Feb 09 2008

1978: February 11-17

Cover: Charlie’s Angels (Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd)

Mike’s game for TDT job:
TV Times reports that Mike Minehan, former host of A Current Affair and the game show $30,000 Treasure Hunt, has taken on the job as host of the Victorian edition of ABC‘s This Day Tonight. Minehan takes on the role as replacement for Peter Couchman who has moved to commercial TV, hosting ATV0‘s late-night Peter Couchman Tonight.

History is repeating for Lynn:
Former Number 96 actress Lynn Rainbow has been named to play the part of Louisa Wiltshire in the upcoming Seven Network epic Against The Wind. Rainbow said so far she knows little of the character, but for the Sydney-based actress it would mean lots of trips to Victoria for location filming.

‘Sometimes, my head is like a plate of scrambled eggs’:
Caroline Jones is a well-known face on TV and also very busy one, in 1978 as host of ABC’s iconic Four Corners as well as presenting a morning radio show for ABC radio 2BL in Sydney. As well as her ABC commitments, Jones is also deputy chairman of the National Film Board of Review. An average work day starts at 6.30am and some days does not end until after 11.00pm.

Viewpoint: Letters to the Editor:
“My grateful thanks to ABC for the wonderful series Bellbird and to the many actors and actresses who made the show. It was such a pleasure to watch a show such as this without sex and violence.” R. E. Foster, VIC.

“I am complaining about two programs I had the misfortune to experience recently – Days Of Our Lives and The Young And The Restless. These shows, depicting neurotic women and male misfits, and designed for transmission to the same variety of people, made me sick to the core.” B. R. Bartlett, NSW.

“(TV Times columnist) F. C. Kennedy’s views on The Sullivans must be endorsed. The show had the opportunity to be an Australian counterpart to the fine British drama A Family At War but has been ruined by its apparent desire to extend its life as long as possible, and a pandering to square-eye values.” M. Jennings, VIC.

What’s On (February 11-17):
HSV7‘s long-running variety show Penthouse returns for its ninth year with Mary Hardy being joined by guest host Jimmy Hannan. Guests on the Saturday night show include Judy Conneli, Julie McKenna, Bartholomew John and Paul O’Gorman. Also includes live coverage of the trots from Moonee Valley, and Tattslotto draw number 284. The show follows a repeat of a one-hour Paul Hogan special made in London.

GTV9 has reinstated its solid afternoon lineup of Days Of Our Lives, The Young And The Restless and General Hospital for the new ratings year.

Friday night sees the premiere of Australian-made drama series Loss Of Innocence on ABC, set in Sydney in the 1930s.

Sunday night’s first-run movies are Revenge For A Rape (HSV7), Gunfight At The OK Corral (GTV9) and the Australian-made Walkabout (ATV0). The British mini-series Elizabeth R finally comes to a conclusion on ABC.

Source: TV Times, 11 February 1978 (Melbourne edition). ABC/ACP

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