Bert Newton and Adelaide personality Anne Wills were surprise mentions at this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards, held earlier this week at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.
Days Of Our Lives stars Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes, who have featured in the series on and off for almost 50 years and married both on and off screen, were honoured at the Daytime Emmys with Lifetime Achievement Awards.
In their acceptance speech they acknowledged the support of various daytime TV hosts in their home country, and also Australian friends Bert Newton and Anne Wills.
The Days Of Our Lives stars were popular guests at the TV Week Logie Awards (pictured) in 1977, hosted by Newton. They were later guests on Newton’s morning radio show and also toured Australia, including a visit to Adelaide where multi Logie winner Wills had interviewed them and hosted fan events.
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Days Of Our Lives, now in its 53rd year in production, is broadcast in Australia on the Arena channel on Foxtel and in regional areas on free-to-air on WIN Eleven.
Source: Wikipedia. TV Week, 9 April 1977.
Days of our lives has entertained for so many years and today is far better quality and entertainment than many of the Lifestyle shows currently on our screens. Back in the 50’s and 60’s we had real entertainment with many US dramas, musicals and comedy, not forgetting British programs like THE BILL, SOUTH RIDING etc. Nightly viewing kept us home and glued to our smaller screens, whereas today if we want good entertainment we choose to watch a DVD of a favourite bygone show. We miss variety shows like IMT, DON LANE etc.