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Tricky Business

Unrealistic TV dialogue detracts from this new Aussie drama but it still sucks you in.

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Channel Nine, 9.30pm

Channel Nine doesn't have a great track record with locally produced family dramas; the network has had more success with crime and police series. But its latest effort, focusing on the Christies of Wollongong, makes a promising start. Older daughter Kate (Gigi Edgley) and Rick (Kip Gamblin), her partner professionally and personally, describe themselves as ''mercantile agents''. Decoded, that means they're debt collectors. They're in business with the rest of her family and they run a smooth and streetwise operation. Capably directed by Shawn Seet, the snappy opener introduces various family members and their keen and green employee, Chad (Lincoln Lewis), and features a proposal, a couple of chases, a betrayal, the beginnings of a romantic triangle and the possible blooming of young love. It also makes good use of its picturesque and relatively novel setting in Wollongong (also home to Channel Seven's short-lived 2005 series headLand.