Dr Mumbo

Alas, poor Merrick, they buggered up his scene so well

The excellent thing about a well made TV drama is the way that the viewers can lose themselves in the moment.  

merrick-watts-underbellyWhen the magic works, good writing, acting and directing combines to make the viewer feel as though they’re there and to absolutely, utterly feel like the character standing in front of them is real – even if they’re an already familiar face.

For Nine, enjoying the success of Underbelly, of course the network wouldn’t let crude commercial considerations get in the way of such viewer immersion. There are after all already something like 57 minutes of ad breaks per hour for the show, and squeezing any more from it would just be greedy, wouldn’t it?

Like in last night’s episode, and the pivotal moment of the first, and brief, appearance of Mr Asia, played by radio presenter Merrick Watts.

What could be more harmless to put on screen at that point than A BLOODY GREAT POP-UP AD for the Merrick & Rosso radio show.

They really do respect their product, don’t they?


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