Simone de Beauvoir's Babies
(1997). TV series. Dir. Kate Woods. With Sally Cooper, Anne Looby, Leverne McDonnell.
A show focusing on the dilemmas of thirtysomething women making knotty choices about careers, romance, children, and marriage.
Karla, Louise, Susan, and Diane meet up at a high-school reunion after 20 years out in the real world. Three of
the women form a pact to strike out on their own, find sperm donors, and become single mothers; the fourth, Diane, ridicules
the plan and suggests that babies are not the only path to fulfillment for women. Along the way, the friends explore
heartache, ancient hurts, new wonders, and self-discovery.Character
: Ian Notes
David, playing a sweet, laid-back assistant to one of the female characters, helps her get pregnant. He won
an AFI award ("Best Actor in a Leading Role - Television or Drama") for his performance as Ian. Patience is
an asset when viewing this four-part series - David hardly appears in the first two episodes - but faith is amply rewarded with
some very, very funny sequences involving a turkey baster and a pair of skis. (Not at the same time, we hasten to add.)Drool
Davidity: C+. C due to lack of screentime, but a + for the quality of the scenes.
Availability: Region 4 only.