Time of Our Lives
Sunday, 8.30pm, ABC1 Somehow this excellent series slipped under my radar. Thank heavens the legendary Caroline Jones corrected this shortcoming one night over some delicious baked salmon. Starring William McInnes as Matt, Claudia Karvan as his wife Caroline and Shane Jacobson as Luce, divorced father of three young girls, it explores the complicated issues that confront most modern families, especially when they split up. Tension is never far from the surface; alcohol, divorce, warring parents, stroppy teenagers — this contemporary drama has it all in a tightly written script originally devised by two talented writers, Judi McCrossin and Amanda Higgs ( The Secret Life of Us). Tonight Luce is charged with drink driving which, understandably, upsets his family. Matt, who has just walked out on a shocked Caroline, tells his new (younger) partner, Alice, that he’s not ready to introduce her to his little son, Carmody, played by Thomas Fisher (watch his star rise). My colleague Greg Sheridan disagrees (Page 4) but give it a go.