1995: September 30-October 6

tvweek_300995We’ll Sale into the next century!
Sale Of The Century co-host Nicky Buckley (pictured) has put to rest rumours that she plans to leave the show to pursue an acting career. Her fellow co-host Glenn Ridge recently declared he would stay with Sale “for as long as they’ll have me”. And Buckley has added, “I’m with him!”. “We both really enjoy it,” she told TV Week. “We also both realise that this industry is really fickle. They could turn around tomorrow or at the end of the year and say they want something new. But so long as they still want us, we’re both keen to do it.” As for pursuing an acting career, Buckley does have three years of drama classes behind her, so she isn’t ruling anything out in the long term. “I can’t say I wouldn’t do a soap, because a few years down the track I might be doing one. But it’s not what I want,” she said. She has made an acting appearance in the upcoming movie Under The Gun, playing the part of an airline receptionist. “It was more a debut thing, just a bit of fun,” she said.

Mother Goose and son
Mother And Son co-stars Garry McDonald and Ruth Cracknell are tipped to star in the new fairytale sitcom, The New Mother Goose. The project, written by Mother And Son creator Geoffrey Atherden, will film a pilot at ABC‘s Sydney studios early in the new year and, if successful, will go into production of 10 episodes around mid-year. “People seem to love the idea,” executive producer John O’Grady, who has also worked on Mother And Son and Eggshells, told TV Week. “This is very different (from Mother And Son) in that it’s a very satirical view of situation comedy and of the family life.”

Showing signs of decay?
Nine‘s new lavish game show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush has not been the ratings success it had hoped — but it now appears that a fully-fledged production was not originally intended. Nine had bought the rights to the UK-based format with plans to incorporate some of the show’s stunts into Hey Hey It’s Saturday, in a bid to boost its ratings. When Hey Hey‘s host and co-producer Daryl Somers wasn’t keen on the idea, Nine decided to go ahead with the full scale production.


  • The cast of Ten‘s axed Echo Point have written to network management to express their disappointment that after all their hard word, that nobody from Ten was brave enough to visit the set and deliver an official explanation as to why the show was cancelled.
  • hughjackmanHugh Jackman (pictured), from the recently completed ABC series Correlli, is now filming a guest role for Blue Heelers, playing the part of a lawyer.
  • Gary Sweet has filmed a pilot for a lifestyle show being developed by his former Police Rescue co-star Steve Bastoni. The program, titled A Taste Of Everything, is planned to be a weekly half-hour program. Hosting the pilot was Trisha Goddard (formerly of Live It Up) and Bastoni is hopeful of a sale to a network.
  • The Seven Network has given the green light to a third series of Gladiators, with filming due to commence later in the year. Hosts Mike Hammond and Kimberley Joseph are to stay on for the new series. With Gladiators plus voice-over work for Foxtel, Hammond has now quit doing voice-overs for Network Ten.
  • Ten‘s new children’s drama Mirror Mirror, which debuts Saturday afternoon, features Petra Yared (Sky Trackers) and Michala Banas as two 14-year-old girls — one living in 1919 and the other in 1995. The pair find they can see each other through the same old mirror and can travel to one another’s time.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 10 September): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Movie: Lethal Weapon 3 Nine Sun 2310000
2 60 Minutes Nine Sun 2020000
3 The X Files Ten Wed 1981000
4 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1921000
5 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1909000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1810000
7 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1801000
8 Mr Bean ABC Thu 1799000
9 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1789000
10 Our House Nine Wed 1723000
11 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1718000
12 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1707000
13 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1703000
14 Getaway Nine Thu 1669000
15 Gladiators Seven Sat 1661000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1660000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1660000
18 The Nanny Ten Wed 1647000
19 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1627000
20 Seinfeld Ten Tue 1627000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“After a surge of public acceptance going back to Brides Of Christ and the first series of Phoenix, the ABC has struggled for another drama to emulate those two series. While quality has been a sticking point only on odd occasions, it remains that such series as the Phoenix sequel, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Frankie’s House, Janus, Heartland, the problem-ridden The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh and, most recently, Correlli have not delivered the audience numbers the ABC had hoped and, indeed, expected. Could it be that ABC’s drama fortunes are about to undergo a turnaround? I hope so, because the new series Bordertown certainly is deserving of a vast following.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, September 30-October 6):
tinaarena_0002Saturday: It’s AFL Grand Final Day, which dominates Seven’s schedule. The overnight Football Marathon winds up at 8am, followed by the Grand Final Breakfast. The VSFL U/18 Grand Final (9am, Seven) is followed at 11am by the prelude to the main event. The AFL Grand Final (2pm, Seven) features pre-match entertainment, including the national anthem sung by Tina Arena (pictured)Geelong takes on Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with 25 cameras and 35 microphones set to cover all the action to an estimated Australian audience of 8 million plus 47 million households in 60 countries. After the match, Talking Footy (7.30pm, Seven) presents a special Grand Final edition.

Sunday: The Tooheys 1000 (8am, Seven) presents ten hours of live coverage from Mount Panorama, Bathurst, hosted by Bruce McAvaney. Steven Jacobs and Jo Beth Taylor host the National Final of the Rock Eisteddfod (2pm, Nine). Sunday night movies are Excessive Force (Seven), Dennis The Menace (Nine) and Class Action (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen’s (Anne Haddy) mayoral portrait of Lou (Tom Oliver) is met with shock; while Stonie (Anthony Engelman) is still feeling guilty about his kiss with Annalise (Kimberley Davies). Richard Stubbs and special guest Janet Jackson host the ARIA Awards (8.30pm, Ten), from the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tuesday: Arky Michael guest stars as an intellectually disabled man struggling to understand his mother’s chronic depression in GP (8.30pm, ABC). In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when the police prosecutor gets appendicitis, PJ (Martin Sacks) asks Maggie (Lisa McCune) to fill in for him in court.

joepetruzziWednesday: The debut of Bordertown (8.30pm, ABC), the ten-part series set in a 1950s migrant centre, starring Hugo Weaving, Christine Tremarco and Joe Petruzzi (pictured). Geraldine Doogue hosts the National Australia Bank Ethnic Business Awards (8.30pm, SBS) from the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, with special guest Paul Keating.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Fisher (Norman Coburn) tries to convince Michael (Dennis Coard) to transfer Jack (Daniel Amalm) to Yabbie Creek High.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Libby’s (Kym Valentine) internet friend is not what she expects. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Steven (Adam Willits) is arrested for manslaughter. Jennifer Keyte hosts a special prime time edition of Our Victoria (7.30pm, Seven), featuring various travel spots and adventures from across the state.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 30 September 1995. Southdown Press




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1 comment

  1. This is a great post. Who knew that Lethal Weapon would get the most viewers!

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