Herald Sun - Switched On - - On The Couch - BY HOLLY BYRNES

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 (

Re­view With Miles Bar­low)

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

Off­spring, Spir­ited


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,


Dic­tion les­son needed

Fam­ily fun: Ian Mead­ows en­joyed film­ing A Moody Christ­mas.

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