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Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 8.30pm ★★★★ Win­ners & Losers be­gan life on slightly shaky foun­da­tions. A se­ries about four young women and how their lives would change in­ex­orably by a mas­sive lottery win sounded fine in the­ory, but you couldn’t help but won­der about the show’s prospects of sus­tain­ing long-term dra­matic im­pact. Per­haps our mem­o­ries are clouded by the un­for­get­table Chan­nel 9 drama Chances, which cen­tred on a fam­ily com­ing to terms with a mon­ster lottery win. When it be­came ap­par­ent au­di­ences didn’t much care for the show and rat­ings went down, so did the trousers of the cast. Net­work ex­ec­u­tives pan­icked and turned Chances into a saucy romp. The same won’t hap­pen to Win­ners & Losers, which is evolv­ing nicely. One of the good things about the show is that it has shone a spot­light on tal­ent that’s rel­a­tively new to TV. Melissa Ber­g­land (pic­tured) is one of those stars on the rise. She’s a stand­out as Jenny Gross, who is bat­tling with emo­tional con­flict. Will Jenny go for the mu­si­cian she’d have once thought out of reach, or stick with Cal?



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