One actor I sure didn’t expect to see turning up in TV1’s Killing Time miniseries was Shane Connor.
The series is produced by FremantleMedia Australia, formerly known as Grundy Television, which was sued by Connor after he was sacked as “Joe Scully” on Neighbours in 2003.
The 2005 case that followed was particularly ugly, casting behind-the-scenes dramas into the public spotlight, belying the squeaky-clean image of the family-friendly show.
Connor won a wrongful dismissal case and was awarded $230,000. He then worked overseas following the publicity, and later appeared in ABC’s Dirt Game miniseries.
Last week Connor showed up in Killing Time playing a detective looking to bring down lawyer Andrew Fraser (David Wenham). And it was a very good, restrained performance.
Presumably this now means everyone has moved on. While many Grundys faces are no longer at the top of Freo, some who were involved in the miniseries still remember the trial.
That said, the TV1 series has been a strong production, and as one who hasn’t warmed to Fraser’s recent television ventures -notably a dreadful Sunday Night story- the acting, writing and direction in this tale have brought me back each week.
It’s also featured the final performances by the late Michelle Fawdon.
Tonight sees the final instalment, including episodes that jeopardised the series broadcast via the Victorian courts.
Meanwhile actor Richard Cawthorne is nominated for an AACTA Award next month -and deserves to win.
Killing Time wraps with a double episode 8:30pm Wednesday on TV1.