Set in 1988, Frayed follows the journey of Sammy Cooper (Sarah Kendall), a fabulously wealthy London housewife who is forced to return to her hometown in Newcastle, Australia. In coming home, Sammy must revisit her past and the events that led her to flee as a teenager years ago.

Nominated for 5 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards including Best Comedy Program.

Screening now on Sky One and NOW TV (UK), ABC TV and iview (Australia) and Netflix.

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Season 1: 6 x 45’ | Season 2: 6 x 45'

London, 1988.

Simone Burbeck’s life appears perfect. She lives in a mansion with her perfect husband and children, and her life is a merry-go-round of expensive renovations, dinner parties and school fundraisers.

There’s just one problem: it’s all lies. When her husband has a fatal heart attack in a disastrous session with a sex worker, the true state of their finances is revealed. Simone is broke, homeless and a social outcast. With no other options, and two teenage children to care for, she is forced to return to her family home in Newcastle, Australia. It turns out Simone’s past isn’t quite the story that she told everyone in London. Nothing about Simone is what it appears to be. Oh, and her real name is Sammy.

Sammy plans to cool her heels in Newcastle while she figures out a strategy to get back to London. However, the life and the people she ran away from over 20 years ago slowly pull her back in. Sammy thought she could simply shut the door on her past. But her past is about to bash that door down.

A Merman production in association with Guesswork Television for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Sky in association with Create NSW.


CAST: Sarah Kendall, Kerry Armstrong, Challito Browne, Trystan Go, Frazer Hadfield, George Houvardas, Maggie Ireland-Jones, Alexandra Jensen, Ben Mingay, Diane Morgan, Matt Passmore, Dalip Sondhi, Robert Webb, Doris Younane

DIRECTED BY: Shaun Wilson & Jennifer Leacey

PRODUCER: Nicole O'Donohue

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Clelia Mountford, Sharon Horgan & Kevin Whyte