Just how realistic is Tricky Business?
It’s a TV Drama after all so nobody is expecting doco-like accuracy.
But The Illawarra Mercury has gone to the trouble of getting the opinion of Steve Bosilkovski, who has 26 years as a debt collector working in the same region as the Christie family of Nine’s new drama.
Mr. Bosilkovski said he had stopped watching because it was too far removed from the reality experienced by he and wife Donna, who was also a qualified sub-agent within their mercantile agency.
He says the plotline involving Lincoln Lewis as a fledgling mercantile agent who becomes romantically involved with a woman he was supposed to serve falls short of the mark.
“It’s a conflict of interest,” he explained.
“[Debt collecting] is a very misunderstood industry. It’s not an easy field to get into. You’re fingerprinted, there are background checks.
“[The show] is the Days of Our Lives of mercantile agents.
“The one thing I like about it is that it’s probably let people know what ‘mercantile agent’ means. And it’s good to see Wollongong and the area on TV.”
But his wife is a bit kinder.
“You wouldn’t watch it if it were too much [like real life],” she said.
For Nine’s sake, hopefully they don’t have a ratings box.
I’m still waiting for Shane Bourne and Debra Byrne to do more on the show. I like their pairing but the procedural elements just aren’t grabbing me at all.