PLAYING FOR KEEPS
SHOW: Playing for Keeps CHANNEL: WIN TIME: 8.30pm Wednesday
IT’S doubtful that the lifestyles of football WAGs (wives and girlfriends) are really as glamorous as we’re led to believe.
Though their roles are often romanticised, we tend to forget that these women who project Instagram-worthy perfection in public are often no different to the rest of us.
Of course, there are always those drawn to footy’s fame and big dollars like moths to a flame, and new WIN series Playing for Keeps, which kicks off tonight, plays up the potential for a seedy Mean Girls-like underworld of WAG behaviour.
With soapie stars Madeleine West and Olympia Valance, and Annie Maynard (recently seen in Upper Middle Bogan) in key roles, the series follows the path blazed by early 2000s show Footballers Wives, which centred on the female partners of fictional English soccer players.
In Playing for Keeps, a young country girl (Cece Peters) relocates to the city after her boyfriend is recruited by AFL club Southern Jets.
She is a fish out of water in her new world, but is taught the ways of the WAG by the coach’s wife (West) and other world-weary types, and also becomes privy to their secrets – which may include covering up a murder.
Surprisingly for a sportsmad nation, series and films set around footy clubs have never been that successful here - perhaps because the real thing always offers more drama.
But this will be worth an initial look, if only as guilty pleasure viewing – and to realise how lucky we are not to be in the AFL fishbowl.
◆ OFF-FIELD DRAMA: WAGs of the fictional Southern Jets AFL team are the focus of new WIN series Playing for Keeps.