ACLEAN PAIR OF SLEUTHS

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - Cover Feature Day1& 2 South Australia V Nsw Wav Ta - MR& MRSMUR­DER

JUG­GLING a baby around two ma­jor prime time shows is tough work, but ac­tor Kat Ste­wart is not com­plain­ing.

Just be­fore Christ­mas, the mum to one-year-old son Archie Ni­cholas wrapped film­ing on new Chan­nel 10 who­dunit se­ries Mr & Mrs Mur­der, about a hus­band and wife team of foren­sic clean­ers who dou­ble as sleuths solv­ing crimes.

Now she’s al­ready back in front of the cam­eras film­ing sea­son four of hit Ten drama Off­spring.

While it seems like a hec­tic work sched­ule, Ste­wart con­sid­ers her­self lucky.

‘‘It is a jug­gle but I’m really lucky. Dave (White­ley), my hus­band, is an ac­tor so we’re able to be flex­i­ble with each other, which is great,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s tir­ing, but it’s al­ways tir­ing if you’re do­ing long hours. It’s funny be­cause most peo­ple have kids and un­til you ac­tu­ally have one you don’t re­alise what peo­ple are talk­ing about and then you just make it work.’’

And for Ste­wart, there was no greater rea­son to ‘‘make it work’’ than the op­por­tu­nity to act along­side fun­ny­man Shaun Mi­callef in the se­ries he co-cre­ated, Mr & Mrs Mur­der.

The Talkin’ ’Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion host helped de­velop the show, in which he plays Char­lie Buchanan, the hus­band to Ste­wart’s Ni­cola.

‘‘I’d worked with Shaun on New­stopia in 2007/2008 on SBS and I just think he’s bril­liant and I really loved that ex­pe­ri­ence, so when this came up I couldn’t con­sider say­ing no,’’ she says.

And in the first episode you can see why.

The two (pic­tured) have a fan­tas­tic chem­istry to­gether on screen. Just like their characters, they seem to bounce off each other with ease and a gen­uine rap­port.

‘‘I really like work­ing with him,’’ Ste­wart says. ‘‘I don’t know what makes it work and I’m scared that if I un­der­stood it, it might stop work­ing. All I know is he’s really fun to work with and I en­joyed work­ing with him ev­ery day so that’s all you can hope for.’’

But it wasn’t just her co-star that made the role a joy, it was also her char­ac­ter.

‘‘Ni­cola and Char­lie are a really un­usual cou­ple, I think,’’ Ste­wart says.

‘‘They’re very co-de­pen­dent, they’re very dif­fer­ent and yet it’s al­most like they’re two halves of the one per­son and they’re most alive and most into each other when they’re solv­ing a crime.

‘‘They’re foren­sic clean­ers by day but it’s this gate­way into this whole other world of sleuthing and ad­ven­ture and each episode is set in a dif­fer­ent world so it’s really a gate­way to a whole other life for them.’’

The cou­ple don’t work for the po­lice, they in­stead of­fer their ser­vices to Ni­cola’s long-time friend, homi­cide squad de­tec­tive Peter Vinetti, who is happy to look the other way while they in­ves­ti­gate as long as he gets to take the credit for the mur­der be­ing solved. Ste­wart de­scribes the cou­ple as ‘‘good, de­cent peo­ple’’ who just want to see jus­tice done.

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