Dirty Work Making Decent Telly
New Zealand Listener|February 16-22, 2019

A locally written drama for Aussie TV recrosses the Ditch to entertain us with mothers who struggle for perfection.

Russell Brown

In the very first shot of Bad Mothers (TVNZ 1, Wednesday, 8.30pm), there is a dead body. What unfolds thereafter is very much about the struggles of the living.

The new drama is the second creation for the Australian TV market by Filthy Productions, the Auckland based company founded by Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan (Filthy Rich, Dirty Laundry). It’s set in the fictional fancy Melbourne suburb of Bedford, but its real backdrop is the universality of mum politics. Did the writers have something personal to draw on there?

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