September 2016 archive

Sep 28 2016

Obituary: Max Walker

Max Walker, former Test cricketer and TV commentator, has died at the age of 68. Born in Tasmania, Walker’s sporting career began in Australian Rules football, playing 93 games for the Melbourne Football Club. He made his Test Cricket debut in 1973 and also played in seventeen one-day internationals. Following his retirement from cricket, Walker became a …

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Sep 25 2016

TV At 60: Hey Hey tops readers poll

The votes are in and have been counted… and readers of this website have voted Hey Hey It’s Saturday as their favourite program from 60 years of Australian television. Meanwhile, three titles not included in the original top 60 were voted in enough numbers to get into the list — Wheel Of Fortune, Matlock Police …

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Sep 17 2016

TV At 60: Vote for your favourites

This week Television.AU has listed its Top 60 shows from 60 years of Australian television. Numbers 60 to 51 Numbers 50 to 41 Numbers 40 to 31 Numbers 30 to 21 Numbers 20 to 11 Numbers 10 to 1 Now it’s time to have your say. Below is a poll for you to nominate up …

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Sep 16 2016

TV At 60: TCN9, Australia’s first channel

After decades of experiments and government investigation, television was finally to come to fruition in 1956. The government had determined that television shall take the form of a two-tier system, similar to radio, where there would be a government-owned service (operated by ABC) plus commercial services. Television was initially to be introduced in Sydney and …

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Sep 16 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 Part VI

Concluding this week’s countdown of the top 60 shows from Australian television over 60 years. See also Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV and Part V. 10. Neighbours (Seven/Ten/Eleven, 1985-) Neighbours was set to be one of Australia’s shortest lived soaps, being axed by the Seven Network only six months after its launch. But producer Reg Grundy‘s faith …

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Sep 15 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 Part V

Continuing this week’s theme of the top 60 shows from Australian television over 60 years. See also Part I, Part II, Part III and Part IV. 20. The Panel (Ten, 1998-2004) As far as TV formats go, this one was pretty basic. Just a line-up of presenters discussing the week’s events with some special guests to keep …

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Sep 14 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 Part IV

Continuing this week’s theme of the top 60 shows from Australian television over 60 years. See also Part I, Part II and Part III. 30. We Can Be Heroes (ABC, 2005) Comedian Chris Lilley had a stand out hit when he played not one but all six lead characters vying for the title of Australian …

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Sep 13 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 Part III

Continuing this week’s theme of the top 60 shows from Australian television over 60 years. See also Part I and Part II. 40. Bangkok Hilton (Ten, 1989) Coming in at the tail-end of the era of big-budget Kennedy-Miller mini-series, Bangkok Hilton told the compelling story of the vulnerable Aussie tourist who inadvertently got caught up …

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Sep 12 2016

TV At 60: The Top 60 Part II

Continuing the countdown of the top 60 Australian TV shows. Numbers 60 to 51 were published yesterday. Feel free to share or comment and there will be a poll later in the week. 50. This Fabulous Century (Seven, 1979) Billed at the time as the most expensive documentary project ever undertaken by Australian TV, This …

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Sep 11 2016

Obituary: Norman May

Norman May, legendary sports commentator for ABC, has died at the age of 88. May, a keen sports fan, had been working as an insurance clerk when a chance meeting with ABC sporting supervisor Dick Healey in 1957 led to an invitation to call the surf-lifesaving. From 1958, while television was still new, May officially …

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