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The Age

PAY TV - FRIDAY

Author: BARBARA HOOKS
Date: 14/04/2005
Words: 348
Source: AGE
          Publication: The Age
Section: Green Guide
Page: 18
PAY TV REVIEWS: Design Rules; The Suite Life of Zack and Cody; Interpol Investigates: Rising Sun

Design Rules, LIFESTYLE 7.30PM

Design and decorating mistakes are costly and time-consuming to fix. Best avoid them altogether with the help of this concise but comprehensive, six-part BBC series presented by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Starting with space and planning, he shuns "fluffy sensitivity" in favour of the first principles of light and how it affects us; space; the impact of colour; the use of pattern and texture; furniture placement; and storage. Tonight, Llewelyn-Bowen takes on a "bad-tempered room" full of conflicting equipment (TV, computer, fax), patterns and fittings, and turns it into a light, ordered, comfortable and pleasing space that serves its occupants well. As he rightly but rather waspishly emphasises, this series is not about style or personal taste. Like What Not to Wear for houses, it's about rules.

The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, DISNEY CHANNEL, 5.30PM

Twins Zack and Cody (Dylan and Cole Sprouse), 12, are new in town. So when they invite friends home from school, there's a big surprise. Home is actually Boston's swishest hotel, where the twins' single mum Carey has just landed a job as the headline entertainer. It's a cool place to hang, with a sweets counter, swimming pool and room service. As this new comedy drama series unfolds, the twins also make friends - or foes - with the hotel's guests, staff and other residents. In tonight's premiere, Zack and Cody reject the good-natured dweebs in their class in favour of the A-list crowd, only to find their new "friends" are users. Meanwhile, the hotel owner's academically challenged but fashion-conscious daughter and a book-smart but dowdy staffer find unexpected friendship when they help each other out. There's a moral to The Suite Life, with a novel setting, engaging cast, cute cossies and sassy script making sweet work of it.

Interpol Investigates: Rising Sun, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, 7.30PM

Considered soft crime in some quarters, art theft is often used to fund terrorism. So when a priceless Monet painting was stolen from a French gallery, Interpol found itself pursuing three bold and seemingly unrelated crimes in two countries.

 
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