From the moment cartoonish sort-of villain Leanne introduces herself as “filler queen, Botox bitch”, you get a feeling that the tone of Age Before Beauty will lean more towards Footballers’ Wives than The Split. Its first few moments are fun and frothy, from the glitzy sparkles that adorn its opening credits to Leanne’s way with a put-down. “My god, she looks her age,” is one of her many cuttingly concise assessments. It is about time someone revived Tanya Turner for the modern age, and Kelly Harrison looks to be having a ball in doing so.
This new six-part drama centres on a hair and beauty salon in Manchester called MirrorBel. It begins as a relatively familiar homecoming story, as oldest sister Bel (Polly Walker) returns