The Slap

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 9.30pm, Stu­dio This eight-part se­ries based on the mul­ti­award win­ning novel by Aus­tralian au­thor Chris­tos Tsi­olkas de­buted on ABC1 in 2011. It’s one of those pro­grams that gen­uinely re­flects the essence of the book (which I have to say ir­ri­tated me); ter­rific per­for­mances by Jonathan LaPaglia (brother of An­thony), Melissa Ge­orge, Lex Mari­nos and Alex Dim­i­tri­ades bring the story alive. In the days af­ter a guest at a bar­be­cue slaps a child not his own, the tight cir­cle be­gins to dis­in­te­grate as each per­son re­acts. It’s a clever take on re­la­tion­ships within Greek and sub­ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties. The se­ries won crit­i­cal ac­claim and an av­er­age au­di­ence of about 950,000 first time around. This is episode one, a good place to start if you missed it two years ago.

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