Wanderlust (British TV series)

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Created byNick Payne
Written byNick Payne
Directed by
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producersRoanna Benn
Jude Liknaitzky
Lucy Richer
ProducerKate Crowther
CinematographyBen Wheeler
EditorJohnny Rayner / Gary Dollner
Running time56 minutes
Production companyDrama Republic
Original networkBBC One (UK)
Netflix (international)
Picture format2:1 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release4 September (2018-09-04) –
9 October 2018 (2018-10-09)

Wanderlust is a British television drama miniseries 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.[1] It began airing on 19 October 2018 on Netflix.[2] The miniseries consists of six episodes.[3]


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 he rekindles romance with his (now married) former girlfriend Joy. 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.[4]
  • Steven Mackintosh as Alan Richards, an English teacher and Joy's husband.[4]
  • Zawe Ashton as Claire Pascal, a fellow English teacher at Alan's school.[4]
  • 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.[4]
  • William Ash as Marvin Walters, a police officer who begins a sexual relationship with Joy.[4]
  • Isis Hainsworth as Michelle McCullen, a friend of Tom who is in love with him.
  • 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 husband of Joy for whom she still has some affection.
  • Dylan Edwards as Marc, a young man who Joy dates occasionally.
  • Anya Chalotra as Jennifer Ashman, an older pupil at Tom's school.
  • Kate O'Flynn as Emily Riley, a former patient of Joy who attended couples therapy with her husband Josh.
  • Simon Tcherniak as Josh Riley, Emily's husband who also attended couples therapy and called Joy before committing suicide.
  • Megan Richards as Mimi Brooks, a friend of Tom and Michelle.
  • Jordan Adene as Sam Morton, also a friend of Tom and Michelle.
  • Ashley McGuire as Janet Malherbe


The series was described by the Evening Standard as a "meandering polyamory drama".[5]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [6]U.K. viewers
1"Episode 1"Luke SnellinNick Payne4 September 2018 (2018-09-04) (UK)
19 October 2018 (U.S.)[2]
4.69 million[7]
2"Episode 2"Luke SnellinNick Payne11 September 2018 (2018-09-11)Less than 3.94 million[7]
3"Episode 3"Luke SnellinNick Payne18 September 2018 (2018-09-18)Less than 4.18 million[7]
4"Episode 4"Lucy TcherniakNick Payne25 September 2018 (2018-09-25)N/A
5"Episode 5"Lucy TcherniakNick Payne2 October 2018 (2018-10-02)N/A
6"Episode 6"Lucy TcherniakNick Payne9 October 2018 (2018-10-09)N/A



  1. ^ "Toni Collette Joins BBC, Netflix Drama 'Wanderlust'". Variety. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Gomez, Patrick (24 August 2018). "A first look at Toni Collette's Netflix series Wanderlust — plus a premiere date". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Toni Collette To Star In 'Wanderlust', Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One". Deadline. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Toni Collette Leads Cast of BBC, Netflix's 'Wanderlust'". The Hollywood Reporter. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ Luckhurst, Phoebe (7 February 2019). "Retirement party? I'll put it off for now". Evening Standard. p. 43.
  6. ^ "Wanderlust - Episode Guide". BBC One. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Most viewed programmes | BARB".

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