I N THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
THERE’S romance brewing on this Australian drama, and it just happens to be between two industry stalwarts – Marcus Graham as Pav and Roz Hammond as Claudia. He’s a former cop, she’s a single mum and a nurse. They’re determined to keep whatever’s going on a secret – mainly because everyone has a big mouth, and possibly because it seems everyone lives in the apartment block this series is set in. Poor old Pav can’t even buy protection at the local store, just in case, without the shopkeeper Iris trying to work out what’s going on. Pav rocks up for the date, and Claudia’s teenage daughter Sabine is shocked when the cookies he’s making are both medicinal and herbal. Sabine’s got some relationship dramas of her own. But a better storyline is when Iris recruits one of her gay son’s friends to help her set up an online profile to help him find a date. Without his knowledge. She’s so clueless about the whole thing she thinks she can use a baby app and tell potential suitors he doesn’t like octopus or celery. And soon she’s getting a quick education about emojis and online acronyms. Back at Pav’s house, he’s helping out ex-wife Leonie (Shari Sebbens, pictured with Graham), who is having a long overdue moment with her father, making him finally tell her why he tried to hide her indigenous history from her all her life. Could Pav’s history with Leonie get in the way of something happening with Claudia?