Amongst the wins at the Logie Awards it was an impressive result for Foxtel, snaring Most Outstanding Drama Series and Most Outstanding Telemovie or Miniseries.
The wins by Wentworth and Devil’s Playground fought off formidable competition including The Code, Rake, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, The Broken Shore, Puberty Blues, ANZAC Girls, Carlotta and Janet King. ABC had a strong year for Drama last year, but the judges were swayed by Foxtel’s productions from FremantleMedia and Matchbox Pictures.
Ironically, ASTRA Award judges were forced to choose between both in a single category in March.
Both productions were clever reworkings of former works given the greenlight by Brian Walsh.
It was the first time Subscription TV won the Outstanding Drama since Foxtel’s flagship series Love My Way, which won three times from 2005 – 2007 and the second for Miniseries / Telemovie.
Danielle Cormack’s win in the Outstanding Drama Actress was the icing on the cake (frankly Nicole da Silva could have been a nice tie, and Pamela Rabe surely deserved a nod).
Foxtel’s local Dramas are certainly enjoying strong praise from critics, recently including the excellent Deadline Gallipoli with The Kettering Incident on the way.
Meanwhile former BBC Australian production Top of the Lake has a free to air broadcast starting this Sunday on ABC.