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Obituary: John Hamblin

John Hamblin, actor and long-time presenter on Play School, has died at the age of 87. Born in England, Hamblin had made some early acting appearances on British television and was a “ten pound pom” when he came to Australia in the 1960s. His first Australian TV appearance was a guest role in the adventure …

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Obituary: Tommy Dysart

Actor Tommy Dysart, best known from Prisoner and the Yellow Pages “Goggomobil” commercials, has died at the age of 86. One of the first students enrolled at the National Institute Of Dramatic Art (NIDA) when it opened in 1959, Dysart’s acting career began in theatre. He soon made his television debut with a guest role …

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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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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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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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Classic TV Guides: Homicide Squad

  In May 1981, the Seven Network and Crawford Productions had announced plans to produce a new Sydney-based crime drama, The Squad, with a telemovie pilot soon to go into production. It was heralded as the first Sydney-based series from the Melbourne-based Crawford empire, which had several successful cop dramas under its belt by this …

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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 …

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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, …

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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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