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GIGI Edgley reckons the gods must be smiling on her.
In the key role of Kate Christie in Channel 9’ s new family drama, Tricky Business, Edgley is a woman of many talents.
She’s a savvy businesswoman and boss, cluey detective, switched- on single mum and devoted daughter.
After a few bumps, she has finally taken control of her life – until about midway into Tricky’s first episode, when things go awry.
But the bonus is that Edgley’s Kate looks set to be part of a juicy business/ love triangle.
The fact that Kip Gamblin ( Kate’s long- time love and business partner Rick Taylor) and Antony Starr ( cheeky blow- in investigator Matt Sloane) form the other two points of that triangle is the icing on the cake.
‘‘ I don’t know why I keep getting these love triangles,’’ says Edgley, who faced a similar situation in her role as Lara Knight in Rescue Special Ops.
‘‘ Maybe I’ve just been blessed by the gods.’’
For Edgley, though, the tripleedged story is just a small part of what made heading up Tricky Business so delicious.
The show, promoted heavily by Nine at the start of the year then delayed several times, has been compared by many – sight unseen – to Channel 7’ s juggernaut Packed to the Rafters.
Edgley chose the Nine drama over a possible role in Rafters. And she’s confident she has made the right choice.
‘‘ When Tricky Business popped up, I was in the running for a role as one of the new girls on Rafters,’’ Edgley says.
‘‘ When I read the Tricky script, it took me under an hour to finish it. But as soon as I read the first scene with Rick and Kate, I fell in love with it.
‘‘ The characters are intriguing, the locations are gorgeous and I thought in my heart I just wanted to score this role because it gave me the opportunity to be part of a new production.’’
Tricky Business centres on Sapphire Investigations, a debtcollecting agency set up by Kate’s father, Jim ( Shane Bourne), and mother, Claire ( Debra Byrne).
Kate’s feisty younger sister, Lily ( Sophie Hensser), works there part time, and Chad Henderson ( Lincoln Lewis) is the enthusiastic new employee.
But it’s Kate’s business partner and live- in lover Rick who upsets the apple cart in the opening episode, leaving the business struggling with debt, Kate without control over her life, and their relationship in the balance.
Family drama and a business in crisis may all sound reminiscent of the Rafters but don’t mention that to Edgley’s co- stars Gamblin and Starr.
New Zealander Starr, who made his name in the dual roles of Van and Jethro West in cult Kiwi comedy drama Outrageous Fortune, says comparing it to Rafters is neither fair nor realistic.
‘‘ If anybody starts a show now in Australia set within a family, because of the success of Rafters, everybody thinks that’s what we’re trying to make,’’ he says.
‘‘ We’d love to emulate the success of Rafters . . . but we don’t want to be that show.
‘‘ This is a family show, in that you can enjoy it without having to cover the kids’ eyes. But after the first show, they’re going to have to find something else to compare us to.’’