REVIEW: FILTHY RICH – SEASON 1

 

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MAIN CAST

Miriama Smith (Power Rangers Dino Thunder)
Emma Fenton (Bridge to Terabithia)
Taylor Hall (Venus and Mars)
Alex Tarrant (800 Words)
Josh McKenzie (Power Rangers Megaforce)
Elizabeth Hawthorne (Cleopatra 2525)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Luciane Buchanan (The Blue Rose)
Shushila Takao (The Last Saint)
Mike Edward (Power Rangers Operation Overdrive)
Erroll Shand (Deathgasm)
Luciane Buchanan (The New Legend of Monkey)
Cristina Serban Ionda (Out of Season)
Jodie Rimmer (Young Hercules)
Siobhan Page (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
Xana Tang (Power Rangers Ninja Steel)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nick Davies (Coverband)
Tania Anderson (We’re Here To Help)
Carl Bland (The Warrior’s Way)
Jay Simon (Shortland Street)
Joe Folau (King Kong)
Becky McEwan (Power Ranges Super Ninja SteeL)
Emily Robins (The Elephant Princess)
Bonnie Soper (The Devil Dared Me To)
Jared Turner (Underworld 3)
Simon Prast (When Love Comes)
Thereasa Healey (Jubilee)
Mark Mitchinson (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

By comparison, the Truebridge family in new drama series, Filthy Rich  seem positively plebeian with their one swimming pool and regular old champagne.  The premise is this one of New Zealand’s wealthiest men has died and left shares in his business to his three illegitimate children.  It throws diverse characters together and is infused with ready-made tension and conflict.

The rich man’s widow Brady Truebridge (Miriama Smith), is a woman so unpleasant and aggressive she could start a fight in a Buddhist retreat.  She’s obviously less than delighted about her dead husband’s illegitimate kids, “stray sperm that should have met a sodding condom”, is her verdict. Brady’s stepson John Junior (Josh McKenzie) does nothing to warm you to the wealthy.  He’s all  overt displays of wealth and a moral compass so non-existent he barely blinks when he realises he’s slept with his half-sister.  I’d say he’s a cliché, but I’ve seen rich kids on Instagram and, based on that, he actually feels sadly convincing.

Into this nest of designer-clad vipers, walk Savannah, Vader and Joe – the three illegitimate kids. Their differing attitudes towards the inheritance quickly become apparent, with Savannah after more cash and Joe only interested in finding out about his own birth mother.  Meanwhile, laid back Vader just seems to go with the flow, but considering he’s impersonating his critically ill foster brother…well he’s got his own problems.

It feels a little bit soapy in parts and at times Brady Truebridge put me in mind of Elizabeth Hurley in The Royals, in terms of fierce matriarchs.  And that’s not really a good thing.  It also has its predictable moments – only someone who has never watched television would have failed to predict Vader’s injured brother impostor storyline. But it’s fun.  It’s got pantomime evil characters, lots of glossy settings and plenty of secrets and conflicts in the offing.  It’s also a 20 episode series so there’s plenty of time to develop the story. Renewed for a second series which means there’s more drama to come
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