Time of Our Lives

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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