One thing I looked up as soon as I read the script was how common property fraud was – because it's never happened to anyone I know. But it seems that it is becoming more and more common [according to ONS statistics, fraud increased by 26% between 2019 and 2021, with 26% of cases resulting in the loss of property or money] in a world where we live so much of our lives online, especially during something like a pandemic where everything becomes very online. I bought my place during the pandemic, and almost everything was via email. You’re trusting your life savings with someone based on phone calls with the bank, and if these people aren’t who they say they are it’s so much easier to [get conned] now.
Another thing that I, and I'm sure other people, realised during COVID was how important the home is. We spent so much time there – particularly when the world had gone crazy. It reflects who you are. It's your safe space as a family or a couple or a person. And you have everything that you own in it. It's your personality like in a box. When that's taken away from you, you find out very quickly who you are or who you're not. And what defines you. Reading something like this, and hopefully watching something like this, everyone can put themselves in that position, even if they don't happen to be like Fi and Bram [the two main characters] who are in our version of the story quite privileged, and have this big, beautiful house. Regardless of the money you spend and the size of your house, it's still your castle. And when that's taken away, it forces you to ask some very difficult questions about your life.
Your character Fi, in Our House, divorces her husband Bram after he has an affair. Marital breakdown is a hot topic right now - particularly with a rise in divorce filings coinciding with the pandemic. Why is it important to see these narratives being explored on screen?
Many people have been through divorces and relationship breakdowns. So we wanted to do that story justice. Almost 50% of marriages end in divorce, and so many of us have been affected by it, if not directly then indirectly if our parents or friends have gone through it. It was important to, to look intimately and delicately and to sort of see both sides of the story, because there always are two sides of the story. It's not even so much that they do divorce wrong, because there is no right. It's always painful. It's always difficult. It's always so individual and personal and you make the decisions based on what you think is right for each other. And also for the kids, if you have them.
In the show, Fi and Bram try birdnesting, each living in the family home for part of the week respectively and renting somewhere elsewhere. Do you think that seems like a good compromise, for divorced couples to try?