Pros­per­ous prog­eny of sun and fan­tasy

McLeod’s Daugh­ters 7.30pm, Nine

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - David Kennedy

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

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