The ‘Molly’ miniseries is a hit with Australian television viewers despite its multiple historical inaccuracies.
2.636 million people watched the first episode of ‘Molly’ on Sunday night so that old saying “never let the truth get in the way of a good story” is victorious once again.
At least ‘Molly’ isn’t as inaccurate as that previous 7 piece of fiction about INXS.
Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum is a national treasure and he deserves to have been treated better. Anyone who has ever met the man knows that he is super intelligent and well read on a range of issues. In this “drama based loosely on the facts” production, Molly is portrayed as a yobbo buffoon. “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story” indeed.
I can understand Channel 7’s “loose with the truth” philosophy if that means a more dramatic show. After all, this is commercial television which means ratings, which means revenue and 2.636 million viewers means it, will rain bucks. What I do not understand is how they can stuff up simple music timelines.
The first 15 minutes alone was littered with factually incorrect moments. The Gudinski character is wearing a Skyhooks t-shirt two years before the logo was designed, Skyhooks lead guitarist Red Symons seen playing bass, Epic and RCA Records labels were shown years before they existed and Molly DID NOT write ‘The Real Thing’, let alone be able to play it on a piano as a young child decades before it was even written.
‘Molly’ is a great piece of television if historical facts aren’t all that important to you. Just don’t take it too seriously.
Part 2 is next Sunday.
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