Tag: Matlock Police

1979: April 7-13

The Prisoner Files So who’s who on both sides of the bars at Wentworth Detention Centre?  TV Times presents a special guide to the prisoners and officers in the new 0-10 Network series. Karen Travers (Peita Toppano): Deeply religious, Travers is convicted for the murder of her brutal husband.  Sentenced to life behind bars.  Peita …

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1979: March 10-16

Instant stardom, and how they handle it With TV soap operas turning young, unknown actors into national celebrities overnight, it is easy for these young stars to let their newfound fame get to their head.   But some of these young actors – including The Restless Years‘ Victoria Nicolls, Julieanne Newbould and Michael Smith (pictured) – …

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Frank Gallacher

Frank Gallacher, accomplished film, theatre and television actor, has died in Melbourne at the age of 65. Born in Scotland, Gallacher (prounounced Gal-uck-er) came to Australia as a 19-year-old schoolteacher in 1963.  His teaching career then took him to New Guinea for three years but on his return to Australia decided to quit teaching and …

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Ernie Bourne

Veteran performer Ernie Bourne has died in Melbourne at the age of 82. With a career dating back to the earliest days of Australian television, English-born Bourne appeared in early productions such as the courtroom drama Consider Your Verdict and the situation comedy Hey You! (pictured) Bourne also starred in the popular ’60s children’s series …

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Michael Pate

Veteran Australian actor Michael Pate, best known for his role in the long-running series Matlock Police, has died in hospital in NSW at the age of 88. Born in Sydney in 1920, Pate began his career as a writer and broadcaster for ABC Radio at age 18. He later moved into acting in radio productions …

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1978: June 3-9

Sonny’s rocky road to stardomSonny Blake (pictured, with Zoe Bertram) was on the verge of becoming a professional boxer until a change in direction saw the 19-year-old cast in the 0-10 Network series The Restless Years. A self-confessed film buff, Blake boasts a collection of classic films on videotape and a large part of his …

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Lucky Grills

Making news this weekend was the passing of veteran actor and performer Lucky Grills who died early on Saturday morning at his Gold Coast home. He was 79. Grills’ most famous role came in 1976 as the unlikely detective Bluey Hills in the Melbourne-based police drama Bluey. The series had only a short run but …

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