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Obituary: Ross Higgins

Ross Higgins, the actor best known as Ted Bullpitt in Kingswood Country, has died at the age of 85. Higgins’ career began in radio, at Sydney station 2GB, in 1946. His radio career alternated between both commercial radio and ABC. The advent of television in 1956 saw Higgins move into the new medium, including hosting …

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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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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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Obituary: Ken Sparkes

Ken Sparkes, for many years the “voice” of the Nine Network, has died at the age of 76. It is reported that Sparkes died overnight (Australian time) of a heart attack while hosting a river cruise in France. His career began in radio as a sixteen-year-old in country radio, but it was only a few …

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Amanda Keller in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Network Ten presenter Amanda Keller (pictured) is among the hundreds of Australians in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Keller, whose television career dates back to the 1980s, has been awarded a Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) “for service to the broadcast media, and to the community.” A former producer and researcher for Midday, Keller became …

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1996: April 20-26

Angel’s baby — it’s a girl! Home And Away‘s newest addition is born in episodes to go to air this week. Angel (Melissa George) gives birth to daughter Shane — named after the baby’s recently-deceased father. Of course, the baby’s birth — already 10 weeks premature — is in dramatic circumstances. Summer Bay is hit …

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Obituary: Don Battye

Don Battye, former producer for both Crawford and Grundy production houses, has died at the age of 77. Starting out as an actor from the age of nine through to his 20s — including an appearance in an early TV production, the play The Big Day in 1959 — Battye went on to write for …

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Obituary: Sonia Borg

Sonia Borg, writer, producer and actor from various Crawford productions, died earlier this month. Born in Vienna in 1931, Borg studied acting before she and her family moved to India, where her father secured a job as an engineer. Borg joined Shakespeareana International, a theatre company that toured various countries including India, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her family then came …

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Matlock Police now on DVD

Matlock Police, the 1970s police drama, is the latest from the Crawfords Australia archive to be released on DVD. The first volume of 26 episodes feature regular cast members Michael Pate, Vic Gordon, Paul Cronin and Grigor Taylor and include guest appearances by some of Australia’s most familiar actors — including Sheila Florance (in the first …

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Obituary: Terry Gill

Actor Terry Gill, star of many Australian television dramas, has died at the age of 75 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. English-born Gill made his first appearances on Australian TV in the late 1960s in dramas Hunter and Bellbird. During the Seventies he appeared in children’s series Alpha Scorpio and in cop dramas The Long …

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