Wanderlust (British TV series)
|Created by||Nick Payne|
|Written by||Nick Payne|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||6|
|Executive producer(s)||Roanna Benn|
|Editor(s)||Johnny Rayner / Gary Dollner|
|Running time||56 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Drama Republic|
|Original network||BBC One (UK)|
|Picture format||2:1 1080p|
|Original release||4 September –|
9 October 2018
Wanderlust is a British television drama series written by Nick Payne and directed by Luke Snellin and Lucy Tcherniak. The series is a co-production between BBC One and Netflix, with BBC One airing the first episode on 4 September 2018 in the United Kingdom, and Netflix streaming the show outside the UK. It began airing on 19 October 2018 on Netflix. The series consists of six episodes.
Joy Richards, a therapist, is injured in a traffic accident. The accident was caused in part by distraction upon her sighting a former patient of hers, Emily. Emily's husband, Josh, (who was also a patient in couples therapy) committed suicide during the treatment. Joy's injuries and her recovery from them exacerbate the marital difficulties she is having with her husband, Alan. Joy meets Marvin at physical therapy, and they have a fling. Alan confesses an affair with a colleague, Claire. Rather than become mutually acrimonious, Joy suggests an open marriage as a solution to their difficulties. Joy's affair with Marvin ends but she rekindles romance with her (now married) former boyfriend Lawrence. Alan detests Lawrence because Joy had cheated on Alan previously with Lawrence. Episode 5 consists mainly of a long session with Joy's own therapist (Angela), during which Joy comes to realize her self-destructive promiscuity is a sublimation to avoid the real issues in her life: bereavement from her mother's death and guilt over the suicide of her patient, Josh.
- Toni Collette as Joy Richards, a therapist, married to Alan.
- Steven Mackintosh as Alan Richards, an English teacher and Joy's husband.
- Zawe Ashton as Claire Pascal, a fellow English teacher at Alan's school.
- Joe Hurst as Tom Richards, a 16-year-old student and youngest child of Joy and Alan.
- Emma D'Arcy as Naomi Richards, Alan and Joy's 18-year-old daughter.
- Celeste Dring as Laura Richards, Joy and Alan's 25-year-old daughter.
- Royce Pierreson as Jason Hales, a patient of Joy's.
- William Ash as Marvin Walters, a police officer who begins a sexual relationship with Joy.
- Jeremy Swift as Neil Bellows, Rita's husband and a neighbour of Joy's.
- Anastasia Hille as Rita Bellows, Joy's neighbour. After her marriage to Neil breaks down, she begins to explore her sexuality with Naomi.
- Sophie Okonedo as Angela Bowden, Joy's therapist.
- Paul Kaye as Lawrence, a former boyfriend of Joy for whom she still has some affection.
- Anya Chalotra as Jennifer Ashman, an older pupil at Tom's school.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||U.K. viewers|
|1||"Episode 1"||Luke Snellin||Nick Payne||4 September 2018(UK) |
19 October 2018 (U.S.)
|2||"Episode 2"||Luke Snellin||Nick Payne||11 September 2018||Less than 3.94 million|
|3||"Episode 3"||Luke Snellin||Nick Payne||18 September 2018||Less than 4.18 million|
|4||"Episode 4"||Lucy Tcherniak||Nick Payne||25 September 2018||N/A|
|5||"Episode 5"||Lucy Tcherniak||Nick Payne||2 October 2018||N/A|
|6||"Episode 6"||Lucy Tcherniak||Nick Payne||9 October 2018||N/A|
- recurring: Regulate by Warren G and Nate Dogg
- Episode 5: The Ship Song, written by Nick Cave and performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
- Episode 6: Song to the Siren performed by This Mortal Coil featuring Elizabeth Frazer and Robin Guthrie
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- Luckhurst, Phoebe (7 February 2019). "Retirement party? I'll put it off for now". Evening Standard. p. 43.
- "Wanderlust - Episode Guide". BBC One. Retrieved 2 September 2018.