The role of women in a traditionally male dominated profession is writ large in the third episode (penned by Norelle Scott and directed by Ginette McDonald) from the first series of NZ TV's first urban police drama. A new addition to the team, Wally (Joanna Briant) faces a baptism of fire from her colleagues — and a rough ride on the streets of inner city Wellington as a drunken couple's antics escalate into major problems for the thin blue line. Robyn Malcolm features in her first screen role and Mark Wright provides some late 80s colour as an inebriated yuppie.
Shark in the Park is not looking to revolutionise the formula — the ambition of the series seems to be to do it well, to do it within their means and to make it more locally relevant.– Ken Duncum - Cop Shop Opera: Shark in the Park in Illusions 11 - p7
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