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ALL care and no re­spon­si­bil­ity: that’s Clau­dia Kar­van’s motto when it comes to New­ton’s Law.

Af­ter a pun­ish­ing year pro­duc­ing Nine’s Doc­torDoc­tor, Kar­van was happy to be a gun for hire for the new ABC le­gal drama.

“New­ton’sLaw is my re­ward for pro­duc­ing Doc­torDoc­tor,” she laughs. “Now I can jump on my lilo with a mar­tini in my hand.”

Tak­ing the lead role in the lat­est pro­duc­tion by Deb Cox and Fiona Eag­ger – the dy­namic duo be­hind Mis­sFisher’s Mur­derMys­ter­ies – Kar­van jokes she is “rid­ing their coat-tails”. Not quite, but the role seems an eas­ier fit for the LoveMy Way and Pu­ber­tyBlues favourite.

Kar­van stars as Josephine New­ton, a sub­ur­ban so­lic­i­tor who is lured back to the bar by Se­nior Coun­sel and old univer­sity mate Lewis Hughes SC (Toby Sch­mitz).

With its lighter tone, Kar­van en­joyed be­ing away from her pro­ducer pres­sures and angstrid­den roles. “New­ton’sLaw is es­capist and fun, and it is won­der­ful to see a woman who has author­ity, emo­tional in­tel­li­gence and is un­apolo­getic,” she says. “It is a much sun­nier place to in­habit.

“Josephine’s op­ti­mistic, she’s not flawed or over­wrought and it is a plea­sure to play a role like that.”

Kar­van adds she would like to be more like her char­ac­ter. “She has a lot to of­fer women today,” Kar­van says. “There is an equi­lib­rium to her and re­silience about her that I think we all as­pire to.

“When I would go for self-pity or frus­tra­tion or play for drama in scenes the di­rec­tor, Jen­nifer Leacey, would push me com­pletely in the other di­rec­tion, say­ing, ‘No, this prob­lem isn’t ex­as­per­at­ing for Josephine, it is in­vig­o­rat­ing her’.”

View­ers hop­ing to see ro­man­tic sparks fly be­tween Josephine and Lewis look set to be dis­ap­pointed.

“Josephine’s re­la­tion­ship with Lewis is re­ally re­fresh­ing be­cause it isn’t about play­ing the phys­i­cal chem­istry or lin­ger­ing eye con­tact,” Kar­van says.

“Their re­la­tion­ship is built on fir­ing off each other in­tel­lec­tu­ally.”

New­ton is much less as­sured with daugh­ter Ly­dia (Ella New­ton).

Kar­van can re­late to her char­ac­ter’s plight, rais­ing three chil­dren with part­ner Jeremy Sparks: his daugh­ter Hol­i­day, 26, as well as the cou­ple’s teenage daugh­ter Au­drey and 10-year-old son Al­bie.

“When Josephine’s out in the world she is carv­ing it up, but the minute you get her into a domestic en­vi­ron­ment … she turns into a domestic slave and some­one who can’t win with her daugh­ter,” Kar­van says.

“The daugh­ter is run­ning on hor­mones and be­ing what a teenage daugh­ter should be – push­ing the bound­aries and push­ing but­tons.”

Kar­van is back in pro­duc­tion for sea­son two of Doc­torDoc­tor, but has her fin­gers crossed New­ton’sLaw will find an au­di­ence and be a yearly fil­lip to all that stress.

“I’ll pop into the ABC stu­dios once a year and be Josephine,” she says. “She’s a won­der­ful cre­ation.” THURS­DAY, 6.30PM, FOXTEL’S FX

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