Tag: Number 96

Obituary: Ronne Arnold

Ronne Arnold, dancer, choreographer and actor, has died in Sydney. Born in the US in the late 1930s (“it could be 1938 or 1939,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2013), he came to Australia in 1960 to star in the stage production of West Side Story. What began as an intended six-month stay …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2020/02/obituary-ronne-arnold.html

TV names in Australia Day Honours List

Nine Network newsreader Peter Overton (pictured), veteran performer Noeline Brown, transgender actor and activist Georgie Stone and TV presenter Johanna Griggs are among television identities to feature in this year’s Australia Day Honours List: Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO): Ian Healy (AO) — “For distinguished service to cricket at …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2020/01/tv-names-in-australia-day-honours-list.html

Arcade: Going from hero to zero

By the turn of the ’80s it was the unofficial benchmark for each commercial network to have two successful soapie dramas in the schedule. Seven had Cop Shop and Skyways, and Nine had The Sullivans and The Young Doctors. The then 0-10 Network had the popular Prisoner and teen drama The Restless Years. For some reason, …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2020/01/arcade-going-from-hero-to-zero.html

Classic TV Guides: Pardon, Miss Westcott

Pardon, Miss Westcott! was billed as Australia’s first locally-written musical production for television. Pardon, Miss Westcott was set in the Rum Rebellion days of the early 1800s and told the story of Elizabeth Westcott, the daughter of an English inn-keeper deported to Sydney for a trivial crime. Playing the lead role was Wendy Blacklock, who …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2019/12/classic-tv-guides-pardon-miss-westcott.html

Obituary: Patrick Ward

Actor Patrick Ward, star of various Australian films and television series, has died at the age of 69. He left school in Sydney at the age of 14 and at the age of 16 began as a dancer before joining the Independent Theatre in Sydney and trained as an actor. He starred as lawyer Mike …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2019/10/obituary-patrick-ward.html

Seven’s battle for high noon

In the 1980s one of the Nine Network‘s many strengths was its early afternoons. The Mike Walsh Show, which became Midday with Ray Martin, followed by US soaps Days Of Our Lives and The Young And The Restless constantly beat anything thrown at them by rival commercial networks Seven and Ten. When Christopher Skase took …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2019/03/sevens-battle-for-high-noon.html

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 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2019/02/obituary-carmen-duncan.html

Obituary: Judy McBurney

Judy McBurney, best known for roles in The Young Doctors and Prisoner, has died at the age of 70 after a four-year battle with cancer. With an early career in modelling, she moved into acting with appearances in Catwalk, Barrier Reef, Seven Little Australians, Behind The Legend, The Box, Homicide, Bluey and Bellbird. In 1973 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2018/12/obituary-judy-mcburney.html

From 96 to Neighbours, TV’s long walk to marriage equality

This week Neighbours (6.30pm weeknights, Eleven) makes Australian television history with its first same-sex wedding. Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson) and David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) will be wed by celebrant Jemima Davies-Smythe, played by Magda Szubanski. Actor, comedian and writer Szubanski was a prominent spokesperson in the marriage equality campaign which culminated in same sex marriage becoming legal in Australia …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2018/09/from-96-to-neighbours-tvs-long-walk-to-marriage-equality.html

Classic TV Guides: Hinch chases Skase

Christopher Skase was the Melbourne journalist turned corporate high flyer in the 1980s. His billion dollar corporation was built around lavish hotel resorts and a growing media empire. His purchase of the east coast Seven Network stations in 1987 suddenly elevated him to one of the most powerful media men in the country and he …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://televisionau.com/2018/04/classic-tv-guides-hinch-chases-skase.html