New ViuTV Drama Produced by Bowie Lam is Already a Critical Success
Directed by Fatball and 25, and produced by Bowie Lam (林保怡) who also stars in the show, new Viu TV drama The Gutter <歎息橋> is slated to premiere in Hong Kong next week on May 11, 2020. Set to air in the 9:30 p.m. timeslot, The Gutter is a romantic drama about the co-owners of an Italian restaurant, Massam.
Bowie stars as the male lead Thomas, and Catherine Chau (周家怡) stars as his girlfriend, Sammy. Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁), Michelle Wai (衛詩雅), and Christine Ng (伍詠薇) also star. The Gutter is Bowie and Catherine’s first collaboration since 2016’s Margaret and David: Green Bean <瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 – 綠豆>.
“Thomas is a very introverted character,” shared Bowie. “He’s altruistic, but he doesn’t know how to express his love. He’s afraid that after confessing, he’ll lose the person. He’s very confused.”
The Gutter took two years to plan and an additional year to prepare. “In the past, I’d just clock out if the scene didn’t involve me,” said Bowie when asked to compare his new producing job to being an actor. “But now, I’m there from morning to night. I’d be in close communication with every single actor.”
The Gutter had already premiered on March 28 in mainland China via streaming platform, Youku. On Douban, the series received an 8.8 out of 10 rating, exceeding TVB’s Barrack O’Karma <金宵大廈>, which received an 8.3. “Thank you to the viewers for supporting and rating the show,” said Bowie. “I was so happy after reading the reviews. I hope it’ll make Hong Kong proud!”
For his future goals, Bowie would like to continue contributing to the Hong Kong television drama industry. “I think it’s time for me to do something. I should do something. It was fortunate that I was introduced to Fatball and 25, so I was able to turn this dream into a reality. I hope my next project will maintain this rating.”
Asking if it was easy to “defeat” his old employer TVB, Bowie said, “No one’s losing or winning here. I won’t consider it a competition. I just hope that every camera angle and every word in my series is able to help the viewers to break down the mysteries of this romantic drama.”
Does Bowie feel pressure that he would be competing against the popular The Exorcist’s 2nd Meter <降魔的2.0> at TVB? He said, “TVB actually did contact me about that. They will do 8:30, and we will do 9:30. It’s perfect timing. After watching that one you can watch this one.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.