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TV previews

Author: BEN WYLD
Date: 09/08/2004
Words: 549
Source: SMH
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 22
Home and Away

Seven, 7pm

Life in Summer Bay is usually pretty tame. There's the odd spat in the school playground and the usual relationship woes, but nothing ever gets too serious.

Tonight, however, Summer Bay resembles Cape Fear. Everyone is in lock-down mode after crystal-meth addict Sarah (Luisa Hastings Edge) breaks out of the psychiatric institution. Despite being responsible for the overdose of her boyfriend, Felix, Sarah believes somebody else killed him and is out for revenge.

Peter (Nicholas Bishop) suggests everyone who could be on Sarah's hit list gather at a safe-house. But Sarah manages to find Scott (Kip Gamblin) and Dani (Tammin Sursok) before they reach the house. There's a kidnapping, plenty of gaffer tape and some maniacal laughing before a gun-toting Sarah lays down her demands. As the countdown ends, three shots ring from the house.

Has Sally (Kate Ritchie), after all these years, taken one for the team? Has Sarah, depending on the way you look at it, done a great service to Australian television? Whatever the case, Summer Bay won't be the same again.

Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba

Seven, 8.30pm

There's no doubting the spectacle of a Cirque Du Soleil show. Tonight we have aerial ballet, flying trapeze, bounding acrobatics and eccentric, but endearing, clowns.

La Nouba (which originates from the French phrase faire la nouba, meaning partying or living it up) presents the expected blend of theatre, performance and circus. But television doesn't really do the show justice. At times, the sum of the show is forgotten for its parts, with the camera unable to capture all that is happening on stage. At other times, an inordinate amount of time is dedicated to grandiose posing and you can't help wonder what you have missed in the meantime.

A better choice would be to watch the real thing and lash out on a ticket to Quidam, playing at Fox Studios.

Strictly Dancing

ABC, 8pm

It might be serious business for the contestants, but if you're looking for a laugh or two, Strictly Dancing is bound to please.

Tonight, four couples (including a same-sex couple) show us their paso doble, lambada, hip-hop, funk, rumba and samba.

There's backstage drama and the requisite gowns and daring manoeuvres, but there are also plenty of dodgy-looking moves that wouldn't look out of place at your local.

For fans of the movie Strictly Ballroom, there's a Tina Sparkle and Ken Railings wannabe couple - siblings Donna Henry and Jef Guerin, who don't just share parents but also hair colour. Will bleach be enough to score the all-important X-factor score that could just see them move through to the semi-finals?

Message Stick

ABC, 6pm

Actor and activist; family man and mentor. Born on Palm Island, North Queensland, Robert Lewis Maza grew up to challenge and change perceptions of indigenous people. Having honed his performance skills in a community that respected both Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal cultures, Maza later used his theatrical skills to draw attention to indigenous issues.

His acting career includes his pioneer role as a barrister in Bellbird and later The Fringe Dwellers, Reckless Kelly and Lilian's Story. But Maza's fame never got in the way of his strong sense of family, who share his story tonight.

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