DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Friday - NEW TRICKS, ABC1, 8.30pm

THIS couldn’t be more strange. A pompous pub­lic ser­vant — they call them civil ser­vants — named Stephen Fisher black­mails the old men and forces San­dra (Amanda Red­man, pic­tured) to work on a case from 1851. Is this in­flu­enced by the suc­cess of Sher­lock Holmes? Prob­a­bly. The vic­tim was Abi­gail Padua, a fi­nan­cial whiz. What’s the con­nec­tion to the here and now? Fisher cites the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act. Silly, re­ally, but since Fisher’s be­ing played, to the hilt, by Tim McIn­nerny, it’s OK. Es­pe­cially since his flour­ishes are be­ing di­luted by the de­press­ing news about Jack.

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