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1978: August 19-25

Gil is an actor by accidentIn the Seven Network‘s police drama Cop Shop, Gil Tucker (pictured, with co-star Paula Duncan) has taken on one of TV’s biggest challenges – character comedy – but the thirty-year-old admits that he only got into acting by accident. It was only after a near-fatal fall from a sportscar that …

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1978: August 12-18

Diana: The inventors’ dynamoA Sydney radio presenter famously dubbed her “Bubbles”, and for Diana Fisher of ABC‘s The Inventors, the nickname rings true – particularly given her belief in the restorative powers of champagne to cure anything from jet lag to a broken heart. But don’t be fooled by her effusive and happy manner, her …

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1978: August 5-11

Cover: The Love Boat Tasmania’s holocaustThe Australian-made film The Last Tasmanians, which has already aired in Britain and been sold to other countries, is to be shown on Australian TV later in the year. The 90-minute movie tells of the extermination of Tasmanian Aboriginals in the late nineteenth century, and received rave reviews when shown …

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1978: July 29-August 4

Cover: Mike Walsh nominates his ten all-time favourite films. Among the list are The Sound Of Music, Cleopatra, Singin’ In The Rain, The Getting Of Wisdom and Gone With The Wind. Dramatic ABC switchABC has announced a dramatic change to its prime-time line-up with plans to schedule drama and comedy programs in the 7.30pm timeslot, …

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Happy Birthday, Bert!

There’s not many people that can claim to have been featured on This Is Your Life three times, but Bert Newton achieves that with this week’s tribute special to coincide with his 70th birthday – following from his first appearance in the 1970s version hosted by Roger Climpson, and his second which followed twenty years …

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1978: July 22-28

Cover: Paul Michael Glasner (Starsky And Hutch) ‘Mystery’ men in pop song festival As TV Times went to press, the 0-10 Network was still to determine which songs or performers will appear on the seventh annual Australia Popular Song Festival which takes place at the end of the week. More than 2000 entries had been …

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1978: July 15-21

Let ‘er RIP!After forty episodes over five years, Paul Hogan (pictured) has decided it was time to let his classic ocker ‘Hoges’ – his trademark football jersey, shorts and boots – lay to rest. Now, the emphasis on The Paul Hogan Show will be on the caricatures based on either real-life figures, such as Don …

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1978: July 8-14

Cover: John Travolta ‘Clean-up’ TV rebel on the warpathMary Whitehouse, the English self-styled guardian of all public morality, is about to embark on a four-week tour of Australia and New Zealand to point out the dangers that TV poses to civilisation. Some of the shows on Ms Whitehouse’s radar include Are You Being Served? with …

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1978: July 1-7

Cover: The Bee Gees Meldrum’s TV hit at heroin Heroin addiction has claimed the lives of four of his friends, so Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum has decided to use his profile as a national TV presenter to do something about it. The Countdown host has been given the go-ahead by ABC to produce a documentary to …

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1978: June 24-30

Cover: Ugly Dave hits backBlankety Blanks panelist Ugly Dave Gray (pictured) answers his critics that say his jokes on the popular game show are too smutty. “I’m not saying we’re perfect, we do get a bit naughty at times, but it’s harmless. We don’t try to shock or offend people,” he tells TV Times. “I …

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