Divorce lawyers, in this case two firms of solicitors who specialize in divorce. This is a six episode series, and I wish it were longer.
The star of the series is Hannah, played by Nicola Walker. Nicola is one of those actors who shines in whatever she is part of. In this series, she is part of the Defoe Family, her mother is a lawyer and has kept this firm rolling for a long time. Hannah left Defoes because her mother refused to step down and give Hannah the lead. Hannah moved to a big firm where she once again shines. Her mother, Ruth, played by Deborah Findlay, is trying to keep the firm together. There are two sisters, Nina, who works at the firm and Rose, who is a nanny. Rose is engaged to get married. Hannah is married with two children. Mom divorced their father years ago, but he has since shown up looking for something.
The plot line is the interaction between the family and others, and the professional lawyer firms. All stories revolve around these two actions. The characters are wonderfully written and acted. Each episode centers on a few issues, but the main theme of Family, divorce and relationships have generated the most action. I loved this series, particularly Nicola Walker’s character. The ending episode parlayed a chance that series 2 is in play, and I do hope so.
First let me say, I am a woman and an attorney (who has also gone through a divorce). Now, just because you make a show with female leads as power attorneys doesn't make it intelligent and substantive. This show came highly recommended to me by a good friend, so I went ahead and paid for the whole series. Wish I hadn't. I was just waiting for the first episode to be over. 57 minutes seemed like 2 hours. This is nothing more than a soap opera that hits you over the head with foreshadowing, melodrama, and predictability. As an attorney, it's usually unsatisfying for me to watch shows and movies about attorneys and the law, and this show is no exception. Too many times I'm declaring out-loud, "Nope. That wouldn't happen." For example (and merely an example), the scene in the pilot episode where Hannah is conferring with her sister's client WITHOUT the sister/ client's attorney present. Um, no. Not here in the U.S., and not in the UK. Just. No. The personal interactions are also one-dimensional and overly convenient (her mother, her husband and her with her law colleagues all at the same restaurant at the same time for lunch - - really? In London? And the nerdy looking husband of Hannah juxtaposed with the dashing law partner, who used to be her boyfriend once upon a time and texts her in the middle of the night. Geez, I can't imagine how that's going to play out . . .). And the music is just total chick bilge. I hate to waste the money I spent on the whole season, but subjecting myself to another episode of this pulp is not how I choose to spend my time. I'm not adverse to having fun. I watch plenty of fun shows. But this show is a sham, as well as the subject matter simply being unpleasant. Instead, watch The Good Wife if you haven't seen it (still plenty of unrealistic legal procedure depicted, but mitigated by more nuance, excellent writing, acting and character development - and plenty of strong female roles)