American drama Satisfaction commences tonight on TV3

Would you risk your marriage to save it? That is the central question in Satisfaction, the American drama that commences tonight on TV3.

Married for 18 years with a 16-year-old daughter, Satisfaction begins with Neil (Matt Passmore) and Grace Truman (Stephanie Szostak) in a rut, not only in their marriage, but also in their professional lives. After a long day at his tedious investment banking job, Neil discovers Grace having sex with an escort (Blair Redford), but instead of confronting his wife about it, Neil unexpectedly becomes an escort himself – suddenly finding renewed meaning in life.

“The love story really comes out of a couple who have been married for a long time and haven’t been happy for a while, have lost touch with themselves and with each other,” Passmore explains.

“As the series progresses, even though they do it in very unconventional ways and in ways we might think that that’s the opposite of a love story, they really are striving to get back in touch with themselves and back with each other.”

Passmore stresses that Neil and Grace still love each other and neither wants to break up. The escort element is not a catalyst for ending their marriage, but saving it.

“It’d be very easy for him to check out, but Neil is a doer,” Passmore continues. “He really makes a huge change in his life when he realises just how unsatisfied he is. Even when his life is thrown upside-down and he realises his wife has a male escort, he still doesn’t give up.”

Satisfaction will flash back throughout the couple’s marriage to happier and difficult times that have led to this rut. In the present, Grace will remain in the dark about Neil’s moonlighting sex-capades, not to mention his knowledge of her own, for the time being, which Passmore believes will only magnify her drive to reignite the spark in their marriage.

“Grace really starts to fight,” he says. “She realises she gave up a lot and sacrificed a lot and she’s doing something about that as well [to] try and find satisfaction.”

Satisfaction, 9:30pm Sundays on TV3.

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