August 2011 archive

Aug 31 2011

1991: August 31-September 6

Steve’s fast women! Ask Steve Vizard about “his girls”, Fast Forward comediennes Gina Riley, Marg Downey, Magda Szubanski and Jane Turner (pictured as their Fast Forward alter egos Kerri-Anne Kennel, the SBS lady, Pixie Anne Wheatley and Sveta), and all you’ll hear is praise… well, almost.  “Frankly, if I can come clean, I carry the …

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Aug 25 2011

Humphrey and friends for sale

For almost forty years the character of Humphrey B. Bear was the flagship of the Nine Network’s children’s programming portfolio. The character of Humphrey and the accompanying television series, Here’s Humphrey, may have been mothballed by Nine some years ago – it was last broadcast in 2008 – but there could still be some life …

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Aug 24 2011

1991: August 24-30

‘Don’t call us the new Jason and Kylie!’ E Street’s Melissa Tkautz and Bruce Samazan (pictured) are set to become TV’s hottest couple, with their characters Nicky and Max deciding to turn their friendship into a closer relationship.  But with Tkautz already moving into a music career – with the top-selling single Read My Lips …

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Aug 20 2011

Obituary: Paul Lockyer, John Bean, Gary Ticehurst, Ian Carroll

ABC general manager Mark Scott yesterday described it as “the saddest of days” – following the death of veteran ABC journalist Paul Lockyer (pictured), camera operator John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst in a helicopter crash on Thursday night. And last night came news that Ian Carroll, who recently retired from his role as director …

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Aug 17 2011

1991: August 17-23

Cover: Matthew Krok, Rachael Beck (Hey Dad!) The end for Hey Hey? Nine Network executives may have be sent into a mild state of panic following a statement from Daryl Somers that he may be looking at ventures other than Hey Hey It’s Saturday in the not-too-distant future.  “It is not a foregone conclusion that …

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Aug 15 2011

Four Corners celebrates 50 years

On Saturday, 19 August 1961, Michael Charlton presented the first edition of what would become a current affairs flagship, Four Corners – a program inspired by the successful BBC series Panorama. At a time when the term ‘current affairs’ was yet to be coined, TV Week described Four Corners as a “television newspaper”: “Interviewer-compere, Michael …

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Aug 13 2011

Simon Townsend on The Morning Show

Former children’s TV presenter and producer Simon Townsend was yesterday’s ‘Flashback Friday’ guest on the Seven Network’s The Morning Show. Townsend was a producer for Mike Willesee in the 1970s and had edited a children’s newspaper, Zoot, before he ventured into producing his own program, which eventually became Simon Townsend’s Wonder World.  The program, a …

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Aug 10 2011

1991: August 10-16

Lucy turns nasty… very nasty! A bitter custody battle is set to show A Country Practice’s Lucy Tyler (Georgie Parker, pictured) in a disturbing new light.  The turnaround in her character has even shocked Parker herself.  In recent episodes, Lucy and husband Matt (John Tarrant) have settled into foster-parenthood with their child, Jason (Sam Boggs).  …

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Aug 03 2011

1991: August 3-9

‘I want a white wedding in a church…’ Rebecca Gibney’s wedding scenes this week in All Together Now have led to the Logie-winning actress confessing to a potential real-life wedding to boyfriend Jack Jones.  “We’ve discussed it seriously and Jack has jokingly proposed to me,” she told TV Week.  “But it won’t be just yet.  …

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Aug 03 2011

ABC axes programs, cuts staff

The Director of Television at the ABC, Kim Dalton has blamed “financial pressures” for the axing of more in-house production and staff redundancies that were announced yesterday. ABC has issued redundancy notices to staff around the country as it winds down production facilities in Perth and Adelaide and axes long-running shows The New Inventors and …

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