Party Tricks

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Party Tricks
Party Tricks DVD.jpg
Season 1 DVD
Created by Michael Lucas
Composer(s) Bryony Marks
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Rick Maier
Janeen Faithfull
Producer(s) Michael Lucas
John Edwards
Imogen Banks
Location(s) Melbourne, Australia
Cinematography John Brawley
Editor(s) Dennis Haratzis
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Endemol Australia[1]
Original network Network Ten
Eleven (Catch-Up)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereophonic
Original release 6 October – 10 November 2014
External links

Party Tricks was an Australian television political drama/comedy series starring Asher Keddie and Rodger Corser. It premiered on Network Ten on 6 October 2014 at 8:30pm.[1]

On 3 October 2014 along with Offspring, John Edwards confirmed that Party Tricks would not return for a second series in 2015, due to Ten's production division running out of money.[2]


Kate Ballard (Asher Keddie) is facing her first election as State Premier. Committed and rigorous, her victory seems assured until the opposition announce a shock new candidate: David McLeod (Rodger Corser), a popular media identity, and a man Kate had a secret, tumultuous affair with several years ago. To the world at large, David and Kate present as compelling, evenly-matched adversaries but a paranoid Kate fears that their complicated history is a trump card waiting to be played. Told in six parts, building to an election-night finale, this is a cat-and-mouse game, played out on a grand scale.


On 26 July 2013, Network Ten announced a new drama project from Endemol Australia named Party Tricks, a six-part drama series by the producers of Offspring, Puberty Blues, The Secret Life of Us and Tangle; John Edwards and Imogen Banks.[3]

Producer, Imogen Banks stated, "Politics, power and sex – what better elements for a big, juicy story? I cannot wait to make it. We're grateful to the country's politicians for living a reality that is far stranger than anything we could dream up. But it's our enormous pleasure to try."[1][3]


Ten's head of drama, Rick Maier stated, "Imogen Banks and John Edwards have brought together the best of the best for this exciting new series, while Michael Lucas has created the perfect star vehicle for Asher and Rodger."[1]

Filming for the first season began on 5 May 2014 and wrapped on 27 June 2014.[4]

The six-part series produced by Imogen Banks and John Edwards for Endemol Australia and Network Ten with the assistance of Screen Australia and Film Victoria. It is created by Michael Lucas.[1]


  • Asher Keddie as Kate Ballard,[3] Labor Premier of Victoria and Member of Parliament for Richmond. Former Minister for Planning, Education, and Deputy Premier. Succeeded Rob Hutchens as Premier a year and a half prior to the start of the series.
  • Rodger Corser as David McLeod,[3] Victorian Liberal Party Leader, Liberal Candidate for Premier, and Candidate for Mount Waverley. Succeeded Neil Thorby as Leader of the Liberals in Victoria. Ultimately succeeds Ballard as Premier.
  • Adam Zwar as Trevor Bailey,[1] Deputy Leader of the Victorian Liberal Party and Interim Opposition Leader
  • Angus Sampson as Wayne Duffy,[1] Press Secretary and Spin Doctor to the Premier
  • Colin Moody as Geoff Ballard,[1] the Premier's Husband
  • Kaiya Jones as Matilda McLeod,[1] McLeod's Daughter
  • Oliver Ackland as Tom Worland,[1] State Political Reporter and Ollie's boyfriend
  • Doris Younane as Paula Doumani,[1] Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport
  • Charlie Garber as Oliver Ollie Parkham,[1] the Premier's Speechwriter
  • Ash Ricardo as Charlotte Wynn,[1] Campaign Director for McLeod
  • Ryan Powell as Shaggy Mycology[1]
  • Michala Banas as Tanya Keegan[5]
  • Thomas Campbell as Jonathan[6]
  • Neil Melville as Duncan Guthrie, former President of the Victorian Liberal Party
  • Gareth Yuen as Lucas Fry, Liberal Party Volunteer
  • Georgia Bolton as Kez, Kate's Security Detail
  • Catherine Glavicic as Ann-Marie Dwyer


Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Australian viewers
1 "The Announcement" Kate Dennis Michael Lucas 6 October 2014 (2014-10-06) 0.710[7]
State Premier Kate Ballard is shocked when the Opposition reveals its new election candidate David McLeod. Unbeknown to the public, Kate and David share a secret past. Let the games begin.
2 "The Meeting" Kate Dennis Michael Lucas 13 October 2014 (2014-10-13) 0.476[8]
Petrified of the consequences of their secret coming out publicly, Kate stealthily enlists the help of her trusted speechwriter Ollie to organise a covert meeting with David.
3 "The Launch" Kate Dennis Christine Bartlett 20 October 2014 (2014-10-20) 0.407[9]
David's teenage daughter steps into the public eye and is caught in a scandal which triggers a media storm. Has his daughter destroyed David's unstoppable popularity and saved Kate's campaign?
4 "The Campaign Trail" Emma Freeman Michael Lucas 27 October 2014 (2014-10-27) 0.467[10]
As Kate's speechwriter Ollie is struggling to help Kate manage the situation with David, his partner Tom's actions could derail the entire campaign.
5 "The Debate"[11] Emma Freeman Jonathan Gavin 3 November 2014 (2014-11-03) 0.430[12]
Kate is forced to come clean to husband Geoff about her secret past with David. Her confession will either jeopardise her marriage or ruin her chances of an election victory. Which will it be?
6 "The Election"[13] Emma Freeman Michael Lucas 10 November 2014 (2014-11-10) 0.530[14]
Kate's team preps for the big day – Election Day, while across town the exposé and campaign have taken its toll on David. Who will concede defeat and who will lead Victoria in the next term?


Episode Title Original airdate Overnight Viewers Consolidated Viewers Nightly Rank Adjusted Rank
1-01 The Announcement 6 October 2014 0,710[7] 0,806[15] 14[7] 12[15]
1-02 The Meeting 13 October 2014 0,476[8] 0,570[16] Not in Top 20
1-03 The Launch 20 October 2014 0,407[9] 0,484[17] Not in Top 20
1-04 The Campaign Trail 27 October 2014 0,467[10] Not in Top 20
1-05 The Debate 3 November 2014 0,430[12] Not in Top 20
1-06 The Election 10 November 2014 0,530[14] Not in Top 20
  • Figures are OzTAM Data for the 5 City Metro areas.
  • Overnight – Live broadcast and recordings viewed the same night.
  • Consolidated – Live broadcast and recordings viewed within the following seven days.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2015 Logie Awards[18] Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Asher Keddie Nominated
Most Popular Actress Won


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  13. ^ "PARTY TRICKS 106 CREDITS" (PDF). Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
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  17. ^ "Monday 20th October 2014". Media Spy. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 
  18. ^ Willis, Charlotte (22 March 2015). "Here's the full List of 2015 Logies nominations". Retrieved 23 March 2015.