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PG. 1995. Adam San­dler hopes to in­herit the fam­ily busi­ness but, as he’s only a few IQ points re­moved from a cretin, the fam­ily de­mands he re­peat school. Who­ever came up with this one could use the ex­tra school­ing too. Ter­ri­ble com­edy that hasn’t a sin­gle orig­i­nal idea and con­tains ev­ery crude, scat­o­log­i­cal re­mark you’ve ever heard. Dar­ren Mcgavin. 8.30pm, Gem

M. 2004. Wildly over­long re­venge drama from di­rec­tor Tony Scott re­plete with over­wrought, tire­some cam­era gim­micks. Den­zel Washington is a grim for­mer as­sas­sin, now hard-drink­ing body­guard for a kid (Dakota Fan­ning) in Mex­ico City. When she’s kid­napped he goes into full pay­back mode. De­spite the length and Scott’s in­dul­gences, it’s pretty good. Radha Mitchell. 9.30pm, One

M. 2007. True story of a group of soc­cer hooli­gans who rose through the ranks to be­come en­forcers for the mob, lead­ing to a bloody UK gang­land killing in 1995. Well made but un­doubt­edly bru­tal film that will have limited ap­peal, ex­cept, hap­pily, to turn off any would-be ‘‘bovver boys’’ from fol­low­ing the life. Craig Fair­brass, Ricci Har­nett. S SHE nears the end of her first sea­son star­ring on the US TV drama Un­for­get­table and, more im­me­di­ately, faces an­other long shoot­ing day as the de­tec­tive who never for­gets a clue, Aus­tralian ac­tress Poppy Mont­gomery sips her morn­ing latte and does a lit­tle re­mem­ber­ing.

For in­stance, she thinks back on her for­mer se­ries, With­out a Trace, and how hard it was when that con­cluded three years ago. For seven sea­sons she played Sa­man­tha Spade, a field agent in a miss­ing per­sons task force ‘‘and when you’ve done one char­ac­ter that long’’ she says, ‘‘there’s a griev­ing process, al­most, when it ends’’.

She had also had a baby, Jack­son, with then-part­ner Adam Kaufman as the show drew to a close, so she opted to take time off.

But af­ter spend­ing Jack­son’s first years as a stay-at-home mother, Mont­gomery re­ceived the script for Un­for­get­table.

She was be­ing in­vited to play Car­rie Wells, an NYPD de­tec­tive whose rare con­di­tion ren­ders her in­ca­pable of for­get­ting any­thing, in­clud­ing crime-solv­ing de­tails that no one else would even no­tice, let alone re­mem­ber.

Mont­gomery, like mil­lions of oth­ers, had seen a 60 Min­utes story in 2010 that ex­plored the real-life con­di­tion called Highly Su­pe­rior Au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal Mem­ory and fea­tured ac­tress Mar­ilu Hen­ner, one of just a hand­ful in the world who have this gift of to­tal re­call. (Hen­ner would be­come a con­sul­tant for Un­for­get­table.)

‘‘That was a fas­ci­nat­ing re­port and I was in­trigued by the char­ac­ter I was be­ing asked to play. I also liked that I would get to do stunts,’’ Mont­gomery says.

‘‘I like play­ing tough, gun­sling­ing chicks. And I got to have red hair.’’

As a child grow­ing up in Australia, Mont­gomery had hair that was ‘‘red like Pippi Long­stock­ing’s’’. At 19, she left

Poppy Mont­gomery and Dy­lan Walsh star in Syd­ney for Hol­ly­wood, de­ter­mined to make it as an ac­tress. In 2001 she won the star­ring role in Blonde, go­ing blonde as Marilyn Mon­roe in that TV film of the Joyce Carol Oates novel.

‘‘My hair stayed blonde for Trace. Then, when Trace was done, I didn’t let my nat­u­ral hair colour grow in – it would be a lie to say that – but still I de­cided to go closer to what I be­lieved at that point was my nat­u­ral hair colour,’’ she says.

Hair isn’t Mont­gomery’s sole con­cern these days: She is the cen­tre­piece of a weekly hour drama with plenty of ac­tion and lots of di­a­logue for her to learn. It rep­re­sents a ma­jor pro­mo­tion from Trace, where she was one of the miss­ing per­sons team led by se­ries star An­thony Lapaglia.

Now she is the leader, with a sup­port­ing cast com­pris­ing Michael Gas­ton, Kevin Rankin, Daya Vaidya, Jane Curtin and Dy­lan Walsh. Was Mont­gomery, 36, pre­pared for the bur­dens of star­dom?

‘‘By now I know what I’m do­ing,’’ she says. ‘‘And on this show I’m re­al­is­ing how much I didn’t know that I knew, from seven years of do­ing it over and over on Trace and ab­sorb­ing so much from the peo­ple I worked with.’’

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