Ellen E Jones, in The Guardian recommends The Undoing, for the whodunit miniseries vacant slot in your evenings. October 2020.
Come for Nicole Kidman, in the hope that this new HBO miniseries will fill the Big Little Lies-shaped hole in your weekly viewing schedule, but stay for Hugh Grant. The roll that Grant has been on since Paddington 2 and A Very English Scandal continues with another mildly self-satirising role: he plays Jonathan Fraser, the witty, British and – if you like that sort of thing – sexy husband of Kidman’s elegant New Yorker, Grace.
Grace and Jonathan are living a wealthy, urban idyll on the Upper East Side (their school run is a stroll across a snowy Central Park), with busy careers as a therapist and paediatric oncologist, respectively. Work does not seem to impinge too much on their happy marriage, healthy sex life and easy-going parenting of their only child Henry (Noah Jupe), and Grace does it all in an enviable, jewel-toned wardrobe of velvet, chiffon and satin.
If any part of this life seems out of balance, it’s their cloistered social circle, centred on Reardon, the elite private school that Henry attends. Grace is a member of the school’s powerful parents committee but, we infer, is spared the indignity of having to jostle too hard for this position, since her wealthy and physically imposing father (Donald Sutherland) is a major donor. She instead derives a sense of security and personal authority from her own career.