After a long wait, Filipino TV series The Broken Marriage Vow will be premiering in January 2022 (that’s next month already!). Ahead of its release, the full trailer was just dropped, and fans couldn’t help but hype up the show even more with how good the three-minute peek was.
In case you missed the news, the show is actually the adaptation of British television drama Doctor Foster. The UK show was also adapted in South Korea under the title The World of the Married, which took the Philippines by storm during its air date and forevermore — because yes, until now, some fans are still feeling stressed and heartbroken and soaking in the angst that TWOTM brought in each episode.
For those who aren’t familiar, the source material followed the story of a woman with a seemingly perfect and happy life. She has a successful career as a doctor, a doting husband, and a loving son. But all of it comes crashing down when she discovers her husband’s affair with a younger woman.
In the Philippine adaptation, Jodi Sta. Maria plays Dr. Jill Ilustre, with the role of her husband David played by Zanjoe Marudo and his mistress Lexy Lucero played by Sue Ramirez. The couple’s child Gio (played by Zaijian Jaranilla) is also credited as part of the main cast.
Mirror scene: the terrible moment of discovery
Mirror scene: the scissors
Mirror scene: the tense check-up slash confrontation
Mirror scene: the craziest reveal
The three-minute trailer showed a lot more scenes that were reminiscent of TWOTM, but many of them were imbued with a local feel. And of course, fans are still looking for something fresh, instead of an exact copycat of a show they’ve already watched. While the Filipino adaptation definitely drew inspiration in some scenes, especially the most impactful ones, the production team put their own Pinoy flavor into the show.
Case in point: the very familiar localized setting. Instead of the posh neighborhood where the protagonist of The World of the Married served as a doctor, The Broken Marriage Vow’s Dr. Jill Illustre travels to rural places to reach patients in need of medical care. It seems that the couple’s child — based on the few scenes he showed up — will also be playing a bigger role in this local adaptation.
The production team was able to keep the essence of the source material and still give the show a Filipino context that feels authentic and closer to home.
Fans are absolutely excited
Immediately after the trailer dropped, the show shot up to today’s top trends. Fans took to social media to express their excitement over the quick peek into the show, and all praises went to the cast and crew.
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