26 October 2020 18:47
HBO's latest star-studded drama sees the life of an affluent couple left in tatters when accusations emerge about their involvement in a murder. Nicole Kidman leads the cast as relationship therapist Grace Fraser, who is horrified to discover that her own husband is seemingly not the man she thought he was. Fans of crime drama should have no trouble getting hooked into this intriguing mystery, which is based on the novel You Should Have Known by author Jean Hanff Korelitz. In our The Undoing review, we said that while the series doesn't try anything particularly revolutionary, it is nevertheless a competently made drama and a highly entertaining watch. The series comes courtesy of Big Little Lies writer David E Kelley and co-stars Donald Sutherland, Noah Jupe, Edgar Ramirez and Noma Dumezweni.
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Jonathan is an oncologist and devoted father, while their son attends one of the top schools in the city. Then all of a sudden Grace's life implodes as her husband disappears and questions are raised about his true identity. Sky says: "Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself." The drama is based on the novel You Should Have Known, by Jean Hanff Korelitz. Kidman reunites with Big Little Lies creator David E Kelley, who is on-board as writer and showrunner for The Undoing; he's joined by Susanne Bier as the director. In September, the official trailer revealed that the inciting moment comes when a mother is bludgeoned to death – with the suggestion that Jonathan (Grant) is somehow connected. Grant has already teased the "creepy" inspiration he used to prepare for the role of the "smooth" oncologist, expressing his distrust of doctors' bedside manners. The Undoing cast Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant play successful couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser, whose lives are turned upside down when a violent death sets off a horrific chain of revelations. Édgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) portrays Detective Joe Mendoza, while A Quiet Place's Noah Jupe plays Grace and Jonathan's son Henry. The Undoing cast also features a range of seasoned actors, including Donald Sutherland (Citizen X, The Hunger Games), Ismael Cruz Cordova (Mary Queen of Scots), Lila Rabe (American Horror Story), Noma Dumezweni (Mary Poppins Returns), Fala Chen and Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing). The Undoing reviews In a four-star review, RadioTimes.com called The Undoing an entertaining watch, but criticised it for not making more experimental creative decisions. The casting of Hollywood A-listers Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant proved somewhat distracting, as neither actor was able to fully disappear into their roles. Fortunately, thanks to a sturdy script and an intriguing murder mystery, The Undoing is able to succeed regardless, although crime drama fans will be all too familiar with its simple structure. Generally, reviews for The Undoing have been positive, but some critics have taken issue with its slow pace and lack of thought-provoking themes. Is there a trailer for The Undoing? The official trailer For The Undoing was released in September, and revealed the catalyst for the series: the gruesome murder of a fourth-grade mother by bludgeoning. Following her death, the central couple are quickly surrounded by paparazzi and involved with the police and lawyers, although it's not clear how they're connected to the woman's murder. HBO released The Undoing's first teaser trailer back in March, with Nicole Kidman's character Grace talking about her "idea of the perfect life", which then begins to crumble after a horrific event takes place – the nature of which wasn't yet revealed. In August, HBO released another mysterious teaser. "It's what rich, entitled people do when threatened," Noma Dumezweni's character is heard saying. A further teaser, titled 'The Thrill', was released during this year's remote Emmys, during which Kidman's character speaks about the "the thrill of adultery" – suggesting she may be speaking from experience. The Undoing will premiere on HBO in the US on Sunday 25th October, and on Sky Atlantic in the UK on Monday 26th October – check out what else is on with our TV Guide. Want the top news headlines sent to your inbox daily? Sign up to our FREE newsletter below Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The Undoing is the latest drama series heading to our screens. The miniseries from HBO is based on the 2014 novel 'You Should Have Known' by Jean Hanff Korelitz and will premiere in the UK on October 26 via Sky Atlantic and NowTV. It stars award-winning actors Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant who play devoted married couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser. The story follows Grace, who's seemingly perfect world is rocked by a violent death and when her husband goes missing, a chain of terrible revelations emerges. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself. The series also features Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Edgar Ramirez (American Crime Story), Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games). The show will air weekly on Mondays on Sky Atlantic and NowTV in the UK, with the first episode premiering on October 26. Then you can catch each episode on Sky Atlantic for Sky customers, while non-Sky customers can stream it with a NowTV Entertainment Pass. The pass comes with a free seven-day trial and then costs £9.99 per month with no contract, so you can cancel at anytime. To find out more and to sign up to watch The Undoing go to nowtv.com. HBO's The Undoing is the latest decadent thriller from Big Little Lies alums David E. Kelley and Nicole Kidman. Set in the lavish world inhabited by Manhattan's upper class, The Undoing follows a celebrity psychologist whose world turns upside down when her picture perfect surgeon husband becomes entangled in a hideous crime. While the show's cast boasts mega stars like Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, and Donald Sutherland, the first episode is downright stolen by the newcomer playing Elena. We first meet Elena when Kidman's character Grace attends a meeting for prep school moms. Elena is not only younger than the rest of the committee parents, but notably the mother of a scholarship student at the fictional Reardon. After their meeting, Grace keeps meeting Elena in strange places. However the next day, Grace learns Elena has been violently murdered and Grace's husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant) has seemingly disappeared. When she's alive, Elena is portrayed as a loving mother. She possesses a natural sensuality and air of mystery. All of this make her an enigmatic character in the thriller…and open up a whole lot of questions about her background, who killed her, and why she was murdered. But who's the actress playing his hypnotic part? Who plays Elena in The Undoing? WHO PLAYS ELENA IN HBO'S THE UNDOING? Elena is played by 25-year-old Italian actress and singer Matilda De Angelis. WHERE ELSE CAN I SEE THE UNDOING STAR MATILDA DE ANGELIS? Matilda De Angelis has previously appeared in the films Italian Race, A Family, and Youtopia. This year she co-starred in the rom-com Devine and next year she'll appear in the series Leonardo. Where to stream The Undoing