The Commons

The Commons is a thought-provoking look at a not-to-distant future.

The Commons is a thought-provoking look at a not-to-distant future.Credit:   

New series ★★★★

Wednesday, 25 December, Stan

Sure, catastrophic climate change has its downside. But it’s driving some fabulous fiction, in countless novels and now on the small screen too. In this intriguing new local series from Shelley Birse (The Code), we’re in a plausible near-future or recognisable alternate present where life goes on – sort of – despite acid rain, extreme weather, extreme drought and extreme fires having their inevitable effect on civil society.

Joanne Froggatt’s Eadie and her family are among the lucky ones, living inside a metropolitan centre where despite widespread urban decay basic public infrastructure continues to function, sometimes in a rudimentary way, sometimes a high-tech one. Oh. And have we mentioned that a ghastly new disease is slowly but steadily destroying the human race? At the heart of all this is the very human story of Eadie and her family, and a web of complex ethical and philosophical questions about the best way to live when the world is going to hell in a handbasket around you. The two international marquee names – Froggatt and Rupert Penry-Jones – are simply the icing on a rich cake of Australian talent including Damon Herriman, David Lyons and John Waters. And the whole package is as handsome as it is thought-provoking.

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