An­i­mated cops hit the spot

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Pa­cific Heat,

Pa­cific Heat This 13-part an­i­mated com­edy se­ries is from the in­de­fati­ga­ble award-win­ning Work­ing Dog team of Santo Ci­lauro, Tom Gleis­ner, Rob Sitch and Michael Hirsh, the pro­duc­tion com­pany that just can’t help dream­ing up new and even more orig­i­nal TV se­ries to keep ev­ery­one laugh­ing.

They are, of course, re­spon­si­ble for in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar TV se­ries such as Front­line, Thank God You’re Here, The Panel, The Hol­low­men and Utopia.

And this very funny, pulpy lit­tle show is an­other ex­cur­sion into the al­ways im­per­fect, chaotic, ir­reg­u­lar and ac­ci­den­tal char­ac­ter of the hu­man con­di­tion.

Set against the sun-drenched par­adise of the Gold Coast, the se­ries is based on the ex­ploits of an un­der­cover spe­cial unit known as Pa­cific Heat estab­lished by po­lice author­i­ties to tackle ev­ery­one from in­ter­na­tional drug car­tels and rad­i­cal eco-ex­trem­ists to no­to­ri­ous bikie gangs.

This covert squad of highly trained, heav­ily armed op­er­a­tives does not of­fi­cially ex­ist. Un­con­ven­tional, and with an ar­rest rate sec­ond to none, these guys are not afraid to op­er­ate out­side the law — pro­vided their in­trepid leader doesn’t have to mess his im­mac­u­late coif­fure.

He’s Spe­cial Agent Todd Som­merville (voiced by Sitch), a cop un­con­cerned with bend­ing the rules; Spe­cial Agent Zac Valen­tic (Ci­lauro) is the tough man of the team; and spe­cial agents Mad­die Riggs (Re­becca Massey) and Veron­ica “VJ” De­lane (Lu­cia Mas­tran­tone) are the brains and beauty of the team.

Sitch in­evitably dom­i­nates, Som­merville an­other vari­a­tion on his very funny stock char­ac­ter, full of same gorm­less naivety, his life a se­ries of de­feats, hu­mil­i­a­tions, prat­falls and disas­ters — but this time he’s car­ry­ing a gun. Sun­day, 8pm, Com­edy.

Work­ing Dog’s fea­tures a bunch of spe­cial agents who will have you in stitches

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