Frayed. Image shows left to right: Tess Burbeck (Maggie Ireland-Jones), Rufus (Robert Webb), Sammy Burbeck (Sarah Kendall), Fiona (Diane Morgan), Jean Cooper (Kerry Armstrong). Credit: Merman, Sky


  • TV comedy drama
  • Sky One / Sky Max
  • 2019 - 2022
  • 12 episodes (2 series)

Comedy following an Australian woman whose life is turned upside down, and has to confront the truths from her past. Stars Sarah Kendall, Frazer Hadfield, Maggie Ireland-Jones, Kerry Armstrong, Diane Morgan and more.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 5,227

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Series 1, Episode 1

Frayed. Image shows from L to R: Lenny Burbeck (Frazer Hadfield), Sammy Burbeck (Sarah Kendall), Tess Burbeck (Maggie Ireland-Jones). Copyright: Merman
Simeone Cooper is a fabulously wealthy London housewife who'd rather forget her antipodean adolescence. However, when fate brings her and her two teenagers back to her hometown, Simeone must revisit the past and finally face up to the friends and family she left behind.

Further details

The year is 1989. The Wall is about to come down, Phil Collins is bothering the charts, and thanks to Crocodile Dundee the world is in the midst of a short-lived infatuation with Australian culture.

The same can't be said for Simeone Cooper, a fabulously wealthy London housewife who'd rather forget her antipodean adolescence. However, when fate brings her and her two teenagers back to her hometown, Simeone must revisit the past and finally face up to the friends and family she left behind, and only ever knew her as "Sammy".

Broadcast details

Thursday 26th September 2019
Sky One
60 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 26th September 2019 10:00pm Sky1
Friday 27th September 2019 1:00am Sky2
Saturday 28th September 2019 10:00pm Sky2
Saturday 28th September 2019 11:00pm Sky1
Thursday 3rd October 2019 12:30am Sky1
Thursday 6th January 2022 10:00pm Sky Max

Cast & crew

Sarah Kendall Sammy Burbeck
Frazer Hadfield Lenny Burbeck
Maggie Ireland-Jones Tess Burbeck
Kerry Armstrong Jean Cooper
Diane Morgan Fiona
George Houvardas Chris George MP
Ben Mingay Jim Cooper
Doris Younane Beverly Spray
Robert Webb Rufus
Trystan Go Bo
Alexandra Jensen Abby Harris
Matt Passmore Dan Atkins
Guest cast
Challito Browne Wade
Sarah Aubrey Mrs Porter
Gina Bramhill Mae
Cass Cumerford Beach Tramp
Alan Dearth Headmaster Fletcher
Kerry Godliman Bambi
Chantelle Jamieson Eleanor
Rufus Jones Wilko
Paul Putner Bailiff
Shaun Robinson Dean
Christopher Stollery Terry Harris
Georgina Symes Deanne
Sharon Horgan Norma Staircastle (Voice)
Writing team
Sarah Kendall Writer
Lauren Merolli Script Executive
Production team
Shaun Wilson Director
Nicole O'Donohue Producer
Clelia Mountford Executive Producer
Sharon Horgan Executive Producer
Kevin Whyte Executive Producer
Morwenna Gordon Executive Producer
Rick Kalowski Executive Producer
Que Minh Luu Executive Producer
Sally Riley Executive Producer
Lisa Wang Line Producer
Sarah Kendall Associate Producer
Rebecca Kerley Line Producer
Mark Henson Editor
Fiona Donovan Production Designer
Kirsty McGregor Casting Director
Nina Edwards Costume Designer
Matthew Temple Director of Photography
Sheldon Wade Make-up Designer
Bryony Marks Composer
Bobbie Cousins Production Designer
Allison Wyldeck Costume Designer
James Rhodes Director of Photography
Lulu Hall Make-up Designer
Tom Read 1st Assistant Director
Andy Lumsden 1st Assistant Director


Frayed review

It's not your typical riches to rags story admittedly and the first half was so strong that I hope that the decline in the second was just due to scene setting and introducing a whole host of regular characters very quickly.

Alex Finch, Comedy To Watch, 27th September 2019

Sarah Kendall on new comedy Frayed

"I don't like TV shows where family members love each other."

Eleanor Bley Griffiths, Radio Times, 27th September 2019

Sarah Kendall's homecoming comedy will make you wince

"Every man has a lurking desire to appear considerable in his native place," observed Dr Johnson. In his case, that place was Lichfield. For Sarah Kendall, a comedian from Australia who moved to London in 2000, it is Newcastle in New South Wales.

David Sexton, Evening Standard, 26th September 2019

TV review: Frayed, Sky One

It's funny but one senses by the end of the first episode, that maybe like those monologues, there is something darker lurking under the surface.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 26th September 2019

Frayed review - like a nightmare on Ramsay Street

Samantha has a dream life in London. But when her husband dies in a sexually compromising situation, she ends up broke, desperate and Down Under.

Lucy Mangan, The Guardian, 26th September 2019

Frayed, Sky One, review

Despite a wobbly start, Frayed shows huge potential and while the jokes are few, they are funny.

Emily Baker, i Newspaper, 26th September 2019

Frayed, episode one, review

A pungent Eighties-set comedy that doesn't know how far to take the joke.

Jasper Rees, The Telegraph, 26th September 2019

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