In this golden age of television, complex female friendships are being explored more than ever. We all love to see ladies supporting each other, but nothing can beat a good rivalry either, and there’s always the question of who can we really trust? Frenemies have fascinated audiences since the likes of Single White Female, but now we’ve got endless nuanced options to delve into on the small screen – let’s celebrate the best mates we’re loving in lockdown.
This charged game of cat and mouse between MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) has kept audiences gripped for three seasons now, and not least because of the captivating relationship between the pair. From murder attempts to ballroom dancing and mid-fight kisses, these two might be more than frenemies, but underneath the antagonism and sexual tension there’s an understanding of each other that speaks to something deeper…
My Brilliant Friend
This sumptuous Italian drama based on the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante explores the decades-long relationship between two best friends, Lila and Elena, growing up in mob-ruled Naples in the 1950s. Competitive in nature, Lila’s poverty-stricken circumstances hold her back, while Elena’s relative wealth allow her to flourish, planting seeds of jealousy in this friendship which only grow further as they later become rivals in love…
Watch on digital now, and on DVD August 3rd.
I May Destroy You
Michaela Coel’s ground-breaking exploration of life and love, consent and its complications has brought to life characters the like of which have never been seen before on screen. Coel’s Arabella and best friend Terry (Weruche Opia) uplift each other with their touching mantra: “My birth is your birth, your death is my death,” but though they’ve been with each other through thick and thin, there’s a layer of tension between them, filled with guilt and secrets, that will need confronting…
Grace and Frankie
Acting legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play the perfect low-stakes frenemies as Grace and Frankie, who must move in together when their husbands go from business partners to life-partners, leaving their wives in the lurch. This chalk-and-cheese pair, the refined Grace and the wacky Frankie, must find a way to live with each other…and maybe even become friends along the way.
The Secrets She Keeps
Based on the bestseller by Michael Robotham, this thriller follows glam mummy-blogger Megan (Jessica de Gouw) and supermarket worker Aggie (Laura Carmichael) who bond over the similar due dates of their pregnancies. As the pair grow closer, the friendship is tinged with obsession as Aggie’s desire for Megan’s perfect life grows while Megan’s perfect life stars to come apart at the seams…
Watch on digital now, and on DVD August 10th.
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