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SHOW: Safe Har­bour CHANNEL: SBS TIME: Wed, 8.30pm (premiere)

FOR some peo­ple, any talk or cov­er­age of asy­lum seek­ers and refugees at­tempt­ing to land on Aus­tralia’s shores is enough to send them into frenzy.

Those in favour of Aus­tralia help­ing refugees find safety here rail against the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for its hard-line pol­icy while those that favour our no boats al­lowed at­ti­tude have lit­tle sym­pa­thy for the refugees’ rea­sons for mak­ing such a hazardous trip.

For many tele­vi­sion view­ers the mere hint of the issue com­ing onto the screen is enough for them to hit the re­mote con­trol but in the case of the new SBS drama se­ries ‘Safe Har­bour’ that would be a ter­ri­ble mis­take.

Safe Har­bour is de­scribed as a bold new psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller about a group of friends whose sail­ing hol­i­day of a life­time al­ters their lives for­ever af­ter they cross paths with a struggling fish­ing boat over­loaded with asy­lum seek­ers en-route to Aus­tralia.

The Aus­tralians de­cide to tow the refugees, but when they wake the next morn­ing the fish­ing boat is gone.

Five years later they learn the truth – some­one cut the rope be­tween the two boats, with tragic con­se­quences.

For most of us there are no personal phys­i­cal con­se­quences if refugees are aban­doned at sea or not, but ‘what if’ we had as­sisted such a boat in dis­tress one minute only to find next day the boat had been let loose by a ship­mate and then some five years later we came face to face with one of the peo­ple we had de­serted who is now a taxi-driver.

We then learn that be­cause of our ac­tions seven peo­ple on the boat died, in­clud­ing the daugh­ter of the taxi-driver.

Even just view­ing the trailer there is a sense of fore­bod­ing that will make it hard not to tune into this spell­bind­ing plot.

Safe Har­bour has su­perb pro­duc­tion val­ues, great cast and sense of ma­tu­rity and qual­ity not of­ten viewed on Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion.

For­get re­al­ity tv, this is more like the real thing.

Safe Har­bour airs over four weeks, pre­mier­ing tonight at 8.30pm on SBS.

BEST LAID PLANS: When some hol­i­day­mak­ers on a sail­ing trip come across a refugee boat they don’t re­alise how much it will change their lives.

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