CAL WILSON, SLEUTH 101
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.