You’d be forgiven for thinking Melbourne-based stripper Will Parfitt was Hollywood heart-throb Channing Tatum.
Parfitt, originally from London, has gained millions of followers on social media through his uncanny resemblance to the magic mike star – and he’s made a fortune along the way.
With nearly six million followers on TikTok, the British-born performer is now Australia’s most-requested male entertainer, revealing to news.com.au podcast I’ve Got News For You he makes between $700 and $1000 per show, “depending on how long they want me to stay”.
The Magic Men co-owner has been performing since 2015, and shared with host Andrew Bucklow the sex question “every girl” asks male strippers – whether they get “excited” during a show.
“We always get this question. But it’s so different – when you’ve got the adrenaline and you’re nervous, and you’re obviously performing in front of sometimes up to 1000, 2000 girls in the crowd, it’s the last thing you’re thinking of,” Parfitt said.
“Even though you’re doing sexual movements or you’re grinding on the girls, you’re not in that mind frame. You don’t think of it as sexual. Because it’s like, I guess, dancing on stage – so you’re just thinking about your choreography.
“But every time we get asked this question. The girls are like, ‘How do you not get turned onstage?’ But every guy I’ve ever performed with says the same thing – we just don’t think of it.”
Asked whether women get handsy, Parfitt admitted that “they sometimes do.”
“Because I always go on at the end of the show, I always get the drunk girls, and they’re always the hardest to deal with,” he explained.
“We do pick girls out of the crowd, so you’re trying to communicate with them while you’re on stage, or try and give them little instructions so they know what’s going on, but they do get a bit handsy. I’ve definitely left the stage with a few scratch marks.
“But some girls don’t care. If they’re wearing dresses – sometimes I try and pick a girl who’s wearing pants because I’m like, if you’re wearing a dress, there’s a high chance it could go above your head when we’re doing like different moves and stuff – but they just don’t care.
“They’re like, ‘I don’t care, I just want to go on stage’. They’re on stage in their underwear – they’re stripping more than us on that stage sometimes.”
As for whether women request him to perform “other services” after a show, Parfitt said it wasn’t out of the ordinary.
“They do sometimes. I think with the industry we’re in, obviously, they put us in the same category as doing more than just performing,” he said.
“I’ve definitely had a few offers for that, especially at private events that you go to. But no, I’m just a performer.”
You can listen to the full chat with Will Parfitt here.
The streaming reboot to Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 film A League of Their Own is both the same and vastly different.
It is that special sauce of reboots in which it keeps the vibe of the original alive while updating it for a modern audience – and it actually has something to say.
That’s a hard balance to straddle and most reboots and revivals fall over because they tilt too much in either direction, and usually by clinging on to something that no longer works outside of its original context.
A League of Their Ownthe new version, is a sharp and delightful series, which takes the defiant spirit of Marshall’s film and elevates it by expanding its universe to tell more inclusive stories about sexuality and race in 1940s America.
Set during World War II, the series is about the establishment of the women’s professional baseball league while the men are serving in Europe and the Pacific. The league is the brainchild of the confectionary tycoon who needs to fill the stands of his stadiums.
Recruited from around the US and Canada, the women are told to fit into a standard of what constitutes being a lady while copping horrendous sexism from all quarters, including their own supposed fans.
In those elements, the TV reboot and the movie version are similar. They share the same DNA and hit many of the same story beats.
But when it comes to the characters, the series created by Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham sprints away from the confines of the original film.
Rosie O’Donnell, who played Doris Murphy in the 1992 movie, famously said she played her character as a lesbian, even when Marshall explicitly told her she wasn’t. Jacobson and Graham doesn’t just correct the exclusion of queer characters from the story but made them the stars.
There are two leads in the 2022 series, Jacobson as Carson Shaw and Chante Adams as Max Chapman – two characters whose narratives could not have been centered 30 years ago.
Carson is a married woman who joins the team because she wants to play ball. Ella’s husband Charlie (J. Patrick Adams) is serving overseas so she sees this as her shot from her. After meeting the vivacious Greta (D’Arcy Carden), a seductive dance reveals that Carson’s desires for her are more than just athletic success.
Carson’s discovery of her queerness is both wonderful and full of risk. The judgment and repression of the era is a constant threat.
What’s great about Carson’s side of A League of Their Own is that it’s not a case of, “And here’s the token queer girl, we’ve checked that box”, but a commitment to exploring many queer characters and their experiences.
And it’s not just about their sexualities. It’s one facet of each character, they’re not defined by it. They really also, really love baseball. The series intersects all the different aspects of their lives and ambitions for fuller portrayals.
For her part, O’Donnell returns for an emotionally resonant guest role in a later episode in the season in which she plays the owner of an underground gay bar.
The other story strand follows Max, a young black woman who is denied even a tryout despite her indisputably superior throw.
Max is champing to play baseball however she can and contrives a job at the screw factory just for a chance to be considered for the company team. Max’s raw and unappealing appetite for her butts up against the “realities” of the day, which includes her mother for her who expects her to take over the family business. That her mother de ella boasts the first black-owned business in the neighbors does n’t mean nothing.
Max is a richly textured character whose experience intersects race and queerness, contextualized in a vividly drawn side of Rockford that takes place in black spaces.
If there’s any quibble, it’s that the series takes its time to weave the two plotlines together and sometimes the intercutting between the two can drag the pace.
It’s a small thing in a series that is pumped full of fantastic performances from Jacobson, Adams and Carden but also the likes of Dale Dickey as the team’s empathetic chaperone, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Max’s friend Clance, and Rockford Peaches Melanie Field, Kate Berlant, Molly Ephraim, Kelly McCormack and Roberta Colindrez.
Marshall’s film will always have a place in cinema history – and deservedly so – but it’s stirring that a movie which couldn’t include other stories is now the launchpad for a fresh, terrific and inclusive series. It really is a league of their own.
A League of Their Own is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video
prince harry and Meghan Markle have revealed a surprise visit to the United Kingdom in September.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s travels to Europe, which will also include a visit to Germany, have been arranged so that they can “visit with several charities close to their hearts,” a spokesperson has confirmed.
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The former royals – who were last in the UK for the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations in June – will head to Manchester for the One Young World Summit on September 5.
Over the years, the Duchess of Sussex has served as a counselor in One Young World summits, a forum which brings together young leaders from over 190 countries around the world.
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Following the summit, Meghan and Harry will then embark on their trip to Germany to attend the Invictus Games Dusseldorf 2023 “One Year to Go” event, as per TheMirror.
They will then return to the UK for the WellChild Awards which will take place September 8.
No further details regarding meetings with other members of the royal family have been released.
harry and meghan introduced their one-year-old daughter Lilibet to the Queen for the first time during their time in the UK for the Jubilee.
It was the first occasion that Lilibet and her brother Archie were reunited with much of the royal family since their parents royal exit in March 2020.
sources told The Sun that the Sussexes had “barely 15 minutes” of alone time with the Queen during the celebrations, so a trip back to the UK next month could pose as the perfect opportunity for the duo to spend more time with the monarch.
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Anne Heche began acting in her teens, but despite her successes in television and film, and on stage, her career was overshadowed by a life steeped in tragedy and controversy. Heche, who has died aged 53 after a car crash, came to tabloid prominence in the late 1990s as the girlfriend of Ellen DeGeneres, who was then the star of a hit TV comedy series.
Heche later blamed the publicity around their relationship for hampering her career, saying Hollywood was not ready for a lesbian star in straight love-interest roles. That was exactly what her first starring role was; in Six Days, Seven Nights (1998), she marooned on a desert island with Harrison Ford. After a string of roles the previous year, including in Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and critical success in films such as Donnie Brasco and Wag the Dog, Heche had been cast in the film not long before her relationship with her. DeGeneres was made public.
They split up in 2000, and a year later, after marrying Coleman Laffoon, a cameraman who worked on DeGeneres’ standup tour, Heche published a memoir, Call Me Crazy, in which she detailed being abused by her father from infancy through to the age of 12. She said the abuse had left her “insane for 31 years”.
Anne was born in Aurora, Ohio, the youngest of five children born to Donald Heche, a choir director in fundamentalist churches, and his wife, Nancy (nee Prickett), whom Anne described as “eerily compliant”. The first-born child, Cynthia, died in infancy. The family moved 11 times during Anne’s childhood, often living on the charity of church members. Aged 12, Anne began working in a super theater in Ocean City, New Jersey; she was for a while the family’s main breadwinner.
When she was 13, her father died of Aids; Heche believed his hidden homosexuality was part of her life as a sexual predator. Three months after Donald’s death, Ella’s brother Nathan died when he crashed his car into a tree. Though his death from him was ruled an accident, I thought that Nathan had taken his own life, unable to bear his father’s legacy from him.
Nancy Heche moved the family to Chicago, where she became a Christian therapist and motivational speaker, advocating “overcoming” the sin of homosexuality. Anne studied at the progressive Francis Parker school in Chicago, and at 16 she was spotted by an agent in a school play. After an audition, she was offered a part in the long-running daytime soap opera As the World Turns; but she turned it down as her mother insisted that she finish school first.
Shortly before her graduation Heche was offered a dual role in the soap Another World. Her mother de ella again said no, but Heche, by now 18, left for New York, later writing: “I did my time with my mom in a one-bedroom, skanky apartment and I was done.”
For the remainder of her adult life she would be estranged from her mother and her elder sister Susan, who died in 2006 of brain cancer. Heche reconciled with her remaining sister of her, Abigail.
Heche’s playing of Vicky Hudson and Marley Love in Another World won her a daytime Emmy award in 1991; she moved on to guest roles in TV shows and TV movies. Her first feature film by her was The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993) and in 1995 she played Joan Chen’s lover in the straight-to-video Wild Side, whose writer-director David Cammell took his own life shortly after he saw the release version edited by the producers. He got good reviews for a co-starring part in the indy film Walking and Talking (1996), with Catherine Keener, and, in 1997, playing Johnny Depp’s wife in Donnie Brasco.
In the same year as Six Days, Seven Nights, she starred with Vince Vaughn in Return to Paradise and took the Janet Leigh role of Marion Crane in Gus Van Sant’s shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock’s Psycho, with Vaughn as Norman Bates, who kills her in the shower. Heche was a prospective saint alongside Ed Harris in Agnieszka Holland’s The Third Miracle (1999).
Feeling stymied after her split from DeGeneres, Heche appeared on the hit TV show Ally McBeal in 2001, then left Hollywood for Broadway. In 2002 she starred in David Auburn’s Pulitzer-winning play Proof, as the daughter of a mathematical genius who fears she has inherited both her father’s talent and her mental instability. But despite her fine notices, when the play was filmed in 2005 the lead went to Gwyneth Paltrow.
In 2004 she was nominated for a Tony award opposite Alec Baldwin in a revival of Twentieth Century, nominated for an Emmy for the TV movie Gracie’s Choice, and won a Saturn award as best actress in the sci-fi TV movie The Dead Will Tell.
She remained busy, playing leads in TV movies and parts in theatrical films that garnered good notices, notably as one of two sisters, both ex-wives of a cop (Woody Harrelson) in the disappointing otherwise Rampart (2011), written by James Ellroy , a foil to Colin Firth and Emily Blunt in Arthur Newman (2012), starring alongside Sandra Oh in the underrated Catfight (2016), which follows an on-going rivalry between two college classmates, and excellent in My Friend Dahmer (2017), as the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s mother.
In the meantime she starred in a string of TV series. In Men in Trees (2006-08) she was a New York City relationship coach who winds up in Elmo, Alaska. A mix of familiar tropes, it was notable because Heche began a relationship with her co-star James Tupper; their son, Atlas, was born in 2009, the same year her divorce from Ella from Laffoon was finalized. She and Tupper separated in 2018.
In Hung (2009-11), Heche played the ex-wife of a downtrodden basketball coach who becomes a gigolo. Save Me (2013) lasted seven episodes; she was a woman whose near-death experience turns her into a pipeline from God. In 2016 she starred in Aftermath, as part of a family fighting for post-apocalyptic survival, and in 2017 she was deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in The Brave, in which she and her control team manipulate agents in the field.
Her most recent film, Wildfire, is due for release later this year, based on the hit song by Michael Martin Murphey, as the mother of the girl who, in the song, is lost searching in the snow for her pony. She also starred in the TV movie Girl in Room 13, due to premiere next month.
After a crash in Los Angeles on 5 August, in which her car caught fire, Heche was hospitalized and spent nearly a week in a coma before being declared legally dead under California law on 12 August. From her Life support was withdrawn two days later.
Heche is survived by her sons, Homer, from her marriage to Laffoon, and Atlas.
Olivia Wilde appeared to be in her element in her Sunday Instagram Story, after emerging victorious in her custody battle with her ex Jason Sudeikis.
The beaming actress, 38, flashed her legs in a thigh-split green floral maxi dress as she threw a hand in the air while out-and-about with one of her children in London.
It is unclear whether it was Otis, eight, or daughter Daisy, five, accompanying their mum on the evening out, however they were riding a purple scooter.
happy: Olivia Wilde appeared to be in her element in her Sunday Instagram Story, after emerging victorious in her custody battle with ex Jason Sudeikis
A follow-up snap saw Harry Styles’ girlfriend share a delicious-looking beverage with a mystery companion, featuring a smiley face on top of its froth.
Olivia and Jason, 46, initially met at a Saturday Night Live finale party in 2011.
The actress was previously married to Tao Ruspoli, and their marriage lasted from 2003 until 2011.
She subsequently began seeing the Horrible Bosses star, and they welcomed their son Otis into their lives in 2014 after having become engaged the year prior.
Exes: Olivia and Jason, 46, initially met at a Saturday Night Live finale party in 2011 (pictured in 2019)
The former couple went on to expand their family with the birth of their daughter Daisy in 2016.
The couple remained together for several years before it was announced that they had separated in November of 2020.
She subsequently began dating Harry, whom she directed in her upcoming thriller feature, Don’t Worry Darling.
The actor recently became the subject of criticism when his former partner was served custody papers at CinemaCon this past April.
Yum! A follow-up snap saw Harry Styles’ girlfriend share a delicious-looking beverage with a mystery companion, featuring a smiley face on top of its froth
The actress was in the middle of a presentation for 4,100 film industry executives about Don’t Worry Darling when she was awkwardly handed a manila envelope by a court process server.
The bizarre moment sparked furious speculation among attendees and reporters at the annual gathering of cinema owners and Hollywood studios about the envelope’s contents.
Neither of the parties publicly addressed the incident, and a source close to Jason later claimed that he did not know Olivia would be served the papers in such a public and humiliating way.
Exes: Olivia and ex Jason share two children together- eight-year-old son Otis and five-year-old daughter Daisy – and had continued co-parenting amicably after their split
The actor claimed he had always hoped she would be served in a ‘benign manner’ and requested service take place at Heathrow Airport, rather than at Styles’ home.
Olivia referenced the embarrassing incident for the first time in her court motion during her custody battle, slamming her ex for his ‘outrageous legal tactics’ and delivering the documents ‘mid-speech.’
Jason previously filed the suit against his ex in New York City Family Court over their two children in October 2021. He had wanted his kids to live with him in Brooklyn.
Olivia, however, wanted them to stay with her in Los Angeles, and possibly relocate to London, where Harry lives.
The judge, in a legal filing signed August 5, ruled ‘New York was not the home state of the subject children’ and that rather ‘California was the children’s home state.’
‘Therefore, for the reasons stated on the record on July 15, 2022, respondent’s motion to dismiss the custody petitions filed on October 21, 2021 is granted,’ the filing, which was reviewed by Page Six, stated.
The court determined ‘New York does not have jurisdiction to hear the custody petitions’ because it is not Otis and Daisy’s home state.
The custody battle will now have to be tried in California, so the ‘whole thing will start over’ in court there, legal experts allege.
New man: She subsequently began dating Harry, whom she directed in her upcoming thriller feature, Don’t Worry Darling
British artist Daniel Lismore’s monumental pieces of “wearable art”, featuring everything from rubbish to elaborate headgear studded with jewels, took center stage at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Friday, August 5.
Guests were invited to closely inspect the nearly 2-metre-tall pieces, one of which was worn by Lismore, who calls himself “a living sculpture”.
“I’m not a performance artist or a drag queen, I just live as art,” he said.
The pieces — featuring brightly colored fabrics and metallic embellishments — took between two hours and eight months to put together, and were inspired by people and objects from around the world, Lismore said.
“There’s hundreds of stories in each piece,” he said.
“There’s an honorary iD magazine cover. There’s a piece that I wore to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Platinum Party. There’s pieces from everywhere you can imagine, things I find on the floor, rubbish, pieces from Bulgari, pieces from all over.”
The piece he wore on August 5 was among his heaviest, he said, and featured items of personal significance.
“I wanted to put all my memories of over the years, from when I was a teen, when I was bullied and all these things that meant something to me throughout my life,” Lismore said.
“And it had mirrors, it was to kind of reflect on whoever was looking at me so they could see themselves in me somehow.”
The artist, who made his London debut with the show, presented 12 pieces from his traveling exhibition Be Yourself, Everybody Else is Taken, which opened in Atlanta in 2016.
There was a worrying development in Monday’s episode of The Block, as a contestant hammered into the floor of his house – only to discover what he suspected to be asbestos.
Melboune plumber Tom was nearing the end of the demolition process for he and wife Sarah-Jane’s guest bedroom, with just a small section of floor left to smash.
But when the mallet came down, he made a startling discovery.
“As soon as I saw it, I’m like: Oh god, here we go, more delays,” he said.
The Block moved quickly once the deadly substance was spotted, with everyone in House One downing tools for a full day as a team moved in to assess the risk and remove the asbestos.
“They shut our house down, and rightfully so – asbestos is very dangerous,” said Tom, who was left with little to do but visit his fellow contestants while he nervously waited to see how long his house would be out of action.
Some six hours later, foremen Keith and Dan finally returned to the site to give the all-clear that work could summarize.
And Dan also offered some explanation as to why the asbestos hadn’t been spotted before the houses were handed over to the contestants: “In this location, under the fireplace and used as formwork, it’s very hard to locate. That’s why we didn’t find it – Tom’s done the right thing in alerting us,” he said.
Elsewhere in Monday’s episode, contestant Sharon was clearly still smarting after she and partner Ankur’s bathroom came dead last in Sunday’s judging.
The couple had copped a particularly tough critique from judge Shaynna Blaze, who warned them that their house was “the grand dame, the jewel in the crown. Are you going to treat her like Este? Because if you’re going to treat her like this, you’re going to have to deal with me.” Sharon was left in tears immediately after the judging, declaring that in a week one on The Blockshe was already “over it.”
One episode on, and she was in a more defiant mood.
“(Shaynna) goes, ‘That’s my house, I love this house, I’m really angry that they did this…’” Sharon began.
“Well, it’s not your house, babes. You haven’t bought it. If you’re gonna buy it, that’s a different story.”
She continued to call out Shaynna directly, arguing that she had missed some of the key details in the room the couple had included to appeal to her.
“Also, I did try to cater for you. You said you wanted antiques, but your antique eye didn’t even recognize the antiques in the room. I literally had stuff in there from the 1890s!”
Sharon said that, in the wake of the tough judging, she’d made a promise to husband Ankur that she wouldn’t beat herself up so much moving forward.
“That’s the pact that we’ve made to each other, because I’ve literally spent every day crying since I got here – and that’s not a good thing.”
The Block judge Shaynna Blaze didn’t mince words when it came time to judge the first bathroom of the season, delivering some tough feedback to this year’s least-experienced team.
In short: Stop ruining this grand old country house, or you’ll have her to contend with.
Blaze and fellow judges Darren Palmer and Neale Whitaker went for their second walk-through of the five country properties on The Block: Tree Change during Sunday’s episode, and for the most part, their critics were positive.
Then it came time to visit accountant Ankur and lawyer-turned-actress Sharon’s bathroom. After some tough critiques in the first challenge, Sharon was confident she’d done a lot better this time around.
“I think I nailed the brief of luxe, sexy, but heritage,” she said.
“There are absolute nods to heritage all the way through… I hope they take away the energy, that feeling of luxury and country warmth that I think the buyer will want.”
They did not.
“Last week, Ankur and Sharon took us to the winery – this week, I’m not sure where they’ve taken us,” said Whitaker as the trio entered the bathroom.
“Well it ain’t this beautiful Victorian house, that’s for sure,” said Blaze, pointing out the details that most disappointed her: “Just because you’ve put that type of tap, and that type of bath, does not make it heritage at all. If any house could get me angry, it’s doing Este to that beautiful house we’ve walked through,” she said.
Blaze even asked the other two judges to start their critiques and come back to her, as the sight of the bathroom had put her “on the back foot”.
Whitaker was similarly disappointed, complaining the bathroom felt like a “pastiche” and didn’t feel “authentic”.
There was some positive feedback from Palmer though, who said he liked the room but still pointed out a few issues – tiling and an unnecessary internal wall – two things that would be very hard to change.
Blaze then continued her critique, announcing: “Honestly, it’s not a bathroom I’m feeling good in.”
She said it was especially tough to swallow, given Sharon and Ankur had chosen her favorite of the Victorian houses on offer this season.
“This is the grand dame, the jewel in the crown. Are you going to treat her like this? Because if you’re going to treat her like this, you’re going to have to deal with me,” she said. As expected after that tough critique, Sharon and Ankur came dead last for bathroom week with a score of 20.5. (Friends Omar and Oz were the surprise winners with a score of 26, a big improvement on their negative feedback from the first challenge.)
Sharon was deflated after the judges’ scores rolled in, crying on camera as her husband comforted her.
“It just feels like I got it completely wrong, again. The choices that got caned today – they were mine,” she said.
“I’m over it and it’s week one, basically. I’m over it, and I’m so tired, and… maybe I don’t have a clue.”
Eve Hewson, Sharon Horgan, Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle and Sarah Greene are Apple TV+’s Bad Sisters.
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REVIEW: He might be their sister Grace’s (Anne-Marie Duff) husband, but none of the other four Garvey sisters are grieving the death of John Paul Williams (Netflix’s Dracula Claes Bang).
As Apple TV+’s new black comedy Bad Sisters (which begins streaming on August 19) opens, the quartet all dutifully turn up at his open casket wake and funeral, but only to support their sibling.
“He’s Satan’s problem now,” one remarks, while another notes that she’s dressed him in her pajamas, no doubt to “make eternal damnation more comfortable for him”.
Bad Sisters follows the (mis)fortunes of the Garvey sisters.
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In flashbacks, we learn how he’d undermine and appal each of them with his inappropriate comments, obnoxious observations and failure to flush the loo, as well as increasingly control Grace’s every move. “She getting quieter and smaller in the hands of that prick – he’s sucking the life out of her,” self-appointed Garvey matriarch Eva (Sharon Horgan) opines.
Orphaned for some time, the quintet had made a vow to look after each other, but prior to John Paul’s death, Grace just wanted them to back off.
“I know he isn’t easy and I know you don’t think he’s a good man, but he’s a good husband and a good father, and he makes me happy. Can you not just let me be happy?
Bad Sisters begins streaming on Apple TV+ on August 19.
Six months on though and her only concern now is whether she’s made enough sandwiches to appropriately cater for the wake. (“No one RSVPs for a funeral, so how do you know?”)
However, as if the sniping comments from Eva, eye-patched Bibi (Sarah Greene), disapproving Ursula (Eva Birthistle) and massage therapist Becka (Eve Hewson) weren’t enough, an interlocutor has started asking awkward questions. Despite his insistence that he’s making “a courtesy visit to a valued client at a difficult time”, Thomas Claffin (Brian Gleeson) is determined to uncover an insurance fraud.
Shocked at just how much life insurance was recently taken out against John Paul, he just has “a couple of questions” before they can pay out, a situation he tells his half-brother Matthew (Daryl McCormack) he is very keen to avoid, lest it destabilize their business’ own financial position. “Who knows if there is foul play?” he admits, “but if there is, the culprit usually shows up at the funeral.”
Based on the 2012 Belgian series Clan (also known in some countries as The Out-Laws), this 10-parter has made a successful transition to contemporary Ireland. With a tone and style reminiscent of John Michael McDonagh’s magnificent The Guard, Motherland, Shining Vale and Catastrophe writer Horgan’s script makes terrific use of its Emerald Isle backdrop and the truly impressive assembled ensemble.
Perhaps all best known more as dramatic actors – Duff was in Shameless, Greene has featured in Penny Dreadful and Normal People, Birthistle is known for her period drama work and Hewson’s CV includes our own The Luminaries – they all here demonstrate some terrific comedic timing, both separately and as a sometimes hilarious, nonsense, bickering group.
And while Bang delivers another of his charismatically odious males (John Paul is like a British version of The Affair’s self-obsessed Sasha Mann), he’s upstaged by Gleeson’s (brother of Domhnall, son of Brendan) acerbic insurance broker. Whether it’s playfully teasing his pregnant wife about “causing structural damage to the house” if she moves, or ransacking the wake sandwiches on his way out the door, he’s a scene-stealer extraordinaire, in a darkly humorous show that offers just as much intrigue as it does witty one-liners.
Bad Sisters begins streaming on Apple TV+ on August 19.