All any of us wants, really, particularly at stressful times, is for people to tell us stories. We gather round the glowing screen instead of a fire at night now, but the fundamental need doesn’t change. And here is Kay Mellor, just when we need her. The creator of Band of Gold, Fat Friends and my eternal favourite Playing the Field is set to see us through half a dozen dark winter nights with her new collection of roiling plotlines about a gaggle of northern women you would give your eyeteeth to know in real life, entitled Girlfriends (ITV).
The announcement that Mellor’s latest creation would be about and star three women over 50 literally made the News at Ten. Let us sigh,