Upper Middle Class Bogans
Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC1 This has been one of the ABC’s two most successful programs this year, achieving a metro average audience of 958,000 during the five episodes so far, with a total TV share of 16.9 per cent. Discussions about a second series are under way. It’s the story of middleclass doctor Bess Denyar (Annie Maynard), who discovers her mother, Margaret (Robyn Nevin), adopted her. Bess’s natural family, the Wheelers, are from another world, so to speak; a world that centres on souped-up cars. While Margaret, the grand dame, is horrified, Bess rather likes her politically incorrect parents and siblings. In the eighth and final episode, she moves her posh family into a crummy motel so she can lend a hand at the drag-racing championships. Writers Robyn Butler ( The Librarians) and Wayne Hope ( Very Small Business) neatly capture the class system many people argue Australia doesn’t have.