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Don’t sleep on this powerful drama, it’s as good as anything on HBO Max and Netflix


It’s one of the year’s best dramas, but no-one is talking about it.
Prestige TV. We hear the term a lot, but what does it actually mean? Is it a big, lavish production led by a Hollywood A-lister? Something that’s been well-reviewed? Or a mixture of both? There was a time, probably over a decade ago now, when the majority of television was dominated by quiz shows and police procedurals – by contrast, a drama led by an A-lister who’d been briefly tempted away from a movie set was a real event. Now though, it’s an everyday occurrence, and it is almost becoming routine for big networks and streaming services to commit budgets of $100 million plus to single seasons of television. Shows without that budget, and without a big executive producer and a big splashy marketing campaign, can be forgotten. And today I’m here to tell you about one of them that’s as good as anything HBO Max and Netflix have produced in 2022. The Split first aired in the spring of 2018 and chronicled the lives of the Defoe family, who all work in divorce law for the family firm, with the exception of their youngest member. It stars Nicola Walker, who might be best known for her role in gutsy police drama Unforgotten, and Stephen Mangan, Fiona Button, Annabel Scholey and Barry Atsma. Created by Abi Morgan, the writer behind BBC drama The Hour and screenwriter of political period drama Suffragette and Steve McQueen’s dark drama Shame, The Split is an eviscerating, heart wrenching look at love in middle-age and what family really means.

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