DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

WHEN are you meant to eat the choco­late? Is it to­day? I’m go­ing to guess yes, which is why Drip­ping In Choco­late is on tonight.

I just hope you haven’t been sad­dled with any of that low­grade su­per­mar­ket con­fec­tionary with a co­coa mass of un­der 3 per cent. Be­cause, gee, you’re go­ing to see some fine choc- olate tonight. Hand­ily, one of the main char­ac­ters is what’s pret­tily known as a cho­co­latier. Ju­liana (Louise Lom­bard) is mak­ing some truf­fles, it looks like — or pos­si­bly some bon bons — when tonight’s first vic­tim is be­ing dis­patched. And not far from her Syd­ney shop.

She knew the woman, she tells the homi­cide de­tec­tive who asks the next morn­ing, but only slightly. They all say that when there’s a sharp cop stand­ing in front of them.

And Ben­nett Omara (David Wen­ham) should be feel­ing sharp. He’s given up ev­ery­thing, to the point that when he has to chase a sus­pect tonight he vom­its on the foot­path. He even spurns Ju­liana’s treats, and per­haps he’s right to. Ev­ery time some­one’s mur­dered— and there’s

Truff love: Louise Lom­bard soon a string of them — there’s a trail of her chocs.

It emerges that the girl who died that first night was the face for the cam­paign for a big new con­tro­ver­sial real es­tate de­vel­op­ment that will see the bull­doz­ers go through Ju­liana’s choco­late shop.

Ju­liana turns up at an art open­ing to con­front plan­ning min­is­ter Stu­art Verger (Ge­off Mor­rell), and would’ve been thrown out by se­cu­rity if Ben­nett Omara hadn’t also been there and in­ter­vened. But what’s Ben­nett do­ing there? And why does Ju­liana walk around with a stash of choco­lates on her all the time?

Tell you what, you’ll be do­ing well to guess who did it. Drip­ping In Choco­late UKTV, 8.30pm

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