Tag: Number 96

Classic TV Guides: Hinch chases Skase

Christopher Skase was the Melbourne journalist turned corporate high flyer in the 1980s. His billion dollar corporation was built around lavish hotel resorts and a growing media empire. His purchase of the east coast Seven Network stations in 1987 suddenly elevated him to one of the most powerful media men in the country and he …

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TV in ’73 on Australia’s Action Station

Flashback to February 1973 — and Melbourne’s ATV0 has published a glossy 8-page magazine liftout to promote its big-ticket line-up for the new TV season. American shows take top-billing in the glossy pages… with new shows MASH, The Rookies, Temperatures Rising, The Waltons, The Delphi Bureau, Jigsaw and The Sixth Sense. All these years later, …

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Obituary: Moya O’Sullivan

Moya O’Sullivan, star of stage, film and television, has died in Sydney. A stage actor in the 1950s, O’Sullivan made the move to television in its very early days, appearing on televised plays, commercials and in early serials like The Story Of Peter Gray.  YouTube: Conniptions886 She starred in the historical drama Jonah before …

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Classic TV Guides: Neighbours’ new neighbourhood

It was a big deal when Neighbours made the switch from the Seven Network to Network Ten in 1986. Never before had a drama series switched networks and it was a bold move by Ten, particularly as the show’s main weakness at Seven was its ratings performance in Sydney. Ten’s persistence in promoting the series …

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Obituary: David Lyle

David Lyle, the Australian TV producer who became a producer and television executive in the US, has died at the age of 67. Lyle had been battling cancer and died at his Los Angeles home. His early career was as a geologist and high school chemistry teacher, before a shift to television, working as a …

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Classic TV Guides: Burst Of Summer

“How does a beautiful aboriginal girl pick up the dreary threads of her normal life after a brief but heady taste of glory as a film star?” Such was the premise of Oriel Gray‘s play Burst Of Summer, as described in TV Times magazine in 1961. Burst Of Summer told the story of singer Peggy …

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Back to Bellbird

YouTube: Conniptions886 One of the most successful radio serials in Australia was ABC‘s Blue Hills. The daily 15-minute depiction of life in the fictitious country town of Tanimbla had an incredibly loyal following from the time it debuted in 1949. With television starting in 1956, it was only a matter of time before a similar …

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The short saga of Hotel Story

YouTube: Conniptions886 By the end of 1976, the 0-10 Network‘s former flagship dramas Number 96 and The Box were coming to the end of their reign. Number 96 producer Bill Harmon hoped to fill the inevitable gap that was to come with a string of spin-off projects featuring key members of the Number 96 cast. …

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Remembering Listener In, TV Scene

It is 30 years ago this week that Melbourne’s TV Scene ceased publication after 62 years. It began as a radio magazine, Listener In, in 1925. By 1937 it had converted to a newspaper format. With television arriving in 1956, the Listener In showed it was adapting with the times… by adding “TV” to the …

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Obituary: Chelsea Brown

Chelsea Brown, the American actress and performer who made Australia her home, has died at the age of 69. Born in Chicago, Brown rose to fame as a performer in the hit 1960s comedy series Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In. She also featured in The Flying Nun, Love American Style, Ironside, Marcus Welby MD and The Name …

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