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The Age

THURSDAY

Author: Debi Enker, PAUL KALINA
Date: 30/05/2002
Words: 450
          Publication: The Age
Section: Green Guide
Page: 28
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Cold Feet

CHANNEL SEVEN, 9.30PM

The final episode in the fourth series of Mike Bullen's British relationship drama looks like a very glossy ad for the sights of Sydney. Pete's pals have made their way to the Harbour City to help him celebrate his hastily convened wedding to Jo. There are enough Harbour Bridge shots to fill a brochure as the British producers play up the city's wow factor: plush hotels with stunning views, mansions stretching down to the water, Paddington terrace houses and, of course, the Opera House. A fairly creaky plot involving a birth, a wedding and the possible death of a marriage plays out in the foreground as some of the actors - notably Gary Sweet as a dubious Aussie property developer and James Nesbitt as the evervolatile Adam - look pretty bored. Rachel spends a lot of time in hotel rooms, hallways and cafes, denied Sydney's speccy views, because actor Helen Baxendale was so far along in her pregnancy that she couldn't travel south. Pity she missed the prawns on the Palm Beach barbie and the skinny dipping. -- Debi Enker

Steven Bochco

OVATION, 9.15PM, OPTUS

Television is often derided for dumbing things down, but here writer and producer Steven Bochco should cause a rethink. The articulate creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue talks to Melvyn Bragg about his career, which has spanned a considerable number of influential hits - and occasional misses (the musical courtroom drama Cop Rock, for one). The discussion touches on Bochco's childhood and the legacy of his immigrant father, a musical prodigy who couldn't make a living from his art, but mostly centres on Bochco's restless experiments with the ``rules" of storytelling and the challenge of meeting the values of the everchanging viewing audience. He's by no means a modest fellow, but certainly one of the more defiantly unorthodox television creators of the day - just ask Andy Sipowicz.

Campaign

THECOMEDYCHANNEL, 9.30PM, FOXTEL

Though it often looks like a watereddown version of Good News Week, with advertisements rather than the headlines of the week and trained rather than accidental comedians, this gamecumentertainment show makes for a worthwhile weekly diversion. Tonight, Kate Fischer joins comedian Adam Hills, while Chris Wainright joins Tanya Bulmer on the competing team in an episode that flogs the smut more than usual. (``Yeah, and?" ask the regular viewers of this channel.) Ostensibly, the show is a series of quizzes and memorytests built around prizewinning commercials from the Cannes Advertising Festival, with ample opportunities for impromptu tomfoolery and typically wicked barbs from host Mikey Robins.

PAUL KALINA

 
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