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Noon, Seven, Prime7

M. 2006. Hard­luck work­ing class no­body James Franco gets a chance to en­ter the An­napo­lis naval academy and suc­ceeds de­spite all odds. Rou­tine ser­vice drama rewrites An Of­fi­cer and a Gentleman with Franco in the Richard Gere role. Franco can hold the screen, but do you want to see the same film all over again? 8.30pm, World Movies

M. 2008. Ac­claimed di­rec­tor Steven Soder­bergh brings the iconic story of Che Gue­vara to the screen in this twoparter filmed in French, English and Span­ish. Beni­cio Del Toro plays the man. Part one The Ar­gen­tine airs tonight. Part two to­mor­row. 10.30pm, Go!

AV. 1980. Some­what off-key hor­ror film from Stan­ley Kubrick, based on Stephen King’s book. Kubrick takes lib­er­ties that oc­ca­sion­ally test logic, though his vi­su­als are re­mark­able. Jack Ni­chol­son’s per­for­mance, while of­ten over the top, grips the viewer from be­gin­ning to end. 10.30pm, SBS TWO

M. 1988. Trail-blaz­ing film, which gar­nered a Best Di­rec­tor award for Emir Kus­turica at Cannes, about the com­ing of age of a young gypsy taken from his peo­ple in Yu­goslavia to Mi­lan where he is taught to steal and pimp for a Fagin­like gypsy el­der. Wild mu­sic, vivid im­agery and jagged, doc­u­men­tary style shoot­ing en­gage the viewer, though its in­or­di­nate 142-minute length makes it a long trek. Da­vor Du­j­movic, Bora Todor­ovic.

SHE’S won two Lo­gies and has an ex­ten­sive theatre and mu­si­cal ca­reer be­hind her, but De­bra Byrne feels like a novice in front of a tele­vi­sion cam­era.

The singer and ac­tress ad­mits she turned to fel­low ‘‘veteran’’ Shane Bourne for ad­vice dur­ing the film­ing of Chan­nel 9’s new fam­ily drama Tricky Busi­ness.

Be­fore tak­ing up the role of Claire Christie, wife of Bourne’s char­ac­ter Jim Christie, Byrne was ap­pear­ing in Syd­ney’s stage pro­duc­tion of Mary Pop­pins.

‘‘I love do­ing TV be­cause I haven’t done a lot of it and it’s a rel­a­tively new place for me to work,’’ says Byrne.

‘‘I looked to Shane a lot for ad­vice dur­ing shoot­ing.’’

Byrne won her Lo­gies dur­ing the 1970s for Best Teenage Tele­vi­sion Per­son­al­ity when she ap­peared on Young Tal­ent Time.

In fact her suc­cess on the show led to a suc­cess­ful solo singing ca­reer and spawned film and TV roles, though the bulk of her work dur­ing her long ca­reer has been on the Aus­tralian stage – in­clud­ing lead­ing roles in Cats, Sunset Boule­vard, Mary Pop­pins and Les Mis­er­ables.

In scor­ing a lead role on Tricky Busi­ness, Byrne was able to leave Mary Pop­pins but re­main in Syd­ney to spend more time with her fam­ily in­clud­ing her 11-year-old daugh­ter Lu­cille, who seems to be fol­low­ing in her mother’s foot­steps.

‘‘That was a great bless­ing, se­ri­ously, to get the role of Claire,’’ Byrne says.

‘‘As much as I was lov­ing the role (in Mary Pop­pins), I wasn’t look­ing for­ward to com­mut­ing (to Bris­bane) and leav­ing my fam­ily in Syd­ney and my daugh­ter Lu­cille had just got the role of An­nie, in the Syd­ney sea­son of An­nie.’’

Byrne, 55, cher­ishes play­ing the role of a woman about the same age as her­self.

‘‘What I like about play­ing Claire is you see me at 55,’’ Byrne says.

‘‘I was play­ing a 60-year-old be­fore I had even turned 40 when I was play­ing Norma Des­mond (in Sunset Boule­vard), so there’s less time in the make-up chair these days.’’

Mon­days, 9.30pm, Nine, NBN.

Shane Bourne, De­bra Byrne, Lin­coln Lewis and Gigi Ed­g­ley are the stars of

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