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directed by Audrey Cooke, Kay Mellor, and Jane Prowse
UK 2016


Created by Kay Mellor (PLAYING THE FIELD), IN THE CLUB - the title being a euphemism for being pregnant - is an alternately eye-rolling and heartwarming soapy, comic confection in the style of Mellor's previous series FAT FRIENDS but centered this time around the intertwined lives of a group of women expectant parents who bonded in the first series in pre-natal classes and are here in the second series either expecting more children or still trying to adapt their lives to the ones they have. The less glamorous but more plucky and appealing Carrie Bradshaw-esque baby blogger whose narration imposes meaning upon the weekly goings on is Kim (THE IT CROWD's Katherine Parkinson) whose libido has disappeared since childbirth and she is starting to fear that her baby's father Neil (HEARTBEAT's Jonathan Kerrigan) is going to leave her. She even believes that Neil would be justified in doing so since sleeping with him was a betrayal of her lover Suzie (Tara Fitzgerald, I CAPTURED THE CASTLE with the father of Suzie's sixteen-year-old son Jude (Daniel Breeze) who is expecting a second child with formerly "Fifteen and Frightened" now sixteen-year-old Rosie (EMMERDALE's Hannah Midgley). After the questionable paternity of her first child, Jasmin (Taj Atwal) thinks she is being punished when she learns she may lose the twins she is expecting with husband Dev (Sacha Dhawan, THE HISTORY BOYS). Nosy midwife Vicky (Christine Bottomley, HUSH) finds time to but into the home lives of the group and share confidential information while adapting to life as a single mother since the father of her child has gone off in search of the woman he married to provide her with a green card, and soon finds herself being scapegoated by the hospital when a mother suddenly dies shortly after delivery. Young Shelley (Gemma Dobson) is suffering through her ill-advised surrogate pregnancy for gay couple Andrew (Andrew Buckley) and Nathan (EASTENDERS' Paul Nicholls), but her mother Maxine (CASUALTY's Sandra Huggett) is considering adopting the premature baby she found in the hospital bathroom. With her husband Rick (TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS' Will Mellor) in prison for armed robbery, Diane (WATERLOO ROAD's Jill Halfpenny) is trying to hold onto the house as a harried childminder while worrying over the unequal development of her twin son and daughter (things do not get better when Rick returns home despite his good intentions). Living in a death trap of a flat with her younger artist boyfriend Simon (Luke Thompson, THE SUSPICIONS OF MR. WHICHER) and their child, Roanna (MI-5's Hermione Norris) faces prejudice over her age in seeking even entry level advertising work and finds herself begging ex-husband Ray (DOC MARTIN's John Marquez) - who is still in love with her - for an advance on their settlement of joint business assets. When they are forced to move in with Simon's parents, Roanna not only becomes jealous of Simon's mother's attempts to push Simon towards a more age-appropriate girlfriend (who once drove him to attempt suicide) but she must also contend with the inappropriate behavior of Simon's father (Neil Pearson, BRIDGET JONES' DIARY) who she slept with before meeting Simon.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 3 May 2016 - 7 June 2016 (UK TV)

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DVD Review: Acorn Media - Region 2 - PAL

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Acorn Media

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 5:48:39 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.19 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English HoH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Acorn Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Disc One:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 3:52:31)
� - 2.1 (16:9; 58:12)
� - 2.2 (16:9; 58:12)
� - 2.3 (16:9; 58:12)
� - 2.4 (16:9; 58:12)

� Disc Two:
� Episodes (with 'Play All' option; 1:56:08)
� - 2.5 (16:9; 58:12)
� - 2.6 (16:9; 58:02)
� Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: June 13th, 2016






Acorn UK goes a little lopsided with their presentation, consigning nearly four hours of episodes to the first dual-layer DVD and two hours to the second. The image can be softish at times, although nowhere near as distracting as their horrendously-compressed two-disc set of MR. AND MRS. MURDER (which had been granted four discs stateside). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix is rather basic, dialogue-centered with sparse underscore and sedate sound design. Optional English HoH subtitles are helpful but the accents are likely not so thick as to require them for the non-impaired viewer. The sole extra is a photo gallery. Series 2 is also available in a boxed set with the series 1.

  - Eric Cotenas


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