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Oct 22 2017

Obituary: Judith McGrath

Judith McGrath, actress best known from Prisoner and All Saints, has died at the age of 70. Born in Queensland, McGrath made an early appearance in the movie Age Of Consent, released in 1969. She later appeared in guest roles in Crawford dramas Bluey, Skyways (in multiple roles) and Young Ramsay, but it was her role …

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Oct 22 2017

The Pretty Petrol that failed to fire

For every show that makes it to TV there is an endless list of pitches, proposals and pilots that never pass those crucial stages. In the Eighties, one of that endless list was Pretty Petrol, billed as the first comedy to come from Grundy Television, at that time producing hit shows like Prisoner, Sons And …

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Jul 13 2017

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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Jun 26 2017

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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May 06 2017

Obituary: Val Jellay

Val Jellay, veteran showbiz performer and wife of the late Maurie Fields, has died at the age of 89. Son Marty Fields tweeted the sad news earlier today: “My mum, Val, passed away today of pneumonia. She lived an amazing life. She’s back with her beloved Maurie now. I will miss her very much.” Born …

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Apr 13 2017

Classic TV Guides: Not Seven’s finest hour

On Monday 13 April 1987, Melbourne’s HSV7 — under new management from Sydney-based media group Fairfax — launched its revamped Seven National News and started airing the Sydney-based Terry Willesee Tonight. Seven’s new newsreader was Greg Pearce, formerly from Perth but coming to Melbourne seemingly oblivious to the storm of resentment from Melbourne viewers who weeks …

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Jan 26 2017

Home And Away’s Alf in Australia Day Honours

Stone the flamin’ crows! Alf Stewart has been honoured this Australia Day. Ray Meagher, the actor now in his 30th year Home And Away‘s Alf, has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in this year’s Australia Day Honours. The honour is in recognition of Meagher’s “service to the performing arts as an actor”. …

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Dec 23 2016

Obituary: Bob Horsfall

Bob Horsfall, an entertainer from the early days of Australian television, has died at the age of 90. From a career that began as a child performer at the Tivoli Theatre in the 1930s, Horsfall went in to radio — working at stations including 3KZ, 3AW, 3UZ and 2UE. He later made the transition to …

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Nov 08 2016

The Young Doctors turns 40

The Young Doctors was destined to be one of Australia’s shortest lived serial dramas but in an ironic twist became the longest-running of its time.. Created by the Reg Watson for the Reg Grundy Organisation, The Young Doctors began as the story of five medical interns who had started at the fictional Alfred Memorial Hospital. Playing …

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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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