When she first saw The Returned and Resurrection, Louise Fox -co-creator of Glitch– feared it would mean the end of the project she had been developing with Tony Ayres.
“To be frank, I felt that once those shows happened, ‘Oh, well we’re dead in the water’ and that we wouldn’t happen. But I do think this is a genre of shows now, in a way. The more those shows happened, in some ways the better it was for us because our points of difference are so clear,” she tells TV Tonight.
“The first script was written before I even saw the French film of The Returned which their series is based on. So all our story and mythology was in place, and there wasn’t really much overlap.
“So we just kept on going, and then everyone got behind it.”
While the themes were clearly in the zeitgeist, Fox became a fan of The Returned, but concedes less enthusiasm for Resurrection.
“My son was like, ‘You’re not watching that shit again?’ I was just like, ‘Ohh!’ I actually didn’t watch the end of it. It was terrible!
“But Glitch is just so Aussie, it’s actually very different from the French Returned, which I loved. I thought was brilliant but, like the French, it was very cool. I guess I think that this show is very passionate and very warm.
“I’m not sure I felt a lot watching The Returned. I don’t know. I think this is just we’re aiming straight for the heart in this.”
“Genre found me”
Fox, who has also written for Broadchurch, Camelot, Love My Way, Rush and The Kettering Incident, was never a fan of genre work. But that all changed after watching shows like Battlestar Galactica and Lost.
“Lost was really important. An unapologetically philosophical piece of work on mainstream television. I mean what it was concerned with, what its thematic concerns were incredible. I’m a really big unapologetic Lost fan. So now I watch a lot of genre,” she admits.
“I didn’t start off in genre at all, genre found me. I was total Relationship Drama writer and that was my universe, and I was quite suspicious of genre, I guess. Then I started to watch it and loved it. The stakes are so big and the stories are massive and it actually elevates everything.
“It’s just such a brilliant playground. So now, I’m like, “Bring it on, any genre!’”
“We do answer one of them”
She describes Glitch as a paranormal saga with the mystery element as the driving force. Across its six episodes characters in a rural town rise, inexplicably, from graves. But as other high-concept shows seek second and third seasons, will Glitch resolve its unanswered questions or leave viewers dangling?
“That’s is absolutely the question that came up for us. So my feeling is that you’ve got a series of questions, which are: who, how, what? And all I can tell you is that we don’t answer all of those questions, but we do answer one of them. So one of those key questions, in the big W’s, is answered, quite satisfyingly, I think,” says Fox.
“You want people to love your show and to invest in your characters, and actually, I haven’t finished telling the story. I think there’s more story to be told, for all of them.”
Glitch airs 8:30pm Thursdays on ABC and is available on iview.