Former Neighbours star Craig McLachlan was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV at the 32nd annual TV Week Logie Awards.
The awards were held at Melbourne’s Hyatt On Collins on Friday 9 March 1990 and televised on the Ten Network.
Hosted by Mark Mitchell, the presentation was attended by overseas guests John Travolta, Ernest Borgnine, Pauline Collins and John Alderton, with Australian actress Sigrid Thornton, at the time based on the US, also a special guest. Also present on the night was the ever-glamorous Dame Edna Everage and jazz musician James Morrison. Nicole Kidman (winning Logies for Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series and Most Outstanding Actress On Australian TV) appeared via a live cross to South Carolina, where she was filming Days Of Thunder with husband-to-be Tom Cruise.
The awards featured a musical tribute to the history of television, based on the then current Billy Joel hit We Didn’t Start The Fire. The “TV Wheel Of Fortune” gave us a rapid fire catch-up on over 30 years of television… just in case we’d missed any of it:
Neighbours once again won the Logie for Most Popular Series and for Most Popular Program In Victoria. Network Ten also collected Logies for The Comedy Company (Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program) and Bangkok Hilton (Most Popular Telemovie Or Mini-Series).
A Country Practice star Georgie Parker (pictured) won Most Popular New Talent, while her co-star Shane Porteous (pictured) won the peer-voted Most Outstanding Actor. “I’m particularly thrilled because my peers chose me,” he said in his acceptance. “It really makes you proud to be part of the industry. But then, I’ve always been proud to be a part of A Country Practice.”
Hey Hey It’s Saturday‘s Daryl Somers won Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Personality as well as Most Popular Personality In Victoria.
Midday host Ray Martin was again Most Popular Personality In New South Wales, and Home And Away was voted Most Popular Program In New South Wales for the first time.
Jason Donovan (pictured with dad, actor Terence Donovan) won Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie Or Mini-Series for his role in The Heroes. “I’m quite amazed,” he said. “Actually I feel a bit embarrassed because I had such a small part.” Donovan’s former Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue won the Logie for Most Popular Music Video for her single Never Too Late.
The Seven Network‘s Wombat won Most Popular Children’s Program as well as Most Popular Program In Queensland. Wombat presenter Jill Ray was voted Most Popular Personality In Queensland.
Newsreader Rick Ardon won his eighth Logie for Most Popular Personality In Western Australia, while Seven Nightly News was the state’s Most Popular Program.
Tasmanian Bert Taylor won that state’s Logie for Most Popular Presenter and Most Popular Program awards yet again. It was his fifth personal Logie and the fourth for his long-running travel program Taylor’s Australia (formerly Taylor’s Tasmania).
And it just wasn’t Logies night until Anne Wills won yet another Logie for Most Popular Personality In South Australia!
The Nine Network won Most Outstanding Achievement In News for the reporting of the Romanian revolution against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Reporter Mark Burrows, cameraman Paul Boersma and sound recordist Ross McLoughlin found themselves dodging bullets on Christmas Day as fighting continued in the town of Timișoara. Their reports were seen around Australia by Boxing Day and were also picked up by various international news agencies.
The ABC series Ladies In Line, which traced the journey of three young women through the Australian Army’s intensive 12-week training course, won Most Outstanding Documentary Or Documentary Series.
The Four Corners report “True Believers” won Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs. The report, by Marian Wilkinson and researcher Monica Attard, uncovered the operation that saw federal Liberal Party leader John Howard dumped in favour of reinstating Andrew Peacock to the role.
A Current Affair again won Most Popular Public Affairs Program. Host Jana Wendt accepted the Logie and denied persistent rumours that she was heading to the US. “I’m staying home,” she said. “The great thing about getting a Logie is that it makes you realise people are actually watching.”
Burke’s Backyard (hosted and produced by Don Burke, pictured) won the inaugural award for Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program.
The Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television was won by Townsville-based QTV for its 13-part series My Place My Land My People. The program, produced by Cairns-based Mark Eliot, provided an insight into the lives of indigenous people in their own communities. The series was subsequently picked up by SBS for national screening.
Johnny Young was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall of Fame, in recognition of his many years in supporting up and coming talent, in particular during 18 years of Young Talent Time and also through his establishment of talent schools across Australia.
The official proceedings of the night culminated with Travolta handing out the TV Week Gold Logie to McLachlan as Most Popular Personality on Australian TV. McLachlan, who had since swapped over to Home And Away, also took away a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor. His then partner and former co-star Rachel Friend won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress.
TV Week Logie Winners 1990:
Gold Logie – Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actor On Australian TV: Craig McLachlan
Silver Logie – Most Popular Actress On Australian TV: Rachel Friend
Most Popular Series: Neighbours
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Program: The Comedy Company
Most Popular Light Entertainment/Comedy Personality: Daryl Somers
Most Popular Sports Coverage: Cricket (Nine Network)
Most Popular Telemovie/Mini-Series: Bangkok Hilton
Most Popular Actor In A Telemovie/Mini-Series: Jason Donovan
Most Popular Actress In A Telemovie/Mini-Series: Nicole Kidman
Most Popular Lifestyle Information Program: Burke’s Backyard
Most Popular Music Video: Never Too Late (Kylie Minogue)
Most Popular Children’s Program: Wombat
Most Popular New Talent: Georgie Parker
Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
TV Week Logie Winners 1990:
Gold Logie – Hall of Fame: Johnny Young
Most Outstanding Actor: Shane Porteous
Most Outstanding Actress: Nicole Kidman
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “True Believers” (Four Corners)
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: “Romanian Revolution” (Nine Network)
Most Outstanding Single Documentary Or Series: Ladies In Lines (ABC)
Most Outstanding Achievement By Regional Television: My Place, My Land, My People (QTV, Townsville, QLD)
TV Week Logie Winners 1990:
State-based categories (Most Popular Personality, Most Popular Program)
NSW: Ray Martin, Home And Away
VIC: Daryl Somers, Neighbours
QLD: Jill Ray, Wombat
SA: Anne Wills, Wheel Of Fortune
WA: Rick Ardon, Seven Nightly News
TAS: Bert Taylor, Taylor’s Australia
Source: TV Week, 17 March 1990
The 57th annual TV Week Logie Awards. Sunday 3 May, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network.