FOUR EYES: Party Tricks tops off great year for TV drama

Rodger Corser and Asher Keddie star in Party Tricks.IT’S usual at this time of the year to say what shows have really appealed over the last 12 months.
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For series I’d put Party Tricks right up the top.

This Channel Ten romantic comedy-drama starring Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser was well scripted, well produced and beautifully acted by Keddie and Corsair with great chemistry between them as lovers who parted and then found themselves opposing each other for the Victorian elections, she as Labor Premier and he as leader of the Liberal Party, parachuted into that position just before the election.

Party Tricks is now out on DVD so if you’re looking for a great Christmas present to give someone, this is it!

The Code (ABC) was also up there as a really good and terribly exciting Aussie drama – its only fault was that it was a mite too complicated.

FOR overseas dramas there was nothing as good as The Fall (SBS) starring Gillian Anderson as an amoral detective and Jamie Dornan as a psycho killer.

The second series is playing on Foxtel so we’ll have to wait a while to see it on free television.

Runner-up was between The Good Wife on Ten and Borgen on SBS.

The Good Wife has one main character killed in a court room and another charged with drug offences, and at the series end the drug charges are still sticking.

Alicia Florrick (the good wife) hasn’t been so good of late and is standing for State’s Attorney.

Will she – I don’t think so.

She is certainly in the running but I think she’ll squib at the end.

Borgen had our heroine, the former Danish Prime Minister, now the leader of a very small party with elections coming up, aren’t they always?

Along the way she gets breast cancer and loses one of her faithful followers, but did she come good in the end.

What do you think?

Incidentally I believe that a bill put forward in Borgen had now been put to the real Danish Parliament.

FOR comedy I would put Utopia as the number one.

This ABC series was centred on an infrastructure Federal department and the only thing wrong with it was it didn’t always seem a parody of such as department but a mirror on the real thing.

If you follow politics at all, it was frightenly funny.

MY favourite advertisement – and there were few I liked – were the ones for Jeeps.

Even Santa Claus got into the act having finished his chores early because he bought a Jeep.

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