Zoe Wanamaker, Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson in Girlfriends

Girlfriends centres on three very different women, entering the later stages of their lives. They thought they had it all planned out, until everything starts to fall apart. 

Linda (Downton Abbey’s Phyllis Logan) is on a cruise ship when her drunkard husband disappears overboard. Life insurance isn’t guaranteed, and Linda finds herself in financial strife. To add to her uncertainty, a woman shows up at Linda’s front door, accusing her of pushing her husband overboard… 

Sue (Miranda Richardson) meanwhile is something of a middle-aged hot mess. Features Editor for a struggling magazine, she finds herself at a loss when the company starts to phase her out for a younger model. Her boss (whom she’s spent half of her life loving from afar), is arrogant and unsympathetic. They also have an illegitimate son together, who has some secrets of his own…

Gail (Zoe Wanamaker) gets a fright when her son is released early from prison. Storming back into Gail’s life, Tom has high expectations, but low motivation to sort his life out. After hiding his whereabouts for the past two years, Gail is horrified when Tom breaches his bail conditions and the police come knocking…

Linda, Sue and Gail used to play in a covers band together, until life and family got in the way. They all reunite for Linda’s husband’s memorial, and make a pact to stay in touch and support each other. 

Girlfriends is dramatic in the touching, genuine way we’ve come to expect from British dramas. It makes light of hardship, and focuses on the importance of supportive friends who love you for who you are. 

Stream the full season of Girlfriends right here.

 

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