What's on TV: Saturday, August 18

The Split

ABC, 8.30pm

Another of those fabulous female-focused series coming out of Britain right now that seamlessly and compelling blend family intrigue with something larger – in this case, family law.

The Split.

The Split.

Defoe's is a top family law practice run by Mrs Defoe and employing the younger Ms Defoe; while Mrs Stern – nee Defoe – is now a senior partner with a rival firm.

It's a rich mix – familial tensions, corporate competition, and all the mess and drama of each divorce case – and showrunner Abi Morgan (The Hour, River) juggles all the parts brilliantly in a naturalistic script that manages to deliver real moments of power. Also on board is our very own Jessica Hobbs (well, she's a Kiwi) who directs with exquisite touch. MH

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