With the iconic Law and Order “dun, dun” and CSI’s high tech forensics, the US crime genre has always been one to find its way into people’s hearts and living rooms.
But when it comes to an Australian take on the genre, Matt Nable said there its been lack of content taking on 21st century problems on the small screen.
Luckily, the 44-year-old is here to fix that.
Taking on the role of TV’s latest leading man Gary Hyde, Nable is taking on homeland security in Channel Nine’s latest drama Hyde and Seek.
“It’s putting a magnifying glass up to things which are happening in the world at the moment and tackling head on,” the actor said.
“It’s a representation of what’s going on in the world.
“The world was a very different place back then (when shows like Blue Heelers were on), so the traditional cop shows hadn’t had to submerse themselves in this type of subject matter before.
“Obviously it’s been done over in the States with shows like Homeland but we haven’t looked at it domestically.”
With co-stars including Deborra-lee Furness (Correlli) and Perth actors Mandy McElhinney (Love Child) and Zoe Ventoura (Packed to the Rafters), the latest crime thriller has been promising to bring some of the timeliest and most topical storylines on Aussie TV.
But while Nable said it delves into the criminal underbelly, the show is more relatable than one would think.
Although Hyde is on a bid to bring about justice for his colleague’s untimely death, he’s still a family man at heart.
“Look I’m a father of three kids and I often travel so it is a juggle to keep everything at an even keel and make sure the waters are calm rather than rough so I understand where that character is coming from so I’ve had to deal with it over quite a long period of time,” he said.
“I think any family that has children and some parents have to work and really juggle things; everyone goes through this and I think it’s a part of life.
“With Gary Hyde’s character it’s just an extraordinary circumstance.
“In losing a really close friend the way he has, and really unexpectedly, it’s forcing him to make the decisions which he’s never had to make before and never would have appeared in a normal situation.”
Hyde and Seek airs Monday, 8.30pm on Channel Nine (or Channel Five regionally).