A big­ger Rush

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP Rush, TDT, Thurs­days, 9.30pm

RUSH wastes no time shak­ing up its fourth sea­son when the po­lice min­is­ter is as­sas­si­nated.

Two min­utes in, one body, an as­sas­sin on a mo­tor­bike, and a whole world of trou­ble.

Kerry Vincent ( Catherine Mc cle­ments) is deal­ing with a new po­lice min­is­ter, a pro­mo­tion to head a new task force and a new ad­di­tion to the tac­ti­cal re­sponse team, guar­an­teed to step on the toes of Law­son Blake ( Rodger Corser, both pic­tured).

Nat­u­rally Law­son is not ex­actly over­joyed about new kid on the block Charlie Lewis ( An­thony Starr from Out­ra­geous For­tune ) coming in over his head, or his di­rec­tive that Law­son and Shan­non ( Jo­lene An­der­son) cool their re­la­tion­ship. Then he dumps some­one from the squad. As Task­force Cicero starts in­ves­ti­gat­ing, it’s clear there are bikies in bed with a bil­lion­aire, politi­cians try­ing to run a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and murky waters ahead.

The show’s pro­ducer, Mimi But­ler, de­scribes this se­ries as ‘‘ Rush on steroids’’ and, with only 13 episodes to be aired, is more like a minis­eries.

‘‘ You’ll still be able to watch each episode as a self-con­tained story but for peo­ple watch­ing ev­ery week it will be a very re­ward­ing story that will cross into each other and open up and get big­ger and big­ger,’’ But­ler says.

‘‘ It’s tak­ing a big­ger bite, open­ing up the world and look­ing at the chang­ing face of crime in Mel­bourne and the ef­fects that is go­ing to have on the city and how it’s to be po­liced.

‘‘ It’s go­ing to be kind of Rush on steroids re­ally, it’s go­ing to be a step-up. There’s go­ing to be stuff that you didn’t ex­pect.’’

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