Thrill of the chase for dynamic duo
IF only Mr and Mrs Murder was on the ABC. But then it would be put in the wrong timeslot so I’d probably be no better off. I’m just worried the people who would really like this show don’t know how to get to Ten using their remote control.
Mr and Mrs Murder isn’t Shaun Micallef and Kat Stewart’s name on the show. It’s Buchanan. Nobody’s called Murder in real life.
I looked in the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane White Pages (Residential), a not entirely exhaustive search, but enough to tell us if there are any Murders, they’ve got an unlisted number.
Their first names are Nicola and Charles. Now, I don’t want to over-think this, but I believe this may be an homage to Nick and Nora Charles, the urbane sleuths of the Thin Man series of films of the 1930s and ’ 40s. Which started life as a Dashiell Hammett book, and was basically the foundation for every mouthy crime-solving couple since.
A long bow, possibly, but it’s just the kind of detail Micallef would slide in.
We’ll never know for sure, but watch it next Wednesday, and see if you can’t spot a sliver of Myrna Loy’s verve in Stewart’s frisky Nicola and cynical old Nick reflected back at you in Micallef’s Charles.
There’s that same spark in the writing, the acting, the one-liners, and the cases