On Tuesday night (September 4), BBC One asked the question 'is monogamy outdated?' with its sexy new drama Wanderlust.
Written by playwright Nick Payne, the six-part series stars Toni Collette, Steven Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton, Royce Pierreson and William Ash.
It follows therapist Joy (Collette) whose sex life with husband Alan (Mackintosh) is anything but joyful.
After she recovers from a near-fatal accident, Joy realises that she wants more from her sex life – perhaps more than Alan's willing to give.
The drama created early buzz for its sex scenes and the show certainly hit the ground running with its post-watershed action – so much so that some viewers felt a little uncomfortable.
Tip: Don't watch Wanderlust with your parents.
17 year-old me watching Skins with my parents: Nothing could be more embarrassing than this.
28 year-old me watching Wanderlust with my parents: 😳😳😳#wanderlust
- Natasha Wynne (@natashaajwynne) September 4, 2018
- Sarah (@SarahMegson) September 4, 2018
My windows are open,my neighbours must think I'm watching porn,with the moaning & groaning in #wanderlust bbc 😂😂
- Tweeting From My Sofa (@SatOnMySofa) September 4, 2018
Honestly if the bodyguard isn’t enough me Mum is watching wanderlust on the BBC and it has hets going at it every 2 minutes pic.twitter.com/cASa0UjK9G
- Rachel (@pearsvns) September 4, 2018
- Vicky Caine (@vickycaine) September 4, 2018
After some disastrous attempts at sex with Alan, Joy ended up back in her office with Marvin, who she met in her hydrotherapy class.
As for what happened next, let's just say she gave him a helping hand, while he helped her realise maybe this whole monogamy thing isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Then, in a surprising turn of events, at the same time Joy was getting friendly with Marvin, Alan found himself at the home of work colleague Claire, who gave him some weed, played him a little bit of Warren G and all of a sudden Alan lost his trousers.
But Wanderlust isn't about infidelity, instead it's about the possibility of an 'open' marriage as Joy and Alan end up confessing their indiscretions to each other and deciding maybe this is the way to go.
While Joy and Alan might have reached an understanding about what's going on, viewers were more divided.
Some declared it one of the best dramas they'd seen all year and praised the stellar cast.
- Kate Bevan BA (Hons), Immodest Woman (@katebevan) September 4, 2018
really enjoyed #Wanderlust. great cast, strange and moving and funny. did a big honking laugh at 'I tossed off a bloke from hydrotherapy.' Also Warren G so COME ON.
- Sarah Phelps (@PhelpsieSarah) September 4, 2018
Refreshing, well paced interesting,and observant modern drama with a great soundtrack to match.
- ray moseley (@raym2012) September 4, 2018
But others were less impressed, finding it too slow and 'middle class'.
#Wanderlust I am afraid that I found this dull, middle class and London centric. I found myself admiring the sets more than the script. Great print of Siouxsie on Claire’s shelves.
- Caroline Cornell (@CarrieCornell) September 4, 2018
Watching Wanderlust and wandering why I bothered. Middle-aged, middle-class, middle-England navel gazing. That's me hooked.
- Adam Powley (@adampowley) September 4, 2018
#wanderlust Boringly middle class. Hope it improves.
- englishteachervng (@engteachervng) September 4, 2018
Finding this #wanderlust boring and overhyped. Sex scenes over actual content
- Amy wardle (@Amywardle5) September 4, 2018
- Hayley Louise 💜 (@frazzles_15) September 4, 2018
Wanderlust continues next Tuesday (September 11) on BBC One at 9pm. Outside of the UK, it will stream on Netflix.
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