In Party Animals we get to see the fight between party officials Jo Porter (Labour) and James Northcote (Tories). Not by following them, but rather their workers. Like there’s Danny Foster who’s brother Scott is a lobbyist who’s company decided to expand and not only serve the Labour party anymore but also offer their services to the Tories. As such, Scott starts a relationship with Ashika who works for Northcote.
As time passes by, it becomes clear that plenty of UK politics is actually done not by the representatives but rather the young workers they have in their service…
Sound and Vision:
The image varies from very realistic to bright and shiny depending on the scene. Most of the time the makers decided to go for the realistic touch, though and as such there’s not much digital altering done. On the technical side there’s little to complain.
The 5.1 soundtrack does its job but nothing more.
Party Animals is a series that shows the inner working of UK politics but does it in a way that’s not really believable. The series is filled with relationships, sex, and pursuasion and it looks like those in charge are actually not in charge but following their workers like sheep (besides the occasional scene where they don’t). Still, the series does manage to keep you interested and makes you want to check out the next episode until you reach the very ending. On the other hand, so do most soap series and one cannot say soap series are of high quality.
Does that mean Party Animals is bad? Not really, but you have to see through all the intrigue and drug abuse and be interested in UK politics in order to really be able to appreciate it. And that’s not something we managed to do all the time.