In the coastal Australian town of Coolum Beach, everything seems fine throughout the day, but when day turns to night, bizarre things start to happen.
Or so they do in ABC2's new comedy series, The Strange Calls.
Starring Perth-raised comedic actor Toby Truslove and veteran entertainer Barry Crocker, the show follows the town's newest police officer, Constable Toby Banks (Truslove), as he tackles the night rounds, receiving calls from the community about outlandish and unbelievable things.
Sceptical about the truth in most of the wacky phone calls that come through, Banks heads out on his police vehicle - a pushbike - to investigate.
Constantly tagging alongside Banks is security guard Gregor (Crocker), who is an avid believer in the weird happenings, making each situation all the more interesting.
Truslove, who attended Aquinas and Curtin University before trying his hand at theatre, has appeared in programs such as Outland, The Librarians and McLeod's Daughters.
"You read the script and you're like 'It's a bit like X-Files, but kind of comedy, but a bit like Northern Exposure'," Truslove said of The Strange Calls.
"With some scripts you kind of can't imagine it until you see it but this one was actually really funny and was read like a story… Like a really perverse, funny story, so I kind of got into it.
"I really wasn't quite sure whether ABC would go for it because it's almost too far out, but everyone that read it sort of went, 'It's really charming, it's really interesting', and if we can do it in Australia then it's something pretty special."
While working on the ABC's black comedy Laid, Truslove found out that Daley Pearson, writer, director and series creator, wanted to use him in the show.
Having already worked with Pearson on feature film $quid, Truslove said that he understood his character as he already knew that Pearson tended to write for the actor that he had in mind to play the part.
Acting alongside Crocker was admittedly a highlight for Truslove who described him as a "complete legend".
"He's this classic, old guy that lied his way into TV saying that he could sing in a band and said he could play instruments, then started singing on TV shows and recording albums, then started acting," Truslove said.
"He's old school and has these stories where he's like 'Yeah, I was singing with Frank Sinatra one time', and you're like 'Barry, come on!'"
"He's just lived this life and done all this stuff and we just don't really have these people anymore, which is a real pity."
With the first episode airing tonight, Truslove is excited to see how well the paranormal police comedy will fare with Australian audiences given the popularity of Laid
"Weirdly, I can't think of when else Australians have done this kind of humour before," Truslove said.
"I think ABC is doing such a great bunch of really interesting, out-there, groundbreaking stuff."
An American adaptation of the comedy series has been commissioned by US network ABC, and will be written by Donick Cary (New Girl) and directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).
The first episode of The Strange Calls - which was conceived for TV and online - launched on the ABC website last week.The Strange Calls airs today at 9.30pm on ABC2.
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