Monthly Archive: May 2011

May 30 2011

Obituary: Jon Blake

Jon Blake, the promising young actor whose career was cut short following a road accident which rendered him paralysed with permanent brain damage, has died from pneumonia at the age of 52. Blake was still a teenager when he was cast as Alan Archer in the 0-10 Network soap The Restless Years in 1977.  He …

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May 29 2011

TelevisionAU Update 29-May-2011

http://www.televisionau.com FLASHBACK #58: Although swimming champion Ian Thorpe (pictured) was still winning medals and breaking records in 2002, he took a brief diversion into television as the host of the Seven Network‘s Undercover Angels, a short-lived series that saw Thorpe’s ‘angels’ – actress Simone Kessell, Katie Underwood (from the pop group Bardot manufactured by Seven’s …

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May 26 2011

Seven-year itch for Spicks And Specks

After seven years and 277 episodes, the team from ABC’s Spicks And Specks announced yesterday that the show’s current season will be its last. Host Adam Hills said in a statement: “I have loved every second of my involvement with Spicks And Specks, and especially working with Alan and Myf. We always said we wanted …

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May 23 2011

Obituary: Michele Fawdon

Michele Fawdon, actress in film, stage and television, has died today after a battle with cancer. Born in London in 1947, Fawdon studied in the United Kingdom before coming to Australia early in her professional career.  Following guest roles in Homicide, The Spoiler and Spyforce, Fawdon was cast as Mabel in the pilot for comedy …

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May 22 2011

1991: May 11-17

Cover: Cher The Great Ramsay Street Shake-Up! A massive revamp of the Neighbours cast line-up is about to see eight characters written out with a swag of “young and spunky” newcomers to give the ailing soap a breath of fresh air.  Producers keen to boost the show’s popularity have also enlisted a team of consultants …

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May 22 2011

Obituary: Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, one of Australia’s most recognisable and prolific actors, has passed away in Melbourne at the age of 71. The actor had been admitted to a Melbourne hospice early last week with inoperable cancer. Born in Ballarat, Hunter went on to a career spanning 50 years with more than 100 roles in various film, …

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May 20 2011

Dixie calls it a day

Perth television newsreader Dixie Marshall last night announced her resignation from the newsdesk at STW9 effective immediately: “I have loved every moment of working for Channel Nine, but it’s now time to be brave and make a change.  After more than 25 years as both a reporter and newsreader, I’ve had enough of reading and …

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May 17 2011

Obituary: Bob Davis

Geelong Football Club identity and former commentator Bob Davis has died at the age of 82. A player for the Cats from 1948 to 1958, Davis later became captain and coach of the then VFL club.  He coached the team to their premiership in 1963 – their last Grand Final win for over 40 years.  …

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May 14 2011

1991: May 4-10

It all started with Love Letters Love has blossomed between two of television’s most popular stars.  Julian McMahon, formerly of Home And Away, and A Country Practice’s Georgie Parker have been inseparable since they performed together in the theatre production of Love Letters.  Although the pair (pictured) have said little about their relationship, their affection …

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May 14 2011

1991: April 27-May 3

‘I’ve had to become a little harder…’ At 18, E Street’s favourite girl next door Toni Pearen (pictured) has suddenly become a sophisticated woman – but her transformation isn’t just about make-up or a new outfit.  “I’ve had to grow up as a means of survival,” she told TV Week.  “I’ve had to become a …

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