Thrill of the chase for dy­namic duo

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Jon Cryer -

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

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