This Is Our Family

The Borgs

Series 1 - Episode 1 The Borgs

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Review

Observational docs aren’t what you associate with Sky Atlantic, so this feels like a departure. Four families have agreed to let cameras follow them over several years and the result, in this opener at least, is a closely observed look at deep emotional currents in ordinary lives.

In Newport, south Wales, Emma and her boxing coach boyfriend Tony are getting engaged – a surprise to their friends, because he already has eight children and she has four. Not all his children approve of the new match and, crucially, one of Emma’s will be missing from the wedding. The film gradually reveals why, in an affecting look at acceptance, regret and fresh starts.

Summary

Documentary following four families from across the UK, who tell the stories of their lives over the course of three years, beginning with the Borgs in Newport, Wales.
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