Fans of The Split, rejoice! The brilliant drama series, created by BAFTA and Emmy® Award winner Abi Morgan (River, The Hour), will return for a third and final season.
Set in the fast-paced, complex world of London’s high-end divorce circuit, The Split is an authentic, multi-layered, witty examination of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce. It follows the messy lives of the Defoe sisters — Hannah, Nina, and Rose — and their formidable mother Ruth.
Reprising their roles for Season 3 are Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Annika) as divorce lawyer Hannah Stern; Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) as Hannah’s barrister husband Nathan; Annabel Scholey (The Salisbury Poisonings) as Hannah’s younger sister and fellow divorce lawyer Nina; Fiona Button (Grantchester) as Hannah’s youngest sister Rose; Deborah Findlay (Cranford) as Hannah’s mother Ruth; and Chukwudi Iwuji (Designated Survivor) as law firm director Alexander “Zander” Zale. Further casting will be confirmed in due course.
(Note: If you haven’t seen Seasons 1 and 2 of The Split, go watch them first, then come back here for details about Season 3, to avoid spoilers. Both are currently available for streaming in the US on Amazon Video and Sundance Now and its digital channels, including Sundance Now on Amazon, and in the UK on Amazon Video and BBC iPlayer.)
Said series creator and writer Abi Morgan:
“It’s great to be back writing for the Defoe Family, and to dive once more into to the complications of their lives and those of their clients. In the final series of this bittersweet trilogy, Hannah faces the heartbreak of her own divorce, and the fight to save her family and her marriage. Siblings clash, past mistakes are exposed and hearts are broken as Noble Hale Defoe notches up more billable hours in the divorce capital of the world.”
Season 3 of The Split opens ten months after Hannah and Nathan’s formerly rock-solid marriage finally fell apart, as the depth of Hannah’s betrayal was revealed. The two professional divorce lawyers have been respectfully negotiating their separation and seemed to have reached an amicable agreement, with Hannah facing what she is about to lose as she and Nathan begin to divide up their 20 years together. However, a shocking revelation dramatically changes the stakes. As the battle lines are redrawn and Hannah and Nathan prepare to go head to head in the legal fight of their lives, their dream of achieving the “good divorce” is left in tatters. Will they find a path through the wreckage, or is the split too deep to repair?
The Split is produced by Sister for BBC One, co-produced with Little Chick and SundanceTV, and was re-commissioned by Piers Wenger, Director of BBC Drama, Charlotte Moore, Chief Content Officer BBC and Kristin Jones, EVP of international programming, AMC Networks.
Season 3 is executive produced by Sister Co-Founder Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl, Giri-Haji), Abi Morgan, Lucy Dyke (Black Mirror, Ripper Street), and Lucy Richer (Small Axe, The Salisbury Poisonings) for the BBC. Dee Koppang O’Leary (Bridgerton, The Crown) boards as the lead director, with Emma Genders stepping into her first producing role. Filming is due to start in 2021.
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