Dublin-based Women on the Verge airs Wed 11 October @10PM on W
Based on the best-selling book Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Lorna Martin, Women on the Verge tells the darkly comic tale of three career-driven friends in their 30's, at various stages of their lives, who share the same nagging concern - that whilst their friends and colleagues seem to be increasingly in control of their lives, their own lives seem to be moving in the opposite direction.
The project was picked up in 2011 by Sharon Horgan, who has since been working with Lorna Martin to turn the subject matter into a frank, hilarious and often shocking half-hour UKTV Original drama.
"Women on the Verge offers a highly original, no holds barred take on a subject matter that will be instinctively familiar to the W audience. Taking the gloss of Sex and the City, combined with the brutal honesty of Girls, this is a project unlike anything else on British TV." Adam Collings, Channel Director for W.
Kerry Condon (Three Billboards, Rome, Better Call Saul) will play Laura, who is in the process of potentially ruining her career in investigative journalism by sleeping with her boss. Her ambitions take a knock however when she appears to be supplanted in his affections by a bright and talented young blogger called Samara.
Laura is persuaded by Katie, played by Nina Sosanya (Marcella, W1A, Last Tango in Halifax), to seek professional help for her many issues in the form of a long-term commitment to intensive psychotherapy with the enigmatic 'Dr F' - who will be played by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose).
Divorced and single, Katie has recently contemplated a course of IVF to 'complete' her family without a man and have a much longed for a sibling for her young daughter Ella. Meanwhile, Alison, played by Eileen Walsh, completes the trio as a character who, after a series of disastrous and border-line scary Tinder-based one-night stands, finds herself back together with her ex Martin.
Women on the Verge is the latest addition to W's growing slate of UKTV Originals which includes recently announced scripted series Flackstarring Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Anna Paquin.