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 Bess Denyar (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Danny Bright (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Julie Wheeler (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Amber Wheeler (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Kayne Wheeler (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Brianna Wheeler (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Edwina Bright (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Oscar Bright (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Shawn Van Winkle (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Wayne Wheeler (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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 Margaret Denyar (24 episodes, 2013-2016)
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The story of two families living at opposite ends of the freeway. Bess Denyar is a doctor with a posh mother, Margaret, an architect husband, Danny Bright, and twin 13-year-olds at a private school, Oscar and Edwina. When Bess finds out that she is adopted, she is stunned, but even more so when she meets her birth parents, Wayne and Julie Wheeler. She also discovers that she has three siblings: Amber, Kayne and Brianna. The 'bogan' Wheelers head up a drag racing team in the outer suburbs and are thrilled to discover the daughter they thought they had lost. Written by anonymous

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Very Australian comedy
28 September 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The term 'bogan' is peculiar to Australia but its origins are unclear. I first heard the term when visiting Parkes NSW in the late 1970s when my friend reported that residents of the town referred to Bogan weather (originating from the west near Bogan Gate). The term slipped from meaning poor weather to meaning second-rate people. This was popularised by the comedienne Mary-Anne Fahey in her schoolgirl character Kylie Mole in the 1980s. The TV series "Upper Middle Bogan" is a sit-com. An upper-middle-class doctor discovers that she was adopted as a baby and finds that her birth parents are "westies" or "bogans". (Non-Australians might have been told that Australia is a classless society but the very essence of the comedy of this show demonstrates the opposite). The comedy develops from the comparison of the values and activities of the "latte set" with those of the showy, superficial, populist bogans. I wonder how people from outside Australia will take this series. There are surely parallels in other societies so not much of the humour is likely to be lost (except on Americans as some of the humour is subtle). The writing is excellent, though a couple of the later episodes were not as strong as the earlier ones. The cast is outstanding, featuring some of Australia's best actors, including a rare TV performance from "royalty" of stage acting, Robyn Nevin. Ms Nevin proves once again what a fine comedy actress she is (remember "A Toast to Melba"?). The visual humour of her calisthenics is wonderful, (even if she didn't intend it to be humorous). The actors portraying members of the Wheeler family of drag racers (the bogans) are very convincing, to the extent that the viewer could believe that they are bogans in real life (which is possibly the case as 80% of Australians are bogans to a greater or lesser degree). This is a refreshing production, showing that Australia can still produce top quality shows despite the budget limitations.


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