Jul 23 2014

Obituary: Stephanie Quinlan

stephaniequinlanFormer Western Australian television presenter Stephanie Quinlan has died at the age of 74.

Quinlan’s TV career began in the mid-1960s on programs including Shopping Guide and Televisit.

She later hosted her own morning show, The Today Show, for Perth’s TVW7 in the 1970s and early 1980s, winning a TV Week Logie Award in 1979 for Most Popular Female Personality in Western Australia.

She then became a local fashion identity as a mentor and promoter, and was one of the first to cast Megan Gale for a runway presentation.

A private memorial for Stephanie Quinlan was held in Perth last week.

Source: WA Today, TV Week
Picture: The West Australian





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Jul 19 2014

1994: July 16-22

tvweek_160794Cover: Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210)

Game to be mad
The Nine Network is looking to make a local adaptation of the hit English game show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. The show gives studio audience members the chance to fly out to an exotic destination straight after the show. Our House co-host Graeme ‘Shirley’ Strachan is believed to have been considered for the hosting job.

‘A scandalous waste of public money’
The controversy happening behind-the-scenes in the production of The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh seems far from over. Cast member Philip Quast, who plays the part of the Minister, has described the show as “a scandalous waste of public money”, in particular having to re-shoot the first six episodes completed. The outburst has prompted series writer John Mistro to respond that his experience with the show was so traumatic, he won’t work in television in the near future. Producer Sue Masters concedes she had an uphill battle to boost morale when she was hired to replace the show’s first producer, Denny Lawrence. “It was difficult for me coming into a situation where the previous producer was fired,” she said. “I felt very sad for Denny that his version of this show was not what the ABC wanted.”

mikemoore_0001Talking manure with Mike Moore!
Burke’s Backyard‘s recent coup in scoring Elle Macpherson for a guest appearance has faded into insignificance with news that host and producer Don Burke has snapped up Frontline‘s Mike Moore (Rob Sitch) as guest celebrity gardener. “We regard Mike Moore (pictured) as one the great icons of Australian television, and of course to nail him was, well, the office celebrated for a week. It was huge,” Burke told TV Week. “Naturally the problem when you do Mike Moore is that there’s nowhere else to go, nobody else to do. I don’t know… we’ll just have to settle for Ray (Martin) or Jana (Wendt) now.” Former ABC reporter Moore will take Burke’s Backyard through his lofty rooftop garden that acts as his haven from the hectic world of current affairs. “You’re watching the tragedies and disasters of the world go through the autocue machine every night, and to come up here and get back to nature a little is my piece heaven,” Moore told TV Week. Moore added that his move from ABC to Frontline hasn’t changed his focus from serious current affairs. “I haven’t changed and our commitment to the stories hasn’t changed — as long as they involve diets and cellulite, we’ll do any story. People say we’re not political. Well, wait until they see the story on Melrose Place that we’ve done. It’s a showstopper.” Meanwhile, the celebrity-smitten Burke will return the favour by making a guest appearance in an episode of Frontline.

ronnieburnsRonnie hopes to Strike It Lucky
Former ’60s rock star Ronnie Burns (pictured) said it was a tough decision to either stay with Ten‘s Healthy Wealthy And Wise or go to Nine to host a new game show, Strike It Lucky. “It was the most difficult time for me. The only person I could discuss it with was my wife, Maggie. I didn’t want any of it to leak out,” he told TV Week. “I was not disgruntled at Healthy Wealthy And Wise, so when this offer came along, I had to think about it long and hard. I’m now confident that I made the right choice.” Strike It Lucky takes on the 5.00pm timeslot, placing it up against Seven‘s Family Feud. “We’re not producing this show just to fill a space, we’re out to win the timeslot.”


  • The Seven Network seems to have lost interest in the new drama series Over The Hill, starring Georgie Parker and Nicholas Eadie. The network is believed to be holding off screening the series until the non-ratings period.
  • Law Of The Land star Shane Connor is the first cast signing for Seven‘s new series, Fire. Producers are down to a short list of six names for the show’s female lead. The 13-part series is to be filmed in Queensland.
  • Sitcom Newlyweds has been renewed for a fifth series. All the original cast, including Annie Jones, Chris Gabardi, Cathy Godbold and Sandy Gore, will return. Filming starts in September.
  • Nine‘s Jim Waley has just filmed a guest appearance for ABC‘s current affairs satire, Frontline. There is talk that Today‘s Elizabeth Hayes is also to be involved in the series in the future. The D Generation had previously hoped to get Hayes on to The Late Show to sing the Isaac Hayes hit Shaft as one of their mistaken identity musical numbers, but it fell through.
  • Marcus Graham has signed to star in the Halifax fp series of telemovies, co-starring with Rebecca Gibney.

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“In television terms, David Jason comes close to being a national treasure in the UK. The toughest and possibly most cynical press in the world seems to adore and, more importantly, any new show he does these days has a happy knack of attracting 20 million or so viewers.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, July 16-22):
Saturday:  In A Country Practice (7.30pm, Ten), unknown to his friends and the residents of Wandin Valley, Danny (Vince Colosimo) has been seeing a psychiatrist over problems from an accident 12 months ago. As the FIFA World Cup draws to a close, the 1986 Official FIFA World Cup Film screens (7.30pm, SBS) ahead of the Play-Off for Third (5am Sunday, SBS).

Sunday: Sunday AFL includes Brisbane Bears versus Richmond (2pm, Seven), live from Brisbane, and Adelaide versus West Coast Eagles (5.30pm, Seven), live from Adelaide. Sunday night movies are Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Seven), Mo’ Money (Nine) and Breathing Lessons (Ten). The FIFA World Cup Final and Closing Ceremony is live from the US (4.35am Monday, SBS).

Monday: With the FIFA World Cup now concluded, SBS launched a revamped evening schedule — starting with debut of Irish drama series Glenroe (7pm), the series return of magazine series The Big Byte (7.30pm) and the launch of news analysis program News Extra With Paul Murphy (8pm). In Talk To The Animals (7.30pm, Seven), Jane Holmes and a group of school children visit a farm in central Victoria, Kelly Pummeroy goes diving with whale sharks off the coast of Western Australia, and Pamela Graham watches a dentist working on a gorilla at Melbourne Zoo.

Tuesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) fears everyone is against his marriage to Angel (Melissa George). In GP (8.30pm, ABC), the very single Julie (Denise Roberts) is swept off her feet by a chance meeting with her local postman, Glen (Ken Radley). In Law Of The Land (9.30pm, Nine), Hamilton (Wyn Roberts) calls a town meeting to discuss the recycling plant, but it degenerates into a bun fight.

Wednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Angel (Melissa George) accepts Shane’s (Dieter Brummer) marriage proposal. The Movie Show (7.30pm, SBS) returns. Jo Bailey hosts the series return of Looking Good (8pm, Nine)

Thursday: In Getaway (7.30pm, Nine), Lochie Daddo visits Queensland’s islands, Rebecca Harris discovers the untouched beauty of Samoa, and David Reyne tests eco tours and how to get the best out of them. Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten) looks at the underwater PC. Nicholas Hammond, Harry Cripps and Elise McCredie guest star in The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh (8.30pm, ABC).

erniedingo_0001Friday: In Rex Hunt’s The Great Outdoors (7.30pm, Seven), guest reporter Melissa George goes behind the scenes at Warner Bros Movie World on the Gold Coast, Ernie Dingo (pictured) practices Tai Chi, and Bridget Adams learns driving techniques at the Westec Rally School in Perth. Friday night AFL features Adelaide Crows versus Sydney Swans (8.30pm, Seven), live from Adelaide.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 16 July 1994. Southdown Press.




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Jul 17 2014

Obituary: John Walton

johnwaltonJohn Walton, one of the original cast members of The Young Doctors, has died at the age of 62.

The Sydney-born actor featured in the 1973 ABC telemovie adaptation of The Taming Of The Shrew and had studied at NIDA. In 1976 he was appearing in a theatre production of Much Ado About Nothing when he was spotted by Reg Grundy Productions‘ casting director Kerry Spence. “I was casting for The Young Doctors at the time and I said to myself, there’s my boy for (character) Craig Rothwell. He’s very matinee idol, good for a soapie,” Spence told TV Times in 1977.

Walton starred as playboy Dr Craig Rothwell for two years. He then appeared in Melbourne-based Crawfords dramas The Sullivans, Cop Shop and Skyways.

Later TV credits included Bellamy, Bodyline, Five Mile Creek, Winners, Palace Of Dreams, A Thousand Skies, The Adventures Of Skippy, GP, A Country Practice, Home And Away, Heartbreak High, All Saints, Blue Heelers, McLeod’s Daughters and Sea Patrol.

He also starred in films including The Lighthorsemen.

A memorial service for Walton will be held at the University of NSW’s Fig Tree Theatre on Saturday 19 July at 11.00am.

Source: TV Tonight, Sydney Morning Herald, IMDB. TV Times, 26 March 1977.


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Jul 15 2014

Hunter TV denied access to broadcast

huntertvHunter TV, an aspirant community broadcaster for the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, has been denied access to a broadcast frequency by the communications watchdog.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has denied the application citing the current re-stack of frequency allocations following the analogue shutdown plus “policy uncertainty”. ACMA clarified that its decision was not a reflection on Hunter TV’s proposed service but rather on the technical and political limitations:

“The ACMA is generally not making spectrum available for high power open narrowcasting television in order to preserve options for the use of the unallocated TV channel.”

It was reported last month that Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull is looking at reviewing options for utilising the spare sixth channel which could also have repercussions for the existing community broadcasters now in operation in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Broome.

Hunter TV manager Rod Breis has rejected ACMA’s ruling, citing the availability of three frequencies in the local area, and plans to take the case to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Despite not having a broadcast licence Hunter TV already has production and playout systems in place and has been producing programs, including a children’s show and outside broadcasts, which can be streamed via their website or viewed on YouTube.

The venture also has the support of local politicians, business owners and the Newcastle City Council.

Source: Newcastle Herald, Hunter TV




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Jul 15 2014

Les Murray signs off from SBS

lesmurray_0001Les Murray, one of the first presenters on SBS, has made his final sign-off from the network as its coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has wound up.

A newspaper journalist in the early 1970s, Murray had been a commentator of the Philips Soccer League when the former 0-10 Network had broadcast rights in the late 1970s. It was a league that was generally only afforded off-peak broadcast coverage before the network dumped it after only two years.

He was then a part-time Hungarian subtitler when SBS, then Channel 0/28, was preparing for its first official broadcast in 1980. Just days before the channel launched on air in Sydney and Melbourne, he was seconded to commentate (with the late Johnny Warren) the new channel’s first sports telecast — the Philips Soccer League Grand Final from Canberra.

Ever since then Murray has been a name synonymous with football in Australia and on SBS. At a time when football, or soccer, barely had a profile in Australia, Murray and SBS led its growth in popularity. For over 20 years he hosted the weekly program World Soccer and has fronted SBS’ coverage of the last eight World Cups, starting in 1986 when broadcast rights were shared with ABC.

Murray has also hosted other sports programs for SBS including On The Ball, Toyota World Sports and The World Game.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for services to soccer in Australia.

He says he will continue to be involved in the sport and may return to SBS in the future for guest appearances.

Source: SBSSBS, It’s An Honour, Wikipedia, Sydney Morning Herald



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Jul 13 2014

1994: July 9-15

Summer Bay shock!tvweek_090794
Despite recent turbulent times in their relationship, Home And Away‘s Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) are to become engaged in episodes to air this week. Shane takes Angel to a jewellery store and he asks her whether she likes a specific ring, then pops the question. Angel doesn’t say yes immediately and fans will need to wait a few episodes to find out why. But despite the smiles of the happy couple, not everyone in Summer Bay is happy about the engagement. “The adults don’t like the idea, and Alf (Ray Meagher) tries to turn her off it,” George told TV Week. For fans it will still be a while before they see their favourite couple tie the knot. “She agrees to marry him only after they finish their HSC,” George said. “Angel’s a sensible girl!”

Law’s appealing new cast
A major shake-up is coming to Nine‘s Law Of The Land with a raft of new cast members. Joining original cast member Lisa Hensley are Peter O’Brien (Neighbours, The Flying Doctors), Michael O’Neill (GP), Ally Fowler (Sons And Daughters, Neighbours) and Tessa Humphries (Sons And Daughters). O’Brien, who has returned from working in the UK, was initially reluctant to commit to another series. “I’ve got to say that it can be really s***house doing a long-running job,” he told TV Week. “I get bored very easily. It can also be difficult if you’re forced to work with someone who is hard to get along with. As far as Law Of The Land is concerned, there hasn’t been the slightest problem. The cast is great and the storylines have certainly kept me interested.” O’Brien comes into Law Of The Land as hot shot lawyer Andy Cochrane and it is revealed that Andy and Kate (Lisa Hensley) had a fling when they were younger, leading to an underlying sexual tension between them. Law Of The Land returns with a two-hour episode before settling into a regular one-hour timeslot.

Terry and Moya talk (cop) shop!moyaosullivanterencedonovan
It will be a brief reunion for former Cop Shop stars Terence Donovan and Moya O’Sullivan as they cross paths on the set of Neighbours. Just as O’Sullivan joins the series as Marlene Kratz, Donovan’s four-year stint as Doug Willis is coming to a close, but he is unsure how the writers will determine Doug’s exit. “If they like you, they blow you up and kill you,” he told TV Week. “If they really like you, they send you away to Darwin or Tasmania — just in case they want to resurrect you as a long-long brother.” O’Sullivan fondly remembers their time on Cop Shop. “It was enjoyable working together all those years ago on Cop Shop,” she said. Donovan added, “Cop Shop was a very bright team of people, an older team who were fun-loving and close knit.”


  • The Nine Network‘s drama slate for 1995 continues to grow. Latest title to join the list is a two-hour telemovie, Emergency, from the Grundy Organisation. Emergency is set in the casualty ward of a large hospital and is the story of a young doctor facing the stress of dealing with a string of emergencies that not only dominate his working hours, but his private life as well. Other projects on the go for Nine include six The Feds telemovies, two Singapore Sling telemovies plus The Violent Earth, The Fatal Shore, Drover’s Girls, Halifax fp, a third series of Law Of The Land and children’s series Spellbinder.
  • Two major storylines are planned for Home And Away that will hopefully boost ratings before the end of the year. Roxy Miller (Lisa Lackey) is believed to be involved in a storyline relating to breast cancer, while Summer Bay’s popular couple Pippa (Debra Lawrance) and Michael (Dennis Coard) are expected to separate.
  • Neighbours star Julie Mullins is leaving the series after two years playing busybody Julie Martin. Martin will film her last scenes later this month but will be seen on screen until September. Her character exits the series in dramatic episode to be filmed on location in country Victoria.

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

thebattlers“‘Slow’ and ‘predictable’ usually don’t go with ‘thoroughly enjoyable’, but that’s the way it panned out for me with The Battlers (starring Marcus Graham and Gary Sweet, pictured). Even without the benefit of having read the late Kylie Tennant‘s novel about itinerant life during the Great Depression, on which this South Australian Film Corporation production is based, the outcome of the mini-series becomes inevitable almost the minute you see the first few frames, and there’s not a lot of surprise in between.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, July 9-15):
FIFA World Cup: SBS’ coverage this week includes First (1.30am Sunday) and Second (5am Sunday) Quarter-Finals, Quarter Final B (1.30am Monday), Quarter Final A (5am Monday), First Semi-Final (5.30am Thursday) and Semi-Final (9am Thursday). SBS also screens official FIFA World Cup films from 1966 (7.30pm Saturday), 1970 (7pm Tuesday), 1974 (7pm Wednesday) and 1982 (7pm Friday).

Saturday: The 1953 film Jedda (12pm, ABC) and 1980 film Manganinnie (12.30pm, SBS) are screened as NAIDOC Week comes to a close. In A Country Practice (7.30pm, Ten), Matron Sloan (Joan Sydney) has concerns for a young intellectually disabled girl when she arrives for a regular check up.

Sunday: Sunday afternoon AFL includes Sydney Swans versus Brisbane (1pm, Seven), live from Sydney, and West Coast Eagles versus Essendon (4pm, Seven), live from Perth. Sunday night movies are Adrift (Seven), Folks (Nine) and K9 (repeat, Ten).

ronnieburnsMonday: Ronnie Burns‘ (pictured) new game show Strike It Lucky (5pm, Nine) makes its debut. In Talk To The Animals (7.30pm, Seven), Kelly Pummeroy meets the handler responsible for training a dog featured in the mini-series The Battlers, Dr Harry Cooper takes one of his horses to a special clinic, and Jane Holmes visits the Sydney Aquarium to see an exhibition designed to highlight the potential effect of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef. In the two-hour series return of Law Of The Land (8.30pm, Nine), the townsfolk of Merringanee are rocked by a death and are divided by businessman Michael Delaney’s (Michael O’Neill) plans for the town.

Tuesday: Former Paradise Beach star Raelee Hill guest stars in Blue Heelers (7.30pm, Seven). In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a hyperactive five-year-old has William (Michael Craig) confused.

Wednesday: In a special one-hour episode of Money (8pm, Nine), Paul Clitheroe looks at the vital decisions we all need to make whether we are 16 or 60, and covers superannuation, mortgages and other investments. World Series Debating (8.30pm, ABC) covers the topic That Beauty Is Better Than Brains, featuring Wendy Harmer, Tim Ferguson, Margaret Scott, Jean Kittson, Ita Buttrose and Lex Marinos. Two-part mini-series The Battlers (8.30pm, Seven) makes its debut, starring Gary Sweet, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marcus Graham and Peter Stonham.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Sarah (Laura Vasquez) has some bad news about her father. Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten) reports that chicken manure may be the fuel of the future. In Getaway (7.30pm, Nine), Jeff Watson cycles through a Cairns rainforest, and Rebecca Harris gives an Aussie guide to surviving Paris.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) prepares to ask Angel (Melissa George) the big question. In Rex Hunt’s The Great Outdoors (7.30pm, Seven), guest presenter Ann-Marie Biggar visits Lanyon Homestead, Frankie J Holden explores the Great Barrier Reef without getting sea-sick, and Andrew Dwyer shows Bridget Adams how to cook Singapore chilli yabbies using a wok on a campfire.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 9 July 1994. Southdown Press.

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Jul 10 2014

ABC1 becoming ABC — and #ourABC

ourABCOn 20 July, six years after the launch of the ABC1 brand, ABC‘s main channel is reverting back to its former ABC branding.

The broadcaster says the change is in response to market research which indicated that viewers still refer to the main channel as “the ABC” rather than “ABC1″.

It also follows a similar move by the UK’s ITV network which changed ITV1 back to just ITV last year.

The name change of ABC1 to ABC will coincide with a new on-screen presentation and series of station idents utilising footage from the broadcaster’s online regional community, ABC Open, as well as featuring ABC personalities.

“We’ve captured absolute gold using real-life Aussies in our idents,” said Diana Costantini, ABC Television Head of Marketing and Communications. “This rebrand is about providing a stage and the magic comes from authenticity, diversity and a few damn fine yarns as told by colourful Australian characters.”

The new idents will be accompanied by an updated version of the Hunters And Collectors song Throw Your Arms Around Me and a new tagline — #ourABC — which will encourage audiences to share ideas and engage in discussion. The hashtag will also lead audiences to a new online destination to launch on 20 July.

“Now more than ever, ABC Television needs to be relevant to all Australians and our new positioning and branding demonstrates the role of our main channel beautifully,” said Richard Finlayson, ABC Director of Television. “ABC also acts as our gateway to more targeted content on ABC2, ABC4Kids, ABC3, ABC News 24 and increasingly ABC iview. There really is something for everyone on ABC Television – everywhere, every day.”

YouTube: ABC, ABC


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Jul 08 2014

Ten’s 50 Years Young

ten_50yearsNetwork Ten is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the special, 50 Years Young.

Hosted by The Project’s Carrie Bickmore and Peter Helliar the special will look at the memorable shows and moments from Ten’s 50 years on air.

“I’m thrilled to be co-hosting 50 Years Young with Peter Helliar. As a child I used to watch It’s A Knockout with my family and we would try and use inflatable pool toys and fun things to create our own version of the show in the backyard,” Bickmore said — while Helliar is looking forward to revisiting one particular Neighbours moment: “I’m looking forward to looking back on some iconic Ten moments. Carrie and I can’t wait to recreate Scott and Charlene’s wedding as the centrepiece of our hosting duties.”

Appearing in the special are Dr Chris Brown, Sandra Sully, Johnny Young, Chrissie Swan, Denise Drysdale, Claudia Karvan, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, Samuel Johnson, Osher Gunsberg, Jennifer Hansen, Steve Vizard, Dave Hughes, Bruce Mansfield, Terence Donovan, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Toni Pearen, Ed Phillips and the cast of Neighbours.

The program will also reveal the results of the viewer poll of Ten’s top 50 favourite shows of all time.

50 Years Young. Friday 8 August, 7.30pm. Network Ten

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Jul 06 2014

1994: July 2-8

tvweek_020794Cover: Teri Hatcher, Dean Cain (Lois And Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman)

Tide turns for Paradise
Village Roadshow, producers of Nine‘s recently-axed Paradise Beach, are in negotiations with Network Ten over a possible deal to revive the series — similar to what Ten has recently done by taking on A Country Practice after it was axed by Seven, and a decade after doing the same with Neighbours. The deal could see Ten take on the series for a mere $25,000 an episode, plus receiving profits from overseas sales.

Eddie’s on the ball!
The surprise success of Nine‘s new The Footy Show (AFL) has made a star out of its host, former Network Ten sports reporter Eddie McGuire. But McGuire is not getting too carried away with his new found fame. “I’ve seen too many of the stars come in and fall away,” he said. “I don’t see this as an overnight sensation. I like to see this as my career and I hope to be around for a long while yet.” McGuire said he had no plans to leave Ten to join Nine, and had refused earlier offers to do so, but the promise of The Footy Show and other projects were the deal maker. “I wanted to go over and walk into a position I wanted to do. Nine is the number one station, but it was The Footy Show first and foremost that made me move. I’d been pushing for a couple of years at Ten for a similar type of show.”

michaelaitkensAll the write moves!
Michael Aitkens (pictured), a familiar face on Australian TV with roles in shows including Power Without Glory, The Truckies and A Country Practice, is enjoying a new life in London with Australian wife, actress Veronica Lang. Aitkens is currently writing two series for the BBCA Class Act, starring Joanna Lumley and Australian Nadine Garner, and comedy Waiting For God. One of his earliest writing success was the ABC series Trial By Marriage. He’d also written for A Country Practice — inadvertently killing off a character played by Lang. “We had a dip in the ratings and I thought, ‘Let’s shake things up a bit”,” he told TV Week. “I forgot the character was played by my good lady wife, so we gave her a really exotic disease and ran her into a tree!” He also admits that he once played Garner’s dad in The Henderson Kids. “That series made me decide to give up acting. I was playing with all these people who came up to my knees and didn’t want to go to the pub afterwards. I thought, ‘This is the end!’.”

Holidays for $50 a day? Getaway!
In an upcoming episode of travel series Getaway, reporters Rebecca Harris, Jeff Watson, Tina Dalton and new recruit Jane Rutter will uncover some of the cheapest deals for tourism, dining and outdoor experiences. “In Noosa we went out on a fishing boat, and if there’s six of you it’s only $5 each — and for that you get half a day on the water with fishing lines, bait and the bucket thrown in,” Harris said. “Then we did a cycling tour out of Cairns with the Jolly Frog company, which was $10 for the bike and helmet — a great way to meet people.” Then there was the surprise of a place in Surfer’s Paradise. “This was only $14 a night, with plenty of activities.”


  • Neighbours star Caroline Gillmer is reported to be discussing plans with Grundys for an upcoming Nine Network telemovie based on the true story of forbidden love between a prison officer and a prisoner, with the officer aiding the prisoner and another inmate to escape from the Melbourne Remand Centre in 1993. The telemovie — with working titles Unchained and Better Than Nothing At All — is set to screen in 1995.
  • Natalie Imbruglia is making a return to Neighbours for a three-week guest stint. The story will see her character Beth return to Ramsay Street to see Gaby’s (Rachel Blakely) new baby. Imbruglia has also recently scored a guest role in Nine sitcom The Bob Morrison Show.
  • Actress Heather Mitchell will fly to Poland with her husband, cinematographer Martin McGrath, to begin work on a new 26-part children’s series being made by Film Australia for the Nine Network.

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“A couple of weeks ago, I made a note here to stay with The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh. After its difficult birth — which was well documented here and in other places — it had made an encouraging start to its on-screen life. I mean, here was a black comedy which paid scant regard to any of the recognised television formulas, and which had a young known in the lead role and just about every scene. But The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh has beaten all those odds to establish itself as a genuine little gem.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, July 2-8):
FIFA World Cup: SBS’ coverage of the FIFA World Cup continues with live match coverage on Sunday through to Wednesday mornings. SBS also screens classic FIFA World Cup official films on Saturday (1954), Thursday (1958) and Friday (1962) nights.

Saturday: Monica Maughan, starring in ABC’s The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh, guest stars in A Country Practice (7.30pm, Ten).

Sunday: SBS begins nightly half-hour coverage of the Tour de France (6pm). Sunday night movies are Victim Of Love (Seven), Curly Sue (repeat, Nine) and Single White Female (Ten). The Men’s Singles Final of Wimbledon is broadcast live (10.40pm, Nine).

Monday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) fear their romantic getaway may never eventuate. In Frontline (8pm, ABC), Mike (Rob Sitch) is worried about his lack of profile and his attempts to raise it cause more worries for Brian (Bruno Lawrence).

moyaosullivanTuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Cheryl’s (Caroline Gillmer) mother Marlene Kratz (Moya O’Sullivan, pictured) arrives in Ramsay Street. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), the South African-born parents of Zoe’s (Janelle Owen) face the dilemma of returning to a new South Africa.

Wednesday: In Heartbreak High (7.30pm, Ten), with his father and brother in jail, Rivers (Scott Major) is the man of the house and has to look after his alcoholic mum. In Hey Dad! (8pm, Seven), as Tracey’s (Belinda Emmett) new boyfriend is 30, she lies about her age and tells him she’s 23.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Pam (Sue Jones) and Doug (Terence Donovan) prepare for the new-age bikie festival. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Alf (Ray Meagher) is adamant that Jack (Daniel Amalm) is responsible for the graffiti at the surf club. In Beyond 2000 (7.30pm, Ten), Dr Caroline West previews the spectacular astronomical crash expected to happen in mid-July when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 will collide with Jupiter. In The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh (8.30pm, ABC), Harvey (Aaron Blabey) gets a job with the Police Department’s Art Union.

Friday: In Rex Hunt’s The Great Outdoors (7.30pm, Seven), guest reporter Ann-Marie Biggar gets a birds-eye view of Canberra, Frankie J Holden visits Barrington Tops Guesthouse in the Hunter Valley, Ernie Dingo visits Channon Markets in the Tweed Valley, and Penny Cook continues her Kakadu journey.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 2 July 1994. Southdown Press.



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Jul 01 2014

What’s your favourite Ten show?

abigailjoehashamNetwork Ten will be celebrating its upcoming 50th anniversary with a special, 50 Years Young.

The program will feature an all-star cast of past and present Ten personalities, including Rove McManus, Bert Newton, Dr Chris Brown, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar, Sandra Sully, Johnny Young, Chrissie Swann, Denise Drysdale, Claudia Karvan, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, Samuel Johnson, Osher Gunsberg, Jennifer Hansen, Jo Stanley, Steve Vizard, Dave Hughes, Bruce Mansfield, Terence Donovan, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Toni Pearen, Ed Phillips and the cast of Neighbours.

Ten has also put together a list of 50 favourite shows from the past 50 years and has opened the votes for viewers to name their all-time top 10.

nancycato_0005The list goes back to the earliest days of the network with children’s program The Magic Circle Club (featuring Nancy Cato, pictured right) and pop music show Go! both featured. Dramas include Number 96 (starring Abigail and Joe Hasham, pictured above), Matlock Police, The Box, Prisoner, Chopper Squad, The Restless Years, Carson’s Law, The Henderson Kids, E Street, Heartbreak High and Neighbours, through to The Secret Life Of Us, Puberty Blues and Offspring.

Mini-series are represented by The Dismissal, Bodyline, Return To Eden, Bangkok Hilton, Vietnam and Day Of The Roses. As well as The Magic Circle Club, other children’s titles include Simon Townsend’s Wonder World, The Early Bird Show, Ridgey Didge, Mulligrubs and Totally Wild.

Variety and light entertainment shows include Blankety Blanks, Pot O’ Gold, Young Talent Time, It’s A Knockout, Perfect Match, The Comedy Company, Good News Week, The Panel, Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation, Rove and Thank God You’re Here.

masterchef_julie_pohDaytime shows Good Morning Australia, Aerobics Oz Style, Video Hits and Beauty And The Beast have made the list, while reality TV is well represented with Big Brother, Australian Idol, MasterChef Australia (pictured) and The Biggest Loser.

Slapstick comedy Let The Blood Run Free, magazine show Healthy Wealthy And Wise, factual series Bondi Rescue and The Project complete the top 50 list.

You can vote your top 10 favourites at Ten Play and the results will be featured in 50 Years Young.

An airdate for the program has yet to be announced.




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