Prosperous progeny of sun and fantasy
McLeod’s Daughters 7.30pm, Nine
PULL the Akubra down over your forehead, hold tight to the reins and grip the saddle between your thighs as you ride into Hot Water , the title of tonight’s episode.
Written by James Walker, this is the first episode your scribbler has watched since the big royal, um, rural wedding a couple of episodes ago, with the bridesmaids in frowned- on dark gowns. Apart from those, the wedding was splendid and rife with anticipation as Alex ( Aaron Jeffery) was trapped in the lock- up on his wedding day, accused of bull theft ( instead of the usual bulldust).
Eventually someone got him to the church on time so he and Stevie ( Simmone Jade Mackinnon), the most famous, most likely McLeod’s Daughters pair, could tie the knot. The celebrant got it right: ‘‘ It’s about bloody time!’’
Tonight, the sun is still there, the blue skies, the golden and green grass,
The McLeod’s Daughters plot is the genuine sheep dip of life on the land
the deep caramel cows and multicoloured goats.
Shot in sunny South Australia, McLeod’s Daughters is filmed on a property in the Light Regional District, about an hour north of Adelaide.
It can’t be a surprise that creator Posie Graeme- Evans developed the concept inspired by a photograph depicting ‘‘ blue skies and quintessentially Aussie girls’ faces with big wide grins under the broad brim of a classic R. M. Williams hat’’.
McLeod’s has been sold to more than 230 countries, including Afghanistan and African states. That should bring joy to places blessed with sunshine of their own yet cursed with real- world strife.
The plot is the genuine sheep dip of life on the land, and now urban as well. Prices and hard times have even the goats in danger of being auctioned off. After helping to rip Grace off with credit cards, the bank manager won’t cough up an overdraft. She turns to Alex’s evil sister Ashleigh for a muchneeded loan, but soon wonders if she has made a deal with the devil.
Then the truck gets hot under the bonnet and, fearing some kind of Wolf Creek experience, Grace and Kate ( Michala Banas) are taken hostage by a bankrupt farmer. Actually, the most perceptive part of the plot is that somebody wants to shoot the bank manager.
Nearing the end of the seventh series, and with an eighth given the green light, the show the critics love to hate, the one they said would never make it, has certainly proved its detractors wrong.
Golden girls: From left, Michala Banas, Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Abi Tucker, Doris Younane and Gillian Alexy