Last hur­rah?

Is Asher Ked­die ready to say good­bye to Off­spring?

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

AS Off­spring loy­al­ists, who waited two years for the res­ur­rec­tion of their favourite Aus­tralian dram­edy to re­turn, will tell you, this is a show which seems to thrive on teas­ing its au­di­ence.

If six sea­sons fol­low­ing the life and tu­mul­tuous times of Nina Proud­man (Asher Ked­die) and her equally un­pre­dictable fam­ily have taught fans any­thing, it’s this: don’t al­ways count on a happy end­ing.

And as the fi­nal episode airs this week, the ques­tion of whether the pro­gram will re­turn next year on Ten – not to men­tion the ro­man­tic fu­ture of Nina and her new suitor Harry – looms large once more.

For Ked­die, keep­ing the au­di­ence in sus­pense is just how the cast and writ­ers like it.

“Ob­vi­ously we’ve talked and the pos­si­bil­ity is al­ways there for another series,” she says, “oth­er­wise you don’t make a show, I don’t think.

“But one thing I can say is, it was re­ally im­por­tant to me – and to all of us, I think – that we don’t tie things up with a pretty bow [in the fi­nal episode]. It’s not the show and it doesn’t feel right to me. It’s al­ways nice to leave the door open … you just never know where ev­ery­body is go­ing to be at.”

With Nina’s re­la­tion­ship with Harry (Alex Eng­land) still strug­gling, Jimmy (Richard Davies) and Zara (Jane Har­ber) con­fronting her af­fair with An­gus (Dan Wyl­lie), and Bil­lie (Kat Ste­wart) caught up in Brody’s preg­nancy (played by Shan­non Berry), there is no short­age of drama ahead, Ked­die says.

“They are all walk­ing to­wards mak­ing bet­ter choices, all the Proud­mans, but they have also grown a lot through all their heartache; through the re­ally hard lessons and some re­ally dodgy choices,” she says.

The de­ci­sion to re­vive the show was a good one, with a Ten spokes­woman hint­ing an an­nounce­ment about sea­son seven was pend­ing: “We are de­lighted with how Off­spring has per­formed so far this sea­son, with every episode win­ning its time slot in the key 25-to-54 age group and the show gen­er­at­ing enor­mous talk and trac­tion on­line … we would love to have Off­spring back in 2017 and are work­ing on bring­ing it back next year.”

Ked­die hopes Nina, shocked by Harry’s de­scrip­tion of her as a “lovely dis­as­ter”, lets her­self find love again.

“When Harry said that, it was a turn­ing point for her, and when we moved into the fi­nal episode she once again digs re­ally deep and ac­tu­ally starts to make some choices that could po­ten­tially al­low her to em­brace some hap­pi­ness in her life,” Ked­die says.

She braved blur­ring the lines be­tween her own happy mar­riage to artist Vin­cent Fan­tauzzo and work when the Archibald-win­ning painter joined the cast for the steami­est cameo this year.

“I don’t know what to say about it, I’m kind of blush­ing as we speak,” Ked­die gig­gles.

“We took [that sex scene] pretty se­ri­ously, ac­tu­ally, but I cer­tainly didn’t coach him in any way. He’s a nat­u­ral.”



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