This Is Not My Life

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For the 2000 rock song, see This Is Not My Life (song).
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This Is Not My Life is a 2010 New Zealand television mystery thriller which originally aired on Television New Zealand's TV ONE channel on Thursday nights.

This Is Not My Life
Genre Science Fiction, Thriller
Format 576i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Created by Rachel Lang
Gavin Strawhan
Written by Rachel Lang
Gavin Strawhan
Directed by Robert Sarkies
Peter Salmon
Starring Charles Mesure
Tandi Wright
Miriama McDowell
Country of origin New Zealand
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Steven O'Meagher
Producer(s) Tim Sanders
Running time 43 mins. (approx)
Distributor Lionsgate
Original channel TV One
Original run July 22, 2010 (2010-07-22) [1] – October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14) [2]
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Set in the 2020s, the show centres on Alec Ross (Charles Mesure) who awakes one morning to find that he doesn't know who or where he is and doesn't recognise his wife or children. The story is set in the fictional town of Waimoana.[3]

The series is written by Rachel Lang and Gavin Strawhan and directed by Robert Sarkies and Peter Salmon. Thirteen episodes have been produced.[4]

Though the show only lasted one season, it has been announced American network ABC has purchased the series to adapt for an American audience.[5]


Main cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character Notes
Charles Mesure Alec Ross Alec wakes one morning to find himself in a life he doesn't believe is his. He sets out on a mission to find the truth of where he comes from and what the real truth is behind Waimoana.
Tandi Wright Callie Ross Callie is Alec's wife and mother to his two children. Her greatest desire is to have the perfect family and will do almost anything it takes to keep it.
Miriama McDowell Jessica Wilmott Jessica works as a cleaner at Waimoana Water. She befriends Alec and becomes his ally in digging the secrets from Waimoana.
Tania Nolan Dr Natasha Collins Natasha is Alec's family's doctor at Waimoana's Wellness Clinic. She has some limited knowledge of the goings-on in Waimoana.
Steven A Davis Gordy Leach Gordy works for the surveillance company who makes sure everything in Waimoana stays safe. He has a deep-set desire to be a knight in shining armour.

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Actor Character Notes
John Bach Harry Sheridan Harry Sheridan is a Waimoana executive who Alec has vague memories of from before his current life. Alec believes that he has something crucial to do with the mystery.
Joel Tobeck Richard Foster Richard runs the Waimoana surveillance team and it is his job to make sure nothing is out of place. It is no surprise then that Alec Ross very quickly catches his attention.
Peter Muller Stephen Lovritch Stephen is Alec's boss at Waimoana Water.
Katherine Kennard Hope Lovritch Hope is Stephen's wife. In the past she has had an affair with Alec.
Alison Bruce Jude Jude is Alec's PA at Waimoana Water. She finds herself often holding the fort whenever he steps out for golf or on his own errands.
Ariana Brunet Becky Ross Alec's young daughter Becky is often plagued with nightmares of a green door and a 'bad man' called Harry.
Tom Cameron Christian Ross Christian is Alec's teenage son and is having a secret relationship with Paige.
Alexandra Foster Paige Lovritch Stephen and Hope's teenage daughter, Paige's sexual relationship with Christian causes a lot of tension between Callie and Hope when it is discovered.

List of episodes[edit]

Director Writer(s) Original airdate
1-01 (1) "Episode 1" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan July 22, 2010 (2010-07-22)
Part one of two: Alec Ross wakes in his beautiful house with his perfect family in the idyllic community of Waimoana; the problem being he can't remember who he is. He tries to get out of (exit) Waimoana by various means.
1-02 (2) "Episode 2" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan & Peter Cox July 29, 2010 (2010-07-29)
Part two of two: Alec Ross wakes in his beautiful house with his perfect family in the idyllic community of Waimoana; the problem being he can't remember who he is. He meets a teenager boy named Kyle who, himself, thinks his life in Waimoana is not real, but a faked one.
1-03 (3) "Episode 3" Peter Salmon Rachel Lang August 5, 2010 (2010-08-05)
Callie and Alec undergo relationship counselling and Alec fears the consequences. He tracks down a troubled young woman whom he suspects is a kindred spirit. But can he trust her?
1-04 (4) "Episode 4" Peter Salmon Gavin Strawhan August 12, 2010 (2010-08-12)
Alec and Jessica uncover some startling information about Waimoana and the people who live there. Jessica has a jealous suitor who is able to track them, but Alec learns he has some useful skills.
1-05 (5) "Episode 5" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan August 19, 2010 (2010-08-19)
Becky is having nightmares that may reveal more secrets, and Alec suspects they are being brainwashed; and Jessica learns the danger of talking to the wrong people but she and Alec finally find proof.
1-06 (6) "Episode 6" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan & Peter Cox August 26, 2010 (2010-08-26)
Alec is determined to learn what happened to Kyle and finds an unlikely ally in Dr Collins. But his actions put Jessica in serious danger and he is forced to work with Gordy to save her.
1-07 (7) "Episode 7" Peter Salmon Gavin Strawhan & Rachel Lang September 2, 2010 (2010-09-02)
Gordy thinks he has won the girl but he needs Alec's help to find out about her past. They break into secret security headquarters and learn much more than they bargained for. Has Alec been betrayed?
1-08 (8) "Episode 8" Peter Salmon Gavin Strawhan September 9, 2010 (2010-09-09)
Gordy covers his tracks but Jessica is thrilled to discover Alec is still alive. When 'terrorists', break into Waimoana, Alec and Jessica attempt to escape but are caught up in the crossfire.
1-09 (9) "Episode 9" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16)
Alec finally meets the mysterious Harry who has come to Waimoana with a bold plan for Alec and Becky's escape, but Alec quickly learns Harry cannot be trusted.
1-10 (10) "Episode 10" Rob Sarkies Rachel Lang September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)
Believing Alec has gone, Jessica agrees to Gordy's big plans; and Harry pleads with Alec not to get involved with the 'terrorists', but with Richard closing in, Alec is running out of options.
1-11 (11) "Episode 11" Rob Sarkies Gavin Strawhan September 30, 2010 (2010-09-30)
Richard reveals his big plans for Waimoana but all Alec can think about is getting out. Jessica has her own reasons for wanting him to leave but they can't deny their true feelings forever.
1-12 (12) "Episode 12" Peter Salmon Gavin Strawhan October 7, 2010 (2010-10-07)
Alec learns his real role with Recall, the so-called terrorists. They have firm plans to get Alec, Becky and Jessica out of Waimoana, but Alec has to set things right first, especially for Callie.
1-13 (13) "Episode 13" Peter Salmon Rachel Lang October 14, 2010 (2010-10-14)
In the season finale of This Is Not My Life, Alec's plans run smoothly at first, until Hope takes her revenge and Richard extracts information that throws everything into jeopardy.


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