DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

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TREMEN­DOUS sad­ness tonight as Crown­ies ends. Tremen­dous sad­ness at Screen­time. Twenty-two episodes. It felt like more. And it should’ve been. In­stead of muck­ing around chang­ing its times­lot when some­thing bet­ter came along, the ABC should’ve cut them in half and run it ev­ery night of the week, like Neigh- bours. Be­cause it was closer to Neigh­bours than . . . well, will you look at that. I can’t name a le­gal drama I could com­pare it to. Rumpole? Bos­ton Le­gal? Raf­ferty’s Rules? With John Wood and his gin­ger cat?

Crown­ies had some solid cases, that was never go­ing to be an is­sue, but then you’d get the girl from Home & Away as a lawyer in the DPP, get­ting up­set be­cause her boyfriend for­got their an­niver­sary’’.

I knew we were in trou­ble here the first time I saw this show and heard the theme song. They’d have a round-up of the week be­fore and then in­con­gru­ous mu­sic would be­gin. It fed into the fa­tal prob­lem Crown­ies had — con­fu­sion about who they were mak­ing the show for. It was al­most a very good drama. But it wasn’t.

‘‘ first-pash

Play­ing mum: Sacha Horler

Tonight the wife of former At­tor­ney-gen­eral Ni­cholas Quinn, the se­rial rapist who’s now dead, turns up with a bag of videos that are dy­na­mite. She hands them to David Sin­clair. He asks Janet King what he should do. This is the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions who didn’t want to put pres­sure on Janet be­cause she’s about to give birth. Janet makes a cou­ple of sug­ges­tions and then says, ‘‘ Or you could dis­ap­pear the tapes.’’ Is that an ac­tual sen­tence? Or is Janet also in the CIA?

The Max Gar­diner case isn’t over yet ei­ther. I know it looks as if it is but it isn’t. That’s why they hired Sacha Horler to play his mother. Crown­ies ABC1, 9.30pm

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