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Series 1 - If Harry’s Practice has taught us anything, it’s that the domestic pet can have as many psychological hang-ups as its contemporary owner. Depression, anxiety, loneliness and fear of abandonment all lead to behavioural problems and an unstable home environment. WILFRED, the series, is an in-depth portrait of such a pet ‘behaving badly’. It also profiles three individuals struggling to find heart and home in the modern world.
Wilfred is the ultimate flawed character. Like David Brent in The Office, we are charmed by his arrogance and self-righteousness, his falsehoods and misguided passions. Insecure and manipulative, he will stop at nothing to win the love and affection he desires. Although his methods may sometimes be underhand, his innocence and purity of heart can never be questioned. Well, maybe sometimes. He has a lot of love to give and expects a lot in return. And he won’t let any one stand in his way of getting what he sees as his.
Series 2 - Should a grown man give up on the woman he loves because she has a mean dog?
‘Course not. He just should stop his sulking, be there for his girl and do his best to make good with the mutt. Yep, sounds like a swell idea…to anyone who hasn’t set eyes on Wilfred – Sarah’s beloved canine.
The day we re-enter the lives of Australia’s darkest and most dysfunctional family, Adam has asked Sarah to marry him. She says “yes” and Adam hopes a hint of stability might come to that strange house in 22 Dalziel St, Richmond with its green carpet and backyard filled with bones from all creatures great and small.
But Wilfred thinks stability is a euphemism for “dull” and decides that this is the ideal time to step up the mental disintegration. If he were cross-examined in a court of law, he would argue that he only dishes it out to make Adam tougher and more worthy of taking Sarah’s hand in marriage. But in reality he just wants Adam to disintegrate. And hopefully before any vows are exchanged.