The story starts with a one-night stand: a fling that isn’t meant to have a future. Two people in their early forties—Audrey, a woman who “smells amazingly good”, and Frank, a “sturdy lover”—experience the two most intense days of their lives. But Frank’s departure back to Seattle is looming, and there are just a few minutes left for them to engage in the huge wave of passion that has overcome them before he goes. One last little quickie in the stairwell, perhaps? It can be infuriating for single people to be constantly told that someday, they’ll “find love.” But that’s exactly the type of happenstance that Catastrophe is all about.
That’s where the story was supposed to end. But a few months later, Frank gets a phone call and finds out that Audrey is pregnant; he decides to pack everything up and move to Montreal to be with her. The sharp quips about sex, uncertainties and passion keep rolling, but Catastrophe’s main appeal is that behind the salacious dialogue, the story depicted in the series is a positive one. Catastrophe is about love’s power to change lives.
Super Écran (Bell Media)
12 x 30 min./French language
Starring: Julie Perreault, Rossif Sutherland, Gilbert Sicotte, Jean-Nicolas Verreault, Patrick Hivon, Sandra Dumaresq, Daniel Parent, Christiane Pasquier, and Veronique Le Flaguais.
Director: Louise Archambault
Quebec adaptation: Maryse Warda
Script editing: Daniel Michaud
Line producer: Sophie Polgari
Producers: Richard Gariépy, Daniel Michaud and Denis Savard
Based on Catastrophe, written by Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan, produced by Avalon Television Ltd, Birdbath Productions, and Merman Films.