Tag: Skippy The Bush Kangaroo

Oct 07 2014

40 years of colour TV

It was 40 years today that Australian TV (finally…!) began to colour our world. The wait for colour was a long one for Australia. The United States and Canada made the transition to colour by the mid-1960s, and the United Kingdom started the conversion to colour TV from 1967. Many European countries followed in 1968. Even …

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Oct 02 2014

On TV: 2 October 1980, Sydney.

One of the most visited and commented on sections of this site is the Classic TV Guides. There are now something like 400 listings archived there, dating back to the early days of TV and covering some of the significant moments and milestones in our TV history. In more recent times I’ve been posting random …

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Feb 11 2014

40 years since The Box, Class Of ’74

Forty years ago there was a turning point for two of Australia’s most prolific television producers — Reg Grundy and Hector Crawford. Grundy (pictured), a former radio announcer, had built his TV production empire largely on game and panel shows — many being local adaptations of formats developed overseas. It was a successful strategy but …

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Jan 28 2013

Obituary: Pat Lovell

Pat Lovell, film producer and former TV host best known as Miss Pat from Mr Squiggle, has died at the age of 83 following complications due to liver cancer. Starting her career in radio at the ABC, in 1960 she replaced Gina Curtis as host of the Wednesday edition of ABC‘s Children’s TV Club which included the …

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May 09 2012

1992: May 3-9

Rebecca does a double take! Being an aunt several times over – with 14 nieces and nephews – All Together Now star Rebecca Gibney (pictured) is no stranger to crying babies, which makes her well equipped for this week’s storyline which sees her character Tracy offering to babysit a pair of five-month-old twins.  But Gibney, …

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Dec 11 2011

Obituary: Harold Hopkins

Australian acting veteran Harold Hopkins has died in a Sydney hospital from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. The 67-year-old actor was diagnosed several months ago and is believed to have contracted the cancer from his first job after finishing high school, where he worked with asbestos sheeting as an apprentice carpenter in Queensland in the early …

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Nov 10 2011

Nine Darwin – 40 years today

Although television started in Sydney and Melbourne in 1956 it wasn’t too much longer before other capital cities joined in – Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in 1959, Hobart in 1960, Canberra in 1962 – but for people in Australia’s smallest and most isolated capital city it was a much longer wait. It was 1971 before …

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Aug 10 2011

1991: August 10-16

Lucy turns nasty… very nasty! A bitter custody battle is set to show A Country Practice’s Lucy Tyler (Georgie Parker, pictured) in a disturbing new light.  The turnaround in her character has even shocked Parker herself.  In recent episodes, Lucy and husband Matt (John Tarrant) have settled into foster-parenthood with their child, Jason (Sam Boggs).  …

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May 22 2011

Obituary: Bill Hunter

Bill Hunter, one of Australia’s most recognisable and prolific actors, has passed away in Melbourne at the age of 71. The actor had been admitted to a Melbourne hospice early last week with inoperable cancer. Born in Ballarat, Hunter went on to a career spanning 50 years with more than 100 roles in various film, …

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Nov 13 2010

Eric Fullilove

Film and television producer and director Eric Fullilove, one of the names behind legendary series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo and a pioneer producer for SBS, has died at the age of 85. An established film producer with many years’ experience, English-born Fullilove first came to Australia with the Royal Navy in 1952 to film the detonation …

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