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The Age

Friday

Author: Larissa Dubecki, Paul Kalina
Date: 28/02/2002
Words: 416
          Publication: The Age
Section: Green Guide
Page: 22
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Home and Away

CHANNEL SEVEN, 7PM

There's some valueadded piquancy this week when the writers of Home and Away tackle the ageold question of what to do with soapie characters when they're written out of the series. Death is a (usually) final gesture; moving to Queensland or Yabbie Creek is another timehonoured method. But on this occasion the capricious fancies driving the lives of the residents of Summer Bay take a turn far worse than any of the aforementioned fates. Vinnie (Ryan Kwanten) is embarking upon an exciting new life in the Big House. Several hours by bus and a world away from the bay where the sun always shines, the youngster is facing a twoyear jail term (naturally, his credentials as Nice Young Man are unscathed). Wife Leah, Summer Bay's most glamorous young mother of the year, is left bravely holding the baby - the unfortunately named VJ (Vinnie junior, of course). As the jail doors creak shut, the pair seal a curious, Kleenexenhanced pact to see them through the 539 days of incarceration with dignity, love and lip gloss intact. -- Larissa Dubecki

PAY TV

The Shiralee

FOX CLASSICS, 8.30PM, FOXTEL

Peter Finch turned in one of the most affecting performances of his career in this 1957 feature film of D'Arcy Niland's novel (it was made as a miniseries in 1988). He plays the itinerant Macauley, a gruff, hardliving loner escaping a broken marriage with his fiveyearold daughter, Buster (Dana Wilson), in tow. A figure of neither sympathy nor sentiment, Macauley is a deeply troubled figure whose redemption is not easily earned. Interestingly, given the current debates about how ``Australian" our foreignfinanced and multinational cast films are, this classic of Australian cinema was financed by Britain's Ealing Studios and MGM and partially shot in London, taking advantage of the many Australian actors (Bill Kerr, Frank Leighton and Ed Devereaux) working there.

Aaagh! It's the Mr Hell Show

thecomedychannel, 6.30PM, FOXTEL

Those who prefer their ``adult animation" to be dark, sardonic and highly surreal won't be disappointed with this CanadianBritish sketch show, a freneticallypaced, at times ferocious and slickly produced display of cartoon anarchy. Wallace and Gromit Go to Hollywood

OVATION, 10.30PM, OPTUS

Made to coincide with the release of Chicken Run, Aardman Animation's foray into a bigbudget movie making, this entertaining program takes us inside the minds of the eccentric creators of the cheesefancying Wallace and his longsuffering companion, Gromit. As Wallace himself might say, it's a cracking adventure. -- Paul Kalina

 
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