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Set in the frantic, high-stakes world of the British government, this BBC drama series centers on the unsung heroes of party politics - those ambitious young men and women who keep the government ticking over like a well-oiled machine. When Danny, Scott, Ashika and Kirsty are not absorbed in their own personal dramas, they are beavering away behind the scenes at Westminster as researchers and advisers. Unlike most self-involved twenty-somethings, these four must shoulder the incredible responsibility of running a country - and the pressures that entails. Party Animals invites you into a world of cloak-and-dagger politics, where power play and sexual intrigue are the order of the day.
WARNING: Contains brief nudity and adult language. Viewer discretion is advised.
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The premise is simple, two brothers, as in the greatest of stories, two brothers, raised on politics by an office-holding father who set the bar so high and then did the worst thing a father can do: died. Danny (Smith) and Scott (Andrew Buchan of Broadchurch and the best Jane Eyre adaptation in history, the 2006 White, Welch and Wilson version) live together and work for the same political goals as their father did, in very different ways. Scott is a lobbyist and Danny is a researcher (basically a Congressional assistant for us Americans). They work hard and make mistakes and fall on their faces and get back up because they want so desperately to be important in their cause, to fight and make it happen, whatever the issue happens to be, and they care, too much, about the political wheels and the spin and turnabout and the rhetoric and the regime.
They each have lives, love interests and friends, or so it seems but the goal of this too short-lived political drama, as seen from the very first moment, is that their lives, their loves, their friends, even their family, in all ways, at all times, are part of the political process. There is no out for either of them and political service exacts a price, often too high to pay. The supporting cast, what I consider anyone other than Smith and Buchan, is a beautifully selected group of talent including Raquel Cassidy and Shelley Conn and, though they share near equal screen time to the boys, it is the boys and the tale of their struggles that keeps you glued to the screen for this one. I watched this in two days, with work and familial obligations, two days. I typically hate drama. I typically hate politics, having been very much like these boys in my youth. I typically hate anything without lots of violence or sex or spaceships, yet, somehow, I love this show. It is raw and real and beautiful and painful and loving and hateful and so much like those films I remember from the eighties about newsrooms and political scandals and congressmen and presidents and senators and teenage interns and lies and truths and manipulations and clear consciences.
I highly recommend this program to anyone to enjoys drama, political drama, family drama, or basically anything that airs after 9pm that isn't about or filmed for children. Give it a try. Really. It is that good. Promise.
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and didn't watch more than 35 minutes.