Tag: Neighbours

TV’s gold rush begins early

Who was the most popular personality on Australian television in 2008? The list of nominees for the major award for this year’s TV Week Logie Awards has found itself inadvertently promoted in advance of the awards’ launch party scheduled for today. The Nine Network yesterday (Sunday) ran advertisements for the special edition of TV Week, …

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WIN’s ten years out west

It is now ten years since regional network WIN spread to Western Australia.  The station was originally due to launch on Friday 26 March 1999 but at the last minute decided to begin broadcasting a day earlier to broadcast news bulletins with particular attention to Cyclone Vance that had swept across the state just days …

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Neighbours star quit fame for family

The previous blog entry highlighted some of the pressures faced by young stars going into soap operas and the sudden fame it brings. Some of these actors do indeed go onto bigger things – names like Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason Donovan, Craig McLachlan and Natalie Imbruglia all got their big break in soaps before …

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Ernie Bourne

Veteran performer Ernie Bourne has died in Melbourne at the age of 82. With a career dating back to the earliest days of Australian television, English-born Bourne appeared in early productions such as the courtroom drama Consider Your Verdict and the situation comedy Hey You! (pictured) Bourne also starred in the popular ’60s children’s series …

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Celebrating Mr Grundy

The wife of long-time TV producer Reg Grundy (pictured) is arranging an exclusive celebration in his honour, to be held next week at a Sydney hotel. Grundy turned 85 earlier this year and was also named in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for his services to television. Joy Chambers, an author and former model, TV …

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Pat the Rat is back

This weekend marks the return of Where Are They Now? on the Seven Network and headlining the return episode is a reunion of cast members from the ’80s soap Sons And Daughters. Included in the reunion will be Rowena Wallace – whose on-screen ‘Pat the Rat’ persona was pivotal to much of the series and …

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Ten News knocked Out Of The Blue

There is a new weeknight soapie coming to Australian TV – something of a rarity these days apart from Neighbours (pictured) and Home And Away which have been plugging away since the 1980s – but, like those two soapie stalwarts in their earlier days, there are some quirks surrounding this new show. Out Of The …

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Alan Dale attacked by zombies!

Is there no stopping Alan Dale?  For twenty years he was the stalwart of Aussie soaps with long-running roles in The Young Doctors and Neighbours (as Jim Robinson, pictured).  Then he went overseas and has continued to pop up on our screens ever since – 24, The OC, Lost, The West Wing, Ugly Betty and …

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Reg Grundy in Queen’s Birthday honours

He might not have been crowned the King of Australian Television, but Reg Grundy (pictured) has today received Queen’s Birthday honours for his contribution to the entertainment industry. Grundy, now 84, started in television hosting the original Wheel Of Fortune for Sydney’s TCN9 in the 1950s, though the program originally began on radio.  He then …

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The NEW kid’s turning 20

Perth’s third commercial TV station NEW10 is 20 years old. The launch of the channel on Friday 20 May 1988 marked the end of a twenty-three year wait for Perth to follow its interstate counterparts in gaining a third commercial TV station, and the culmination of a lengthy battle which saw incumbent stations TVW7 and …

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