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Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page - Neigh­bours, Wa­ter Rats, White Col­lar Blue, Packed To The Rafters Won­der­land.

alk­ing about her lat­est tele­vi­sion role is tak­ing Brooke Satch­well away from one of her favourite ac­tiv­i­ties. Not that she’s brusque – far from it, in fact, as the 37-year-old ac­tor seems happy to chat to Stel­lar about just about any­thing. From the work­load on Neigh­bours, which she joined when she was 15, to her abid­ing wish for a lawn big enough to sate her joy of ride-on mow­ers, Satch­well has plenty of anec­dotes to share.

Still, what she’d much pre­fer to be do­ing is gardening at her home in the in­ner sub­urbs of Syd­ney. “It’s been a busy cou­ple of days,” Satch­well tells Stel­lar, ref­er­enc­ing the run of projects and press that are ramp­ing up, in­clud­ing her new Foxtel drama se­ries Mr In­be­tween. “My head’s sort of spin­ning, and I’m like: ‘Be here now.’ It’s spring, we’ve got the launch of Mr In­be­tween, and ev­ery­one comes out of hi­ber­na­tion and things start to pick up pace. Spring’s al­ways been kind to me in that re­spect. And I’m a gar­dener and we’ve started to get the blooms early, and it got me a bit ex­cited.”

Gardening doesn’t just of­fer Satch­well a sign that the sea­sons are chang­ing – it’s an ef­fec­tive means of find­ing so­lu­tions when life throws up chal­lenges. “When­ever I’ve got to learn lines, life rid­dles to solve or con­tracts to nut out, I go gar­den. It takes me eight hours to do the front and back and make it look im­mac­u­late. I can guar­an­tee that if I go into the gar­den with a ques­tion, by the time I come out eight hours later covered in dirt, and the gar­den’s pris­tine, I have an an­swer to my ques­tion, with­out fail. I’m sting­ing to get back into the gar­den.”

For the mo­ment, at least, Satch­well has found clar­ity around her ca­reer. Her part in Mr In­be­tween – the first Aus­tralian TV show com­mis­sioned by US net­work FX – is the lat­est she has taken as part of a strate­gic plan to broaden her op­por­tu­ni­ties, in the hope she can even­tu­ally be­gin writ­ing and pro­duc­ing. Play­ing Ally, a para­medic who starts a ro­mance with pro­tag­o­nist Ray Shoe­smith (a hit­man played by Scott Ryan, who also wrote the se­ries), gave her the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new dra­matic ter­rain.

The show is di­rected by Nash Edger­ton and based on the darkly funny 2005 in­de­pen­dent film The Ma­gi­cian, which was also writ­ten by and starred Ryan. It is a six-part project, a span Satch­well says she rel­ished, given her pre­vi­ous and far more ex­haus­tive stints on

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