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Between the school corridors and seminary cloisters, Bay watch offers a breath of fresh air

Author: Michael Idato, Doug Anderson is on leave.
Date: 05/05/2005
Words: 640
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 21
Target for Rage

Seven, noon: Rick Schroder's career has always benefited from his boyish demeanour, and while this movie was made in 1997, it's got to be a stretch to believe a 27-year-old actor can play a troubled teen who has been kicked out of high school. Based on the 1992 shootings at a high school in Olivehurst, California, angry young man Jason Copeland (Schroder) has returned to the school that abandoned him with revenge on his mind. Henry Winkler plays the town cop, who is desperately trying to negotiate the release of Copeland's hostages, while Freddie Prinze jnr plays Aaron Sullivan, a student whose life eerily mirrors that of the gunman.

The Young and

the Restless

Nine, 2pm: Ladies and gentlemen, our Boeing 737 service to Genoa City has landed. Your fake furs and hat boxes may be picked up from carousel No. 3. The local time here is a candlelit 9pm - the same time it has been since March 26, 1973, the day the show introduced the world to its dimly lit interiors. Since then we have lived through enormous change: the end of the Vietnam War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the revelation that long-time arch enemies Kathryn Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) and Jill Abbott (Jess Walton) were, in fact, mother and daughter. As implausible as it seemed at the time (Jill had, after all, spent many of her younger years boffing Kay's late husband, Phillip), we're deliriously indifferent to it now. Watch. Bask.

Home and Away

Seven, 7pm: The cast of Neighbours might have had the audience spellbound with their circus-meets-rap dance number (does anyone actually know what it was about?) at Sunday's Logie awards, but it is the cast of Home and Away who have TV viewers spellbound at the moment. In case you've been living in an igloo in Greenland lately, this is the story so far: Summer Bay, once the quiet, peaceful home of such people as Angel, Tag, Twinke and Fifi-Trixibelle, has been menaced by a stalker. In a short space of time, it has become the storyline of the moment, discussed everywhere from the office canteen to the corridors of power. With the stalker's final victim, the much-loved Sally Fletcher (Kate Ritchie), abducted and tied to a chair, the mask came off and the stalker was revealed last night as Zoe McCallister (Emily Perry). Of course, we knew all along. The clue? She was the only suspect not in the show's opening titles. Haven't you learnt your lessons? It's always the guest star.

The Footy Show

Nine, 9.30pm: By the first commercial break it should be blindingly apparent why this fairly light sport-meets-anarchy format landed the Logie award for most popular sports program, at the expense of its more serious stablemate from Melbourne (which is screened in NSW in the later timeslot of 11.30pm). Fatty Vautin, Bill Harrigan, Matthew Johns and Peter Sterling have an easy chemistry with one another, they clearly revel in their work, and the format very neatly keeps the frivolity and silliness separate from the serious sports analysis, which is saved for the more straitlaced Saturday edition. The AFL version is too preachy for its own good and features the constantly miserable-looking Sam Newman. Isn't TV meant to be fun?

The Devil's Playground

ABC, 11.05pm: Fred Schepisi's film (he wrote and directed it) about the repressed and ordered world of a Catholic seminary. While the themes are straightforward - the struggle between human instinct and the boundaries set by faith - the cast is outstanding, particularly Simon Burke as Tom Allen, Arthur Dignam as Brother Francine and Nick Tate as BrotherVictor. Keep an eye peeled for the author Thomas Keneally playing Father Marshall.

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