tvweek_030695Cover: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny (The X Files)

Nicolle returns to her old haunts!
Former Home And Away favourite Nicolle Dickson is returning to the series… two years after her character, Bobby, was killed off! In upcoming episodes, Ailsa (Judy Nunn), who is approaching a nervous breakdown, has visions of her dead friend, Bobby. “It’s a really good storyline for Judy,” Dickson told TV Week. “I’m more part of Ailsa’s subconscious than a ghost!”

After 500 shows, Geoff’s still cooking
Geoff Jansz will soon be presenting his 500th episode of Nine‘s What’s Cooking. Since taking over from Gabriel Gate in 1993, Jansz has prepared more than 2000 recipes for the show. “I really enjoy it and never get tired of it. I just fall in a heap at the end of the day,” he told TV Week. “I like recipes that use fabulous ingredients and which viewers feel they can make too.” Some What’s Cooking segments are filmed at Jansz’s farm property at Bowral, New South Wales. “I said from day one that we should get a farm on What’s Cooking to show the growing side of it. They (Nine) finally agreed, so I spent all my holidays ploughing the fields!”

michaelcraigsuewalkerMichael set for GP marriage… to his real-life wife!
Fans of the ABC series GP will have been following the romance between William (Michael Craig) and Eva (Craig’s real-life wife, Sue Walker). William offered a vague proposal to Eva in episodes screened a few weeks ago, but the couple’s engagement storyline will not appear until later in the year. What is unknown is whether or not William and Eva finally do tie the knot.  “I think we will be married,” Craig told TV Week. “But we know nothing at the moment. We would be the last people to be told what is intended.” He is not exaggerating, either. Craig admitted that the first he heard about actor Steve Bisley joining the cast of GP was by watching a report on ABC’s magazine program TVTV. “There had been rumours,” he said. “They hadn’t actually informed us.” As to the show’s future, Craig is equally in the dark as to whether it will get renewed for another year or if he will be part of it. “There’s this sort of talk every year. All I can tell you is that we are both contracted with the show until the middle of October. As for whether I’d like to come back, that rather depends on what they do. The show might come back without me.”


  • The Ten Network‘s new soapie Echo Point kicks off this week… taking on Home And Away in the 7.00pm timeslot from Monday. Ten is confident that Echo Point (with cast including New Zealander Martin Henderson and newcomer Rose Byrne, pictured) will see Home And Away take a hit in the ratings, but Seven is fighting back with Home And Away this week featuring the return of former cast members Emily Symons (Marilyn), Nicolle Dickson (Bobby) and Adam Willits (Steven).
  • Meanwhile, the Nine Network is working with Village Roadshow on a new soap, Breakers, to be filmed on the Gold Coast. The new show, to have a PG rating, is aimed for a daytime or late-night timeslot. No cast members have been announced as yet but production is expected to begin in August.
  • Nine is also making a pilot for a new comedy series. Titled Us And Them, it features a cast of two men and two women and looks at how near impossible it is to get on with the opposite sex. “It’s ‘battle of the sexes’ dressed up in a new comedy,” a spokesperson for Nine said. Us And Them is being produced by Telltale Films (producers of All Together Now and The Bob Morrison Show) and features Doris Younane (Heartbreak High), Kylie Hogart and Brian Meegan.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 14 May): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Rugby League State Of Origin Nine Mon 2182000
2 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1941000
3 National Nine News Nine Sun 1892000
4 ER Nine Thu 1874000
5 Gladiators Seven Sat 1869000
6 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1834000
7 National Nine News Nine M-F 1791000
8 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1781000
9 The X Files Ten Wed 1766000
10 National Nine News Nine Sat 1752000
11 Just Kidding Nine Tue 1727000
12 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1719000
13 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1701000
14 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1696000
15 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1694000
16 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1687000
17 Our House Nine Wed 1675000
18 Money Nine Wed 1668000
19 The Nanny Ten Wed 1642000
20 Hey Hey It’s Saturday Nine Sat 1636000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here:

“Don’t do it — that’s all I can say about the first big steps towards televising criminal court proceedings in Australia. In Melbourne recently, Justice Teague allowed a television camera to record his sentencing to life imprisonment of self-confessed child killer Nathan John Avent. The footage, under Mr Justice Teague’s editing supervision and other stringent conditions, was allowed to be run on the television news services that night. But, apart from triggering a fairly hot public debate (“Murder sentence broadcast divides the nation”, said page one of The Australian), did it really achieve much? The commercial networks led their bulletins with the story, mainly, they said, because of the historical significance of the footage. The ABC declined to do so, citing Mr Justice Teague’s conditions as compromising to the corporation’s editorial independence. Taking that position often can be seen as “precious”, but in this instance I don’t think so. I admire the stand the ABC took. Let’s not have lawyers more concerned about the media than their clients, the media more concerned about the prosecutor’s changes in hairstyle than the evidence she can produce. I know justice must be seen to have been done… but not seen live on television, thank you very much.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, June 3-9):
Saturday: Jacqueline and Iain Gillespie present a new magazine series, House Hunt (12pm, Seven), looking at houses for sale in Melbourne. Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) looks at a new treatment to help prevent miscarriages and how to design a computer game. The Rugby World Cup (10.45pm, Ten) features Australia versus Romania, Scotland versus France, Tonga versus Ivory Coast (highlights) and Canada versus South Africa.

Sunday: AFL Sunday (2pm, Seven) includes West Coast Eagles versus Brisbane, live from Perth, followed by highlights of Carlton versus Hawthorn at Optus Oval in Melbourne. Sunday night movies are Three Of Hearts (Seven), the 1964 classic My Fair Lady (repeat, Nine) and Stop! Or My Mother Will Shoot (Ten). Rugby World Cup (10.40pm, Ten) continues overnight.

Monday: In the debut of Echo Point (7pm, Ten), Daniel Blake (Phillip Gordon) returns to Echo Point after a long and bitter absence. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Marilyn (Emily Symons) returns to Summer Bay with her marriage in jeopardy. In the series final of Funky Squad (8pm, ABC), the squad becomes the subject of twisted death threats after an inmate with a score to settle is released from jail. In the Cody telemovie The Tipoff (8.30pm, Seven), Cody (Gary Sweet) and Fiorelli (Robert Mammone) stake out a gun shop after Cody gets a tip-off that a job is on. Later, Cody learns from his mother that Jimmy Cotter (Frankie J Holden), a childhood friend, is in town. Cotter, a thug turned slick businessman, sets up shonky investment companies and Cody’s mother loses a small fortune.

Tuesday: In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when a woman reports her daughter as missing, the Blue Heelers find she has moved in with her schoolteacher.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen (Anne Haddy) and Reuben’s (James Condon) dream relationship ends. In Echo Point (7pm, Ten), tempers flare as Zac (Martin Henderson), Dean (Diarmid Heidenreich) and Edwina’s (Jessica Napier) joyride ends. ABC radio host Jon Faine hosts a new series of Wise Up (10pm, ABC), looking at issues related to youth rights.

simonreeve_0001Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Ailsa (Judy Nunn) thinks Alf (Ray Meagher) is trying to kill her. In Wildlife With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine), Michael Beatty visits a Spanish refuge for donkeys, Simon Reeve (pictured) visits Costa Rica in search of the country’s national emblem, the macaw, and Olivia Newton-John travels to Canada to report on a study into the Canadian moose.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Sally (Kate Ritchie) is sprung with her fingers in the till. Friday Night Football (9.30pm, Seven) features delayed coverage of Collingwood versus St Kilda at the MCG.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 3 June 1995. Southdown Press




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