Am I unreasonable? review: Mumsnet beware, Daisy May Cooper is back at her abrasive best

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Am I being unreasonable?, or AIBU for short, is the name of a notorious forum on the Mumsnet website where parents can share their potentially controversial opinions. The now-ubiquitous phrase called comedy in theatrical terms—and an encouragingly bold one at that. I’m looking forward to Mumsnetters debating its merits in posts that start with “AIBU or is AIBU a bit…”

Co-writer and actress Daisy May Cooper, who received a mantelpiece full of Bafta awards for rural mockumentary This Country, Am I unreasonable? (BBC One) returns to the same Cotswolds setting – only Cooper has swapped the teenage tracksuits for glittery coats and Smeg wine coolers for this clever adult comedy.

The six episodes follow Nic (Cooper), an unhappily married mother of one – mostly because she’s privately grieving someone she can’t talk about. So far she has managed to keep her dark secret hidden. When he spots a kindred spirit in Jen (co-creator Selin Hizli, Cooper’s best friend in real life) on the school run, they immediately form a close alliance. Can Nic trust this mysterious newcomer?

Cooper has described the series as “genreless” and defies categorization. It goes from romance to thriller to horror, sometimes within the same scene. Critics usually complain that none of them quite succeed, but that would miss the point of this endlessly surprising series.

Just when it looks like the show is going to be about an obsessed female friendship, it pulls the rug out. Nico’s grief, revealed in a flashback, is gut-wrenching, while beneath all the mischief lies a poignant love story. Frightened jumps are nerve-wracking. There are many unreliable witnesses.

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