‘Whatever happened to old-fashioned romance?’
Being an actress since the age of nine, 16-year-old Rebekah Elmaloglou (pictured) has not had the most normal of childhoods and often yearns to be ‘just an average teenager’. Although while she let go of her childhood earlier than most, she believes young people should not rush to reach adulthood. “There is no hurry to grow up,” she told TV Week. “I think that a lot of teenagers miss out on so much. They go out with each other and on the first night they are doing things that shouldn’t happen until a relationship has developed further. Whatever happened to old-fashioned romance and innocent friendship?” Meanwhile, her Home And Away character Sophie is about to embark on a simple ‘old-fashioned’ romance with Blake (Les Hill) and Elmaloglou hopes her character can be a good role model for teenage viewers.
Number 96 set to re-open its doors!
The Ten Network, battling flagging ratings, has been the subject of many rumours and reports around the television industry – only two weeks ago the network was reported to be seeking an exclusive output deal with Grundy Television. TV Week now has it on good authority that Ten is considering a revival of Australia’s most infamous soap, Number 96, thirteen years after it ceased production. Some network executives have believed that there is room on the network for a strong adult drama, much tougher than its current teen-based soaps Neighbours and E Street. TV Week is informed that a group of Ten bosses have been viewing old episodes of the series with a plan to produce a 1990s version of the show. Some of the show’s original cast may be joined by fresh faces in the revival. When Number 96 debuted in 1972 it was dubbed ‘the night Australian television lost its virginity’ with a cast including sex symbol Abigail (pictured). The series went on to shock and titillate its audience for the next six years with its popular mix of sex, drama and comedy. The show won a swag of TV Week Logies, including several for best drama and a Gold Logie for cast member Pat McDonald.
Former Neighbours star Rachel Friend (pictured) is rapidly becoming one of TV’s hottest properties. The 19-year-old has a lead role in the Nine Network’s big-budget mini-series, Golden Fiddles, and will soon play a ditzy hairdresser in the Ten Network’s upcoming comedy series Lipstick Dreams. Then in December, she’s off to England to play the princess in the pantomime Aladdin’s Lamp. “Neighbours seems a long time ago, and yet it’s not really,” she told TV Week.
The audience response to Seven’s Skirts might be lukewarm but that hasn’t stopped some of the show’s stars attracting the interest of producers of other shows. Ben Mitchell, who plays Constable Bevan “Beverley” Quinn, is currently being targeted by the producers of Neighbours and has apparently already been offered a role should Seven not renew Skirts for another series. In the meantime the producers of E Street are keen to sign up co-star Antionette Byron.
The Nine Network has had to revoke plans to move Graham Kennedy’s Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show to the Wednesday 7.30pm timeslot following an ultimatum from the host. The new timeslot would have seen the show put up against Seven‘s comedy Hey Dad! which is produced by a close friend of Kennedy’s, Gary Reilly, and the Nine Network host refused to put both shows into a ratings battle.
Former Chantoozies band member and manager David Reyne has decided to move from the music business and concentrate on acting. The 31-year-old has already completed roles in the Seven Network mini-series Flair, the telemovie Bony, and is to star in the Nine Network mini-series Golden Fiddles.
John Laws says…
”If there’s one thing you don’t get on SBS’ Dateline current affairs program it’s a good laugh. Dateline has a knack of looking at just about every issue from a worst-case scenario. There is precious little middle ground as far as its reporters are concerned. Issues are black and white. Mostly black. When Dateline’s hour is over, there’s just one more piece of “news” – the following week, announces host Paul Murphy, Dateline will reveal the shocking story of the plight of poverty-striken Indian peasants in war-wracked Guatemala. Goodnight Paul.”
Program Highlights (August 18-24):
Sunday: Mark Mitchell and newsreaders David Johnston and Tracey Curro present ATV10’s coverage of the 1990 Young Achievers’ Awards from the Hilton Hotel, Melbourne. Sunday night movies are Starflight One (HSV7), Choices Of The Heart (GTV9) and Blue Collar (ATV10).
Monday: ATV10 debuts a new Australian series A Waltz Through The Hills, based on the classic children’s novel which tells the story of two children living in a small Western Australian town in 1954.
Tuesday: The debut of comedy series Let The Blood Run Free (featuring Jean Kittson and Peter Rowsthorn, pictured) on ATV10. Meanwhile, ABC crosses to Canberra for a one-hour telecast of the 1990 Budget.
Wednesday: ABC’s Wednesday night special is Ladies In Line, a 90-minute documentary focusing on the successes and failures of a group of female recruits in the Australian Army.
Friday: HSV7 presents a re-run of the 1989 special Oz TV’s Greatest Commercials, taking a look back at some of the commercials that have been imbedded in the minds of Australian audiences.
Source: TV Week (Victoria edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide.
18 August 1990. Southdown Press.