Kimberley’s hush-hush UK deal
Former Neighbours star Kimberley Davies has been playing to packed houses in the UK in the pantomime Goldilocks And The Three Bears. And when panto season is over, Davies is expected to stay in the UK to work on a top secret TV project. “I’ve got something else here (in England) that I’m not really allowed to talk about because it’s not definite yet,” she told TV Week. “I’m going to stay here for a little while then I’m coming back to Australia for a couple of things.” But although she’s remaining in the UK for the time being, Australian viewers will see her back on screens shortly in a new series of Just Kidding. Davies has replaced former co-host Sofie Formica which she says is part of her plan to diversify her career. “I think it’s good to do lots of different things,” she said. “That’s the reason I’m doing panto — doing live theatre is a different experience.” Davies has also not ruled out doing another series of Just Kidding should it continue to rate well. “Steve Jacobs (pictured with Davies) is so great to work with. He’s just hilarious.”

kimberleyjosephadamwillitsSummer Bay’s bad girl is back!
Gladiators co-host Kimberley Joseph is set to make a return visit to Seven‘s Home And Away, reprising the role of Angel’s (Melissa George) bitchy old school-chum, Joanne. This time around, Joanne is suspected of selling drugs to local school children and there is romance on the horizon with school teacher Steven (Adam Willits, pictured with Joseph). “She gets her just desserts, but, who knows — there is every possibility she could be back,” Joseph told TV Week. As well as Home And Away, Joseph’s profile in the UK has been boosted by her hosting of the international series of Gladiators and she is about to star in a stage production of Only When I Laugh, co-starring with Keeping Up Appearances actor Geoffrey Hughes.

TV Turns 40: Aussie TV Grows Up

jackthompson_0001“Country towns, war zones, tough suburban schools, the Gold Rush era, and the navy have all been locations for Australian dramas, but they all had one thing in common — their popularity. Like their cousins, the soaps, Australian dramas feature a mix of storylines, characters, and social issues. Where they differ is in their conclusion — the threads of the stories are tied up in a nice little package at the end of an episode, while in a soap the saga goes on. From there the line blurs, with quality soaps like A Country Practice (1981-94) focusing on the lives of the people of Wandin Valley, medical conditions and social issues. Guest actors were also gainfully employed in the Seven Network‘s Rafferty’s Rules (1987-90), where a pre-Blue Heelers John Wood took the role of a tough but fair stipendiary magistrate. Catherine Wilkin, who played public prosecutor Pauline Grey in Rafferty’s Rules, went on to star in Embassy (1990-92), which had the distinction of being the first Grundy series sold to the ABC. Set in the fictitious south-east Asian country of Ragaan, the show revolved around the lives of the staff of the Australian embassy. Everybody remembers The Sullivans (1976-82) brought our grandparents’ sepia-toned memories of “The War” to our screens in living colour. And before The Sullivans came Spyforce (1971), featuring Jack Thompson (pictured), and later Nick Tate, as an Aussie commando battling the Japanese in World War II.”


  • Reading The Phone Book is among the projects on ABC‘s drama slate. The series of six monologues, inspired by the BBC‘s Talking Heads, is in the early stages of development, with producers talking to Magda Szubanski, Robyn Archer, Reg Livermore and John Clarke about starring roles.
  • Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner are set to star in yet another Hart To Hart reunion telemovie… but this time the action takes place in Australia. Wagner has been in Sydney auditioning actors for the 15 roles in the telemovie, which will eventually screen here on the Ten Network.
  • Actor John Hargreaves, star of many Australian film and television productions, has died at the age of 50 from an AIDS-related illness. The actor. who had appeared in TV dramas including Young Ramsay, The Dismissal, The Heroes, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Blue Murder and GP, is remembered for his resilience and humour. David Elfick, who had hired Hargreaves to play the part of a farmer in the recent film production No Worries, was aware that Hargreaves was unwell during filming. “It’s an insidious and debilitating disease, but you were completely unaware of this with John,” Elfick told TV Week. “He just went ahead with his work.”

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 7 January 1996): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 National Nine News Nine Sun 1828000
2 National Nine News Nine M-F 1750000
3 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1658000
4 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Fri 1545000
5 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Tue 1437000
6 Full Frontal Seven Thu 1413000
7 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (night) Nine Wed 1412000
8 Cricket: Australia v Sri Lanka (day 4) Nine Sun 1380000
9 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1375000
10 The Mommies Seven Mon 1360000
11 The Nanny Ten Sun 1310000
12 National Nine News Nine Sat 1282000
13 Grace Under Fire Seven Thu 1265000
14 Ellen Seven Mon 1263000
15 The Great Outdoors Seven M-F 1255000
16 Movie: Pacific Heights Seven Sun 1243000
17 Heartbeat ABC Sat 1217000
18 Party Of Five Ten Sun 1179000
19 Seven Nightly News Seven M-F 1173000
20 Movie: Supergrass Ten Mon 1146000

Program Highlights (Melbourne, January 27-February 2):
Saturday: The Third Test: Australia v Sri Lanka (11.20am, Nine) continues through to Monday, live from Adelaide. The Australian Open (1pm, Seven) featured the Women’s Singles and Men’s Doubles Finals matches, live from the National Tennis Centre, Melbourne.

Sunday: The Australian Open (12pm, Seven) comes to a close with the Men’s Singles Final and Women’s Doubles Final. Sunday night movies are Mr Saturday Night (Seven), Mona Lisa (repeat, Nine) and The ‘Burbs (repeat, Ten).

brigitteduclosMonday: The 30th NFL Superbowl (10am, ABC) is live from Phoenix, Arizona. Brigitte Duclos (pictured) takes over as host as chat show Monday To Friday (3.30pm, Ten) returns for the new year. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), time is running out for Irene (Lynne McGranger) to save Selina (Tempany Deckert). In the series debut of drama Pacific Drive (9.30pm, Nine), Sonia Kingsley sets off on her ritual morning jog and by the time she realises the beach vehicle is speeding towards her it’s too late. The series then continues with regular episodes at 11pm Monday and Wednesday nights.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Karl (Alan Fletcher) and Susan (Jackie Woodburne) are upset that Libby (Kym Valentine) had to seek help from a counsellor. Lifestyle show Better Homes And Gardens (7.30pm, Seven) and travel series The Great Outdoors (8pm, Seven) return for a new year.

Wednesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Annalise (Kimberley Davies) leaves Ramsay Street and shares a sad goodbye with Sam (Richard Grieve).

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shane (Dieter Brummer) and Angel (Melissa George) decide it’s time to leave Summer Bay. Wild Life With Olivia Newton-John (7.30pm, Nine) reports on the fight to defend the habitat of the sloth in Brazil; the baboons of the rugged Drakenberg Mountains in Africa; and the tracking and filming of the hatching eggs of the jabiru in Queensland.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Luke (Bernard Curry) notices an attraction between Brett (Brett Blewitt) and Judy Bergman (Merridy Eastman).

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 13 January 1996. Pacific Publications Pty Ltd.



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