British writers and sisters Caitlin and Caz Moran used their childhood as inspiration for hilarious new single-camera sitcom Raised By Wolves - now available on SBS On Demand.
RBW follows the system-shunting Garry family as they duck and dodge their way through life but still find time for witty repartee and the occasional resonant plot line. Each of the family's females is instantly memorable – they refuse to apologise for who they are and we love them all the more for it.
Daughter 1: Germaine (Helen Monks)
As articulate as she is lazy; as shameless as she is self-deprecating, Germaine is the standout character of Raised By Wolves, and not merely because she walks around the housing estate eating from massive blocks of no-frills cheese.
Helen Monks wouldn’t play the role, which is based on Caitlin, if she wasn’t already a rabid fan. Monks was studying English and scored a front-row seat to Moran’s book festival talk, where the author mentioned her upcoming television series. When the fan lined up to have her idol sign a book, Moran mentioned that Monks looked like a member of the Moran family. She ended up scoring the lead after auditioning in a fat suit in lieu of gaining actual weight.
Mother: Della (Rebekah Stanton)
Della takes to West Midlands living with a middle finger – whether behind the back or in your face. She’s no pushover and no lackey, and the only law she follows is Della’s.
She raises her five children with the casual confidence of a female Clint Eastwood - who was actually the actress’s inspiration when interpreting the role - letting her children grow up as they like and only interfering when she perceives it necessary. In other words, she’s not your typical mum, and if she cuts off the WiFi due to its cost, don’t worry, she’ll try to Walter White her way to a free connection.
Daughter 2: Aretha (Alexa Davies)
The perfect sidekick/counterpoint/foil for Germaine’s crude and unusual behaviour comes from Aretha, her far more intelligent ginger-haired sister.
Aretha’s cracking wit is often ignored by Germaine or perhaps even goes over her sister’s head. But no matter Germaine’s antics, Aretha remains a bookish rock who knows she’s stuck with the wolf cubs for a few years yet, and is an expert at enduring that reality.
Unfortunately, and this is borderline blasphemy for struggling red-headed actors, Davies is a natural blonde. I’m so, so sorry.
Daughter 3: Yoko (Molly Risker)
Far quieter than her fellow sisters, Yoko adds a welcome calm to the household, even if it’s due to a complete lack of social ability. She looks up to her domineering siblings and goes along for the ride, even if personal events beyond her control – like the onset of her period or the need for a new bra - interfere with proceedings.
As Yoko silently reacts to many a family exchange or event, Risker offers a range of hilarious facial expressions, most of which are too distinct to put into words.
Series 1 and 2 of Raised by Wolves is available on SBS On Demand. Watch the first episode right here: