SHOE­SMITH TAKES AIM

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - DETECTIVE DON’T MISS THE WEEK’S TOP SHOWS - – Holly Byrnes

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.

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