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IT’S not a com­plete sur­prise when Cas­tle star Nathan Fil­lion is late for this in­ter­view, the no­to­ri­ous traf­fic in Los An­ge­les aside.

Keep­ing an au­di­ence wait­ing is some­thing this ac­tor does well.

Play­ing mys­tery writer Richard Cas­tle, who has built a lit­er­ary ca­reer on sus­pense, Fil­lion knows it can be all in the tease.

But to view­ers’ frus­tra­tion, re­solv­ing the crime plot­lines isn’t the only thing left hang­ing on this Chan­nel 7 show. There’s also the lin­ger­ing sex­ual ten­sion be­tween Cas­tle and de­tec­tive Kate Beck­ett (Stana Katic) that keeps fans com­ing back.

From the out­set, this smart drama has par­al­leled its grue­some po­lice work with a sim­mer­ing love story — a play­boy who usu­ally gets what he wants up against a strictly pro­fes­sional po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tor de­ter­mined to keep him at arm’s length.

Four sea­sons in and their chem­istry siz­zles on a par with the best TV cou­plings.

Think Mul­der and Scully on The X-Files and, more re­cently, Booth and Bren­nan on Bones.

For Fil­lion, the ghost of an­other crime-fight­ing duo who crossed that line on 1980s hit Moon­light­ing has him spooked.

Hailed for the scorch­ing on­screen pair­ing of Mad­die (Cy­bill Shep­herd) and David (Bruce Wil­lis), the show’s demise was blamed squarely on the fact they, well, did it.

Fil­lion says he’s of the same ‘‘ jump the shark school of thought’’ with Cas­tle.

Fil­lion says ‘‘ give every­body what they want and re­lease that ten­sion, that’s when peo­ple start go­ing ‘ OK, done’.’’

Cre­ator Andrew Marlowe and his writ­ers have clev­erly ‘‘ danced’’ around the re­la­tion­ship, ‘‘ push­ing the bound­aries ... with­out ir­repara­ble dam­age’’.

This week’s sea­son fi­nale may well take the show in a bold new di­rec­tion. Cas­tle, Chan­nel 7, Sun­day, 9.45pm

iPAD SPE­CIAL A look at the TV shows that siz­zled, then fiz­zled, when stars broke sex­ual ten­sion

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