Kar­van the su­per­hero

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CLAU­DIA Kar­van as a su­per­hero? The small screen favourite is sav­ing the day one case at a time as le­gal ea­gle Josephine New­ton in the ABC’s new com­edy drama New­ton’s Law.

Fresh from pro­duc­ing Nine’s hit new drama Doc­tor Doc­tor, Kar­van is back in her first lead­ing TV role since 2011’s Spir­ited.

Dubbed the Up­stairs Down­stairs of le­gal dra­mas, New­ton’s Law fol­lows Josephine as she jug­gles the high-pow­ered bar­ris­ter’s world of Knox Cham­bers and the le­gal tan­gles of her for­mer so­lic­i­tor’s of­fice in the base­ment be­low.

“I loved the fact that Jospe­hine was a fe­male role that was heroic and had au­thor­ity, was un­apolo­getic, re­silient, warm, had a sense of hu­mour. She’s a bit of a su­per­hero,” Kar­van tells News Re­gional Me­dia.

“You don’t find fe­male roles like that as much. I’ve had the priv­i­lege to play lots of won­der­fully com­plex, well-writ­ten fe­male roles but this one was unique in that she’s as­pi­ra­tional and a fab­u­lous role model.

“She un­der­stands what a priv­i­lege it is to help peo­ple, and what fu­els her is this won­der­ful, ful­fill­ing work. She gets an enor­mous amount of grat­i­fi­ca­tion from the work she’s do­ing.”

Af­ter more than a decade of bat­tling to help the less for­tu­nate, Josephine’s sub­ur­ban so­lic­i­tor’s prac­tice is burnt down by a dis­grun­tled, py­ro­ma­niac client.

The de­struc­tion, as well as a chance re­union with her law school buddy, Lewis Hughes (played by Black Sails star Toby Sch­mitz) prompts Josephine to join the pres­ti­gious Knox Cham­bers and takes on her first case in 15 years.

“I don’t know if there’s a male ac­tor in Aus­tralia I haven’t played a ro­man­tic lead op­po­site,” Kar­van laughs.

“To have worked with so many and then meet Toby and get to work with him was just such a de­light.

“He’s just on it all the time. You have to lift your game to be in a scene with Toby.”

While Lewis is the agent provo­ca­teur in Josephine’s life who chal­lenges her on sev­eral lev­els, New­ton’s Law won’t re­volve around a po­ten­tial ro­mance be­tween the two cen­tral char­ac­ters.

“I think it’s re­fresh­ing for a wo­man in a TV drama. We’ve all been brought up on Jane Austen... but ro­man­tic love doesn’t have to be the sin­gle mo­ti­va­tor,” Kar­van says.

“He will al­ways tease her and chal­lenge her. They’re in­tel­lec­tual equals; they’re a true equal part­ner­ship.”

But Josephine’s move to the blue-chip firm means leav­ing be­hind her sub­ur­ban prac­tice’s para­le­gal He­lena Chatterjee (Ge­orgina Naidu) and for­mer client turned em­ployee Johnny All­bright (Sean Keenan).

When she dis­cov­ers a for­mer car wash in the base­ment is up for lease, New­ton’s Le­gal is rein­car­nated as Chatterjee & Chatterjee Solic­i­tors. He­lena is reluc­tantly el­e­vated to so­lic­i­torin-charge and Josephine is free to pur­sue her new life up­stairs – with her old life only a lift ride away.

Lo­gie win­ner Mi­randa Tapsell also joins the Chatterjee team as in­ves­ti­ga­tor Skye Ste­wart.

“Mi­randa and Sean are one of the most hi­lar­i­ous duos I’ve seen on screen in a long time,” Kar­van says.

“They’re like bick­er­ing sib­lings who are ac­tu­ally in love with each other. I think they’ll be a re­ally strong part of why peo­ple will want to watch the show.”

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