Oh My Grad <老表，畢業喇!>, the third installment to Wong Cho-lam’s (王祖藍) Inbound Troubles <老表系列> series, is Roger Kwok (郭晉安) and Ada Choi’s (蔡少芬) first collaboration in seventeen years. Much like its two predecessors, the comedy show focuses on current issues that Hong Kong society has to face this—and this time, the issue focuses on the Hong Kong educational system.
Roger Kwok plays To Ming-chi, the hot-blooded headmaster of a boarding school who is forcibly transferred to a local private college opened up by his father, portrayed by Bowie Wu (胡蜂). His values toward education clashes with the school’s executive director Mon Jeh, who has a practical mind. Though the two do not get along, they overcome their differences through their similar struggles.
Mon Jeh, a struggling single mother who also faces the label of being a “tiger mother”, is very strict with her son. Her severe parenting puts a straing in their relationship. Ada said, “[My] role is a mirror of many mothers today. I’m not acting it. There are mothers who are very much like my character. This story also reflects the stress that many children today have to face in regards to their education.”
As for working with Ada for the first time in seventeen years, Roger said, “I’ve never thought that this would happen. She still talks super fast.”
Eliza Sam (岑麗香) and Louis Cheung (張繼聰) play guest-starring supporting roles in this installment. Eliza plays a popular, well-liked student, known for being “the goddess” of campus. Louis, on the other hand, plays a former school worker who gets incarcerated after Roger’s testimony. He seeks his revenge on Roger after his release from prison.
The third installment introduces newcoming cast members Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜), Babyjohn Choi (蔡瀚億), and Mag Lam (林欣彤) in her TVB drama debut. Mag and Babyjohn play a couple on the show—both young college students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Joyce plays an “overseas big sister” who commands presence whenever she enters a room. Babyjohn plays the spoiled son of a rich couple who learns about the importance of education.
Oh My Grad premieres on TVB Jade on September 25, 2017.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.