What is the story about?
In the first season we were introduced to this middle-class couple Nikki and Jason who are trying hard to have a baby. In season 2, we are shown how Nikki and Jason are now trying for adoption after failed attempts at natural conception. However, adoption isn't as easy as it seems and soon Nikki and Jason realise that bringing a child in their lives is more than signing on papers.
On paper, Trying may not have a strong or a powerful storyline. It is a story about a couple who can't have a child by natural means and hence are trying their hands at adoption. However, it is the simplicity in the story that makes it relatable. Esther Smith and Rafe Spall, win your hearts with their perfect chemistry. There are tons of hilarious moments as they go through the adoption process which makes it a delightful watch sans the commentary on infertility or morality. Nikki is quirky and spunky, yet she is keen to be a mother and would go to any lengths to have a child in her life. We can see her enthusiasm and her child-like innocence in an episode where Jason comes face-to-face with an old lover and that there might be an outside chance that his ex-girlfriend's son could be his. Nikki is torn apart, yet doesn't mind Jason confronting his ex. Jason, too is stoic in many ways and his love for Nikki only grows stronger even though we see her throwing a spanner in his plans from time and again. It is kind of sweet and sad to see such a young and lovely couple go through entertaining lengths to just have a child in their lives. Are they fit to be parents? Who knows, knowing that they have taken some very questionable decisions and that they both aren't very financially well-off, but it is their infectious happiness that really makes you root for them.
Esther Smith and Rafe Spall clearly carry the series on their shoulders with their perfect comic -timing and wit. They win your hearts with emotions that seem very organic. Imelda Staunton returns as their social worker who wants to break certain rules and help out the young couple in their adoption process. Oliver Chris and Ophelia Lovibond return as Freddy and Erica, an estranged couple but there is not much screen time for them.
Music & Other Departments
Trying has a very soulful opening track which completely matches the light-hearted nature of the show. The series has been very-well written and is shot across some beautiful location in Britain. We notice how the sunny and warm weather of Britain matches the personalities of the leads. It is not all rains and gloom as we can see. The dialogues are fun and witty and will have you in splits at the way the couple do their antics.
Stunning chemistry between the leads.
A fun, light-hearted take on an otherwise dreary and serious subject
The runtime of the episodes could have been longer and the makers could have fleshed out some of the plots a bit more.
Did I enjoy it?
I loved it. It is one of the best shows out there. Since, it is a small-show you could finish watching it in couple of hours.
Do I recommend it?
If you are in the mood for some witty and intelligent British humour, this show is definitely tailor-made for you. Even if you aren't in Brit shows, you should still consider watching this series.