Being Eve

Saturday 10 January, 5pm on TV6

Being Eve is a light-hearted teen drama series which focuses on the life of 15-year-old philosopher Eve Baxter (Fleur Saville).

Eve is 15 and she can’t help it – she’s a born anthropologist. Eve never played in the sandpit. She just sat on the side watching the other kids, trying to figure out what was going on in their tiny minds. Not that Eve doesn’t have friends – it’s just she spends a lot of time in her own head, trying to find answers to all the big questions.

Eve’s parents are divorced but it’s all worked out fine. Eve lives part of the time with her mum, Vivienne (Alison Bruce), and her younger brother Caleb (Cameron Stanton). Then she packs her bag and heads off to her Dad’s – just next door. Her dad Tim (Stephen Lovatt), is living with his wife, Alannah (Tandi Wright), which is okay by Eve – or it would be, if Alannah didn’t try quite so hard to play the good stepmother. And then there’s Adam (David De Lautour), Eve’s first boyfriend, a very important part of her life.

Producer Vanessa Alexander believes that Fleur Saville, who plays Eve, is the key to the show’s success. “Fleur is amazing,” she says. “She’s not at all like her character, which was actually a big asset because the demands on Fleur as an actor in the title role were so great she needed the confidence and strength to cope physically and mentally. Fleur has fantastic energy. For the last two weeks of production she was in every scene that was shot and she never lost it. She was tremendous.”

In the second series of Being Eve, Eve and Adam’s relationship seems doomed when Adam returns from the summer break with the news that he is moving overseas to live with his Dad … will Eve ever find love again?

Fridays at 5pm (Starts 5 October), on TVNZ 6

Eve observes. Eve philosophises. Eve tries not to get involved. But sometimes, Eve just can’t help herself!

This original Kiwi comedy-drama is a fresh, up-beat look at early teen life seen through the eyes of 15-year-old Eve.

Eve is the voice of this series literally.

Her thoughts are heard loud and clear as she muses either directly to camera or in voiceover – on what it means to be a teenager today and where she fits into all of this.

Media savvy teenagers are always questioning reality and looking for something new. Eve asks big questions, small questions, all questions.

However, the show doesn’t impose moral issues on its young viewers, nor does it patronize them. Eve simply helps them make sense of the confusing adult world around them.

Being Eve provides everyone with the opportunity to observe and laugh, with cool characters they can identify with.

The show was a finalist in the International Emmy Awards 2002 (Children & Young People), Gold World Medal Winner (Teen Programmes) in the New York Festivals 2002, and received the 2002 TV Guide New Zealand Television Awards for Best Drama Series, Best Contribution Soundtrack and Best Contribution Design.