Satisfaction

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

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10:30pm Monday, July 5 on TV2

Saucy Australian drama Satisfaction is back for more, premiering a new season of titillations from the exclusive gentleman’s club, 232.

When the drama first premiered, the steamy nature of the show was bound to raise a few eyebrows, but critically acclaimed and now into its third season, Satisfaction has proven its detractors wrong.

Producer Andy Walker explains to Who Magazine Australia: “People didn’t want a bar of it as soon as they heard the word ‘prostitutes’. It’s much easier now.”

For Madeleine West, who plays high-class escort Mel, the show “is about celebrating women in all shapes and forms. And celebrating our sexuality and freedom of choice.”

Dustin Clare, who plays Sean, 232’s first male hooker, says the nudity or sex scenes didn’t bother him. “You know [about] that going into it,” he explains. “I don’t have anyone to pass it by except my mum. She said, ‘That’s OK if it works for the role.'”

In tonight’s new season premiere, 232 has never been busier. With Chloe (Diana Glenn) and Heather (Peta Sergeant) away, Nat (Kestie Morassi) recruits a new girl for 232. Young, wild and unpredictable, Amy (Camille Keenan) ruffles feathers from day one. However, before she can join the team, she needs to pass Sean’s ‘roadtest’.

After trying out the world of escorting, Lauren (Alison Whyte) finds herself enticed back to 232, while Mel encounters an unexpected problem which has a huge impact on her ability to work. With the economic crisis bearing down, it forces Mel to make decisions which significantly affect her future. Meanwhile, Nat and Sean’s burgeoning relationship grows increasingly unusual.

I can’t believe they killed Tippy. I liked the bit where young Tippy in angel wings takes her older self by the hand and walked through 232 to see all her friends. It was very moving and I did shed a tear.

Monday 22 June, 10.30pm

The sizzling second season of acclaimed Australian drama series, Satisfaction, kicks off tonight, with the season premiere finding the girls of 232 picking up the pieces from Season One’s shattering conclusion.

Back to work, and with the introduction of a new escort, 232 continues to service its clients like never before – yet behind the thin professional veil, relationships are tested and the boundaries of love crossed. Rivalry abounds, secrets are uncovered and futures questioned.

Set in and around 232, an up-market city brothel, Satisfaction exposes the secret world of sex workers whilst uncovering the relationships they forge – as worker, mother, sister, brother, friend… and lover.

Monday 04 May, 10.30pm

The harsh reality of work at the up-market brothel, 232 hits newly initiated Lauren in the face, tonight on TV2’s steamy drama, Satisfaction.

After testing the water at 232, and experiencing the world of being a high class escort, Lauren turns on her heel and heads back to the familiarity of suburbia. However after Lauren has a heart-to-heart with Chloe, she realises that sex work will help her confront the breakdown of her marriage to Phil and some uncomfortable sexual issues.

Returning to 232, Lauren regains her confidence, gets herself a thankful regular and develops the steel to order Phil out of her life.

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