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Love My Way
Love My Way.jpg
Love My Way logo
Genre Drama
Created by John Edwards
Claudia Karvan
Jacqueline Perske
Starring Claudia Karvan
Asher Keddie
Brendan Cowell
Dan Wyllie
Sam Worthington
Max Cullen
Ben Mendelsohn
Lynette Curran
Justine Clarke
Sam Parsonson
Country of origin  Australia
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30
Production
Executive producer(s) Kim Vecera
Hugh Marks
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel FOX8 (Season 1)
W (Season 2)
Showtime (Season 3)
Original run 22 November 2004 – 19 March 2007
Chronology
Related shows The Secret Life of Us (2001 – 2005)
External links
Official website
Production website

Love My Way was a Logie Award winning and critically acclaimed Australian television drama series. It won the AFI award for Best Television Drama Series for each of its three seasons (2005-2007).

Love My Way was about a group of thirty-somethings dealing with the ups and downs of life. The series revolves around an extended family unit - Frankie Paige and Charlie Jackson are the separated parents of Lou, and Frankie also lives with Charlie's brother, Tom. As the series began, Charlie's new wife Julia is about to have their first child. Frankie's mother, Di and Charlie's mother Brenda and father Gerry also have a strong presence in the ongoing story, as does Julia's ex-lover Howard, who enters into a relationship with Frankie.

Produced by John Edwards and Claudia Karvan, Love My Way starred Karvan, Sam Worthington, Dan Wyllie, Asher Keddie, Brendan Cowell, and Alex Cook. As the program was made for subscription television in Australia, it contained stronger material than most Australian programs: regular swearing, drug use and sexual references.

When the series was launched, much was made of the connection between Love My Way and The Secret Life of Us: both sharing a star, as well as significant creative talent (Edwards and Perske both were involved in Secret Life, as were series writers like Tony McNamara). However, the series is not a continuation of Secret Life, although it does share some thematic concerns.

The star of the series, Claudia Karvan, is also a co-producer, along with having written for the series. Brendan Cowell, who appears as Tom, also worked as script writer for two episodes of Series 1 and three episodes of Series 2.

On first airing, the theme song originally by Psychedelic Furs, this time covered by Magic Dirt, played over the title sequence.

The series premiered on FOX8 on 22 November 2004 during the late Summer months when commercial TV is in a non-ratings period.[1] During the second season it was moved to W. Channel. In 2007, for its third series, it screened on Showtime. Foxtel has been criticised for moving the show to different channels to encourage viewing of the W. Channel and then for moving the program to Showtime which is not included in the basic package of subscription television in Australia.

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Awards

  • The series won several Australian Film Institute Awards in 2005, including Best Television Drama Series, Best Direction in Television (for Jessica Hobbs), Best Television Screenplay, Best Actress in Television (for Claudia Karvan), and Best Supporting Actor in Television (for Max Cullen).
  • In 2006 the show again won Best Television Drama Series[2], making it the first show to win that title over two consecutive years in AFI history. The second series also picked up nominations in the Best Actress category for stars Claudia Karvan and Asher Keddie and Best Actor for Dan Wyllie. It was nominated also for Writing and Directing.
  • At the Logie Awards it won Most Outstanding Australian Drama in 2005, 2006 and again in 2007, while Claudia Karvan and Dan Wyllie each took out a Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress and Actor respectively in 2006. Asher Keddie and Brendan Cowell were also nominated in both years. In 2007, Ben Mendelsohn, Daniel Wyllie, Asher Keddie, Sam Parsonson and Claudia Karvan were all nominated but lost. In 2008 Asher Keddie and Claudia Karvan were again nominated but lost, whilst Adelaide Clemens who plays Harper was nominated for Most Outstanding New Talent.
  • The series also has been nominated at almost every Australian television awards. At the ASTRA Awards (recognising talent in Cable television) it won awards in 2005 and 2006 for Claudia Karvan, Dan Wyllie and Best Drama Program. Asher Keddie and Brendan Cowell were nominated in both years, with Alex Cook also nominated in 2005. At the Australian Cinematographers Society Awards it won Best Cinematography in Television in 2005 for the show's first episode. At the Australian Screen Music Awards, composer Stephen Rae won Best Music for Television in 2005, and the show was also nominated at the Screen Sound Awards for Best Achievement in Sound. In 2005, Love My Way won the Australian Writers Guild Award and in 2006, the show's star and contributing writer Brendan Cowell was nominated.

International

Love My Way was aired as a primetime show in the UK on Five's spin-off channel Fiver. In Sweden it airs on channel 4 (TV4) on Thursday evenings and it also airs in Ireland on RTÉ One in the early hours of Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is also screened in Estonia on ETV during Sunday evenings, and in New Zealand on TVNZ Channel 2 during late Monday evenings. As well, Super Channel (Canada) carries Love My Way. In Mexico is screened on Cosmopolitan.

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