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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEB­BIE SCHIPP TRICKY BUSI­NESS WIN, pre­mieres to­mor­row at 9.30pm

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.’’

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