Home And Away star Rebekah Elmaloglou (pictured) is determined to keep her professional and personal lives separate. Unlike many fellow soap stars, Elmaloglou has refused to talk publicly about her boyfriend of twelve months and the pair have never been photographed together. “It’s just one of those things I don’t find important to talk about,” the 17-year-old told TV Week. “My private life is the same as any other girl of my age. I’ve got my schoolfriends, I’ve got my family, I’ve got my boyfriend.”
It was 20 years ago today…
Hey Hey It’s Saturday returns to air this week, starting its 20th year. “The official celebration is in October (the show debuted on 9 October 1971), but we’re out to make this the best year ever of Hey Hey so we’re starting the celebrations early,” host Daryl Somers told TV Week. This year the show is taking on some changes as Somers and colleague Ernie Carroll take over producing the show after last year’s split from producer Gavan Disney. “Ernie and I are happier, and I know a lot of the people around us are feeling happier, too,” Somers said. “I think it’s going to be a very harmonious situation for all concerned this year.” The year ahead could also see Hey Hey head to London and even Hollywood for some special shows. Somers is also excited to have new executive producer Jim McKay on board for the show. McKay was the program manager at GTV9 who originally named the program back in 1971 and hired the 19-year-old Somers for the job of host. “He came up with the name and paid me $75 a week, that was it! It’s taken me 20 years to get him back – that’s what he’s on now,” Somers laughed.
‘If it was me, I wouldn’t do it’
Andre Eikmeier (pictured), the 18-year-old who is probably best known to viewers as the pizza delivery boy in Kylie Minogue’s Coca-Cola commercial, has been acting for ten years but is taking on the change from child actor to young adult with a controversial role in ABC’s medical drama GP. In an episode to air this week, Eikmeier plays the role of student Tony Wood who is suffering from stomach ulcers and the pressure of exams and finds himself under attack from his father who discovers that he has been having a relationship with a man ten years older. For Eikmeier it was a challenging role to take on. “It was very hard, because I’d never had any contact with gay people. I guess I’d been sheltered from it, so I didn’t really know how to approach it. I gave the part a lot of consideration, and my dad said, ‘Well, it’s up to you – but if it was me, I wouldn’t do it’,” he told TV Week.
Jeff Phillips (pictured), host of Network Ten’s new talent quest series Star Search, says he knows that shows like this can give a young star their big break. “I was a product of this type of show,” he told TV Week. “I drove from Perth to Melbourne in my Volkswagen to go on New Faces. I went on the show on Sunday night, won it, and was immediately invited by Graham Kennedy to be on In Melbourne Tonight and got sudden recognition. I was only 19 at the time.”
The Flying Doctors star Brett Climo makes his dramatic exit from the series this week as his character, Dr David Ratcliffe, attempts a rescue on a cliff face and finds himself hanging upside down from a safety rope before falling to a ledge below. “This episode is definitely among the best moments of my career,” Climo told TV Week.
Actress Kaarin Fairfax, best known to viewers as Dolour in The Harp In The South and Poor Man’s Orange, is joining Network Ten comedy Col’n Carpenter as the show’s new female lead following the departure of Vikki Blanche. The series will also be seen in a new timeslot – Sunday nights at 8.00pm, after The Simpsons – when it returns to screens next month.
Lawrie Masterson’s Sound Off
”On went the VCR for a first look at Chances (featuring Natalie McCurry, pictured), the new Nine Network series so heavily publicised, yet so closely guarded at the same time. All the pre-publicity had promised adults only fare and, while this was hardly a return to the full frontal days of Number 96 or The Box, it did make it seem worthwhile checking that the little ones were, indeed, just like everyone in the show – in bed.”
Program Highlights (February 16-22):
Saturday: Daryl Somers and Ossie Ostrich head Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s return for 1991, up against the debut of Ten’s new talent quest series Star Search, hosted by Jeff Phillips. Seven crosses to AFL Park, Mount Waverley, for the Fosters Cup: St Kilda versus West Coast Eagles.
Sunday: SBS begins a national screening of the twelve-part documentary series My Place, My Land, My People – a production of Queensland-based regional broadcaster QTV and a winner at the 1990 TV Week Logie Awards for most outstanding achievement by a regional television station – followed by the series return of SBS viewers’ feedback program Hotline. Sunday night movies are Beverly Hills Cop II (Seven) and Working Girl (Ten).
Monday: SBS debuts a new weekly music series, MC Tee Vee, and later in the evening Pria Viswalingam hosts the series return of nightly current affairs program Dateline. Ten presents the movie-length debut of popular US series Twin Peaks. After the late edition of Ten Eyewitness News, Ten presents US talk show Donahue, with each night’s episode repeated the following afternoon. Ten’s overnight coverage of the Gulf war continues via CNN.
Tuesday: In A Country Practice (Seven), Bob Hatfield (Gordon Piper) becomes a vegetarian after he is asked to kill six sheep. Aussie actress Penny Downie (The Box, Prisoner, The Sullivans) stars in the new six-part British series Campaign which debuts on ABC.
Wednesday: ABC presents 90-minute documentary One Australia?, a study on racism and multiculturalism in Australia and asking whether cohesion in our society can be achieved while maintaining diversity.
Thursday: Veteran actor George Mallaby (pictured) guest stars in Nine’s drama Chances. SBS current affairs program Face The Press and sports magazine The Sports Machine return for 1991.
Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 16 February 1991. Southdown Press.