Birthday starring Stephen Mangan - what our bloggers thought
Stephen Mangan looks like he's sporting an unhealthy beer belly, doesn't he? Think again. It's actually a full-term baby hiding under that slightly hairy paunch, and in Sky Arts' new drama Birthday we get to see just what would happen if men were the ones giving birth.
In Birthday, Ed (Mangan) is on an NHS maternity ward, already induced, waiting for a caesarean and the imminent birth of his daughter. With his high-flying executive wife (played by Anna Maxwell Smith) at his side doing her best to remain sympathetic and patient, we follow Ed through the agony, the tears, the humiliation, the anxiety and the ecstasy of labour.
As Mangan says, "for the first time, viewers are able to get right into the delivery room to witness the spectacle of a heavily pregnant man in all his hormonal, bloated, mammary-swollen glory; up close and (maybe a little too) personal."
Five of our lucky bloggers went along to an advance screening in London. They also had the chance to grill Stephen Mangan and writer Joe Penhall in a Q&A session. You can read their thoughts below, and do make sure to catch Birthday when it airs on Tuesday 9th June at 9pm on Sky Arts.
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