Sea­son one saw a mas­sive jump in youth en­gage­ment across the ABC’s so­cial chan­nels. Now The Code is back for a sec­ond in­stal­ment

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV - GRAEME BLUNDELL

Shelley Birse’s The Code is an edge-of-your-seat por­trayal of the to­tal­i­tar­ian menace of clan­des­tine state surveil­lance that re­mains omi­nously pre­scient, the sec­ond sea­son of which pre­mieres this week.

Re­turn­ing again are cen­tral char­ac­ters Ned Banks (Dan Spiel­man), a young former in­ter­net jour­nal­ist on on­line pub­li­ca­tion Password, and his trou­bled hacker brother Jesse (Ash­ley Zuk­er­man), as quirk­ily funny as he is bright, along with Jesse’s spir­ited girl­friend Hani (Adele Perovic). TV’s un­like­li­est cru­saders for democ­racy are again dragged into the dark­est heart of pol­i­tics and the web of black mar­ke­teers, and the international agen­cies that mon­i­tor and ma­nip­u­late them.

The new sea­son was a slight surprise, Birse hap­pily ad­mits, but one she has em­braced with alacrity – the in­tensely plot­ted thriller was ini­tially con­ceived as a one­sea­son se­ries.

“As a form, the six-hour thriller is such a tricky beast to wran­gle, and we were try­ing to do some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent by fo­cus­ing as much on the char­ac­ters as the plot and we just didn’t know if it would work,” she says. “We needed to play all the cards we had and hope for the best be­cause we knew it might be the only chance we ever got.”

The first se­ries was a hit for the ABC, help­ing at­tract a younger de­mo­graphic to the chan­nel and find­ing en­thu­si­as­tic mar­kets in al­most every rav­en­ous international out­let, in­clud­ing Bri­tain, the US and even Costa Rica.

“Both se­ries of the show are sit­ting un­der that very broad ques­tion of what free­dom of speech looks like in the dig­i­tal age,” Birse says. “For se­ries two we were hunt­ing for plot ter­ri­tory which would al­low us to look at the very best and worst as­pects of dig­i­tal anonymity.” The Code, 8.30pm tonight, ABC

Ash­ley Zuk­er­man and An­thony LaPaglia star in the ABC se­ries The Code.

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