Tag: Alvin Purple

The Box at 50

By 1973, Melbourne-based Crawford Productions was at its peak, with long-running police dramas Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police and a new series, Ryan, all in production. But television drama was going through a generational change in the 1970s — police and crime shows were falling towards the outer while Number 96, launched in 1972, …

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On This Day — 7 February

7 February 1976: Gerard Kennedy (Tandarra) 7 February 1976: Graeme Blundell (Alvin Purple) 7 February 1981: Mike Walsh (The Mike Walsh Show) 7 February 1987: Sigrid Thornton (The Far Country, Great Expectations — The Untold Story) 7 February 2004: Simmone Jade Mackinnon and Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) 7 February 2009: Jessica Tovey and Todd Lasance …

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On This Day — 18 September

18 September 1971: Norman Yemm, George Mallaby, Alwyn Kurts, Leonard Teale (Homicide) 18 September 1976: Jacki Weaver and Graeme Blundell (Alvin Purple) 18 September 1999: Kimberley Cooper, Kylie Watson, Rebecca Cartwright (Home And Away) 18 September 2004: Australian Idol 18 September 2010: Christian Clark and Emily Symons (Home And Away) 18 September 1990: Seven and …

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The Wicked City: ill-fated 1880s drama

In 1971, the Seven Network had bold plans for a new “provocative and bawdy” series set in Melbourne in the 1880s. The network had a proposal titled Man Of Property, starring Robin Ramsay, formerly of Bellbird, in the lead role of a strait-laced English doctor living in Melbourne at the end of the gold rush …

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On This Day — 11 September

11 September 1971: Terence Donovan (Division 4) and Sue Donovan (Matlock Police) 11 September 1971: Ted Hamilton (Division 4) 11 September 1976: Graeme Blundell (Alvin Purple) 11 September 1976: Jon English (Number 96) 11 September 1993: Dieter Brummer and Melissa George (Home And Away) 11 September 1999: Sigrid Thornton (Seachange) 11 September 2004: Wil Traval …

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On This Day — 13 August

13 August 1977: Don Lane (The Don Lane Show) 13 August 1994: Nicole Kidman 13 August 2005: Big Brother 13 August 1971: Television finally comes to the Northern Territory as ABC officially opens ABD6 in Darwin. YouTube: ABC News (Australia) 13 August 1976: The sex-comedy series Alvin Purple, based on the earlier successful film of …

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Obituary: Alan Hopgood

Alan Hopgood, veteran actor and playwright, has died from cancer at the age of 87. Born in Tasmania, Hopgood made his TV acting debut in 1957, starring in the ABC play Sound Of Thunder. He went on to appear in a number of one-off plays for television including Tragedy In A Temporary Town, Antony And …

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Prisoner stars before Prisoner

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the debut of Prisoner. Most of the actors from the series had come from established acting backgrounds, though for many it was Prisoner that made them household (and even international) names even though they were not necessarily strangers to television. So what were some of the Prisoner cast …

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Classic TV Guides: Burst Of Summer

“How does a beautiful aboriginal girl pick up the dreary threads of her normal life after a brief but heady taste of glory as a film star?” Such was the premise of Oriel Gray‘s play Burst Of Summer, as described in TV Times magazine in 1961. Burst Of Summer told the story of singer Peggy …

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40 years since The Box, Class Of ’74

Forty years ago there was a turning point for two of Australia’s most prolific television producers — Reg Grundy and Hector Crawford. Grundy (pictured), a former radio announcer, had built his TV production empire largely on game and panel shows — many being local adaptations of formats developed overseas. It was a successful strategy but …

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