SHOESMITH TAKES AIM
MR INBETWEEN 2PM/8PM, FRIDAY, FOX SHOWCASE
THE creator and star of this brilliant Barryesque comedy drama, Scott Ryan was the real find of 2018 – a homegrown talent who seemed to spring from nowhere to deliver one of the breakout hits of the year. Balancing his character Ray Shoesmith between the brutality of his day job as a hitman, while devoting his downtime to the care of daughter Brittany (director Nash Edgerton’s step-daughter Chika Yasumura) has proved a fine art and Ryan admits walking that line in season two has been even harder. “The approach from me as a writer is to show those flaws but not lose the audience,” Ryan says. “I think they’re still going to like the guy and see why he is what he is. That’s such a big thing with a show like this one … people can do horrible things, but if you can understand what makes them do the things they do, you can have empathy with them.” You can also enjoy dark laughs, especially when Ray turns up to talk to his daughter’s class about what he does for a living. Not quite the answer the kids or their teacher was expecting.