Jonathan feels the st­ing

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Hugo (Ju­lian Mi­neo), the outof-con­trol child, was whacked by the hot-headed Harry (Alex Dim­i­tri­ades).

La­paglia says Hugo ‘‘ ab­so­lutely’’ should be dis­ci­plined, but a slap is not the an­swer.

‘‘ It’s the par­ents who need to dis­ci­pline the child. They’re the ones who should be slapped,’’ he says.

The Slap com­prises eight one-hour episodes, each told from the per­spec­tive of one of the main char­ac­ters. The shock of the slap forces ev­ery­one to look at their lives, which they do in hour-long vi­gnettes.

La­paglia, 42, con­fesses he was an at­ten­tion-seeker as a child, but his mem­o­ries of pun­ish­ment are not from his par­ents but from school.

‘‘ In pri­mary school I was ter­ri­ble,’’ he says. ‘‘ I don’t think I was par­tic­u­larly well be­haved in high school but I started to ap­ply my­self.’’

Be­ing naughty in pri­mary school meant be­ing dis­ci­plined the old-fash­ioned way, of­ten with a smack.

La­paglia re­mem­bers slaps he re­ceived as a high school stu­dent in South Aus­tralia. ‘‘ That was an all-boys school run by the broth­ers. How very Chris­tian, right?’’ he says. Af­ter high school he stud­ied medicine. He then be­came an emer­gency-room physi­cian be­fore start­ing his act­ing ca­reer. The Slap, ABC1, Thurs­day, 8.30pm

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