The role of women in a traditionally male dominated profession is highlighted in this episode of Wellington police drama Shark in the Park. The episode was penned by Norelle Scott and directed by Ginette McDonald. New arrival 'Wally' (Joanna Briant) faces a baptism of fire from her colleagues — and a rough ride on the streets as a drunken couple's antics escalate into major problems for the thin blue line. The third episode of season one features Robyn Malcolm in her first screen role, while 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.– Writer Ken Duncum on Shark in the Park in Illusions 11, July 1989, page 7
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