The Split (TV series)
|Created by||Abi Morgan|
|Directed by||Jessica Hobbs|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||56 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Sister Pictures|
|Picture format||2:1 1080p|
|Original release||24 April 2018 –|
The Split is a British television legal drama series, written and created by Abi Morgan, that first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 24 April 2018. The six-part series, commissioned in August 2016, follows the lives of the Defoe family, who all work in divorce law for the family firm, aside from eldest sister Hannah (Nicola Walker), who works for rival family law firm Noble & Hale. The series co-stars Stephen Mangan, Fiona Button, Annabel Scholey and Barry Atsma.
Production for the series began in July 2017 in London. On 13 January 2017, SundanceTV announced that it would be partnering with the BBC to produce the series. SundanceTV will thus hold exclusive rights for broadcast in the United States. The complete series was released on DVD on 4 June 2018.
A second series is commissioned.
- Nicola Walker as Hannah Stern, a divorce lawyer working for Noble & Hale.
- Stephen Mangan as Nathan Stern, Hannah's husband, a barrister.
- Fiona Button as Rose Defoe, Hannah's youngest sister.
- Annabel Scholey as Nina Defoe, Hannah's younger sister, a fellow divorce lawyer for Defoe's, the family practice.
- Barry Atsma as Christie Carmichael, Hannah's former boyfriend who also works for Noble & Hale.
- Stephen Tompkinson as Davey McKenzie, a millionaire divorcing his wife.
- Meera Syal as Goldie McKenzie, Davey's wife and his company's secretary.
- Anthony Head as Oscar Defoe, Hannah's long lost father.
- Deborah Findlay as Ruth Defoe, Hannah's mother, the director of the family firm.
- Rudi Dharmalingam as James Cutler, Rose’s fiancé.
- Chukwudi Iwuji as Alex 'Zander' Hale, director of Noble & Hale.
- Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Glen Peters, the vicar performing Rose and James' wedding ceremony.
- Maggie O'Neill as Yvonne Duchy, Goldie's best friend, who is having an affair with her husband.
- Josette Simon as Maya, Oscar Defoe's second partner
- Elizabeth Roberts as Liv Stern, Hannah and Nathan's elder daughter.
- Mollie Cowen as Tilly Stern, Hannah and Nathan's younger daughter.
- Toby Oliver as Vinnie Stern, Hannah and Nathan's son.
- Afolabi Alli as Sean Bainbridge
- Ellora Torchia as Maggie Lavelle
- Brenock O'Connor as Sasha, Liv Stern's boyfriend
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|| Viewers|
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan||24 April 2018||6.89|
|Hannah represents the ex-wife of top stand-up comedian Rex Pope (Mathew Baynton) who has engaged a legal battle to try to prevent him from using material referencing her in his new stand-up arena tour, and also takes on one of her mother's former clients, Davey McKenzie (Stephen Tompkinson), who has issued divorce proceedings against wife Goldie (Meera Syal) after more than twenty years of marriage. Hannah's long-lost father, Oscar (Anthony Head) also returns after a thirty year absence to reclaim his stake in the family business.|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan||1 May 2018||5.62|
|Hannah tries to negotiate the pre-nup of Premier League footballer Diallo Diapo (Thierry Mabonga), who has a chequered history of adultery, but proceedings are hindered by the arrival of Diallo's lawyer, who just happens to be Christie's heavily pregnant ex-wife Lauren Brooker (Ruth Bradley). Meanwhile, Oscar tries to win back the affection of his children by wining and dining them at a swanky London hotel, and the McKenzie divorce grows increasingly bitter when further relevations boil to the surface.|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan & Jane Eden||8 May 2018||5.38|
|Hannah represents Jaynie Lee (Tamara Lawrance), a high-flying businesswoman whose frozen embryos are under threat from her husband as deliberations over their divorce settlement threaten to turn ugly. Goldie discovers that Davey has an illegitimate child that he fathered ten years ago. Oscar's return continues to drive a wedge into the Defoe family dynamic. Nathan drunkenly tries to accost Nina after revealing that he no longer has sex with Hannah, and after losing her engagement ring, Rose finds herself in a compromising position with vicar Glen (Kobna Holdbrook-Smith).|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan||15 May 2018||5.26|
|The marriage of foreign secretary Emma Graham (Claire Rushbrook) and her husband Bill (Nicholas Gleaves) threatens to collapse when a 'wikileaks' style data breach of the names of members of an extra-marital affairs website threatens to reach the tabloids. Ruth holds a dinner party in celebration of Rose's impending nuptials, but the evening descends into disaster when a drunken Nina fails to watch her mouth and berates both Rose and Nathan for their marital indiscretions.|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan & Louise Ironside||22 May 2018||5.69|
|Rose's engagement to James is left in tatters and Hannah struggles to pick up the pieces of her own marriage as the fallout from Nina's revelations continue. Nina discovers that the family business is effectively bankrupt and urges Ruth to sell while the market is still viable. Goldie turns down a settlement offer from Davey, but events take an unexpected turn when the pair end up spending the night together. Nina turns to Rex Pope for comfort, while Hannah is forced to confront her feelings for Christie after discovering that Nathan's indiscretions amount to more than just signing up to a dating website.|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||Jessica Hobbs||Abi Morgan||29 May 2018||5.54|
|D-Day arrives for the McKenzies as their bitter divorce finally comes to a head, but Hannah is left torn between her head and her heart after learning that losing the case could potentially spark the end of Defoe's. James and Rose's wedding day goes off without a hitch, but after learning that Christie is to take up a new job in Chicago, the celebrations force Hannah to finally make a decision about the future of her marriage.|
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- Petski, Denise (28 June 2017). "'The Split': SundanceTV & BBC One Round Out Cast For Abi Morgan Drama Series". Deadline.com.
- The Split series 2 BBC air date, cast, trailer, plot by Emma Nolan, May 30, 2018
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