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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TELEVISION - DEB­BIE SCHIPP HOUSE HUS­BANDS, WIN, tonight 8.30

THE ca­ma­raderie and chem­istry be­tween House Hus­bands’ cast mates Fi­rass Di­rani and Anna McGa­han is a re­flec­tion of the feel of Nine’s pop­u­lar drama. It’s fresh, easy, play­ful, charm­ing, and un­ex­pect­edly dis­arm­ing.

But dig a lit­tle deeper, and it’s break­ing new ground for all con­cerned.

Di­rani may have grap­pled with the un­der­world and the bad guys in his turn as Kings Cross iden­tity John Ibrahim in Un­der­belly: The Golden Mile, but he con­fesses that wasn’t a patch on the chal­lenge of grap­pling with twin boys and an in­fant in his most for­eign role to date – play­ing a dad. ‘‘ It’s been like baby boot camp for three months,’’ he laughs.

Ris­ing star McGa­han, who turned heads as the promis­cu­ous pros­ti­tute Nell Cameron in Un­der­belly: Ra­zor, is more likely to be tend­ing the bar than strip­ping on one as the love­able Lucy, the grown- up daugh­ter of re­cently re­tired rat­bag Lewis ( Gary Sweet).

In House Hus­bands Di­rani plays for­mer AFL star and bad- boy Justin for whom life has rapidly be­come very se­ri­ous.

‘‘ Justin has lost his ca­reer, his fam­ily and is bat­tling with try­ing to win cus­tody of his twin boys and young daugh­ter,’’ Di­rani says. ‘‘ He’s grap­pling with the kids, whom he loves dearly, his man­ager has cut his grass, and he’s try­ing to make good and it’s all fall­ing apart.’’

Mean­while, McGa­han ( pic­tured with Di­rani) leapt at the chance to play law stu­dent Lucy.

‘‘ She’s so dif­fer­ent to any­one I’ve played – she’s this stoic and gen­tle soul. She does the right thing, all the time, some­times at the ex­pense of her­self.’’

But she says Lucy is not naive or stupid. ‘‘ She’s got a great brain . . . she has wis­dom.’’

McGa­han and Di­rani are great mates off cam­era, and in early episodes there’s a fris­son of at­trac­tion when their char­ac­ters meet through work then dis­cover an un­likely con­nec­tion.

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