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SBS One, Satur­day, 8.35pm ★★★★ What is it about Steven Van Zandt that makes him such a com­pelling screen pres­ence? The former reg­u­lar on The So­pra­nos makes the leap to lead­ing man in Li­ly­ham­mer and he’s again play­ing a deeply hos­tile char­ac­ter who has one of those ‘‘some­body just passed wind’’ ex­pres­sions on his face. As Frank ‘‘The Fixer’’ Tagliano, he’s the kind of guy who favours con­flict res­o­lu­tion through phys­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion. And therein lies part of Van Zandt’s ef­fec­tive­ness as an ac­tor. He car­ries an air of un­pre­dictabil­ity and dan­ger. In this case, he’s a New York gang­ster­turned-in­for­mant who chooses Nor­way as the place to start a new life. Why Nor­way? He saw it on tele­vi­sion dur­ing the 1994 Win­ter Olympics. Tonight, Frank’s try­ing to worm his way into a mon­ster apart­ment devel­op­ment, and if he needs to re­sort to bribery and vi­o­lence to make that hap­pen, so be it. Frank’s ap­proach to life is summed up when a man stand­ing in the way of the apart­ment devel­op­ment be­gins quot­ing Gandhi. Frank’s re­sponse? ‘‘As Con­fu­cius say, man who pass on gen­er­ous of­fer of­ten wind up with um­brella in his a--.’’

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