Janet King

Review: TV program
Janet King

first four episodes as seen ABC iView – also live on ABC

I viewed the first four of these episodes through ABC’s iView following a recommendation from a friend. It is indeed good. The plot follows much of the usual lines for a TV Cop/Legal drama. Most of the acting is good with full marks to the lead actor, Marta Dusseldorp.

Apparently this is a spin-off from a previous ABC legal drama. I cannot comment on the previous as based on the ABC’s own advertising, it just did not appeal.

This program, Janet King, is definitely worth the watch. The support characters are generally interesting. Although, for some reason, John Howard (actor not politician) as the retired senior police chief in the early episodes, looked as if he was acting by numbers.

The plot has the usual levels of twists and turns. It keeps up a reasonably fast pace and keeps you interested. No ducking out for a loo stop or cup of tea, as things happen fast. The dialogue is generally tight.

The fact that they push the levels of credibility in this fiction has a strange nuance to it given that the real-life politics and policing in NSW have always been beyond belief. So while it is not always believable and that’s half the fun with these programs, the plot rings true with the reality of many issues within NSW.

Again I say that Marta Dusseldorp is doing a great job. I am looking forward to watching the next four episodes.

My rating is based on what I have seen so far. If they resist going for over complicating every character’s lives, as too many writers do in similar programs, then it should remain as is.

Recommended: rating 8/10

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Paul Costigan, 23 March 2014.

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