‘In the Club’ writer Kay Mellor returns to ITV with new drama ‘Girlfriends’

ITV has announced the commission of a brand new series from Fat Friends creator Kay Mellor.

The six-part drama will follow three women, Linda, Sue and Gail, each pushing 60 and struggling to cope with what life has to throw at them.

Mellor commented: “I’m delighted that after a long time away I’m once again working for ITV.

Girlfriends is a topic that’s dear to my heart being a woman of a certain age. I did a conference recently where there were a lot of women saying that they felt invisible, both in life and on screen. There was nothing on television that they could relate to; older women were playing characters that were mothers or grandmothers of the main protagonists.

“So I wanted to change things around a bit and put them centre stage – to make the invisible, visible. Linda, Sue and Gail are in the autumn of their lives and in many ways their lives should be sorted, but instead each year brings another set of problems. There are plenty of secrets, lies and revelations that send shockwaves through their friendship – it’s a delicious drama to write and I hope the audience enjoy watching it as much as I’m enjoying writing it.”

The official synopsis reads: “Whilst enjoying a celebratory anniversary cruise, Linda’s husband Micky disappears from their cabin. He’s been hitting the booze hard at the Captain’s table and when he heads back to his cabin on the pretext of finding his glasses Micky is nowhere to be seen.  With the balcony door open, an overturned chair and the curtain billowing aimlessly in the wind, has Micky committed suicide? Or has he accidentally toppled into the sea having consumed one too many cocktails?

“Sue is still a fine looking woman.  She’s never married but …