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de­tec­tive in the di­rec­tion of a ta­ble lamp that just might be a clue. Ac­tu­ally, I com­pare it to be­ing the host of a kid’s birth­day party: I’m not the main at­trac­tion – that’s the clown! – but I’m keep­ing things cor­ralled, keep­ing them mov­ing from one game to the next. the so­lu­tion … or get to the end, have no clues and get the so­lu­tion! It’s a re­ally mixed bag.

The en­sem­ble casts of th­ese mur­der mys­ter­ies is quite im­pres­sive as well, a real who’s who of Aus­tralian ac­tors and co­me­di­ans.

By the time I got there, I was just amazed at the peo­ple who were on board: “ Hey, look, there’s John Wood! And he’s dead!” I think peo­ple loved the idea and were keen to be in­volved. My favourite was Denise Drys­dale – not only is she such a leg­end, she’s so hi­lar­i­ous in this.

With all th­ese el­e­ments hav­ing to work in synch, how long does it take to fi lm a half-hour episode?

It ac­tu­ally runs re­ally close to time be­cause every­one is run­ning on adrenalin. The en­sem­ble play­ers have cer­tain bits of info they have to get out, while the de­tec­tives are go­ing bonkers be­cause they want to get th­ese clues but they also want to crack a few gags. What we found, though, was that even if they failed to solve the mys­tery, if they got a few great laughs from the au­di­ence they were still pretty happy.

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