The Duchess (TV series)

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The Duchess
GenreComedy drama
Created byKatherine Ryan
Written byKatherine Ryan
Directed byToby MacDonald
Music byOli Julian
Opening theme"Woman" by Diana Gordon[a]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes6
Executive producers
  • Katherine Ryan
  • Petra Fried
  • Murray Ferguson
  • Dave Becky
  • Josh Lieberman
ProducerGavin O'Grady
CinematographyKarl Óskarsson
EditorPaul Dingwall
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time19–28 minutes
Production companies
Original release
Release11 September 2020 (2020-09-11)

The Duchess is a British comedy-drama television series created by and starring Katherine Ryan.[1][2] It premiered on Netflix on 11 September 2020. On 29 April 2021, the series was cancelled after one series.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Katherine Ryan as Katherine, a ceramics artist and Olive's mother
  • Rory Keenan as Shep, Katherine's ex-partner, Olive's father and a former boy band member
  • Katy Byrne as Olive, Katherine and Shep's nine-year-old daughter
  • Steen Raskopoulos as Evan, Katherine's boyfriend and an orthodontist
  • Michelle de Swarte as Bev, Katherine's best friend and business partner
  • Sophie Fletcher as Jane, Millie's mother
  • Doon Mackichan as Cheryl, Shep's fiancée


  • Beau Gadsdon as Millie, Olive's friend
  • Tony Jayawardena as Mr. Michaels, Olive and Millie's headmaster
  • Anwar Lynch as Tom, Bev's husband and Shep's former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Ash Rizi as Gareth, Shep’s former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Ciaran Dowd as Dave, Shep’s former Tru-Se bandmate
  • Geoff Norcott as Brian, Jane's husband
  • Naz Osmanoglu as Leo, a hygienist at Evan's practice
  • Maya Jama as Sandra, a dental nurse at Evan's practice



Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
To celebrate her daughter Olive's birthday, Katherine visits a fertility clinic to discuss the odds of giving her a sibling with help from a sperm donor.
2"Episode 2"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Shep accepts Katherine's proposal — with oddly specific conditions. Jane and Katherine force the girls to hang out. Evan comes over to spend the night.
3"Episode 3"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Katherine meets Shep for a failed transaction, then meets Evan's "nice and normal" parents. Bev and Katherine speak at a feminist convention.
4"Episode 4"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
After Katherine strikes out with an adoption agent, Olive and Millie get suspended. Shep shocks everyone with big news. Bev spies Evan at a pub.
5"Episode 5"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Katherine renews her quest to get pregnant with help from a surprising source. Praise be! But is it too good to be true? Elsewhere, Olive's growing up.
6"Episode 6"Toby MacDonaldKatherine RyanSeptember 11, 2020 (2020-09-11)
Secrets swirl around Shep's big day ... and savvy Jane has it all figured out. With so much at stake, can Katherine control the chaos?


On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 63% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.[4] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 35 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[5]


  1. ^ First episode only


  1. ^ Hart, Daniel (9 September 2020). "The Duchess season 1 review – Katherine Ryan is on fire in her own Netflix series". Ready Steady Cut. Archived from the original on 26 October 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  2. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (2 September 2020). "'The Duchess' Is a Tasteless Misfire by Netflix: TV Review". Variety. Archived from the original on 10 September 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  3. ^ White, Peter (29 April 2021). "Katherine Ryan's 'The Duchess' Canceled By Netflix After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 29 April 2021. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  4. ^ "The Duchess: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  5. ^ "The Duchess – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 23 September 2020.

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