DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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IDON’T think I’ve ever seen Hermione Nor­ris in a dress. Nor­mally she’s cast in things that re­quire her to wear jeans and boots and a jacket with a lot of pock­ets — an out­fit that can ac­com­mo­date weapons.

But when she ar­rives at Peter King­dom’s cham­bers tonight she’s wear­ing a very cute ’ 50s kind of dress and it’s quite the shock. It’s not there for no rea­son though.

The full skirt tells us this: She’s mad. That, and the fact she’s just left a rest­ful fa­cil­ity.

Checked her­self out, in fact, af­ter sleep­ing with her doc­tor.

Or he slept with her, is the other way to look at it, Beatrice points out to her brother.

Her brother is Peter, and his cham­bers are also his home. He lives there and Beatrice thinks she might too.

Peter’s less en­thu­si­as­tic about her plan, if only be­cause there’s just the one bed, not count­ing the bas­ket where the dog sleeps.

Clearly though, Beatrice is strong-willed and Peter is pli­able.

Their brother, Si­mon, we learn at the start of the show, is dead and, as the episode goes on, it emerges there are some unan­swered ques­tions about how he died.

I have a feel­ing, based only on the amount of tele­vi­sion

King­dom’s come: Stephen Fry I’ve seen in my life, this might be an on­go­ing mys­tery.

Just check­ing with you — the brother has been dead six months, would you ex­pect his mo­bile phone to still work?

Any­way, also in the mix here is Peter’s work as a coun­try so­lic­i­tor in the East Anglian town of Mar­ket Ship­bor­ough. You’ve seen Doc Martin, right? King­dom is the same, only the lead char­ac­ter is nicer— and not a doc­tor.

The draw­card here, I prob­a­bly don’t need to spell it out for you, is Stephen Fry.

I’ve never watched this show be­fore, even though it’s been on a cou­ple of other chan­nels, and maybe you haven’t ei­ther.

But Satur­day night on the ABC, it’s just about the per­fect time and chan­nel and night. King­dom ABC1, 7.30pm

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