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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Ready for This Mon­day, 6.20pm, ABC Three

Five in­dige­nous teenagers ar­rive in Syd­ney from their homes, far away. They bring with them dif­fer­ent tal­ents and all the angst of youth. They ar­rive at a hos­tel, Arcadia House, run by Vee (Chris­tine Anu) and Mick (Lasarus Rat­uere), but they don’t bond in­stantly. “You’re all here be­cause you’re spe­cial,” Vee tells them at din­ner. For some it’s an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time, for oth­ers it’s their last chance to make some­thing of them­selves. In the first of 13 episodes, Lily (Leonie Why­man) makes it clear she’s not stay­ing; Zoe (Madeleine Mad­den) is a sprint cham­pion whose goal is the Olympics but first she has to win over the bitchy girls at the lo­cal high school; Ava (Ma­jeda Beatty) must over­come nerves to per­form be­fore her mu­sic class; Levi (Aaron McGrath) has what it takes to be­come a great foot­baller; and Dy­lan (Liam Talty) swaps his tal­ent as a vi­o­lin­ist for his pas­sion for elec­tronic mu­sic and graf­fiti art. Then there’s Reece (Chris­tian By­ers), who be­friends Lily at school and yearns to join Arcadia House. A sub­plot fea­tures the an­tag­o­nism be­tween Zoe and Levi, who dis­cover their fam­i­lies are on op­po­site sides of a mob dis­pute back in Dar­win. This ter­rific se­ries — by the mul­ti­award win­ning pro­duc­ers of Dance Academy and Red­fern Now — is snap­pily scripted and is very more-ish. It could easily trans­fer from this chil­dren’s chan­nel to main­stream ABC.

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