Personal Affairs (BBC-3 2009 with Maimie McCoy and Annabel Scholey)

UK / BBC Three – 2AMTV / 1×70 minute episode 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 June – 14 July 2009 Tuesdays @ 9.00pm

Creator: Gabbie Asher / Script Editor: Lucy Guy / Technical Advisors: Christian Howells, Kenny Mcguire / Production Design: Mike Gunn / Costumes: Louise Allen / Music: Nina Humphreys / Opening Titles: Grant Gilbert / Executive Producers: Susie Conklin, Amanda Martin, Anne Mensah / Producer: Gillian McNeill / Director: Ashley Way

A strange mix of thriller and soap style drama Personal Affairs focuses on five personal assistants working for busy city financial firm Hartmann Payne. Midge dreams of being a reality TV star, Sid has secret plans to embezzle a fortune from the company, Lucy aspires to become a partner, Nicole just wants to be rich whilst Grace has just had a proposal of marriage from her boss. When Grace goes missing suddenly it opens up a whole can of worms that promises to change the lives of the girls forever.

Smart and funny but just a bit too knowing and a bit too seedy at times. Lots of cleverness though, a great touch with the girls all being seen different by each boss as they arrive, from slut to the perfect fifties secretary. As the episodes progress the show seems undecided whether to go down the soap/romance side of the street or for the thriller angles and consequently ends up being neither one nor the other.

LAURA AIKMAN as Lucy Baxter
OLIVIA GRANT as Grace Darling
MAIMIE McCOY as Nicole Palmer-Amory
RUTH NEGGA as Dorus Siddiqi
ANNABEL SCHOLEY as Michelle Lerner
MARK BENTON as Iain Ebelthite
DARREN BOYD as Simon Turner
EMILY BRUNI as Rachel Klein
ROBERT GRANT as Rock van Gelder
JOE ABSOLOM as Bob Baxter
KIERAN BEW as Avi Gellman
JAMIE DAVIS as Robbie Gascoine
JEREMY SHEFFIELD as Dr Richard Palmer
AL WEAVER as Crawford Crawford
MICHAEL FENNER as Judge Wilkes
RUSSELL BARR as Cruella de Thrill
RON COOK as Bernie Lerner
GARETH THOMAS as Leo Hartmann
BEN LLOYD-HUGHES as Dominic Fitz-Wallace