When I was younger I was not a good man. I was extremely cruel, particularly towards women, and as part of treatment for that I was allowed to work in a centre for abused women for three years. Working there brought up a lot of questions about the ways people interact on the worst level, but the simplest question was the one that inspired me to write Fun.
What might have happened if I hadn’t got better?
Logline: A modern romance show that follows the lives and families of two cheaters. One, deeply in love with two people and raising two families, and the other, a charismatic womaniser.
A new take on the relationship drama in the vein of Cold Feet combined with the cruel wit of Nurse Jackie, Fun follows the lives of two people, each engaged in multiple relationships but with very different motivations.
MyAnna is the kind of woman who never felt complete about holding anything until it was broken in her hand.Her husband, Gavin, is lively, dynamic, curious and funny, and there’s no doubt that he, MyAnna and their two children love each other very much. Unbeknownst to him, however, MyAnna spends the other half of her week with her passionate, fiercely intelligent girlfriend Radhika. Torn between the people she loves and the families she has started with each of them, MyAnna becomes chronically anxious and unable to deal with her guilt. After a severe anxiety attack, she is told to seek the advice of a therapist.
Harry, on the other hand, is a man whose heart would beat faster if only the world were just a little more crooked than it already is. Charismatic, compassionate and even romantic, he is nevertheless a malicious womaniser, going through life finding new and innovative ways to woo, and subsequently hurt, those he deems worthy. However, he also works as a therapist, a job at which he excels, and he is about to get a new patient.
Throughout the series, these people interact with each other and their own secrets, each trying, and failing, to carry on their lives as before. MyAnna attempts to raise children in two households and maintain relationships with two very different people, while ensuring that the truth about each household never comes out. At the same time, Harry must struggle with an unsustainable addiction, and through his interactions with MyAnna begins to ask himself the question that may ruin him. What if you can only truly be cruel to someone you are in love with? What if it’s only truly cruel if you’re doing it despite how much you care about them?
Tonally, the phrase I like to use is “a guilty pleasure”. While essentially a domestic or relationship drama, Fun offers a new perspective on this familiar ground, looking at issues from the point of view of people who are not trying to live decent lives. Any storyline that you’d see in Cold Feet, Parenthood, Coronation Street or Friends, we can do here, but with the sharp edge of the cruelty that underlies them in this new context.
Audiences will feel the suspense of frail and failing secrecy, the warmth of seeing families come together, the joy of watching enigmatic characters fall for one another, and the heartache that comes from witnessing their acts of cruelty. Even with this in mind, the show is dedicated to making the main characters fascinating and watchable through their humour and the genuine compassion and love with which they act towards the things they choose to care about. In short, MyAnna and Harry are two unquestionably bad people but that doesn’t make us want to watch them any less.
Overall, this is a series about the divisions between fun and malice, about whether or not guilt is a redeeming quality, about complicated and messy characters, and about seeing a big and beautiful world through a darker pair of eyes.