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