A delightful comedy with spartan situations, hilarious jokes and a fresh look, which takes place inside and outside the prisons, comes in the new television season to ERT, to bring us “On the wires”.
The New ERT Comedy Series “On the Wires”
Written by Haris Mazarakis and Nikos Dimakis and directed by Haris Mazarakis, with a multitude of excellent actors and contributors, our subversive story follows the journey of Spyros Katarachias (Thanasis Tsaltabasis), who – after a financial fraud – is sentenced to five years in prison and driven in a penitentiary.
In prison he meets Julius Ralli (Ivan Svitailo), a Baripoinite with a dark past. A special relationship is created between them. Spiros, being highly cultured, learns from Julius from the classical writers to theater and poetry, while Julius takes over his protection and initiates him into the secrets of his own “profession”.
Meanwhile, Anna Roussou (Vicky Papadopoulou), a mysterious social worker, shows up to further stir the waters, bringing an anger management program she calls “On the Wires,” meaning not just the prison wires but the phone wires as well. .
So she asks the warden to give her some inmates so she can train them and turn them into amenable callers to whom the outside world will pour out their innermost souls and vent their pent-up anger.
Friends and enemies, from the eccentric director of the prisons Fokion Parlas (Panos Stathakopoulos) and the warden Zizi (Alexandros Zouridakis) to the factions of the “Rebets”, the Russians, but also the imprisoned Fine Arts teacher (Lakis Gavalas), all together constitute the pieces of a difficult and special puzzle.
Everything that happens outside the prison, with July’s spiritual priest, Father Nikolaos (Tassos Palantzidis), Spyros’ butcher father, Stelios (Vassilis Chalakatevakis), the tycoon and entangled Kimonas Vassiliou (Giorgos Hraniotis) and his partner Vanessa Ioannou ( Doretta Papadimitriou), compose a funny merry-go-round, around which the heroes of our story get confused.
Loves, hilarious punishments, chores, a social experiment on the telephone lines and a great escape, which is in the making, are harmoniously and spartanly intertwined in a subversive and modern comedy.
The key points of the new ERT comedy series “On The Wires” are:
- It is a satirical look at the Greek media landscape.
- It stars a cast of Greek comedians, including Nikos Karathanasis, Maria Lemos, and Petros Filippidis.
- The series has been praised for its sharp humor and its biting social commentary.
- It has been criticized for its negative portrayal of the Greek media.
The series follows the lives of a group of journalists who work for a fictional television news channel. The journalists are constantly under pressure to produce sensational headlines, and they often resort to unethical practices in order to get ratings. The series also explores the relationship between the media and the Greek government, and it shows how the media can be used to manipulate public opinion.
“On The Wires” has been a critical and commercial success. It has been praised for its sharp humor and its biting social commentary. However, it has also been criticized for its negative portrayal of the Greek media.
Despite the criticism, “On The Wires” is a funny and thought-provoking series that offers a unique perspective on the Greek media landscape. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in Greek politics, the media, and satire.
Here are some additional details about the series:
- It was created by Nikos Karathanasis and Maria Lemos.
- It is produced by ERT.
- It premiered on February 1, 2023.
- It has been renewed for a second season.
The series has been praised by critics for its sharp humor, its biting social commentary, and its performances by the cast. It has also been a commercial success, with high ratings in Greece.
“On The Wires” is a must-watch for anyone interested in Greek politics, the media, and satire. It is a funny, thought-provoking, and insightful series that offers a unique perspective on the Greek media landscape.
Cast: Thanasis Tsaltabasis (Spyros), Ivan Svitailo (Iulios), Biki Papadopoulou (Anna Roussou), Doretta Papadimitriou (Vanessa Ioannou), Giorgos Chraniotis (Kimonas Vassiliou), Panos Stathakopoulos (Fokion Parlas, director of prisons), Tasos Palantzidis (father Nikolaos), Vassilis Chalakatevakis (Stelios Katarachias, father of Spyros), Andreas Zikoulis (prisoner of “Tsitsanis”), Kostas Piperidis (prisoner of “Mitsakis”), Dimitris Maziotis (prisoner of “Vamvakaris”), Konstantinos Moutaftsis (Lelos, friend of Spyros), Stelios Iakovides (Manolakis, friend of Spyros), Alexandros Zouridakis (Zacharias Galanis or Zizi), Vangelis Stratigakos (Fanis Leloudas), Demosthenes Xylardistos (Fation), Loukia Frantzikou (Popi Spanou), Georgia Pantelis (police officer Karol Petri), Susana Vartani (Lora) , Eva Agrafioti (Mara), Giorgos Katsambas (lawyer Priftis), Chris Radanov (Liouba), Haris Georgiadis (Igor), Takis Sakellariou (Yiannis Picros), Yannis Katsambas (Saluvardos), Simeon Tsakiris (Nio Serfen) and Lakis Valgaas, in the role of the penal institution’s Fine Arts teacher.
Screenplay: Haris Mazarakis-Nikos Dimakis
Directed by: Haris Mazarakis
Director of photography: Dinos Macheiras
Set designer: Lamprini Kardara
Costume designer: Domniki Vasiageorgi
Sound engineer: Xenophon Kontopoulos
Editing: George Argyropoulos
Music editing: Giorgos Bousounis
Production execution: Vicky Nikolaou
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