They’re top of the cops

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EAST West 101 has dom­i­nated TV cat­e­gories at the Aus­tralian Film In­sti­tute Awards and the peer-voted cat­e­gories at the Lo­gies.

It could not garner more crit­i­cal ac­claim if it tried and de­serves its sta­tus as one of the finest cop shows in the his­tory of Aus­tralian TV — and there have been plenty.

East West 101 has been faith­ful to the for­mula of hav­ing a big, over-arch­ing case at its cen­tre and sep­a­rate smaller crimes con­tained in each episode.

Set­ting it so clearly apart from other shows in the genre is that East West 101 has been so bold in tack­ling race is­sues.

From the out­set, the char­ac­ters’ per­sonal lives, the en­vi­ron­ment in which the po­lice were work­ing and the crimes seemed cul­tur­ally charged in some way. It was an el­e­ment that opened up so many rich sce­nar­ios you had to won­der why more shows don’t mix it up a bit, why they short-change them­selves by go­ing all white bread.

That se­ries two al­most didn’t make it into pro­duc­tion is tes­ta­ment to the com­mit­ment of its cre­ators to de­liver great scripts.

Susie Porter, who reprises the role of Pa­tri­cia Wright in sea­son three, says the show was al­most shelved af­ter the de­but sea­son be­cause pro­ducer Steve Knap­man fret­ted over whether he could main­tain its qual­ity.

‘‘ They were not go­ing to go ahead with sea­son two be­cause they couldn’t get their an­gles to the sto­ries right,’’ Porter says. ‘‘ So it was kind of touch and go.’’

Porter and Don Hany are back on deck with Aaron Fa’aoso, Renee Lim, Danielle Fari­nacci and Tas­neem Roc.

Also in the cast are Matt Nable and Aden Young— who re­cently com­pleted shoot­ing The Killer Elite with Robert De Niro and Clive Owen — Aaron Jef­frey, Tammy Mac­In­tosh and Once Were War­riors star Rena Owen.

Sea­son three ex­plores the fall­out from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan through crimes com­mit­ted in Aus­tralia.

‘‘ With­out giv­ing too much away, Insp Wright strug­gles in the com­ing sea­son with per­sonal dilem­mas and de­ci­sions that shocked me to the very core of my moral fi­bre,’’ Porter says.

Knap­man, who pro­duces East West 101 with Kris Wyld, adds: ‘‘ The third sea­son pre­sented the usual chal­lenge, if not a greater one. The inspiration be­hind the scripts came from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. I was in­ter­ested in ex­plor­ing the uni­ver­sal truths of the ex­pe­ri­ence of com­bat on men, as well as the col­lat­eral dam­age of in­no­cent civil­ians that was the con­se­quence of such sup­posed hu­man­i­tar­ian in­ter­ven­tion.’’ East West 101, SBS One, tonight, 8.30pm Get­ting the mix right: Susie Porter and Don Hany.

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