Tag: Division 4

50th anniversary of Division 4

Division 4 was one of the trifecta of police dramas from Crawford Productions that came to define Australian television drama in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The series was born after Crawfords and the Nine Network were in a conundrum over what to do with its popular spy drama, Hunter. The show’s lead actor …

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Obituary: Carmen Duncan

Australian film and television actress Carmen Duncan has died at the age of 76. The actress died in hospital in Sydney on Sunday afternoon. Duncan first came to fame in the late 1960s appearing on dramas including The Battlers, You Can’t See Round Corners, Delta and Hunter. She went on to play the part of …

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Magda Szubanski in Australia Day Honours

Writer, comedian, actress and activist Magda Szubanski is among the hundreds to be honoured this Australia Day. Szubanski has been awarded Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) “For distinguished service to the performing arts as an actor, comedian and writer, and as a campaigner for marriage equality.” Szubanski started in the comedy series The …

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Obituary: Terry McDermott

Actor Terry McDermott, one of the founding cast members of the long-running series Homicide, has died at the age of 91. He featured in early TV dramas including The Adventures of Long John Silver, Whiplash and Consider Your Verdict. He appeared in the pilot episode of Crawford Productions‘ proposed series Homicide. A year had passed …

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Obituary: Cornelia Frances

Cornelia Frances, actress from many Australian dramas, has died at the age of 77. English born and educated at a Catholic convent in Surrey, Frances’ earliest performances were limited to annual Nativity plays. From the convent she went to drama school in London and scored some minor movie roles. She then followed her boyfriend (later …

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Obituary: Moya O’Sullivan

Moya O’Sullivan, star of stage, film and television, has died in Sydney. A stage actor in the 1950s, O’Sullivan made the move to television in its very early days, appearing on televised plays, commercials and in early serials like The Story Of Peter Gray.  YouTube: Conniptions886 She starred in the historical drama Jonah before …

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Obituary: Alan Cassell

Alan Cassell, actor on Australian stage, film and television, died last week at the age of 85. Born in the United Kingdom, his acting career began in Western Australia. His work was mainly as a stage actor but he did have a lead role in a locally-produced series, The Drifter — one of the few …

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The short saga of Hotel Story

YouTube: Conniptions886 By the end of 1976, the 0-10 Network‘s former flagship dramas Number 96 and The Box were coming to the end of their reign. Number 96 producer Bill Harmon hoped to fill the inevitable gap that was to come with a string of spin-off projects featuring key members of the Number 96 cast. …

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Hunter: Australian TV’s James Bond

YouTube: Conniptions886 Fifty years ago saw the debut of the Nine Network‘s new spy drama, Hunter. Produced by Crawford Productions, Hunter‘s first episode aired on GTV9, Melbourne, on 5 July 1967 — with sister station TCN9, Sydney, following suit the next night. However, given the vagarities of Australian network programming at that time, the series …

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Obituary: Lyn James

Lyn James, best known to Australians as hospital secretary Helen Gordon in The Young Doctors, has died at the age of 87. Born in Wales, James made her professional debut in 1949 as Marilyn James, working as a theatre actor in the UK, and then moving onto television roles. Some of her television credits included Nicholas …

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