W is adding a second original drama series to their slate. After starting down the scripted drama route with the Anna Paquin fronted PR series Flack, the UKTV owned and operated channel has given the green-light to six episode drama series Women On The Verge from Lorna Martin and Sharon Horgan.
Women On The Verge is set in Dublin and tells the darkly comic tale of three career-driven friends in their 30’s, at various stages of their lives, who share the same nagging concern – that whilst their friends and colleagues seem to be increasingly in control of their lives, their own lives seem to be moving in the opposite direction.
The cast lined up for the series includes Kerry Condon (Rome, Better Call Saul), Nina Sosanya (W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), Sharon Horgan (Dead Boss, Catastrophe) and Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose). Condon plays Laura, who is in the process of potentially ruining her career in investigative journalism by sleeping with her boss; Sosanya portrays Katie, who has recently contemplated a course of IVF to ‘complete’ her family without a man and have a much longed for sibling for her young daughter Ella; Horgan has been cast as Dr F, Laura’s psychotherapist; and Walsh plays Alison, who, after a series of disastrous and border-line scary Tinder-based one-night stands, finds herself back together with her ex Martin.
The drama series is based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Lorna Martin, which in turn was based on her much loved Grazia column ‘Conversations With My Therapist’. Horgan optioned the rights to the book back in 2011 and has been working to bring it to the screen ever since. It is being produced by Merman and House Productions and is being co-produced by Irish broadcaster RTE. Women On The Verge was commissioned for UKTV by Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Steve North, Genre Manager for Entertainment and Comedy. Gavin O’Grady is the series producer, while Annie Griffin is attache to direct. The executive producers are Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan will for Merman, Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross for House Productions, and Commissioning Editors for Scripted Content Pete Thornton and Joe McVey for UKTV.
“The chance to bring this project to life for W represents an exciting opportunity for us as a broadcaster, and for W as a channel”, UKTV’s Pete Thornton said in a statement. “We’re delighted to be working with the talented and much in demand teams at Merman and House Productions alongside a brilliant cast – led by the extraordinary Kerry Condon – to delve into the chaotic, sometimes tragic but always gripping lives of Laura, Katie and Alison.”