This will either be must-see TV or an embarrassment…..
ABC1 has commissioned a sitcom about the PM and her partner in The Lodge, At Home with Julia.
The show features Amanda Bishop as Julia Gillard, a role she previously performed in Seven’s sketch series Double Take and the very clever Phil Lloyd, from Review with Myles Barlow, as Tim Mathieson.
ABC1 has commissioned four half-hour episodes described as “part rom-com, part guaranteed lawsuit” to be executive produced by Rick Kalowski (Comedy Inc, Double Take).
According to an ABC Press Release, the show is “like any relationship. Who walks the dog? Who puts the bins out? Who sends the troops to Afghanistan?”
“They’re just like any other busy modern couple,” said Kalowski. “Trying to balance their relationship with critical tasks like introducing taxes no-one voted for.”
The team also promises to respect some boundaries. Sort of.
“As writers, we agreed the First Couple’s bedroom was off-limits,” said Bishop. “That’s why we put all the sex scenes in Julia’s office”.
Co-star Phil Lloyd said the show will also bust many myths about the real couple.
“A lot of people think Tim just hangs ‘round The Lodge all day doing nothing,” said “Not true. Sometimes he pops down the shops or goes for a bit of a drive.”
Director Erin White (Rush, Dugong) added, “There’s a Malaysian detention centre she keeps asking us to stay at, which is really nice.”
ABC Head of Comedy Debbie Lee said cheekily, “We’ve long been concerned about generous Government funding for the ABC. Hopefully At Home With Julia will put a stop to that.”
At Home With Julia is a Quail Television production for ABC1. ABC Executive Producer is Debbie Lee. Quail TV Executive Producers are Rick Kalowski and Greg Quail. The series is written by Amanda Bishop, Rick Kalowski and Phil Lloyd. Director is Erin White. Series Producer is Carol Hughes. Surveillance is by ASIO.
The show will air later this year.