DO­ING THE DIRTY WORK

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

THIS edgy comedy drama kicks off with sev­eral bangs, in­clud­ing life-sav­ing thumps on the chest of a young man in the wrong place at the wrong time. The al­ways re­mark­able Anna Paquin (pic­tured, left, ThePiano) leads a stel­lar en­sem­ble cast in this six-part se­ries about life in the fast and sor­did lane of cri­sis man­age­ment and spin for stars (set in the UK but could be any­where in the world, re­ally). As Amer­i­can PR ex­ec­u­tive Robyn, Paquin is charged with fix­ing the mess of a ‘sex-ad­dict’ celebrity chef whose wife wants to di­vorce him; soon af­ter she has to mop up af­ter a drug-abus­ing gay foot­baller, forced into a show en­gage­ment to cover for an­other mon­u­men­tal scan­dal. Where Paquin and this show shines is the clever sto­ry­telling – side-split­tingly funny one minute, ex­plor­ing the com­plex­ity of the main char­ac­ter next, who as we dis­cover, is a wo­man des­per­ately in need of some dam­age con­trol her­self. She shares many of her client’s vices and is wrestling with a painful an­niver­sary while sab­o­tag­ing plans to have a baby with her hus­band. As the celebrity chef re­marks, she is one com­pli­cated wo­man. The writ­ing is bril­liant and Paquin’s costars are also im­pres­sive: from hard task mas­ter boss Caro­line, played by Ho­tel Rwanda’s So­phie Okonedo (above, right) and Ly­dia Wil­son, who stars as Eve, the PR who shares an of­fice with Robyn. You’ll just adore the em­bat­tled in­tern Melody, played by Rebecca Ben­son, who Doc­torWho fans will recog­nise.

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