tele­vi­sion: Ked­die nur­tures Off­spring bond....................

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NET­WORK Ten’s suc­cess­ful drama Off­spring has proved to be a highly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for ac­tress Asher Ked­die.

The fourth se­ries of Off­spring, which re­turns this week, has so far pro­vided Ked­die with some no­table firsts – the pin­na­cle be­ing last month’s Gold Lo­gie award for Most Pop­u­lar Per­son­al­ity on Aus­tralian TV.

When Off­spring re­turns, her char­ac­ter Nina is three months’ preg­nant, with Ked­die film­ing the se­ries wear­ing a pros­thetic belly.

She says there’s also the rare freedom of work­ing closely with cre­ators and pro­duc­ers Imo­gen Banks and John Edwards.

The creative duo like to so­licit the thoughts of the cast mem­bers about the di­rec­tion of the char­ac­ters they por­tray, says Ked­die.

She says Banks and Edwards will likely do it again when they start shoot­ing the fifth sea­son of Off­spring later this year, and it’s given the cast a sense of own­er­ship of the se­ries.

‘‘Be­fore we shoot the next se­ries there will come a point where we have a dis­cus­sion about whether the story lines are com­fort­able and chal­leng­ing for us,’’ Ked­die says.

‘‘This is a new ex­pe­ri­ence for me, work­ing closely with pro­duc­ers John and Imo­gen, and it’s to their credit they are flex­i­ble and gen­er­ous in the way they run their projects.’’

And Off­spring is not their only suc­cess. Banks and Edwards have been be­hind TV se­ries Pu­berty Blues and Tan­gle and mini-se­ries Pa­per Gi­ants: The Birth Of Cleo.

Ked­die says not only has the har­mo­nious re­la­tion­ship be­tween the cast and Banks and Edwards been be­hind the suc­cess of Off­spring but so too has the trust in­stilled in them by Net­work Ten.

‘‘The net­work has whole­heart­edly backed us and trusted the creative team and I am re­ally proud of the show. This is my first ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing so closely with a net­work,’’ Ked­die says.

‘‘I have felt a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity with Off­spring but it’s a re­spon­si­bil­ity and chal­lenge I re­ally wanted.’’

Ked­die says Off­spring has wide­spread ap­peal be­cause of the ‘‘hon­esty’’ in the sto­ry­line. She says view­ers can deeply re­late to the prob­lems and sit­u­a­tions fac­ing each char­ac­ter and how each one of them deals with it.

‘‘When I took on this show I wanted it to be hon­est and re­lat­able to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,’’ she says.

‘‘We are con­sis­tently try­ing to de­liver that truth and if it ends up be­ing funny that’s fan­tas­tic and if not, then it will take on a dif­fer­ent flavour and de­liver a very com­pelling drama.’’

Off­spring Sea­son Four: Wed­nes­days, 8.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

Off­spring

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Asher Ked­die as Nina Proud­man in

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