Season one devotees of this fine and ground-breaking series will not be disappointed by this follow up. Essentially the same format but a year on and we find Paul relocated both in geography and in status. Those who have been through divorce after a long marriage will recognise the sense of the wound, the worry, and the wildness that seems to accompany Paul almost everywhere he goes. Although the main action is still, quite rightly, in the therapy room (a much darker setting than in the last series) we see more glimpses of Paul outside in the world. Therapist viewers will wince knowingly at the short scene in which Paul is reluctantly regaled by a fellow passenger's life story on the train. Worryingly, Paul has become an accident waiting to happen, and his therapeutic interventions and judgements are even more risky and questionable than in the first series; but his heart is still in the right place, even if it's aching and in need of attention; though perhaps the kind of attention Paul's heart really needs isn't to be found in therapy. The sessions with Gina who still falls somewhere between therapist and supervisor, are as complex and powerful as ever. The clients are all new, each of them will draw the viewer in and we'll each have our favourites... for me, Walter stands out, but the acting and performances are top notch right across the cast.
One tip, do NOT watch the TV series on SKY, it's ruined by adverts that were absent from season one. Instead, buy the DVD, sit back, watch one episode a night, and enjoy.
Kevin Chandler, therapist and author Listening in: A Novel of Therapy and Real Life