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Neighbours celebrates a perfect 10!
Celebrating its 10th birthday, Neighbours has been one of the greatest success stories of Australian television. Despite being axed by the Seven Network after six months, the show made an unprecedented move to Network Ten and has become a global hit, watched by millions in the United Kingdom and numerous other countries. The show has just been sold to Russian network TV6 and is also now screening in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. “I must say the reaction to the show, both here and overseas, is amazing,” Kimberley Davies, who plays Annalise Hartman, told TV Week.  “I am very proud to be in Neighbours. It’s done an enormous amount of good for my career.” Co-star Melissa Bell defended the show from its critics. “Even people who have acted on Neighbours have been known to say they wish they hadn’t done it,” she said. “But I believe you should never forget what started you off in the business and where you’ve come from.”

liddyclarkFire rekindles Liddy’s career
Liddy Clark, best known from series Ride On Stranger and Rafferty’s Rules, walked away from acting some years ago. But she has decided to make a brief comeback in the Seven Network‘s Fire, playing the part of arson squad chief Detective Sergeant Jean Diamond (pictured). In returning to TV after five years, she found the biggest challenge was seeing herself on screen. “All of a sudden I’m a middle-aged woman. It’s shocking how it (the face) changes, shocking! I hadn’t seen myself on screen for five years and it was a bit of a shock,” she told TV Week.

Lisa’s killer role
Lisa Hensley, whose credits include Brides Of Christ and Law Of The Land, is set to challenge her respectable, clean-cut image with the lead role in the upcoming movie Isabelle’s Diary. “I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll be getting my hair cut off to play this not very nice character,” she told TV Week. “This character kills people, so it will be a bit of a change from my roles in Brides Of Christ and Law Of The Land.”


  • It had stalled a while back, but it appears that production of the Home And Away movie is back in progress. The UK-based Portman Entertainment Group, producer of the $6 million film, is hoping for a UK release in mid-1996.
  • Police Rescue star Steve Bisley has signed on to become the new doctor in ABC‘s GP.
  • Former Heartbreak High star Alex Dimitriades is the latest name to have signed up for ABC‘s upcoming mini-series Blue Murder.
  • Seven‘s new current affairs show Today Tonight has apparently not been getting off to a great start. Rumours insist that Melbourne host Jill Singer is wishing she’d stayed put at ABC, where she was a reporter for The 7.30 Report. A Seven Network executive has reportedly also taken exception to a negative review of the show by a newspaper columnist, and has confronted the writer over the story.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 26 February): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 ER Nine Thu 1877000
2 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1716000
3 National Nine News Nine Sun 1657000
4 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1619000
5 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1615000
6 Lois & Clark The New Adventures Of Superman Seven Mon 1612000
7 Halifax fp Nine Wed 1611000
8 National Nine News Nine M-F 1586000
9 Movie: Made In America Nine Sun 1548000
10 Money Nine Wed 1542000
11 Fire Seven Tue 1536000
12 Just Kidding Nine Mon 1530000
13 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1505000
14 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1501000
15 Our House Nine Wed 1443000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1440000
17 World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1424000
18 Seinfeld Ten Tue 1402000
19 Wild Life Nine Thu 1383000
20 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1370000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“The Nine Network‘s spat with cable operator Galaxy and federal Communications Minister Michael Lee is just the opening salvo in a war that is likely to rage for years as more subscriber TV operators enter the marketplace (there’s no doubt, either, that some will exit fairly ingloriously). As usual in these situations, unfortunately, it won’t be the free-to-air networks or the subscriber operators who are the biggest winners or losers, as the case may be. It will be you and me… and right now we’re not looking like winners, are we?”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, March 18-24):
Saturday: Rugby League (3.30pm, ABC) features Illawarra versus Auckland Warriors. Cricket makes a rare appearance on Ten with the One Day International, West Indies versus Australia (12.30am), live from Guyana. Commentators include David Hookes, Mike Coward and Michael Holding.

Sunday: Sunday night movies are True Colors (Seven), Crocodile Dundee (repeat, Nine) and Miller’s Crossing (Ten).

neighbours_1985_robinson_0001Monday: Children’s series The Ferals (5pm, ABC) returns for its second series — featuring Rattus the Rat, Derryn the Dog, Modigliana the Cat and Mixy the Rabbit and their neighbours Leonard (Brian Rooney) and Robbie (Kylle Hogart). The two-hour special Neighbours 10th Anniversary (8.30pm, Ten) celebrates Australia’s most successful drama series, featuring original cast members Anne Haddy and Stefan Dennis (pictured with Kylie Flinker in 1985) and fellow castmates including Anne Charleston and Melissa Bell.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen (Anne Haddy) and Reuben’s (James Condon) love intensifies. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), William’s (Michael Craig) attempts to comfort Eva (Sue Walker) after the death of her husband, end in rejection. In Fire (9.30pm, Seven), war is declared between the firies and the police when the arson squad invade South East and interviews the members of the platoon.

shaneammannWednesday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) discovers that Curtis (Shane Ammann, pictured) and Laura (Claudia Buttazzoni) are wanted by the police. In Halifax fp (8.30pm, Nine), a school teacher dies mysteriously and a student is brutally murdered at a prestigious private boys’ boarding school. Jane Halifax (Rebecca Gibney) discovers a school stepped in history but now harbouring a dark secret as a psychopath walks its hallowed halls.

Thursday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Philip (Ian Rawlings) goes on a blind date. In Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), reporter Simon Reeve reports from Texas on the miniature horses being bred at the monastery of St Clare.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) faces her fears and offers the hand of friendship to Marcus (David Price). Seven presents a Star Trek movie double — Star Trek IV and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 18 March 1995. Southdown Press

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