Acorn TV Original | Striking Out
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Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman, The Clinic) is living the good life: she’s a successful Dublin lawyer engaged to a fellow solicitor. But Tara’s life is turned upside down after she discovers her betrothed in bed with a colleague. Abandoning her wedding plans (and her job), Tara strikes out on her own, starting an unconventional private practice.
Patrick’s Day with Ireland’s #1 new drama! Striking Out, Acorn TV’s newest original series, stars Amy Huberman (The Clinic) as Tara Rafferty, a successful Dublin lawyer who seems to have it all…until her fiance’s betrayal turns her life upside down. Abandoning her wedding plans (and her job), Tara strikes out on her own, starting an unconventional private practice. Hailed as “a roaring success” (Irish Independent), this legal drama charmed audiences across the pond.
I loved this show. The idea is not a new one, but is done so well that I didn’t care. The characters are bound to be interesting, fringe types. The heroine, a lawyer, learns that her fiancé, another lawyer, is cheating on the eve of her wedding. Cheating with yet another lawyer. They all work at the same firm, which sides with the guy, who is a cad and also the son of the firm’s head. She breaks it off and is shut out by the staff attorneys, higher-ups, etc. So goes out on her own. Eventually, she makes her office in the basement or back room of a coffee shop, hires a gay con to be her assistant, and is off to the races. She’s running something akin to a storefront legal firm. Her clients don’t have much money but are bound to be more interesting than the stuffed shirts she represented at her old firm. Anyway, I’ve only seen 2 episodes, can’t wait to see more and hope the show is renewed for a 2nd season. Congratulations, Acorn!
Excellent series, a bit unusual with a woman ‘striking out’ from a high-end corporate legal practice almost by accident and ending up as a barely afloat store front lawyer. The characters are interesting. I like court and police procedurals, this isn’t the same ol’ same ol’ for me. One – it’s set in Ireland, so the legal procedures, rights, etc are different from the USA; two – the stories so far haven’t depended on violence to add tension; three – the characters are realistic-ish and sympathetic; and four – the ‘star’ is a woman who shows emotional strength, empathy and smarts. The whole cast and the stories are excellent. Highly recommended and hope there is a 2nd season.
I enjoyed watching Striking Out Series 1. The show starts with Tara on a Hens Night Out (Bachelorette Party), when she puts her mother in a cab and decides to see her fiancé, Eric. She catches him in the act of making love to another woman and just two weeks before the wedding. Tara is a solicitor (lawyer) who does corporate law and works for one of the most prestigious law firms in Dublin, Ireland. She said she hadn’t slept all night, arrives at the office the next morning and gets some of her things and we meet a guy who is one of her clients and they just leave and end up in a coffee shop. Its then when she learns that they guy helping her out is a client and they are due in court in 19 minutes.
Throughout the 4 episodes of the series we learn that Tara’s mother & Eric’s parents are upset that Tara is making a big deal out of Eric’s affair which is just wrong on so many levels. We also learn that Tara’s father is not a saint and in the 4th episode he explains the situation to his daughter. It wasn’t clear to me until the 4th episode and the Feature Extra’s that Tara’s father is actually a judge.
We also learn from Tara that had it not been for Eric’s affair & being caught in it that Tara may never had had the opportunity of “striking out” (her adventure) which although daunting is a challenge she embraces.
The interviews with the Director and the Director of the Photography as well as the Art Director all shed some light on the series in helpful ways.
I was disappointed that the first Series only lasted 4 episodes but remembered that New Tricks started out as 8 episodes per Series (Season) and when they moved to 9 and 10 the actors complained that it prevented them from doing other projects between Series, and I suspect 4 episodes in a Series allows the cast to do more things in between Series. I am hoping that they can at least approach 8 or 10 episodes in a season. Some US shows do as little as 10 episodes while others do 16 or more. It appears that Eric’s parents are going to do everything they can do make life hard for Tara (in the hopes she runs back to their son Eric).
Again, I enjoyed the show & the interviews with the Directors and the cast. Looking forward to Series 2.
Actors: Amy Huberman, Neil Morrissey, Fiona O’Shaughnessy, Rory Keenan, Emmet Byrne
Directors: Lisa James Larsson
Format: Color, PAL, Widescreen
Region: Region 4
Number of discs: 2
Studio: ACORN MEDIA
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2017
Run Time: 214 minutes
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