Brynne & Geoffrey Edelsten

Imagine, if you will, an innocent young woman with no financial limitations. She’s attracted to the shiny lights and all the sparkly things and has the means to possess everything she sees. Whatever she wants, she gets – but not in a malicious way; that’s how it’s always been for her. Welcome to Brynne: My Bedazzled Life.

The show’s got her name in the title so there’s no question who the star is. Husband Geoffrey Edelsten is a bit player while Brynne’s dog Juddy could well be the male lead. It’s an amazing insight into the role of this extremely privileged woman and the trappings of her lifestyle – from the inner-city Melbourne high-rise apartment, to the multiple wardrobes(!) of clothes and shows, the cars, and the shopping sprees. Oh, the shopping sprees. She’s also got all the connections a socialite should have and more.

This fly-on-the-wall reality series is everything it should be. A delicious insight into a life most of us will never lead (or ever want) and a lead who is amazingly self-aware (check out her thoughts on her acting debut), yet clueless, though still offers great insight and self-deprecation (her speech at Geoffrey’s book launch is spectacular, even if written for her). There’s controversy, slammed doors, requests to turn the cameras off, BFF’s, and a frankness and freshness the year’s other celebrity reality TV series didn’t offer. There’s also front-row seats to fights and controversy (how will Brynne convince Geoffrey to give her a baby?) and while the series is extremely produced it offers a reasonable real life look at what it means to be Brynne.

Lawrence Mooney narrates with trademark dryness, adding a layer of humour to the show whilst playing the straightest of men. Brynne is the deserved star and Brynne: My Bedazzled Life is 30 minutes of escapism that everyone will enjoy (if only to console yourself that you know where you limits are as to who you’d sleep with for access to 150 million dollars).

Brynne: My Bedazzled Life – Thu 7:30pm, Ch7.