Tag: The Power The Passion

Seven’s Motel promised daytime sizzle

The Seven Network‘s bold — and third — attempt to produce a daytime soap opera was met with comparisons to popular overseas dramas Peyton Place and Coronation Street. With a generous budget and a cast list of 16, Motel was a serious attempt to crack the daytime market as an alternative to cheaper game and chat …

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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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Obituary: Oscar Whitbread

Oscar Whitbread, former television producer, died earlier this week at the age of 86. Whitbread first joined ABV2 in Melbourne in January 1957, just months after it first commenced transmission. His early years at ABV were predominantly focused on producing documentary and variety programs — in particular, the long-running magazine program Panorama, hosted by popular presenter Corinne Kerby, …

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1993: April 11-17

Cover: Jo Bailey (Sale Of The Century) A Country Get-Together Around 150 past and present cast members of A Country Practice gathered at a Sydney harbourside restaurant to celebrate the series’ 1000th episode.  The show’s creator and producer James Davern said that even after 1000 episodes there is still plenty of life in the series. …

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Obituary: Alan Bateman

Alan Bateman, the creator of long-running drama series Home And Away, has died after a battle with cancer. Bateman’s early television career was as a technician, working at Perth channels ABW2 and TVW7 in the early 1960s, before moving up the ranks to become a producer and executive at ABC and later the Seven and Nine …

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1992: May 3-9

Rebecca does a double take! Being an aunt several times over – with 14 nieces and nephews – All Together Now star Rebecca Gibney (pictured) is no stranger to crying babies, which makes her well equipped for this week’s storyline which sees her character Tracy offering to babysit a pair of five-month-old twins.  But Gibney, …

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1990: May 5-11

Love is on the air! The frustrated relationship between nurse Lucy Gardiner (Georgie Parker) and Wandin Valley vet Matt Tyler (John Tarrant) takes a new turn when, in episodes to air this week, Tyler decides to propose marriage when presenting his “Valley Vet” radio show.  But, despite the engagement, marriage for the pair (pictured) is …

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1990: January 20-26

Matt goes in to bat for the street kids A Country Practice star Matt Day (pictured) is fed up with the media focusing on sensationalist issues surrounding street kids and homeless youth, such as prostitution and drug abuse, while ignoring possible solutions.  “The media should be dealing with issues that cover getting housing for these …

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YouTube: The Two-Way Mirror

Reg Watson of the Reg Grundy Organisation was responsible for penning the scripts for some of the most popular and successful soaps on Australian TV – The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Sons And Daughters, Neighbours, to name a few – but here is one that he was perhaps less likely to add to his CV and, …

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