- The Secret Life of Us
show_name = The Secret Life Of Us
runtime = 60 Minutes
creator = John Edwards
executive producer =
John Edwards Amanda Higgs
Deborah Mailman Abi Tucker Joel Edgerton Sibylla Budd
July 16, 2001
December 28, 2005
num_episodes = 86
imdb_id = 0289825
tv_com_id = 1540
"The Secret Life of Us" was a
2001- 2005 television dramaseries set in the beachside suburb of St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. The series screened in Australia on Network Tenand on Channel 4in the UK, initially being co-funded by the two networks (Channel 4 pulled out after the third series; the fourth series remains unaired in the UK), and produced by Southern Star Entertainment. In other countries, it has been shown on New Zealand's TV3, the Ireland's RTÉ Two, Canada's PrideVision, the Netherlands's Yorin, France's Canal Plus, Norway's NRK, and Israel's Channel 2.
The show revolves around a group of friends in their mid twenties to early thirties who live in a St Kilda
apartment block(the actual block is Belvedere Flats on the Esplanade). Their interaction with one another, relationships with other friends and romantic interests, along with their personal and career development, are featured.
Initially, the series was immensely popular in Australia, and had a devoted cult following in the UK. The show's ratings began to dwindle following the departure of several main characters and the introduction of new characters. The third series featured a particularly high character turnover with many original characters leaving the show during this period while their replacements failed to last out the series. The fourth series concluded with only two of the original characters - barkeeper Simon (Tredinnick) and uni-student Kelly (Mailman) - still on board, after the key character of writer Evan (Johnson) departed early in that season.
Production ended abruptly in 2004 after the fourth series had been completed. The show was canceled after the first three episodes of the fourth series had aired in Australia to disastrously low ratings. The program was removed from its prime-time timeslot and the final, unscreened, episodes from that season were broadcast with little publicity in late
All four series of the show are available on
DVDin Australia and the first three are also now available in the UK, with the fourth due for release in 2009.
The title music is "Death Defy" by Melbourne band
Recurring Guest Stars
Todd MacDonaldas Nathan Lieberman
Vince Colosimoas Dr. Anthony 'Rex' Mariani
Rhys Muldoonas Frank Goodman
Diana Glennas Jemima
Jacek Komanas Dominic
Alice Garneras Caitlin
Jess Goweras Sam
Elena Mandalisas Sarea
Catherine McClementsas Carmen
Pia Mirandaas Talia
Tasma Waltonas Leah
* Damien Richardson as Ken
Damian Walshe-Howlingas Mac
List of Australian television series
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=675914;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 The Secret Life of Us at the National Film and Sound Archive]
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