Tag Archive: The Long Arm

Jul 05 2017

Hunter: Australian TV’s James Bond

YouTube: Conniptions886 Fifty years ago saw the debut of the Nine Network‘s new spy drama, Hunter. Produced by Crawford Productions, Hunter‘s first episode aired on GTV9, Melbourne, on 5 July 1967 — with sister station TCN9, Sydney, following suit the next night. However, given the vagarities of Australian network programming at that time, the series …

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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 15 2015

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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Apr 04 2015

TEN10… Sex and the Seventies

Continuing the history of TEN10, Sydney. Part I can be found here. The Seventies began with TEN10 still in a precarious financial situation. Profits were small and both the channel and the renamed 0-10 Network were yet to have a break out hit after over five years on air. The network’s first attempt at serious drama, the …

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Feb 26 2015

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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Oct 20 2014

Homicide: 50 years on

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first appearance of Homicide on Australian television. The series, produced by Crawford Productions, wasn’t the first drama produced by Australian television but was the first to demonstrate that Australian audiences would watch locally-produced drama in overwhelming numbers. Its success sparked a booming industry of Australian television drama production. But …

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Jul 29 2014

ATV0… from Go!! to Ten

[This Friday, 1 August, marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first channel in what is now Network Ten. Earlier this year we took a look at the countdown to the launch of this new channel — ATV0 — plus its first test programs. This week we present some special posts in commemorating …

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Jun 09 2014

Mike Munro among Queen’s Birthday Honours

Newsreader Mike Munro (pictured), TV vet Dr Harry Cooper, sporting commentators Ray Warren and Phil Gould, members of The Seekers and TV presenter Richard Wilkins are among those to be awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Professor Paul Grabowsky — “For distinguished service to …

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Jan 08 2012

Obituary: Carl Bleazby

Actor Carl Bleazby, best known from the long-running ABC series Bellbird, died late last month at the age of 95. Born in Melbourne in 1916, Bleazby was a radio announcer and actor at Melbourne station 3XY when he enlisted at the break out of World War II in 1939.  He served with the AIF in …

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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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