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1996: March 2-8

Cover: Melissa George (Home And Away) ‘I was crying every night’ Joining the cast of Neighbours was meant to be a dream come true for Brisbane actress Emma Harrison. Instead, she became desperately homesick and struggled with the pressure of the high profile publicity that comes with being in the long-running soap. “For six months …

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1996: February 24-March 1

Brits ban ‘greedy’ Aussie soap stars Magazine titles in the United Kingdom are banning Australian soap stars from their pages in protest at the large sums being asked for interviews and photo shoots. The editors of the magazines have written to the actors’ agents, complaining that some of the asking prices — some as high …

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1996: February 17-23

Cover: Teri Hatcher (Lois And Clark The New Adventures Of Superman) What’s Up Doc? signs Steven Just Kidding co-host Steven Jacobs has signed on as the new host of Nine‘s cartoon show What’s Up Doc? Jacobs replaces previous host Catriona Rowntree, who is now working on Nine’s Getaway program. What’s Up Doc? now moves from …

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1996: February 10-16

Cover: Kristy Wright, Shane Ammann (Home And Away) ‘Jana Show’ takes shape Details are starting to emerge about the new current affairs program the Seven Network is planning for its new star, Jana Wendt. Wendt, who moved from Nine‘s 60 Minutes for a reported $2 million-a-year deal with Seven, is set to front a 60 …

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1996: February 3-9

Cover: Nicole Kidman The gang of four 60 Minutes producer John Westacott insists that, despite Jana Wendt leaving the program to join the Seven Network, “We’re still the winning team!” Westacott concedes that losing Wendt is disappointing but still has full confidence in his team of reporters — Tracey Curro, Richard Carleton, Charles Wooley and …

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1996: January 27-February 2

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) …

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1996: January 20-26

Ramsay Street revamp! Neighbours returns to screens this week for its 11th year, and it does so with a fresh look, including new opening titles, in a bid to boost its image. “The great thing about Neighbours is that it’s constantly responding to change,” cast member Richard Grieve (pictured) told TV Week. “Just as Neighbours …

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1996: January 13-19

Battered, bruised and burnt! Blue Heelers‘ Lisa McCune and Fire newcomer Tottie Goldsmith (pictured) are finding out the hard way about the physical demands of their jobs. McCune, referring to filming a dramatic two-part episode to go to air next month, told TV Week: “I had bruises all over my hips after shooting on Blue Heelers …

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1996: January 6-12

TV Turns 40: Bert looks back Australian TV turns 40 years old in 1996. Bert Newton — who has been involved with TV almost since the beginning — looks back at those early days: “In the major cities in 1956 — TV didn’t come to rural Australia until much later, of course — I remember …

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