Satisfaction (Australian TV series)
Logo for the series
|Created by||Roger Simpson|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kim Vecera|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original run||5 December 2007 – 9 February 2010|
Satisfaction is an Australian television drama series which screened on the subscription television channel Showcase. It also screens in the Republic of Ireland on free-to-air channel TV3 and its sister channel 3e, and in New Zealand on free-to-air channel TV2 respectively.
The series was filmed in Melbourne, and was created by writer/producer Roger Simpson with producer Andy Walker and executive producer Kim Vecera. It centers around the lives and loves of a group of women who are sex workers in a high class brothel.
Production for the third season began in June 2009 and commenced screening in December 2009.
On December 31, 2010, it was revealed by TV Tonight that Satisfaction was officially cancelled, and that season 3 was the last season in production.
Satisfaction is set in and around '232', an up-market city brothel. The show is centered around five high class escorts and their manager as they juggle the pressures of their private lives with their profession. Chloe (Diana Glenn) tells her 14-year-old daughter that she works in a casino, but realises that she will fairly soon learn the truth. Mel (Madeleine West) is being pursued by Nick (Robert Mammone), the owner of '232', whose daughter, Natalie (Kestie Morassi), is the manager. Tippi (Bojana Novakovic), a beautiful and vivacious young blonde, is taking classes in creative writing. Heather (Peta Sergeant), a dominatrix, is a lesbian whose partner, Ally, is desperate to have a baby. And Lauren (Alison Whyte), an older woman who works as receptionist, is toying with the idea of moving away from the desk and becoming a prostitute.
|Diana Glenn||Chloe||Seasons 1–2||Character left the series.|
|Kestie Morassi||Natalie||Seasons 1–3|
|Bojana Novakovic||Tippi||Seasons 1–2||Season 2 episodes 1–5|
|Peta Sergeant||Heather||Seasons 1–2||Character left the series.|
|Madeleine West||Melany "Mel"||Seasons 1–3||Season 3 episodes 1–4, 10|
|Dustin Clare||Sean||Seasons 2–3|
|Alison Whyte||Lauren||Seasons 1–3|
|Camille Keenan||Amy||Season 3|
|Renai Caruso||Tess||Season 3|
|Robert Mammone||Nick||Season 1|
|Sullivan Stapleton||Josh||Seasons 1–2|
|Nicholas Bell||Alex||Seasons 1–2|
|Jacki Weaver||Gillian||Season 2|
|Liam Hemsworth||Marc||Season 2|
The series received very positive reviews from critics in Australia. The West Australian gave the show rave reviews, saying "the characters are fleshed out, the drama is feasible and the script is sophisticated enough to side-step the obvious clichés of the sex industry. While the setting and characters are glamorous and gorgeous, there are no Pretty Woman-style illusions about the job...". TV Tonight also thought the series was quite good, noting that "for all its empathy Satisfaction is like dipping your toes into a warm bath and sipping on the best champagne. It skews consciously toward the high end of prostitution to ample success. But like their wealthy clients, you’ll need to be a high-class customer of Foxtel to slip off your shoes first, an irony some programmers may have missed."
Awards and nominations
|2008||AFI Awards||Best Lead Actress in Television Drama||Alison Whyte||Nominated|
|Best Lead Actress in Television Drama||Diana Glenn||Nominated|
|Best Direction In Television||Daina Reid||Nominated|
|Best Television Drama Series||Cast||Nominated|
|ASTRA Awards||Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female||Alison Whyte||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female||Bojana Novakovic||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female||Diana Glenn||Nominated|
|Favourite Drama Series||Cast||Nominated|
|Outstanding Drama Series||Cast||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Alison Whyte||Won|
|Most Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Diana Glenn||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie||Cast||Nominated|
|2009||ASTRA Awards||Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female||Alison Whyte||Won|
|Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female||Madeleine West||Nominated|
|Outstanding Drama Series||Cast||Won|
|APRA Awards||Best Television Theme||Cameron Giles-Webb, Colin Simkins||Won|
|AWGIE Awards||Television Series||Jo Martino||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Outstanding Actor||Dustin Clare||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Actress||Madeleine West||Nominated|
|2010||ASTRA Awards||Best New Talent||Camille Keenan||Won|
|Logie Awards||Most Outstanding New Talent||Camille Keenan||Nominated|
After its 2008 Australian release, Satisfaction was sold to over 20 countries across the world.
- Argentina on I.Sat
- Belgium on vtm
- Brazil on HBO and GNT
- Bulgaria on AXN
- Canada on Super Écran and Super Channel
- Chile on HBO and I.Sat
- Colombia on HBO
- Costa Rica on HBO
- Czech Republic on AXN and TV Barrandov
- Denmark on TV2 Zulu
- Estonia on Kanal 2
- Finland on MTV3
- Hungary on AXN
- Ireland on TV3 and 3e
- Israel on HOT3
- Italy on Fox Life and Cielo
- Japan on Fox Life
- Macedonia on Kanal 5
- Mexico on HBO
- New Zealand on TV2 (New Zealand)
- Norway on TV Norge
- Paraguay on HBO and HBO Plus
- Poland on AXN and TVN Style
- Portugal on SIC Mulher and AXN Black
- South Africa on M-Net
- Russia on MZTV and SONYENTERTEIMENT
- Knox, David (21 January 2009). "Satisfaction wins third series". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 21 January 2009.
- "Screen Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- "Winners – Screen Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 April 2010.
- TVSA Show Page