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Key Information

Duration
8 x 45'
Year of production
2018
Country of origin
Australia
Produced by
Jungle Entertainment in association with Filthy Productions for Nine Network (Australia) and TVNZ (New Zealand)
Categories
Scripted > Series > Drama
New Shows > Scripted Series

Language versions

Original
English

Topics

Contemporary drama

Synopsis

Motherhood can be murder in this deliciously devious drama


Sarah’s seemingly perfect life as a local GP, loving wife and doting mother comes crashing down the moment she discovers her husband Anton is having an affair with her best friend Charlotte.


Suddenly, Charlotte turns up dead, and Anton is arrested for her murder. As Sarah’s life spirals out of control, she finds unlikely support from a ragtag group of mums called ‘The Bad Mothers Club’.


Sarah finds herself drawn into the chaotic worlds of her new friends; Danielle the outgoing mum who needs more in her life; Bindy, the wild child party mum; and Maddie, the fierce mum battling with a difficult child and an acrimonious custody battle.


There’s just one thing stopping Sarah from leaving the mess of her old life behind her; Anton swears he’s innocent. Now Sarah will have to add ‘detective’ to her already lengthy list of jobs if she is to clear her husband’s name.

Additional Information


  • A sexy, glossy, funny drama about modern women juggling life’s big issues; love, family, careers, infidelity … and murder.
  • Nine Network’s biggest drama launch of the year
  • Ranked No.1 in the slot and increased Nine's share by over 50%


“A twisty murder mystery and superb cast...this is immediately addictive viewing” –  The Sydney Morning Herald

KEY CHARACTERS

Sarah Pooley

Sarah is a GP.  She is intelligent, attractive and sociable. Whatever she  sets out to do, she achieves to the highest possible standards  – S he’s a perfectionist.  She loves things that are good quality and good taste, and dresses with understated elegance. Sarah is married to Anton, a chef with one successful restaurant, and he’s about to open another. She’s happy to work part-time in order to be there for her children, Xavier (8) and Eve (6). She’s involved in their school, their activities, and it’s the most important thing in the world to her. Sarah’s other most significant relationship is with her best friend, Charlotte.


Maddie Hicks
Maddie is a project co-ordinator for a small architectural firm. She is sharp, incisive and impatient. Once she’s decided you are worthy of being her friend, you will have her loyalty for life.
Her best friend is personal trainer Bindy, 23. Maddie marvels at Bindy’s cheerful confidence and selfishness and envies the way bullets bounce off her. Similarly, her other best friend, sister-in-law Danielle, also seems to find life a breeze. Maddie is close to her brother, Tom, who is down to earth and practical.
Maddie eventually met the love of her life, Jesse, at a music gig where Jesse was on the sound desk. Jesse was yang to Maddie’s yin. They fell madly in love and bought a tiny house, but most of their money went on travel. Then Maddie suddenly realised she wanted a child so badly that her biological clock was almost deafening.
Jesse went along with it and Maddie had her precious last-chance child, Max, at 42. Maddie was absorbed in her son; travel and socialising no longer fitted around his routine. There was an unfortunate fling, some awful rows, then Jesse abruptly left. She’s now been a solo mum for two and a half years and it has been a big struggle.


Danielle Hicks
Danielle is a part-time beauty therapist in a salon. In her younger years she worked in hospitality as a manager, which combined well with partying. Her knight arrived in a shining fire truck: Tom. He was older, a widower with two little kids. Danielle joined their lives and Tom gave her what she wanted: a  family. Danielle has an easy relationship with Tom’s children. She and Tom also have a daughter, Francesca, who is eight and rather serious. Danielle has been thinking of having another child, but a couple of miscarriages some years ago have stalled her.

Bindy Burridge

Bindy is a personal trainer. Attractive, energetic, outgoing and absolutely the centre of her own universe, she never suffers from dull things like self-doubt or remorse.

At 16, Bindy fell pregnant. It took her a while to tell her parents because she knew they’d get mad. She thought about a termination, but all her friends at school thought she was way cool – and her mum offered to help out. How hard could it be? London was gorgeous and cute, but then Bindy’s friends weren’t all that interested in babies.

Bindy met Danielle on a boot camp and that’s how she also met Maddie. They have their own joke club, the Bad Mothers Club, in opposition to the snotty school mums from the Bedford Mothers Club. She has an active (Tinder) sex life and no intention of getting tied down until she’s really old – at least 30. Bindy finds the whole parenthood thing a breeze because her parents have shouldered most of the burden. But Bindy’s parents are about to drop a bomb on her life.


Charlotte Evans

Charlotte is a mother and homemaker. But beware of soft-sounding labels: Charlotte is sharp as a tack, poised and authoritative. She is sociable and stylish and very aware of status.

Charlotte is the head of the school committee and a formidable organiser, charming as well as ruthless. She has two children, Julius (15) who is thoughtful and sensitive, and Lucy (8) who is smart, precocious and naughty.

From a wealthy background, Charlotte used to work in PR. She met a handsome, determined yachtie, Kyle Evans. He was proud, immune to easy charm, unimpressed by money. They fell passionately in love and Charlotte fell pregnant. They married and she turned her powers to raising their son and creating an amazing home. Kyle went to work for her father.

Those early years were happy. But Charlotte found Kyle’s taciturn stubbornness and refusal to socialise increasingly irritating. 

Cast & Crew

Director
Geoff Bennett, Sian Davies, Catriona MacKenzie
Key talent(s)
Tess Haubrich, Melissa George, Mandy McElhinney, Jessica Tovey, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Daniel MacPherson, Don Hany, Harry Greenwood, Steve Bastoni
Writer(s)
Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan, Sarah Walker, Tim Lee
Creator(s)
Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan