Covington Cross, Channel 10, 6.30pm, Saturday. One of the oddest
programs among the summer-time replacements is Covington Cross, which is
something like Beverly Hills 90210 meets Robin Hood. The series, which began on
Channel 10 last month is described by producers Reeves Entertainment as "a 1990s
look at the life of a single parent family living in the 1350s".
Sir Thomas Gray, played by British star Nigel Terry, is the single parent
who has to cope with four good-looking sons and a gorgeous daughter who just
wants to be one of the boys. Other worries include treachery and intrigue,
murderous neighbours and foreign wars.
Made on location at Allington Castle, in Kent, England, the series is
entertaining but certainly not to be taken seriously. A typical day in Covington
Cross Castle sees the older boys inadvertently destroying the household
furniture with their sword-fighting while their sister Eleanor just wants to
join in the fighting.
Home And Away, Channel 7, 7pm, Monday to Friday. After leaving various
characters hanging from cliffs (or trapped underwater |) since the official
ratings ended last year, Channel 7 now invites viewers to find out what has been
happening in Home And Away. Finlay (Tina Thomsen), we learn, is possibly
suffering from brain damage, having used up all her oxygen in an underwater
Cluedo, Channel 9, 7.30pm, Wednesday. Tina Bursill is the guest star in
this week's episode of Channel 9's solve-it-yourself mystery series. For"guest
star" read murder victim | Bursill plays Billie Lovett, a Paris-trained chef
hired by Mrs Peacock (Jane Badler) for a once-only gourmet dinner. Naturally the
arrival of a rival cook upsets the regular cook, Mrs White (Joy Westmore).
Well, there's one obvious suspect even before the mystery unfolds on air,
however, nothing is what it seems in Cluedo and the obvious suspects are
invariably the most innocent. Detective Sergeant Stanley Bogong (Frank
Gallacher) will have all the answers but can you find out who dunnit first?
Drop The Dead Donkey, SBS, 8pm, Tuesday. The winds of change are whistling
down the corridors of Sir Royston Merchant's media empire and rattling the
golden handcuffs of chief executive Gus Hedges. And if you haven't heard of Sir
Royston or Hedges you haven't enjoyed earlier series of this brilliant British
comedy set in a television newsroom. In Tuesday's episode, Gus is looking for a
replacement for the newsroom head. Drop The Dead Donkey is recorded the night
before transmission in Britain. To retain the immediacy of a comedy series set
around real news events, SBS screens it only days after it is seen in Britain.