Tag: Prisoner

New doco to explore our LGBTQ TV journey

It is fair to say that Australian television has had a progressive approach to queer representation, dating back to 1970s serials Number 96, The Box and later Prisoner, when other countries were still barely touching on the subject. While the AIDS crisis in the 1980s led to a regression in this representation, things started to …

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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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TV names in Australia Day Honours

The Australia Day 2022 Honours List recognises 1040 Australians for their achievements in various fields including community service, science and research, industry, sport and the arts. Some of this year’s recipients with connections, past or present, to television: OFFICER (AO) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Dylan Alcott OAM — “For distinguished …

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Sons And Daughters at 40

Barely two months after launching A Country Practice, the Seven Network had another soap, Sons And Daughters, ready to launch ahead of the start of the 1982 ratings season. The critics predictably slammed it, but Sons And Daughters was destined for success, having been created by Reg Watson, who’d also created hits like The Young …

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Melbourne Cup 1981

It was all smiles at Flemington Racecourse in 1981 as Holiday Island star Gaynor Martin is pictured with champion jockey Roy Higgins in the lead up to the 121st running of the Melbourne Cup. Despite all the smiles from the Holiday Island crew — including fellow co-stars Steven Grives and Nick Tate, pictured with Martin …

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Obituary: Wynn Roberts

Actor Wynn Roberts, known from series including Prisoner, Neighbours and Law Of The Land, has died at his NSW home. He was 97. A prominent actor in Melbourne’s theatre and radio scene and sometimes credited as Wyn Roberts, he appeared in many early TV plays, including Symphonie Pastorale, Heart Attack, Uncle Martino, Macbeth (in 1960 …

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BBC celebrates Neighbours milestone

As Neighbours approaches its 35th anniversary on British television, BBC Radio 2 earlier this week hosted a three-hour tribute to the soap that at its peak was watched by over 20 million British viewers. The Brits were familiar with Aussie soaps, with earlier titles like The Young Doctors, The Sullivans, Sons And Daughters, A Country …

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Obituary: Reg Gorman

Reg Gorman, the actor best known as Jack Fletcher, the barman in The Sullivans, has died a few days after his 89th birthday. The actor had been battling cancer. His granddaughter, actress Olivia Deeble, posted the news to social media on Thursday. With a background in theatre and vaudeville, Gorman made guest appearances in early …

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Obituary: Mary Ward

Actress Mary Ward, best known as Jeanette “Mum” Brooks in Prisoner, has died peacefully in a nursing home at the age of 106. Born in Western Australia in 1915, she went to the United Kingdom in the 1930s to pursue a successful acting career. She had just signed a long term contract to work at …

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Lorrae Desmond in Australia Day Honours

Actress and performer Lorrae Desmond has been awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List. Her honour is in recognition of “significant service to the performing arts as an actor, entertainer and singer”. Desmond, who was awarded a Member of the Order of …

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