Catastrophe and Divorce.
Horgan has a six-part series called Women On The Verge coming to RTE2 and on UKTV’s entertainment channel W in the UK. The series, which will be based on Lorna Martin’s novel ‘Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’, who has co-written the tv version with Sharon.
It is going to be shot in London and Dublin.
It will follow three career-driven women in their 30s played by Nina Sosanya, Eileen Walsh and Kerry Condon. Horgan will also star as a psychotherapist in the show, Dr F.
The synopsis of the book goes as follows:
Lorna Martin’s life is in chaos. She is embroiled in a dysfunctional relationship and is close to quitting her job as a high-flying journalist. Having missed three flights in ten days, she finds herself seeking solace in the airport bar at 7am. On top of all that, she’s the only woman she knows in her mid-thirties without a partner, a mortgage or even a cat. Egged on by her friends, she signs up for some intensive therapy.
What follows is a glorious journey of self-discovery. For Lorna, therapy involves owning up to feeling jealous of her baby nephew and admitting that she’s secretly expecting The One to come and save her. And she still can’t stop herself from sabotaging her prospects with a certain Doctor McDreamy. But with support (and not a little exasperation) from her friends and long-suffering sister, some serious setting-the-world-to-rights sessions involving too many bottles of wine, and the help of her inscrutable shrink, Lorna feels she might be getting her life together.
Revealing, intimate and highly entertaining, Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown is a must-read for any woman who loves the idea of being in love and worries about settling for second best.
All the women are at different stages in their lives but they have a lot in common.
Horgan and her Merman co-founder Clelia Mountford said: “We were huge fans of Lorna’s book that told her personal story so compellingly and honestly.
“We are very happy that we’re finally getting to bring her story to the screen and destroy whatever privacy she has left.”
Executive producer Justin Healy said “We are delighted to be working with Sharon Horgan, Merman and House Productions on this Dublin-based comedy drama,” he said.
“The writing and performing talent across the series is phenomenal, and we are thrilled to be partnering with UKTV to bring this Irish comedy not just to RTE2, but to a UK audience.
“The fact that UKTV and Sharon were keen to produce an Irish scripted comedy is testament to the fact that Irish people are incredibly funny and that we have some of the best creative comic voices around, something we will continue to develop and support at home and internationally.”
The actress was back in Dublin recently to attend the Ifta awards, where she won Best Female Performance for her work in the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe.
“I’m really happy. It’s really special because the last few years I haven’t been able to get here because we’ve been filming Catastrophe. Ifta have been lovely to me over the years,” she said.