Season 1 – 3 Stars
Season 2 – 1 Star
Meet the dysfunctional family whose central character Leo played by Iain Glen. He is having an affair with his first wife, Gina, played by Dawn French. Twenty years earlier, he left her for a younger woman named Sam, played by Emilia Fox. At one time he and Gina owned a hotel, were both celebrated chefs. He now runs that hotel with Sam.
Leo makes a mess of his life when his current wife discovers he’s shagging his first wife on the side. When he finally decides to ask for forgiveness and confess his love to his second wife, he ups and dies by accidentally taking too much heart medication. He leaves behind a bankrupt estate, debts, children that no one knows about, and a convoluted mess of relationships. If that weren’t bad enough, Gina, his first wife has been holding onto a secret of her own that her mentally disturbed daughter, Teresa, is unaware exists.
The tale waffles between the odd and often strained relationship of Gina and Sam who attempted to keep the hotel afloat after Leo’s passing. They have their own secret buried in the backyard that will eventually come to haunt them. Joe and Sam have an 18-year-old son named Michael who has a nearly incestuous relationship with his supposed half-sister. It’s another storyline that plays out to a surprising conclusion. Among the two seasons an old lover returns, Gina’s father shows up who she hates, the police are investigating money laundering, and another secret in the closet that Leo has held quiet for twenty years emerges.
Season one was mildly entertaining in the fact that dead Leo narrates the story and occasionally appears to his daughter and Gina. However, when season two rolls around, the storyline crashes into the ridiculous, making me wonder what hallucinations the writer entertained The ending makes absolutely no sense, and if it were a book, I probably would have thrown it against the wall. Just when things are all coming together for the good of everyone involved, Gina goes off the deep end with no rational reason for her behavior whatsoever. By the end, her character and the audience’s relationship with her turns from tolerable to absolute hatred.
If you’re curious, give it a watch only if nonsensical endings do not get the best of you.