GameFace TX: 12 Oct 2017, Week
This six-part comedy series follows Marcella as she spiritedly crashes her way through life, assisted by her dubious life-coach, best friends and ever-patient driving instructor. Bouncing back from a seismic break-up, clinging on to her dreams of becoming an actress, and - when she remembers her lessons - finally learning to drive, Marcella is on a mission to change her future for the better. Starring Roisin Conaty as Marcella and packed with wry and idiosyncratic observations, GameFace is a witty, tender and resonant comedy about navigating your thirties when you're under-prepared - but somehow always staying afloat.
EPISODE 1- HERO, WARRIOR, FIREMAN, LIAR
A boozy night has some disastrous consequences for Marcella - including a ruined children’s party, a lot of missed calls from her ex-boyfriend and an unwanted house-guest who’s never seen Friends. Meanwhile her temping job takes an unexpectedly dramatic twist and, in her first life-coaching session, she admits that her dreams of becoming a full time actress aren’t going to plan.
EPISODE 2 - WILD
Marcella’s ex-boyfriend, Simon, re-enters her life with some startling news and further surprises arrive in the shape of his new wife, Tania. In an attempt to clear her head, Marcella sets out on a gung-ho camping trip - which sees her battling unsuccessfully with the great outdoors and ends up bringing her closer to her driving instructor, Jon. In the therapy room she reflects on some of the worst decisions she's made whilst inebriated.
EPISODE 3 - ONION
Marcella's wayward brother, Billy, is coming out of rehab and it isn't long before their sibling squabbles start up again. Her life-coach is on hand to help her work through their differences using some new, questionable methods. Meanwhile, Marcella finally has an audition for an acting role but there's a hitch, she needs to cry in it and no matter what she tries the tears won't come.
EPISODE 4 - SPIDER
Marcella is thrilled to have a role in a film, but her delight is short-lived when her actions accidentally cause the lead actress to have a meltdown. With filming cancelled for the day she finds herself running into Jon and discovers that there's more to him than meets the eye. After a boozy, giddy and confusing evening they re-unite at the film screening, but as the night unfolds it becomes far from the triumphant occasion Marcella had hoped for.
EPISODE 5 - YELLOW STICKERS
Marcella needs to tell her family about Billy's drug problems - but she can't bear to dent her mother’s faith in her golden boy. After contacting her hot-headed father, and finding him to be as unhinged as usual, she reluctantly turns to Simon for help. And, after some soul searching - and typically unhelpful advice from her life-coach - Marcella feels ready to admit her feelings to Jon.
EPISODE 6 - CONCH
A hung-over and guilt-ridden Marcella has to face a date with Jon - whilst haunted by sex-flashbacks from the night before. Jon tries hard to impress but Marcella is called away abruptly when Billy stages his own intervention. Marcella's family and friends gather together but what starts out as an attempt to reach out to Billy quickly turns in to an afternoon of explosions, revelations and a whole lot of singing.
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