Spoiled for Drama choice

2014-02-12_0035Yesterday I noted that we’re getting some gold from our local dramas lately.

We’ve already seen The Broken Shore, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, Rake and Schapelle (ok I had some mixed feelings over the latter).

But we’re only just getting started. Next week Nine premieres the rather wonderful Love Child. A full review is here.

A week later ABC unveils Janet King, the rebooted take on Crownies. Gone are the randy young lawyers and soapie storylines. Now it pivots around the arresting Marta Dusseldorp with greater focus on its legal cases. Worth coming back for.

If you’ve missed the original Underbelly, the rat pack returns in Fat Tony and Co. giving Robert Mammone his moment in the sun.

TEN’s Secrets and Lies is also just around the corner. It’s great to see a Drama set in Brisbane. Get ready for a whodunit mystery with bite. Intriguing, measured and emotive, Martin Henderson strikes a chord as a man in the eye of a storm.

TEN dramas continue with Puberty Blues in its long-awaited second season.

And I’m waiting patiently to see Pamela Rabe as The Freak in more Wentworth.


  1. A Place to Call Home is the one i am waiting for. It was a fantastic first season and it seems a few people have forgotten about it. Looking forward to Janet King too. Was a huge fan of Crownies so will be good to see where this spin-off takes us next. Personally lately a lot of the Aussie dramas have been hit and miss with it being about 40/60 (hit/miss).

  2. It’s great that we’re doing lots of drama, but agree with Tatiana – are we currently making anything truly adventurous and break out different with piercing, brave writing? Love Child looks wonderful and I’m sure it will rate its head off, but will it rise above just being a soapie – which is what most of our drama ends up being.

  3. Sorry, but this list of “gold” Oz dramas is not very inspiring. The Broken Shore, INXS and Schappelle disappointed a lot of people and Love Child will probably underperform as well. As for Fat Tony and Co, I think we’ve had enough Underbelly to last a lifetime. The only one worth mentioning is Rake, which seems to be of a higher quality. Personally I am looking forward to Anzac Girls but thats about it for the Australian Dramas. Sadly we just can’t make em like the Brits and Americans, which is a shame because we have the potential to make great shows.

  4. In America people say they are going through the golden age of television. With all the amazing cable shows on FX, AMC, Showtime & HBO.

    Here in Australia we may not have the same amount of success as the Yanks are having, but if Aussie networks continue to make a lot of Aussie dramas we may be able to say the same…..Sonn in a few years time.

    I am looking forward to everything on that is mentioned in the article.

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