THE ABC has invited Australia to Christmas dinner with the Moody family, a hilarious snapshot of the suburban horror many families live this time of year. Ian Meadows stars as set-upon prodigal son Dan Moody.
The creators Trent Connell and Phil Lloyd (
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have tapped a rich vein of material with this very funny family sitcom. Did you see yourself in the characters?
I did relate to Dan (Moody). We have the same ability where you seem to try hard at something, but you only end up stuffing things up and looking like a d---head. But they (producers) have managed to capture some great characters most people will find familiar, whether it’s the creepy uncle, the annoying brother or the uptight sister.
So family Xmas at the Meadows household looks something like this then: comic chaos?
I have to be careful with how I answer this one, in case my family read it and don’t invite me back. But as someone who flies home to Perth once a year for Christmas, I do know this feeling. Your life has moved on in one direction and they’ve gone in another, but you still revert to being a 10-year-old boy.
There’s obviously such great chemistry among this cast and a fun time was had by all in this. Dream job?
This is not a platitude, but it was disgusting how much fun it was. My problem was laughing too much at inappropriate times. Sometimes when you’re working on something and you know it’s a dog, you just have to find the fun in it. But we just laughed all the way through (filming).
That dynamic shows on screen, you seemed to develop into a real family by the end.
It really was a joy to go to work every day. We filmed opposite a big park and when we were on lunch breaks or even after work, we would play cricket in the street and just hang out together. It really was like Christmas.
You’ve written for TV series like
and Anything on the drawing board?
I didn’t write for this, but I’m working on a few episodes of Mr & Mrs Murder and Puberty Blues. I’ve also written a play, which is playing now at (Sydney’s) Griffin Theatre called Between The Waves, about a climate scientist who is quite anxious about raising a child in a warming world. It’s a dark, romantic comedy and I actually got a couple of actors from Moody into it, including Rachael Gordon (his on-screen sister). AMoody Christmas, ABC1, tonight,
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Family fun: Ian Meadows enjoyed filming A Moody Christmas.