A new family drama starring Harriet Walter (The Crown) and Frances O’Connor (Mr Selfridge) is coming to Sky and Australia’s Foxtel in 2019. The duo will play the role of mother and daughter in The End – a 10 part series created by Samantha Strauss (Dance Academy).
Strauss recently tweeted her excitement.
Yay! Can FINALLY announce this series that I've loved so hard and for so long. Can't wait to start filming. https://t.co/1gOyAHbFwC
— Samantha Strauss (@brakes4unicorns) September 26, 2018
The show follows three generations of one family who are dealing with life and contemplating with death. Playing the role of Dr. Kate Brennan, O’Connor is ready to delve more into what makes her character’s story so significant for viewers. O’Connor added, “It’s thrilling to be returning home to Australia to be part of such an original series and to be playing a character as complex, interesting and conflicted as Dr. Kate Brennan.”
We will also see Brennan’s children face struggles that every young person has to go through with their lives while also dealing with their parents. The young generation seems to be the unhappiest due to surroundings of social media and this worldwide pressure of achieving the most.
Walter plays Edie Henley, Kate’s mother, whose every passing age means a year closer to her demise. How she chooses to live the rest of her life, is up to her. Walter said, “This is a really original project and I can’t wait to get stuck into the character of Edie who is not quite like any other part I’ve played. Exciting.”
The importance of this show is to answer uncomfortable questions and learn how to cope with our emotions. Strauss said, “So often we shy away from death and try to sanitize it, pretend it’s never going to happen. This series aims to do the opposite. As our characters figure out how to die, they’re really grappling with how they’ve lived and what they’re going to do with the time they have left. The series is also fairly mad with things like giant vaginas and lots of bad sex. No one’s perfect in this family but they love each other for their flaws and hopefully, audiences will too.”
People tend to watch the raw, honest stories and they find ways to relate to such characters. The stories can become influential in ways we could never imagine. The End will, no doubt, be one of those shows.