Obsession (2023 TV series)

Obsession is a British erotic thriller television miniseries co-written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Benji Walters, based on the novel Damage (1991) by Josephine Hart. Starring Charlie Murphy, Richard Armitage, Indira Varma and Sonera Angel, the series was released on Netflix on 13 April 2023.

GenreErotic thriller
Based onDamage
by Josephine Hart
Screenplay by
Directed by
Country of origin
  • France
  • United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producers
  • Matthew Read
  • Frith Triplady
  • Alison Jackson
ProducerGina Carter
Running time33–43 minutes
Production companies
Original release
Release13 April 2023 (2023-04-13)

Synopsis edit

William is a surgeon who begins an affair with his son Jay's fiancée Anna. William soon becomes obsessed with Anna, which threatens his career and life.[1]

Cast edit

Episodes edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Episode 1"UnknownUnknownApril 13, 2023 (2023-04-13)
2"Episode 2"UnknownUnknownApril 13, 2023 (2023-04-13)
3"Episode 3"UnknownUnknownApril 13, 2023 (2023-04-13)
4"Episode 4"UnknownUnknownApril 13, 2023 (2023-04-13)

Production edit

The series is produced by Gaumont Film Company and Moonage Productions. Gina Carter is producer with Moonage’s Matthew Read and Frith Triplady, and Gaumont’s Alison Jackson as executive producers. Armitage, Varma, Murphy and Shah were cast in spring 2022 when the production had the working title Damage.[3]

It was co-written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Benji Walters and based on the book Damage by Josephine Hart. The novel was adapted into the 1992 film Damage starring Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson and Jeremy Irons. Richardson's performance garnered her the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.[4] Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa were directors on the series. Filming locations included a set at Twickenham Film Studios.[5]

The four-part series has been described as an ‘erotic thriller’.[6] Discussing the sex scenes within the project Lloyd Malcolm told Zoe Williams of The Guardian that “The book is so particular about the kind of sex they’re having and the way they do it and how that feeds into their relationship.” She added that “it has to be quite a vanilla version of kink, because it’s mainstream TV” but it “was really important to me to not be saying anything like: ‘BDSM sex is bad sex,’”[7]

Broadcast edit

The series began streaming on Netflix on Thursday April 13, 2023.[8][9]

Reception edit

The series was met with negative reviews from TV critics and audiences.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ Whittington, Paul (8 April 2023). "Obsession star Charlie Murphy: 'You have to have a really happy set to go to those dark places —Love/Hate was one of the happiest'". Independent.ie. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – Obsession on Netflix". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  3. ^ Ritman, Alex (17 March 2022). "Richard Armitage, Indira Varma Cast in Netflix Adaptation of Erotic Thriller 'Damage'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  4. ^ Devore, Britta (29 March 2023). "Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy Get Hot and Heavy in a Trailer for Netflix's 'Obsession'". Collider. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  5. ^ Fletcher, Alex (30 March 2023). "Obsession: Everything you need to know about the Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy erotic thriller". bt.com. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  6. ^ Shillcock, Francesca (30 March 2023). "Happy Valley star joins Richard Armitage in Netflix's racy new thriller". Hello. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  7. ^ Williams, Zoe (31 March 2023). "'The all-consuming orgasm': how erotic thriller Obsession takes sex to the next level". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  8. ^ Hibbs, James (29 March 2023). "Richard Armitage and Charlie Murphy in trailer for "seductive" Obsession". Radio Times. Retrieved 10 April 2023.
  9. ^ Obsession (2023), retrieved 15 April 2023
  10. ^ "Obsession". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 April 2023.

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