Best Interests starring Sharon Horgan is hard to watch but it’s worth it

Motherland creator Sharon Horgan is set to star in a new emotional series, which is almost too difficult to watch.

Best Interests, the new BBC series follows a mother who sues the NHS to stop her child from dying.

The haunting series tackles themes like parental terror, inequality and dad dancing. Written by Jack Thorne, the story is told through the perspective of each family member focusing on as well as the doctor.


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Sharon has said that she was nervous about taking on this project and how filming such a complex and heartbreaking series would affect her mentally.

“I was really nervous about how much this was going to f**k me up,” Sharon told The Guardian.

“We spent a lot of time in terrible pain. You have to go to some really awful places to get yourself into that mindset and stay there. Sometimes you come home and go: ‘What kind of a weird job is this?’” she added.

Starring alongside the Bad Sisters actress is Good Omen’s Michael Sheen and Dublin actress Niamh Moriarty.

Niamh was diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy at the age of three. Now at the age of 16, the young actress will play Marnie, a teenage girl with a life-threatening disability.

“When I was a child, I never saw myself on a screen and I think if I did, it would have completely brightened my world.”

Although she has been in the industry since she was 10 years old, the new BBC series is the actress’s first audition for a specifically disabled character.

Niamh hopes to encourage other young disabled actors who may feel isolated within the industry and hopes to rewrite the narrative through her work.

“I hope that they [young people] will feel seen, because when I was a child, I never saw myself on a screen and I think if I did, it would have completely brightened my world and I would have felt so represented,” she said.

The 4-part series Best Interests starts on June 12th at 9pm on BBC One.


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