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dOCTOR FOSTER shows us about some of us

An enjoyable TV show dealing with some difficult issues with the main focus being infidelity. We saw how upper – middle class families can be broken up by the weakness of men and the jealous rage of a woman. These days it can be deemed as sexist, or at least backward to put the genders in such crude boxes but there is a reality to some of the stereotypes of the past, and it usually makes for entertaining television at least. Romance and love have been framed typically throughout media history which has limited the concepts to a few worn out ideas. Books, magazines, radio & movies have sold society a clear cut version of what relationships should look like, and because we spend years of our lives sitting in front of the TV and allowing media into our minds, that made up version tends to look eerily familiar each time. To not over complicate narratives, we’re given the good and the bad in nice neat boxes, which make it easy for us to digest as the audience. When the jealous girlfriend shouts at the dopey boyfriend for staring at another girl, we’re given the most obvious action and reactions which appeal to our already preconceived notions about these situations. Maybe it’s a more defined way of connecting with the audience if you portray a scenario which is familiar and clear, but we all know the reality of every relationship disagreement is more complicated than what it seems. Doctor Foster is a successful woman and a budding member of the community whose life is ripped apart when her husband who she shares a child with is revealed to have had a secret lover and a second life. We’re taken on a journey through emotional pain and suffering but left with a reasonable amount of moral ambiguity when it comes to the outcome.

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