Neighbours: Ten finale, ABC special

Network Ten has announced the schedule for the final week of Neighbours — bringing the long-running series to an end after 8903 episodes.

Production for the series wound up last month after producer Fremantle cancelled the show in March, following the withdrawal of financial support from UK broadcaster Channel 5.

In Australia, the series will screen in 90-minute episodes at 6.30pm from Monday 25 July on 10Peach, with the final episode airing on Thursday 28 July at 7.30pm on both 10Peach and the main Ten channel.


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The final episode was originally scheduled to air on 1 August in sync with Channel 5. With Ten bringing forward the airdate to July, Channel 5 has responded by re-scheduling the final episode to air in the UK on Friday 29 July in a prime-time special at 9.00pm.

Meanwhile, ABC will present a half-hour news special, Neighbours: End Of The Road, on Monday 11 July at 9.35pm. ABC journalist Margaret Paul, a confessed Neighbours fan, takes a look at the impact the series has made, goes behind the scenes as the final episodes go into production and gets an insight into some of the challenges Neighbours has faced as it churned out over 200 episodes a year. The special includes interviews with executive producer Jason Herbison, TV historian Andrew Mercado and former cast members Ian Smith and Anne Charleston.

Source: Paramount ANZ, Digital Spy

 

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ABC’s 50th Anniversary — and 1915

Jackie Woodburne, Sigrid Thornton

This week, ABC celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Sure enough, 40 years ago was ABC’s 50th anniversary. Like it is this week, in 1982 the national broadcaster had a number of special projects to mark the occasion.

For its 50th, ABC’s major television production was a mini-series, 1915, a dramatised version of the novel by Roger McDonald.

1915 had a cast of over 70, headed by Scott McGregor, Scott Burgess, Sigrid Thornton and Jackie Woodburne. The supporting cast included Bill Hunter, Lorraine Bayly, Ilona Rodgers, Richard Moir, Serge Lazareff, Andrew McFarlane, Mark Hembrow, Noel Hodda, Anne Haddy, Ron Graham, Maurie Fields, Adrian Wright, Martin Vaughan, Deborah Kennedy, Shirley Cameron, James Condon, Norman Coburn and Arna-Maria Winchester.

Scott Burgess, Scott McGregor

The series of seven 50-minute episodes told the story of friends Walter Gilchrist (McGregor) and Billy MacKenzie (Burgess) from the remote Australian town of Bindogundra. Their lives take a dramatic turn with the outbreak of World War I. 1915 follows not only the men going to battle but also what happens to their families and the girlfriends (played by Thornton and Woodburne) they leave back in Australia.

1915 was over 18 months in the making. The remote NSW town of Quandialla was used as the setting of Bindogundra, and various Australian locations were utilised to recreate foreign battle scenes, interspersed with actual historical footage.

Bill Hunter, Lorraine Bayly

Although ABC was reportedly cagey about disclosing the cost of the ambitious production, it was believed to be around $2.5 million — a huge sum for an Australian TV production in the early 1980s. The cost might have been of ultimately little consequence given that the series was sold to over 40 countries, including to PBS in the United States and to the BBC. The success of 1915 seemed to create a demand for Australian programming in the US, with ABC selling 15 titles to American television, predominantly to cable channels, during the 1982-83 financial year, up from as low as one title only a couple of years earlier.

1915 debuted on ABC on 27 June 1982 as a two-parter, and with single episodes continuing over coming weeks in the 8.30pm Sunday timeslot. It ended up winning two TV Week Logie Awards in 1983 — for Best Single Drama/Mini-Series and Best Supporting Actor in a Single Drama/Mini-Series (Adrian Wright) — and four Penguin Awards from the Television Society of Australia.

ABC also commemorated its 50th anniversary week with a musical drama Quiros (broadcast in simulcast with ABCFM), tracing the story of Portugese sailor and navigator Pedro Fernandez de Quiros and his attempts to discover Terra Australis in the 17th century; the 90-minute special, 50 Years Of The ABC: From Carbon Mikes To Satellites; the special Jubilee Showcase: A Musical Potpourri, recorded at the Sydney Town Hall; and the series returns of Towards 2000, Home Sweet Home and The Saturday Show.

Source: IMDB. TV Week, 23 January 1982, 26 June 1982. TV Radio Extra, 26 June 1982. 51st Annual Report Of The Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1982-83.

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Today celebrates 40 years

The Nine Network‘s Today is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a look back at the news, events, special guests, road trips and bloopers that have featured over that time.

The week-long celebration culminates in a special edition on Friday 1 July, which will feature some of the show’s past presenters and will appear in front of a live studio audience.

Breakfast news on television had been on something of a hiatus since Seven axed its Today in 1974. Network Ten revived the format with Good Morning Australia, debuting in February 1981 with Gordon Elliott and Sue Kellaway. Ten’s debut not only stole Nine’s thunder in the breakfast battle but also the intended title for its own venture.

Nine retaliated later in the year when it poached Kellaway from Ten to co-host its National Today Show, which eventually made its debut on 28 June 1982. Its original presenting line-up was Steve Liebmann and Kellaway with newsreader Eric Walters, showbiz reporter Joan McInnes, weatherman Brian Bury, political reporters Max Walsh and Fred Daly plus Mike Gibson (sport), Helen Wellings (consumer affairs), Trevor Sykes (finance), Johnny Tapp (racing) and Len Evans (lifestyle).


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Liebmann left Today after five years to go to Ten but then returned in 1990, with former 60 Minutes host George Negus co-hosting in the interim. Other hosts and presenters to have featured over the 40 years include Patrice Newell, Liz Hayes (pictured right with Liebmann), Tracy Grimshaw, Ian Ross, Monte Dwyer, Sami Lukis, Sharyn Ghidella, Leila McKinnon, Cameron Williams, Jessica Rowe, Georgie Gardner, Tony Jones, Ben Fordham, Richard Wilkins, Sarah Murdoch, Lisa Wilkinson, Deborah Knight, Tom Steinfort, Tracy Vo, Sylvia Jeffreys and current line-up Karl Stefanovic, Allison Langdon, Brooke Boney, Alex Cullen and Tim Davies.

To apply to be in Today‘s studio audience on 1 July, refer to the Today website 9now.nine.com.au/today/competitions/40-years-of-today

Source: TV Radio Extra, 26 June 1982

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Obituary: Carol Raye

Carol Raye, former television producer and performer, has died at the age of 99.

British-born Raye had a successful career in British film and television in the 1940s and ’50s. In the early 1960s, her husband’s work took the family to Kenya and Raye ended up working as a producer for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.

The family then came to Australia in 1964 and Raye joined ATN7 in Sydney as a producer and special assistant to General Manager Jim Oswin. She devised the original format of the station’s new sketch comedy series The Mavis Bramston Show, loosely inspired on the British show That Was The Week That Was. Although she appeared in the show’s pilot, she was not intended to remain in an on-air role. But when casting for a suitable female to complete the leading ensemble with Gordon Chater and Barry Creyton proved difficult, Raye ended up filling the role.

She stayed with The Mavis Bramston Show for two years, and collected a TV Week Logie Award in 1966 for Best Female Personality, before heading to rival channel TEN10 to lead its new comedy show 66 And All That. She ended up quitting the show, which also starred Barry Crocker, Mike Walsh and Peter Whitford, after only three months, citing a decision by the then new channel to only commit to renewing the show in six-week spurts. “I have a family and it meant I just couldn’t plan anything ahead,” she told TV Times at the time. “It’s like working in a vacuum. So after a great deal of thought I told the station I wouldn’t be available for any other series of six.”

She went on to appear in an episode of Australian Playhouse and made a guest appearance in Riptide before joining the cast of Number 96 in 1973, playing the recurring character of Baroness Amanda von Pappenberg, the exuberant aunt of Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham). Raye later retired the character but went on to work as the series’ casting director.

She later went on to become a regular panelist on the game show Blankety Blanks and hosted an ABC music show, Capriccio. She also appeared in Up The Convicts, Micro Macro (pictured with Noel Ferrier and Jimmy Hannan), The Young Doctors, The Mike Walsh Show, Loss Of Innocence, Chopper Squad, Relatives, Man Of Letters, Mission Top Secret, Seachange and in television commercials.

Earlier this month she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours,  “for service to the performing arts as an actress and producer”.

Source: IMDB, The Governor-General Of The Commonwealth Of Australia. Forty Years Of Television: The Story Of ATN7, 1996. TV Times, 1 June 1966, 6 October 1973.

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The 62nd TV Week Logie Awards

After three years, the TV Week Logie Awards made their return, culminating with Hamish Blake winning the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television.

For Blake, host of Nine’s Lego Masters, it was his second Gold Logie, having won the first in 2012.

In winning the Gold, he had beaten fellow nominees Julia Morris, Karl Stefanovic, Melissa Leong, Ray Meagher, Sonia Kruger and Tom Gleeson. He also won the inaugural Bert Newton Award For Most Popular Presenter and Lego Masters won the industry-voted Most Outstanding Entertainment Or Comedy Program.

After the customary coverage of the Red Carpet Arrivals, Gold Logie nominee Morris opened the show but, regrettably, was not great with what she was given to work with. An attempted parody to have her monologue gate-crashed by a dancing performance might have been a good idea on paper but it didn’t translate to the screen.

It seemed to be a common thread through the night, where appearances by Magda Szubanski, Hamish Blake and Andy Lee were largely let down by ordinary scripting. Dave Hughes‘ monologue ahead of presenting the Gold Logie was also fairly ordinary, not wavering far from his previous Logies monologues.

One highlight was Chrissie Swan roasting Karl Stefanovic for not attending rehearsals and also for heckling “Irene” from Home And Away after the show’s cast were on stage to accept the Logie for Most Popular Drama Program.


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The much-anticipated tribute to Neighbours, which amounted to a well-worn collection of clips from the archive and a segue from former stars Daniel MacPherson and Natalie Bassingthwaighte to introduce the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent, left fans of the show disappointed. Given the show’s record-breaking 37-year run and with a considerable contingent of cast members present at the awards, it seemed a missed opportunity to give the show a lasting and more dignified send off.

Leigh Sales introduced the In Memoriam segment, which was accompanied by a performance from Tim Minchin. Given it was three years since the last Logies presentation, it was always going to be a challenge to offer a complete roll call to all in the industry that had passed away over that time, with some names relegated from the main presentation to a video posted online as something of a compromise for time.


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Bert Newton, who hosted and won many Logies over his career and died last year, was paid tribute by wife Patti, who introduced the naming of the Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter.

Football commentator Leigh Matthews introduced the presentation of the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame and announced sporting commentator Bruce McAvaney as its latest inductee. McAvaney’s career dates back over 40 years as a sports reporter and commentator, first in Adelaide, then in Melbourne, then as a national identity for the Ten Network and for over 30 years at Seven, covering the AFL — commentating more than 1000 games and 20 grand finals — and major events such as the Melbourne Cup, Test Cricket, Brownlow Medal and Olympic Games.


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TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE — MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION
Hamish Blake (Lego Masters Australia)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST POPULAR ACTOR
Guy Pearce (Jack Irish)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST POPULAR ACTRESS
Kitty Flanagan (Fisk)

BERT NEWTON AWARD — MOST POPULAR PRESENTER
Hamish Blake (Lego Masters Australia)

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD — MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT
Tony Armstrong (ABC News Breakfast)

MOST POPULAR DRAMA PROGRAM
Home And Away (Seven)

MOST POPULAR ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Gogglebox Australia (Foxtel/Ten)

MOST POPULAR PANEL OR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM
The Project (Ten)

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM
Have You Been Paying Attention? (Ten)

MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
MasterChef Australia (Ten)

MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM
Travel Guides (Nine)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM
Jacki Weaver (Yellowstone)

2022 MOST OUTSTANDING AWARDS

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE — HALL OF FAME: Bruce McAvaney

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
The Newsreader (ABC)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Fires (ABC)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR
Richard Roxburgh (Fires)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE — MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
Anna Torv (The Newsreader)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
Colin Friels (Wakefield)

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE – MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Heather Mitchell (Love Me)

MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT OR COMEDY PROGRAM
Lego Masters Australia (Nine)

MOST OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM
I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! (Ten)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE OR PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT
Brittany Higgins Interview (The Project)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE
Olympic and Paralympics Games Tokyo 2020 (Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Bluey (ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL OR DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM
Incarceration Nation (NITV)

Source: Now To Love

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TV Week Logie Awards: 10 years ago

Comedian Hamish Blake was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 54th annual TV Week Logie Awards. He had polled ahead of Adam Hills, Asher Keddie, Carrie Bickmore, Esther Anderson and Karl Stefanovic — with the short-listed nominees subject to an SMS vote that closed just as the Logies presentation began.

There was also celebration for Blake and his comedy cohort Andy Lee with their program Hamish And Andy’s Gap Year also winning a Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program.

The awards were held on Sunday 14 April 2012 and televised on the Nine Network. Following the usual Red Carpet coverage, Gold Logie nominee Adam Hills was the first presenter on stage at Crown Palladium. Although Hills stressed that he was not hosting the show last night, his opening monologue showed that perhaps he was someone who should have been.

Other presenters on the night included Chrissie Swan, Lincoln Lewis, Rodger Corser, Jacki Weaver, Alison Langdon, Hamish Macdonald, Alex Dimitriades, John Wood, Sigrid Thornton, Rove McManus, Kate Ritchie, Shane Jacobson, Tracy Grimshaw, Kerry O’Brien, Julia Morris, Manu Feildel, Denise Scott, Essie Davis, Stephen Curry, Don Hany, Georgie Parker, Lisa Wilkinson, Karl Stefanovic as well as Blake and Lee.

Kath And Kim stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner, in character as homewares housewives Prue and Trude, were also on stage to present an award.

It was a long night, with Shaun Micallef appearing on screen after midnight to announce Blake as the winner of the Gold Logie.

The Nine Network claimed six Logies on the night, including Underbelly: Razor star Chelsie Preston Crayford winning the Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent,  The Block for Most Popular Reality Program, Nine News’ coverage of the Queensland floods winning Most Outstanding News Coverage and Nine’s coverage of the NRL State Of Origin III winning Most Outstanding Sports Coverage.

Seven’s Packed To The Rafters came away with two Logies – Most Popular Drama and Most Popular Actor (Hugh Sheridan, pictured above with co-star Erik Thomson) – prompting an unusual response from star Rebecca Gibney: “For a show that’s in decline, we’re doing OK.” Seven’s other dramas Winners And Losers and Home And Away both collected the Most Popular New Talent awards for Melissa Bergland and Steve Peacocke (pictured below) respectively.

The long-running Better Homes And Gardens won Most Popular Lifestyle Program.

Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue won again for Most Popular Factual Series, and the network’s coverage of the 2011 AFL Grand Final won Most Popular Sports Program. The network also ‘shared’ a Logie with ABC, with Asher Keddie (pictured below) winning the award for Most Popular Actress for her roles in Ten’s Offspring and ABC’s Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.

ABC took away a number of awards, particularly among the industry-voted categories, for programs including The Slap, My Place, Spicks And Specks and Four Corners. Adam Hills was awarded the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter, following a year that saw Spicks And Specks wind up after seven years and the debut of Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, while Rob Carlton won Most Outstanding Actor for his portrayal of media magnate Kerry Packer in Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.

SBS won the Logie for Most Outstanding Documentary Series for its widely-acclaimed series Go Back To Where You Came From.

There were musical performances from One Direction, Tony Bennett, Flo Rida and The Voice judges Seal and Delta Goodrem.

Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall Of Fame, with tributes from John Paul Young, Red Symons, Delta Goodrem, Dannii Minogue and Michael Gudinski. The former Countdown and Hey Hey It’s Saturday presenter was recovering from severe injuries sustained from a fall just before Christmas and was not able to attend the awards presentation.

Mick Molloy’s moving tribute to actor and former colleague Bill Hunter led the list of those that have passed on in the last year – including Ian Turpie, Vince Lovegrove, Carl Bleazby, Godfrey Philipp, Jon Blake, David Fordham, Sean Flannery, Bob Davis, Michele Fawdon, Googie Withers, Paul Lockyer, Ian Carroll, John Bean, Gary Ticehurst, Rex Mossop and Harold Hopkins.

With the debut of The Voice followed by the four-hour Logies telecast, the Nine Network claimed a massive ratings victory on a night where all three commercial networks rolled out the big guns to kick off the ratings after the Easter break. The Seven Network rivalled Nine’s lineup with the series return of Dancing With The Stars, while Network Ten screened the network premiere of Hollywood blockbuster Avatar.

Public-voted categories:

GOLD LOGIE – Most Popular Personality: Hamish Blake

SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actor: Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actress: Asher Keddie (Offspring/Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Presenter: Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks/Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight)

MOST POPULAR NEW MALE TALENT: Steve Peacocke (Home And Away)
MOST POPULAR NEW FEMALE TALENT: Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers)

MOST POPULAR DRAMA SERIES: Packed To The Rafters
MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year
MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM: Better Homes And Gardens 
MOST POPULAR SPORTS PROGRAM: 2011 AFL Grand Final
MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM: The Block 
MOST POPULAR FACTUAL PROGRAM: Bondi Rescue 

Industry-voted categories:

GOLD LOGIE — Hall Of Fame: Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum

SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actor: Rob Carlton (Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actress: Melissa George (The Slap)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie: The Slap

GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT: Chelsie Preston Crayford (Underbelly: Razor)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE: Queensland Floods, Nine News

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT: “A Bloody Business”, Four Corners

MOST OUTSTANDING LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Spicks And Specks
MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE: State Of Origin III
MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: My Place
MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL PROGRAM: Go Back To Where You Came From

[This is a revision of a post that was published in 2012]

Source: TV Week, 24 March 2012, 14 April 2012, 21 April 2012, 28 April 2012

The 62nd annual TV Week Logie Awards, Sunday 19 June, 7.30pm, Nine/WIN and 9Now.

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TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

Blue Heelers star Lisa McCune won the Gold Logie at the 29th annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The presentation, on Sunday 18 May 1997, was hosted by Daryl Somers and held at Melbourne’s new Crown Entertainment Complex. The venue would go on to host the Logies for the following 20 years.

The Gold Logie was the first for McCune, who had played Maggie Doyle in the popular Seven Network series since it began in 1994. She fought off competition from fellow nominees Daryl Somers, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Blue Heelers co-star John Wood and reigning Gold Logie winner Ray Martin. McCune’s win ended Martin’s four-year Gold Logies winning streak.

McCune also won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress, while colleague Martin Sacks won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

After the presentation, McCune paid tribute to her co-star and fellow Gold nominee Wood. “I kind of feel I owe him this award,” she told TV Week. “He was up for Gold and he has been so fantastic. So have the rest of the cast.”

Blue Heelers also won the Logie for Most Popular Series, while Tasma Walton won Most Popular New Talent.

The Seven Network also had public-voted wins for Full Frontal (Most Popular Comedy Program), Eric Bana (Most Popular Comedy Personality), Better Homes And Gardens (Most Popular Lifestyle-Information Program), Agro’s Cartoon Connection (Most Popular Children’s Program) and its coverage of the 1996 Olympic Games from Atlanta (Most Popular Sports Event).

The Nine Network had wins with Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Most Popular Light Entertainment Program), with host Daryl Somers winning Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality. A Current Affair won Most Popular Public Affairs Program, and The Footy Show (AFL) won Most Popular Sports Program.

Leading the industry-voted categories is the Gold Logie for the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame — awarded to actor Garry McDonald. McDonald was met with a standing ovation when he took to the stage to accept his award. His career dated back to the late 1960s but his first leading role was in the comedy series Snake Gully With Dad And Dave in 1972. This was followed by The Aunty Jack Show, starring as Kid Eager and then as self-confessed TV megastar Norman Gunston. The success of the Norman Gunston character led to The Norman Gunston Show on ABC, which in turn led to a Gold Logie win in 1976 — the first time that the Gold Logie was awarded to a fictional character. Other credits included ABC comedies Flash Nick From Jindavick, Wollongong The Brave and The Of Show.

His next major role was as frustrated Arthur Beare in the ABC comedy Mother And Son that ran for six series over ten years. There were also lead roles in Eggshells and drama series Fallen Angels — both for ABC.

His Hall of Fame award was presented to him by Mother And Son co-star Ruth Cracknell. Given that much of his career revolved around ABC, in his acceptance speech, McDonald lamented brutal cutbacks being made to the broadcaster by the federal government — a concern that still resonates 25 years on.

The Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor was awarded to Water Rats star Colin Friels. “If there was any award I wanted to win, it was this one,” he said in his acceptance speech. “I am touched, honestly, that my peers would give me their nod. It is lovely to be appreciated by other actors.”

Water Rats also won Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama.

Frontline star Alison Whyte was awarded the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress.

ABC also had wins with Somebody Now: Nobody’s Children Seven Years On for Most Outstanding Documentary. The documentary featured journalist David Goldie re-uniting with two of the subjects from his 1989 documentary on youth homelessness, Nobody’s Children, and finding out if their lives have changed in the years since.

ABC News won Most Outstanding Achievement In News for its reporting of the Port Arthur Massacre, in which 35 people were killed and 23 others were wounded.

ABC comedy series Club Buggery, hosted by Roy and HG (John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver), won Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy.

The Nine Network’s Sunday won Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs for its report “The Prisoners Who Waited”.

The Seven Network won Most Outstanding Achievement In Sport for its coverage of Kieren Perkins’ 1500m victory at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.

Performers on the night included Human Nature, and a comedic duet from Don Lane and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush‘s Tim Ferguson. There was also an all-star parody of Riverdance, featuring Daryl Somers, Noni Hazlehurst, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Mike Whitney, Tania Zaetta, Isla Fisher, Pete Smith, Glenn Ridge, Larry Emdur, Geoff Harvey and Humphrey B Bear, choreographed by Logies co-producer David Atkins.

International guests at the awards included Star Trek‘s Patrick Stewart, Daniel Davis (The Nanny), Laura Innes (ER), David James Elliott (JAG), Michael T Weiss (The Pretender) and comedian Ben Elton.

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1997: Public Voting Categories:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality On Australian TV: Lisa McCune

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Martin Sacks (Blue Heelers)
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

Most Popular Series: Blue Heelers

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hey Hey It’s Saturday
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality: Daryl Somers (Hey Hey It’s Saturday)

Most Popular Comedy Program: Full Frontal 
Most Popular Comedy Personality: Eric Bana (Full Frontal)

Most Popular Public Affairs Program: A Current Affair
Most Popular Lifestyle-Information Program: Better Homes And Gardens
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (AFL)
Most Popular Sports Event: 1996 Olympic Games
Most Popular Children’s Program: Agro’s Cartoon Connection
Most Popular New Talent: Tasma Walton (Blue Heelers)

TV Week Logie Award Winners 1997: Industry Voted Categories:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Garry McDonald

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Colin Friels (Water Rats)
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Alison Whyte (Frontline)

Most Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Water Rats
Most Outstanding Documentary: Somebody Now — Nobody’s Children Seven Years On
Most Outstanding Achievement In News: Port Arthur Massacre, ABC News
Most Outstanding Achievement In Public Affairs: “The Prisoners Who Waited”, Sunday
Most Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Club Buggery
Most Outstanding Achievement In Sport: Kieren Perkins’ 1500m Victory, 1996 Olympic Games

Source: TV Week, 17 May 1997, 24 May 1997.

The 62nd annual TV Week Logie Awards, Sunday 19 June, 7.30pm, Nine/WIN and 9Now.

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Obituary: Tommy Dysart

Actor Tommy Dysart, best known from Prisoner and the Yellow Pages “Goggomobil” commercials, has died at the age of 86.

One of the first students enrolled at the National Institute Of Dramatic Art (NIDA) when it opened in 1959, Dysart’s acting career began in theatre.

Come Midnight Monday

He soon made his television debut with a guest role in Consider Your Verdict. This began a long list of television credits, mostly in guest roles, including Moby Dick – Rehearsed, The Stranger, Skippy, Division 4, The Rovers, Phoenix 5, Matlock Police, Homicide, Silent Number, Ben Hall, Luke’s Kingdom, Against The Wind, Skyways, The Sullivans, Water Under The Bridge, The Last Outlaw, Cop Shop, Women Of The Sun, Come Midnight Monday, The Flying Doctors, All Together Now, The Late Show, Chances, Round The Twist, Blue Heelers, Pizza, Something In The Air and Neighbours.

Homicide: Tommy Dysart with Maggie Millar

One of his most familiar TV roles was as corrupt prison officer Jock Stewart (pictured) in Prisoner, before he gained a cult following from playing the part of a frustrated Goggomobil owner in a Yellow Pages commercial.

He also had prominent commercial roles in spots for Don Smallgoods and became a brand ambassador for Shannons Car Insurance.

Tommy Dysart is survived by his wife of over 50 years, fellow performer Joan Brockenshire, who also appeared in the Yellow Pages commercial, and son Kole.


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Source: Shannons, Prisoner Cell Block H Wiki, BGM Agency, IMDB. TV Times, 19 July 1975. TV Week, 6 March 1982.

 

 

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ABC celebrates 90 years

ABC has announced the special shows that will commemorate its upcoming 90th anniversary.

ABC 90 Celebrate!
A live two-hour special celebrating ABC’s 90th anniversary. HostsCraig Reucassel, Zan Rowe and Tony Armstrong (pictured) will lead a night filled with festivities, entertainment, and fun. With cast reunions, special guests, and performances from some of Australia’s biggest acts, it is set to be an incredible night. Thursday 30 June, 8.00pm.

The ABC Of…. 
A six-part interview series, hosted by actor David Wenham, in which a range of prominent Australians, icons of one field or more, revisit their pasts through moments drawn from the vast ABC Archives. Guests include Ita Buttrose, Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Garry McDonald, Wil Anderson, John Howard and Sarah Ferguson. Tuesday 28 June, 8.00pm.

Looking Black
High profile First Nations Australians including Deborah Mailman, Leah Purcell, Bjorn Stewart, Miriam Corowa and Nakkiah Lui, reflect and examine ABC’s history of Indigenous programming. Tuesday 5 July 5, 8.30pm.

ABC Chair Ita Buttrose, AC OBE, said: “For 90 years the ABC has been a vibrant and crucial part of the Australian way of life. We are not just celebrating 90 years since our first broadcast, but 90 years serving the people of Australia as their national broadcaster.

“This is an opportunity for Australians everywhere to celebrate an institution they rely on and love.”

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, as it was originally known, was inaugurated on 1 July 1932, nationalising control of 12 existing stations: 2FC and 2BL in Sydney, 3AR and 3LO in Melbourne, 4QG in Brisbane, 5CL in Adelaide, 6WF in Perth, 7ZL in Hobart and regional stations 2NC Newcastle, 2CO Corowa, 4RK Rockhampton and 5CK Crystal Brook.

ABC MILESTONES

  • 1932 ABC inaugurated with 12 radio stations.
  • 1936 Studio orchestras and subscription concerts begin in all states.
  • 1937 Radio network increases to 20 stations.
  • 1938 ABC radio (2CY) begins in Canberra.
  • 1939 Overseas shortwave radio service begins.
  • 1947 ABC radio (5DR, later 8DR) begins in Darwin. 
  • 1947 Experiments in FM radio begin.
  • 1949 Blue Hills (1949-1976)
  • 1954 ABC is appointed to operate the planned national television service.
  • 1956 ABC TV begins in Sydney and Melbourne.

Olympic Games

  • 1956 The Melbourne Olympic Games are covered by ABC radio and television.
  • 1958 ABC launches TV News magazine (later TV News-Times and then TV Times in partnership with Australian Consolidated Press)
  • 1959 Six O’Clock Rock (1959-62)
  • 1959 ABC TV begins in Brisbane.
  • 1960 ABC TV begins in Hobart, Perth and Adelaide.

  • 1961 Four Corners begins.
  • 1962 ABC TV begins in Canberra.
  • 1962 ABC covers the Commonwealth Games from Perth.
  • 1963 ABC TV begins roll-out to regional areas.
  • 1965 The Lissajous curve logo for ABC is unveiled.

Play School

  • 1966 Play School begins.
  • 1966 From London By Satellite, a short ten-minute presentation, is the first live television connection between the United Kingdom and Australia.

Bellbird

  • 1967 This Day Tonight (1967-78) and Bellbird (1967-77) .
  • 1967 ABC hosts Expo 67 satellite broadcast from Canada and is the Australian broadcaster for the global television event Our World.
  • 1969 The Apollo 11 moon landing broadcast live.
  • 1970 Project Australia marks the opening of the microwave system linking Western Australia with the eastern states.
  • 1971 ABC TV begins in Darwin.
  • 1972 The Aunty Jack Show (1972-73)
  • 1973 ABC TV is host broadcaster of the official opening of the Sydney Opera House.
  • 1974 Rush (1974, 1976)
  • 1974 Test transmissions in colour commence.

Countdown

  • 1974 Countdown (1974-87)
  • 1975 Radio 2JJ begins in Sydney.
  • 1975 C-Day marks the full-scale switch to colour transmission.

  • 1975 The Norman Gunston Show (1975-76)
  • 1976 ABC FM begins in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra.
  • 1976 ABC, Seven and Nine cover the Olympic Games via satellite from Montreal.
  • 1979-80 ABC broadcasts test programs for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).
  • 1980 ABC TV begins remote outback service via Intelsat satellite.
  • 1980 ABC sells its share of TV Times to Australian Consolidated Press.
  • 1980 2JJ switches to FM and becomes 2JJJ.
  • 1982 ABC celebrates its 50th anniversary with special programs across ABC radio and television.
  • 1982 ABC covers the Brisbane Commonwealth Games.
  • 1983 The Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act passed. On 1 July, ABC becomes the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • 1984 Mother And Son (1984-94)
  • 1985 ABC is the host Australian broadcaster for the global Live Aid event.

  • 1986 AUSSAT domestic satellite service inaugurated with ABC radio and television services.
  • 1986 The 7.30 Report (now 7.30) begins.

  • 1987 Rage begins.
  • 1988 ABC, Nine and SBS jointly produce Australia Live.
  • 1988 Parliament Broadcasting radio network (now ABC News radio) begins.
  • 1989 2JJJ begins national expansion as Triple J.
  • 1989 GP (1989-96).

Brides Of Christ

  • 1991 Mini-series Brides Of Christ attracts record ratings.
  • 1992 The Late Show (1992-93)
  • 1993 ABC TV begins 24/7 transmission.
  • 1993 ABC launches Australia Television International.
  • 1994 ABC TV covers the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the first time.
  • 1994 Frontline (1994-97).
  • 1995 ABC Online begins.
  • 1998 Seachange (1998-2000).
  • 1999 ABC is the host Australian broadcaster for the global telecast 2000 Today.
  • 2001 Digital television begins. ABC launches new channels FLY and ABC Kids.

Kath And Kim

  • 2002 Kath And Kim (2002-2005)
  • 2005 Digital channel ABC2 (now ABC TV Plus) begins.
  • 2006 ABC TV celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • 2008 ABC iView begins.
  • 2008 ABC News Breakfast begins.
  • 2009 Digital channel ABC3 (now ABC ME) begins.
  • 2010 ABC News channel begins.
  • 2010-2013 Analogue television signals switched off across Australia.
  • 2018 Bluey begins.
  • 2019 Ita Buttrose appointed chair of ABC.

Bluey

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