|Tennant and Colman|
|Finneran and Lancashire|
I'm now in the middle of The Slap -- the original Australian version which inspired the upcoming American show. The premise is about a group of 40 something friends and the focus of their lives and relationships begins with a birthday barbecue that ends poorly with one of the characters slapping a child for misbehaving. So simple. Each episode after the first then focuses on an individual character and we see their current lives and issues --- but more importantly, how this incident is affecting them in the midst of their personal turmoils. The acting is great and I can see why American producers picked up on the show. The Australian version is probably more explicit than the American show can be. The entire cast is wonderful and it feels like a more modern and sad thirtysomething.
Great shows....so good. Perfect acting and story lines....enough to make winter tolerable. Foreign programs have a grit that's lacking in American shows....it's hard to describe. There seems to be less of an emphasis on appearance and action and more on acting and character development. I hope you agree.