David At­ten­bor­ough’s Life in Cold Blood

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 6.30pm, Ten David At­ten­bor­ough is still go­ing strong, that voice still so rev­er­en­tial and al­most con­spir­a­to­rial as he presents the nat­u­ral world to us. ‘‘ Peo­ple know more about an­i­mals to­day than they ever have, even though they are less in touch with the nat­u­ral world than they have ever been,’’ he said re­cently. That’s why nat­u­ral his­tory pro­grams have re­tained a real rel­e­vance. Un­less we see things and un­der­stand them we are never go­ing to care about their fu­ture. In this se­ries, At­ten­bor­ough ex­plores the suc­cess of a group of an­i­mals that has sur­vived ice ages and mass ex­tinc­tions, eas­ily out­num­ber­ing mam­mals and birds. Rep­tiles and am­phib­ians once ruled the world and, while many species have dis­ap­peared, there are still more than 14,000 va­ri­eties slith­er­ing around. Tonight, he looks at that mis­un­der­stood group of rep­tiles — snakes — and the way they cope with life’s chal­lenges. 10-part true crime se­ries based on the crim­i­nal ca­reer of dis­graced Mel­bourne lawyer An­drew Fraser, star­ring David Wen­ham. Fraser was once one of Aus­tralia’s most prom­i­nent crim­i­nal lawyers, de­spised by po­lice. His client list in­cluded the most no­to­ri­ous of Mel­bourne’s un­der­world dur­ing the un­der­belly 1980s, as well as high-pro­file clients such as busi­ness­man Alan Bond and foot­baller Jimmy Krak­ouer. But in the late 90s Fraser be­came ad­dicted to co­caine and his life col­lapsed, cul­mi­nat­ing in crim­i­nal charges of be­ing know­ingly con­cerned with the im­por­ta­tion of a com­mer­cial quan­tity of co­caine. (Sev­eral of the po­lice in­volved in his even­tual con­vic­tion were them­selves later con­victed of sim­i­lar charges.) In De­cem­ber 2001, the once high-fly­ing lawyer was sen­tenced to seven years’ jail. Fraser’s ex­pe­ri­ences on both sides of the le­gal fence were chron­i­cled in Court in the Mid­dle (2007), his best­selling au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and the ba­sis for Killing Time. It’s en­gross­ing, con­fronting and con­tains many lessons on the way celebrity can cor­rode. These two episodes deal with Fraser’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Vic­tor Peirce, played by Mal­colm Ken­nard. Peirce was the prime sus­pect in the no­to­ri­ous Walsh Street mur­ders, in which two young po­lice­men were gunned down. This se­ries leaves you un­com­fort­ably un­cer­tain of what you feel and with whom you sym­pa­thise. this se­ries, each episode a stand-alone, he looks at a sin­gle ques­tion with a clever com­bi­na­tion of magic, sug­ges­tion, psy­chol­ogy, mis­di­rec­tion and show­man­ship. Last week, he placed an un­sus­pect­ing par­tic­i­pant at the cen­tre of an elab­o­rate, hid­den cam­era murder mys­tery as he ex­am­ined the na­ture of guilt. This week, in The Se­cret of Luck, he in­ves­ti­gates what makes some peo­ple lucky and why oth­ers at­tract only mis­for­tune. The episode takes the form of a doco fronted by British TV jour­nal­ist Dawn Porter, who acts as Brown’s se­cret agent. To­gether, Brown and Porter plant a ru­mour about the lucky pow­ers of a statue in a town, and watch as it changes res­i­dents’ lives.

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