Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Offspring Is Strange, Yet Oddly Familiar; Family Drama Revealed

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Offspring Is Strange, Yet Oddly Familiar; Family Drama Revealed

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IF the line-up of stars appearing in Network Ten's new family comedy series Offspring seems familiar, that's because it is.

Asher Keddie, Kat Stewart, Don Hany and Deborah Mailman have all at some time appeared in at least one of the following hit TV shows: The Secret Life of Us, Tangle, Underbelly and Love My Way.

Produced by John Edwards (The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Tangle) and Imogen Banks (Tangle), Offspring is an Australian comedy/drama set in Melbourne and centres on the life and thoughts of 30-something obstetrician Nina Proudman.

Nina is juggling an emotionally and physically draining job and a complicated and demanding family life Co all the while keeping her eye out for love.

The show explores the absurdities and frustrations of Nina's life through an inner monologue, interrupted by her own fantasies.

While some characters feel as well-worn and familiar as a pair of old shoes Co the self-absorbed sister (Stewart), philandering father (John Waters), trouble-making brother (Rick Davies) and Australia's answer to Dr McDreamy (Hany) Co the eccentric comedy gives us a fresh take on the formula, Stewart promises.

"It feels really fresh to us ... it doesn't feel like we're following a blueprint," Stewart said.

"I think The Secret Life Of Us is a really good reference point, but it's not that either.

"It's got a lot more comedy in it Co it's a lot lighter and it's quite bent; it's quite, odd it's quite eccentric. Nina has flashes of fantasy and things blow up and it's really quite left-of-field in some ways.

"It feels really quite unique."

Stewart has had ample experience playing the naughty sister.

The second season of family drama Tangle premiered on the Showcase channel last month in which Stewart plays the damaged, wayward sister to Justine Clarke's matriarch.

"They're both (producers) John and Imogen shows too," Stewart laughs, adding that with two brothers she didn't have much personal experience to rely on. …

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