ONCE UPON A TIME, Chan­nel 7, 7.30pm

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Tuesday -

PUT aside the Valen­tine’s Day non­sense in­volv­ing Cin­derella and her 21st-cen­tury ver­sion’s whin­ing about her boyfriend’s in­ad­e­qua­cies and you’ve got an­other hearty back story about Rumpel­stilt- skin and how he got to be so psy­cho­log­i­cally im­paired. It helps that the Grimm broth­ers had a fa­cil­ity for writ­ing about the deeply un­hinged. And that Robert Car­lyle has one for play­ing them. Em­i­lie de Ravin puts in a flat-footed per­for­mance as the Beauty part of Beauty and the Beast, but it doesn’t mat­ter, this episode is all Gold.

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