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The Guide takes a crit­i­cal look at the best on our screens this week

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Chan­nel 10, Fri­day, 8.30pm

WILLIAM McInnes and Colin Friels (left) star in this Aus­tralian tele­movie screen­ing at a time that sug­gests it’s not quite as good as Ten hoped. McInnes is man-of-mys­tery Richard But­ton, who many be­lieve to be a fam­ily man spending his days work­ing as an out­door fur­ni­ture im­porter. The re­al­ity is But­ton is an in­for­mant for the Aus­tralian Se­ri­ous Crime Agency, an or­gan­i­sa­tion led by Doug La­mont (Friels), who sus­pects But­ton may also be play­ing for the other side.

Shark Swarm Chan­nel 7, Fri­day, 8.30pm

THIS short­ened mini-se­ries star­ring Daryl Han­nah (above) and John Sch­nei­der is com­pletely over the top but great Fri­day-night fun. The story, set in Full Moon Bay, is pretty much an amped-up ver­sion of Jaws. Ar­mand As­sante is cor­po­rate nasty Hamil­ton Lux, who poi­sons the wa­ter in a bid to ex­pe­dite his plans to turn the bay into a re­sort town. But rather than kill off the fish­ing trade, Lux’s eco-ter­ror­ism cre­ates a pack of mu­tant great white sharks.

Room with a View ABC1, Sun­day, 8.30pm

ELAINE Cassidy ( Ghost Squad) stars as Lucy Hon­ey­church in this tele­vi­sion adap­ta­tion of the E.M. Forster clas­sic. Screen­writer An­drew Davies, whose work in­cludes Pride and Prej­u­dice and Bleak House, adapted the novel for the small screen and in­cluded a new end­ing based on a Forster post­script. The story un­folds in Italy, where Lucy’s heart is set aflut­ter by Ge­orge Emer­son. Be­fore it gets too se­ri­ous, Lucy re­turns to Lon­don and falls into the arms of Ce­cil Vyse. When Ge­orge pays a visit, Lucy must choose be­tween the two.

Out of the Blue Chan­nel 10, Mon­day, 10.30pm

A CAST of rel­a­tive un­knowns fea­tures in this Aus­tralian drama made for Bri­tish screens. Con­ceived as a re­place­ment for Neigh­bours in the UK af­ter the BBC lost the broad­cast­ing rights, the se­ries is a lot edgier than any­thing that takes place on Ram­say St. Turns out Bri­tish audiences were luke­warm in their re­ponse to the new show. Lo­cal girl Katherine Hicks plays les­bian Poppy Ham­mond, part of a group of friends who re­turn to Manly for a school re­union. The party turns sour when one of the group is found float­ing in the ocean.

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