TWO SIDES TO EV­ERY STORY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - TV GUIDE - By An­drew Fen­ton

DAW­SON’S Creek and Fringe star Joshua Jack­son knows he’s not alone when he ad­mits “it’s been my ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a man, that I quite of­ten do not un­der­stand the women in my life”.

So when the script for US drama The Af­fair ar­rived in front of him, aware of his fail­ings, Jack­son sought the ad­vice of his part­ner of eight years, Diane Kruger ( The Bridge).

The drama quite lit­er­ally por­trays men’s and women’s very dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives, telling each episode twice from its lead char­ac­ters’ points of view. It fol­lows frus­trated nov­el­ist Noah (Do­minic West), who puts his mar­riage at risk by hav­ing an af­fair with wait­ress Alison (Ruth Wil­son) while hol­i­day­ing in a sea­side town.

Alison’s own mar­riage to the emo­tion­ally un­avail­able Cole (Jack­son) is be­ing crushed by her grief at the death of their child.

Hav­ing just fin­ished a five-year run on Fringe, the last thing Jack­son wanted to do was jump straight back into work.

“I was like, ‘You have to read this … I don’t trust my­self be­cause I’m so un­in­ter­ested in go­ing back to work right now, but I think this is re­ally, re­ally good’,” he says.

“And she (Kruger) read it and she’s like, ‘Yeah, you’d be a fool not to want to do this. This is a great show’.”

The crit­ics agree, with The Af­fair pick­ing up gongs for best TV drama and best actress at the Golden Globes.

But the ra­tio­nale for those com­pet­ing per­spec­tives re­mains up for de­bate – are they just dif­fer­ent rec­ol­lec­tions of the same events, or are the char­ac­ters de­lib­er­ately spin­ning dif­fer­ent sto­ries to the de­tec­tive in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mur­der in the sea­side town?

Jack­son cau­tions view­ers not to get too caught up in the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, which he says is not “re­ally cen­tral to the DNA of the show”.

“I think the who­dunit is an in­ter­est­ing fram­ing de­vice to give us op­por­tu­ni­ties to show our char­ac­ters and how they re­act.”

THE AF­FAIR

TUES­DAY, 6.30PM, SHOW­CASE

Un­hap­pily mar­ried: Joshua Jack­son and Ruth Wil­son in

TheAf­fair.

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