DOING THE DIRTY WORK
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.