Up­per Mid­dle Class Bo­gans

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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