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Scottish. Wed 16 Apr. 9pm 0000

A fruity tale with an actually credible Friel

As fruits go. watermelons are wet. insipid and generally uninspiring. Which. until now. was pretty much how I viewed Anna Friel. Like a British Winona Ryder, the predictability of her acting style has meant it's failed to pack a punch since those scandalous Brookside days. Yet, unlike the eponymous starter, Watermelon leaves you pleasantly satisfied. and it‘s thanks largely to Ms Friel and her surprisingly credible Dublin accent.

Feisty young graduate. Claire, heads for London and a glamourous job in publishing, her wearisome boyfriend Adam (Ciaran McMenamin) in tow. But her ability to out-lie Pinocchio soon gets Claire in trouble, sending her back home to mum and dad. via another man’s bed and a maternity ward.

Based on the novel by Marian Keyes. Watermelon treats young motherhood far more realistically than that other Friel vehicle, Mad Cows. Struggling to adjust to lone parenthood. Claire continues to party hard, offering to mix her sister a White Russian with breast milk. while two- week-old Kate looks on from her cot. But somehow, despite Claire's recklessness, drunkenness and aversion to honesty, Friel keeps us firmly

on side.

We want new love, James (Jamie Draven) to forgive. forget and follow her to Dublin; Adam to accept his responsibility for Kate; and mum and dad (Brenda Fricker and Sean McGinley - both born to the roles) to stand by her. What we don‘t want is another romantic comedy that ends in a mad dash to the airport. Ah well, three out of four ain‘t bad. (Kelly Apter)

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