Premieres April 13 2009

Premiering this week on TV2 is the brand new Australian drama series Satisfaction, which reveals the world of five high-class escorts and their manager as they juggle the pressures of their private lives with their secret profession.

Set in and around 232, an up-market city brothel, Satisfaction does not shy away from portraying this world in full frontal. Actress Diana Glenn (Chloe) says that the show makes no excuses for its raunchy subject matter:

“As the first episode is the establishing episode, it is perhaps the most confronting in terms of the sex and nudity as we wanted to kind of get that over and done with, without apology to set up the context and truth of a world of sex workers.”

Exploring the relationships between the six characters, Chloe (Diana Glenn), Natalie (Kestie Morassi), Tippi (Bojana Novakovic), Heather (Peta Sergeant), Mel (Madeleine West) and Lauren (Alison Whyte), Satisfaction gives powerful insight into the parallel lives these women lead.

Speaking about this parallel life, Glenn says she sometimes felt like she was playing two entirely different people:

“It was the duplicity of this role that made it such a treat as an actress. Here is this woman, so supposedly competent and in control at work as a sex worker, having known it since she was fifteen, and then she comes home to a completely constructed, fabricated middle class life with Vogue decor and a fourteen year old daughter at private school, who she has been lying to her whole life. It is the struggle of trying to hold these two worlds together and keep them running smoothly alongside each other that is so tragic to watch and compelling to play, it costs her so much. It is a train wreck waiting to happen.”

Enthusing about the great script, Glenn says she jumped at the chance to be a part of the project, approaching the subject matter, and within it, her role of a prostitute with intrigue.

“To be honest, I had been fascinated, as I am sure a lot of people are, by that world, so when I initially heard about Satisfaction, I was intrigued to find out more. When I read the first four scripts, I was initially impressed with the writing, it had been a long time since I’d had the pleasure of reading something of that calibre, but most of all it was the characters of these women that had me hooked. I was very moved by all of them, and couldn’t wait to find out how their stories continued. I think we all gravitated to one particular character and mine was definitely Chloe. I felt I understood her, and desperately wanted the opportunity to play her.”

In this week’s premiere, Chloe’s world begins to unravel when a long standing regular, Warwick, fails to turn up for his monthly visit. Surprisingly, it’s this meek man and his ‘disappearance’ which exposes Chloe’s insecurity and shakes her relationship with her long-term but frequently absent boyfriend Josh. Questions about family from her 14-year-old daughter Bonnie propel Chloe back to where it all began, in a dusty town with a passing truck driver.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Satisfaction will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘on demand’ button.

Photo: Diana Glenn (Chloe).

Monday 13 April, 10.30pm, TV2

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