The Duchess (TV series)

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The Duchess
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GenreComedy drama
Created byKatherine Ryan
Written byKatherine Ryan
Directed byToby MacDonald
Starring
Music byOli Julian
Opening theme"Woman" by Diana Gordon[a]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
  • Katherine Ryan
  • Petra Fried
  • Murray Ferguson
  • Dave Becky
  • Josh Lieberman
ProducerGavin O'Grady
CinematographyKarl Óskarsson
EditorPaul Dingwall
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time19–28 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release11 September 2020 (2020-09-11)

The Duchess is a 2020 British comedy-drama television series created by and starring Katherine Ryan.[1][2] It premiered on Netflix on 11 September 2020. On 29 April 2021, the series was cancelled after one series.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Katherine Ryan as Katherine, a ceramics artist and Olive's mother
  • Rory Keenan as Shep, Katherine's ex-partner, Olive's father and a former boy band member
  • Katy Byrne as Olive, Katherine and Shep's nine-year-old daughter
  • Steen Raskopoulos as Evan, Katherine's boyfriend and an orthodontist
  • Michelle de Swarte as Bev, Katherine's best friend and business partner
  • Sophie Fletcher as Jane, Millie's mother
  • Doon Mackichan as Cheryl, Shep's fiancée

Recurring[edit]

  • Beau Gadsdon as Millie, Olive's friend
  • Tony Jayawardena as Mr. Michaels, Olive and Millie's headmaster
  • Anwar Lynch as Tom, Bev's husband and Shep's former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Ash Rizi as Gareth, Shep’s former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Ciaran Dowd as Dave, Shep’s former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Geoff Norcott as Brian, Jane's husband
  • Naz Osmanoglu as Leo, a hygienist at Evan's practice
  • Maya Jama as Sandra, a dental nurse at Evan's practice

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
To celebrate her daughter Olive's birthday, Katherine visits a fertility clinic to discuss the odds of giving her a sibling with help from a sperm donor.
2"Episode 2"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Shep accepts Katherine's proposal — with oddly specific conditions. Jane and Katherine force the girls to hang out. Evan comes over to spend the night.
3"Episode 3"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Katherine meets Shep for a failed transaction, then meets Evan's "nice and normal" parents. Bev and Katherine speak at a feminist convention.
4"Episode 4"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
After Katherine strikes out with an adoption agent, Olive and Millie get suspended. Shep shocks everyone with big news. Bev spies Evan at a pub.
5"Episode 5"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Katherine renews her quest to get pregnant with help from a surprising source. Praise be! But is it too good to be true? Elsewhere, Olive's growing up.
6"Episode 6"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Secrets swirl around Shep's big day ... and savvy Jane has it all figured out. With so much at stake, can Katherine control the chaos?

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 63% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.[4] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First episode only.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hart, Daniel (9 September 2020). "The Duchess season 1 review – Katherine Ryan is on fire in her own Netflix series". Ready Steady Cut. Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (2 September 2020). "'The Duchess' Is a Tasteless Misfire by Netflix: TV Review". Variety. Archived from the original on 10 September 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  3. ^ White, Peter (29 April 2021). "Katherine Ryan's 'The Duchess' Canceled By Netflix After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ "The Duchess: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  5. ^ "The Duchess – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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