Good news for you DIRECTV customers! I'm not one of them unfortunately.
DIRECTV’s Audience Network (Channel 239, included at no extra charge with any DIRECTV package) has acquired and added 2 critically-acclaimed non-American dramas we've covered here on S&A to its programming lineup beginning in February: The Slap, premiering Wednesday, February 15 at 10pm ET/PT; and The Shadow Line, premiering on Sunday, February 19 at 9pm ET/PT.
First a recap of the Australian TV 8-part mini-series The Slap which co-stars Sophie Okonedo:
The Slap is based on the award-winning novel by Christos Tsiolkas and traces the shattering repercussions of a single event on a group of family and friends. At an Australian backyard barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his son. The boy's parents are so affronted by the assault that they call the police and legal action results, as questions of parenting, the rights of children, race, class, sexuality and the different perspectives of men and women are tackled.
Sophie Okonedo plays "Aisha," and here's how ABC Australia's website describes her:
The slap took place at Aisha’s house, during her party for her husband’s 40th birthday. Hugo, the child who was slapped, is the son of one of her best friends, Rosie. On the other hand, Harry, the man who slapped Hugo, is her brother-in-law. She has her own reasons for siding with Rosie, which go far deeper than the slap itself, and threaten to unravel her family. Aisha is married to Hector. She is a woman whose resilience and strength holds her family together. She also is a successful professional woman with her own veterinary business. Entering her forties, she is assailed by doubts about her marriage and future. The slap at the barbecue has left her torn, her loyalties divided between her husband and one of her oldest friends. She fights for what is important to her, but feels like she is losing her grip.
From that description, and the below first trailer, I'd say her role is a meaty one.
I embedded a few videos below; watch Sophie discuss her role in the first video, and, if you missed it, watch the series trailer underneath (more when more is revealed).
But first, a recap of the BBC-produced crime/drama series The Shadow Line which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor:
In it Ejiofor stars as Detective Inspector Jonah Gabriel, who suffers from amnesia, thanks to a bullet lodged in his brain, which leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass and his colleagues regard him with suspicion. Gabriel is on his first case, since being shot during a botched police operation that left his partner dead. He’s now been assigned to investigate the murder of a drug baron, and has to follow an increasingly complicated line of investigation, all the while wondering whether he can trust anyone, not least, himself.
Here’s the BBC’s breakdown:
From the cop with a bullet in his brain, whose amnesia leaves him doubtful of his own moral compass; to the drug-lord driven by a profound personal tragedy, risking it all on one last deal; to the brilliantly lethal puppet-master who gradually emerges from the shadows to bring the story to its shocking climax – The Shadow Line explores the morality of these characters as they negotiate the repercussions of Wratten’s death and attempt to navigate the fine line between right and wrong. As the thread around Wratten’s operation begins to unravel, the web of intrigue becomes more complex – and the question of which side of the line they stand on becomes increasingly blurred. An intelligent and gripping conspiracy thriller that delves to the heart of human morality, The Shadow Line will have audiences enthralled over seven taut and thrilling episodes. Faced with similar dilemmas, on which side of the line would you stand?
The 7-episode series, which originally aired in the UK last May, is written, produced and directed by Hugo Blick.
What does Chiwetel say we should expect from the new series?
“I think it’s something that’s thrilling and engaging. It’s got really great writing in it and I think it’s going to look amazing and pretty beautiful. You’ve just got to follow the twists and turns as they happen. I think it’s a really exciting and engaging piece of drama,” he said in a BBC press release.
UK audiences have already seen both The Slap and The Shahow Line, so you folks are waaay ahead of the rest of us; so cool it with any spoilers in your comments will ya lads? Thanks!
Underneath the videos for The Slap, watch a 2-minute trailer for The Shadow Line.
And here's the trailer for The Shadow Line: