Agent Anna

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Agent Anna
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by
  • Maxine Fleming
  • Vanessa Alexander
Developed by
  • Philip Smith
  • Rachel Gardner
Directed by
  • Vanessa Alexander
  • Peter Salmon
  • Murray Keane
  • Michael Duignan
Starring
Narrated by Robyn Malcolm
Theme music composer Dulciana
Opening theme "Above the Clouds" (featuring Little Lapin)
Composer(s) Ben King
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Philip Smith
  • Robyn Malcolm (series 2)
Producer(s) Rachel Gardner
Cinematography Dave Cameron
Running time 21–23 minutes
Production company(s) Great Southern Film and Television
Release
Original network TV One
Picture format
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31) – August 7, 2014 (2014-08-07)
External links
Website tvnz.co.nz/agent-anna/

Agent Anna is a New Zealand comedy-drama television series, created by Maxine Fleming with Vanessa Alexander and devised by Robyn Malcolm. It is produced by Great Southern Film and Television and funded by NZ on Air and Television New Zealand.[1][2] It began airing its first series of six episodes in New Zealand on 31 January 2013. NZ on Air announced on 12 August 2013 that the show received funding for a second series of 10 episodes.[3]

Premise[edit]

Anna Kingston's husband has left her and their two teenage daughters and gone to Australia leaving behind substantial debts. The family home has been sold, leaving the family to move into Anna's parents' basement. Armed with a new real estate agent's diploma and a motivational CD, Anna gets a job in an Auckland real estate office. Her co-workers steal her listings and treat her poorly, her daughters miss their previous private school, and her mother is unsympathetic.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Robyn Malcolm as Anna Kingston
  • Adam Gardiner as Leon Cruickshank – Eden Realty’s top selling agent.
  • Theresa Healey as Sandi Wright – Eden Realty’s resident cougar agent.
  • Roy Billing as Clinton Walker – Anna's boss, He owns Eden Realty. He agreed to be paid at New Zealand rates.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Kayleigh Haworth as Bree Walker – Clint and Sandi's 19-year-old daughter, She's the receptionist at Eden Realty.
  • Floyd Alexander Hunt as Charlotte "Charlie" Kingston – Anna's 17-year-old daughter. (series 1; guest: series 2)
  • Molly Leishman as Bella Kingston – Anna's 14-year-old daughter.
  • Janice Finn as Jeanette Dryden – Anna's mother.
  • Ian Mune as Neil Dryden – Anna's father.
  • Sally Stockwell as Claire - Anna's friend.

Guest cast[edit]

  • Ingrid Park as Erica Ball
  • Bruce Phillips as John Ball
  • Peter Feeney as Adrian
  • Louise Wallace as Amanda
  • Micheala Rooney as Katherine
  • James Gaylyn as Motivational speaker
  • John Leigh as James Finlayson
  • Cameron Rhodes as Charles Jordan
  • Lisa Chappell as Marna
  • Fasitua Amosa as Sione
  • Hwei Ling Ow as Candy Lin
  • Greg Johnson as Daniel Kingston (3 episodes) – Anna's ex-husband.
  • Dwayne Cameron as Rory O'Conner
  • Jodie Rimmer as Liz – A woman who sells Anna her dream home.
  • Alison Quigan as Edith – Anna's aunt, who gives Anna her first paid sale.
  • Peter Elliott as Cameron Glover – A property developer.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31) 7 March 2013 (2013-03-07)
2 10 5 June 2014 (2014-06-05) 7 August 2014 (2014-08-07)

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Agent Anna" Vanessa Alexander Maxine Fleming 31 January 2013 (2013-01-31)
Anna's first day on the job. She meets friends of her ex-husband's and offers to sell their house.
2 2 "Swimming with Sharks" Vanessa Alexander Maxine Fleming and Vanessa Alexander 7 February 2013 (2013-02-07)
Anna is desperate for a sale, and decides to go through the obituaries to find a house that might be available.
3 3 "Happiness" Vanessa Alexander Maxine Fleming and Vanessa Alexander 14 February 2013 (2013-02-14)
Anna has a house to sell, but the vendor is extremely unmotivated. Anna hasn't had time for her children and that's starting to be a problem.
4 4 "At Home Here" Peter Salmon Vanessa Alexander and Maxine Fleming 21 February 2013 (2013-02-21)
Anna has a run-down apartment, which she thinks might appeal to Pacific Islanders. Her daughter Bella is refusing to obey her.
5 5 "Rules of the World" Peter Salmon Vanessa Alexander 28 February 2013 (2013-02-28)
Anna attends a training course in Tauranga, but alcohol gets the better of her.
6 6 "Divorce Dust" Peter Salmon Vanessa Alexander 7 March 2013 (2013-03-07)
Anna's husband is back in town, and she is determined to confront him.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
7 1 "Episode 1" Murray Keane Fiona Samuel and Jodie Molloy 5 June 2014 (2014-06-05)
8 2 "Episode 2" Murray Keane Fiona Samuel, Jodie Molloy and Maxine Fleming 12 June 2014 (2014-06-12)
9 3 "Episode 3" Murray Keane Jodie Molloy and Fiona Samuel 19 June 2014 (2014-06-19)
10 4 "Episode 4" Michael Duignan Sophie Jones and Jodie Molloy 26 June 2014 (2014-06-26)
11 5 "Episode 5" Michael Duignan Natalie Medlock, Jodie Molloy and Sophie Jones 3 July 2014 (2014-07-03)
12 6 "Episode 6" Michael Duignan Jodie Molloy and Fiona Samuel 10 July 2014 (2014-07-10)
13 7 "Episode 7" Michael Duignan Fiona Samuel and Natalie Medlock 17 July 2014 (2014-07-17)
14 8 "Episode 8" Michael Duignan Jodie Molloy and Fiona Samuel 24 July 2014 (2014-07-24)
15 9 "Episode 9" Murray Keane Natalie Medlock and Fiona Samuel 31 July 2014 (2014-07-31)
16 10 "Episode 10" Murray Keane Fiona Samuel 7 August 2014 (2014-08-07)

Broadcast[edit]

In Australia, the show premiered on 7Two on 15 January 2014.[4]

Reception[edit]

The number of viewers was good by New Zealand standards.[5] Chris Philpott in On the Box says "Malcolm catches the vulnerability, the humanity, at the core of Anna Kingston, and she sells the despair that this former housewife is going through," and he thought the first episode was well-structured.[6] Michelle Hewitson in The New Zealand Herald wrote "it's a rather sweet, giggly little blonde number with not a lot of substance, but who cares? It's obvious Malcolm is having a lot of fun." She thought it was about time for a comedy about the city's "overheated" property market.[7] In contrast, Jane Bowron wrote in The Dominion Post that "the first episode was as hard to sell as a real estate agent's first house sale" and criticised it for being set in Auckland rather than more typical New Zealand, and dealing with a woman who had been out of the workforce for 20 years, which is no longer common for New Zealand women.[8] Nick Grant, also in the Herald, says "[Initially Anna is] little more than a hapless doormat, which at best is more likely to attract a somewhat impatient sympathy than outright affection" but suggests the show will "map [her] journey to independent assertiveness."[9] Diana Wichtel in The New Zealand Listener says "This quiet comedy is in danger of being overshadowed by something sexier", but says she intends to keep watching it.[10]

Notes[edit]

  • a b c d Number includes additional viewers from a 9:30 p.m. rebroadcast airing the same night on TV One Plus 1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Funding Decisions March 2012". NZ on Air. 15 March 2012. Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Agent Anna". Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "NZ On Air announces comedy funding". NZ on Air. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Knox, David (6 January 2014). "Airdate: Agent Anna". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Agent Anna's a winner!". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Philpott, Chris (1 February 2013). "Agent Anna impresses, plus next week's TV". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Hewitson, Michele (31 January 2013). "Michele Hewitson: Rich pickings in real estate". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Bowron, Jane (2 February 2013). "Anna as beige as her wardrobe". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Grant, Nick (31 January 2013). "TV review: Robyn Malcolm as Agent Anna". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Wichtel, Diana (2 March 2013). "Rose to the Occasion". The New Zealand Listener: 15. 

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