Girlfriends

ZoŽ stars as Gail, part of a trio of childhood friends rocked by tragedy, in ITV's six-part drama series shown in early 2018. You can watch it on Region 2 DVD, Amazon Prime Video (UK) or Acorn TV on Amazon (US).

Britannia

ZoŽ stars as vengeful Queen Antedia in Sky's epic nine-part drama series, shown in early 2018, about the Romans invading ancient Britain. You can watch it on Sky Atlantic (UK), NOW TV (UK), Region B/2 Blu-ray, Region 2 DVD or Amazon Prime Video in the UK and US.

Inside No. 9

ZoŽ guest stars as waspish acting awards judge Paula in 'And the Winner Is...', an episode from the BBC's cult comedy-drama's fourth series shown on 30 January 2018. You can watch it on Region B/2 Blu-ray, Region 2/4 DVDAmazon Prime Video (UK), YouTube or via iTunes or Google Play.

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From daytime TV to News at Ten: Girlfriends' incredible media coverage ahead of ITV debut

3 January 2018 20:34

Tonight's the night! Kay Mellor's eagerly awaited drama Girlfriends, starring ZoŽ as one of a trio of best friends facing huge challenges, begins on ITV1 at 9pm. And the ground-breaking nature of the series, which focuses on the lives of women in late middle age rather than their younger counterparts, means that it's attracting a phenomenal amount of attention in the media. There's really too much to cover here, so I've cherry-picked some of the best bits for you instead!

Girlfriends has been featured on ITV News at Ten, with Mellor emphasising that she wrote the series because she 'wanted to say something about real women that are of a certain age'. Now that aim has also caught the attention of BBC News, which points out that mature women are 'an under-represented group on British TV'. As Mellor reveals in the article, she has every faith in the ability of her show's stars - ZoŽ, Phyllis Logan and Miranda Richardson - to do justice to her distinctive, fast-paced scripts. '[T]hey've all got respect for each other, and I think that shows. Very quickly they bonded together, and I think we captured that on screen.'

The media certainly seems inclined to agree with Mellor, with the  Guardian featuring Girlfriends in its preview of 2018's 'standout TV',
The Mirror pointing out that 'not only does it live up to the hype [...] It surpasses it' and the Daily Mail calling it 'unmissable'.

To help make sure you're up to speed before the first episode is broadcast, the Radio Times has helpfully provided profiles of the main characters and cast members in Girlfriends, as well as a guide to the series. What's more, Tuesday's edition of daytime TV show Lorraine went behind-the-scenes to give viewers a sneak preview of what to expect. Asked why Girlfriends is a must-see programme, ZoŽ gave three great reasons: 'it's fun and it's fascinating and it's different'. You can catch up with her full interview on Lorraine via ITV's catch-up service, where it's available for just under a week. Check out today's edition too for more insights into the show.

ZoŽ is the cover star of the latest issues of two popular magazines, Yours and Woman's Weekly, and is interviewed in both. She tells the former about her first impression of Girlfriends: 'I read three episodes and thought they were really good [...] It was something different for me as [put-upon Gail is] not the kind of part I'd normally do and I have been a big fan of Kay's work for many years'. In the latter she talks about the importance of her real-life girlfriends: 'I don't see them very much, but when we do, it's so easy. You can just go, ''Bleurrgh!'' at them and they won't get bored with you - they'll understand, because they know where you've come from and where you've been.'

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Girlfriends is certainly making waves in the media, and the potential is clearly there for it to be a huge hit with TV audiences as well. Enjoy!

With thanks to Karoline for the heads-up about Woman's Weekly.

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