Tag: The Sullivans

Happy New Year from The Sullivans

Happy New Year and a handy 1978 calendar from The Sullivans — Grace (Lorraine Bayly), Dave (Paul Cronin), Harry (Michael Caton) and Rose (Maggie Dence). Sadly, as well as World War II still playing out, it would not be a happy year at home for the family, with Rose tragically drowning during a New Year’s …

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Obituary: Joy Westmore

Actress Joy Westmore, best known as Officer Barry in Prisoner, has died at the age of 88. Born Joy Grisold, she was a winner on an early radio talent quest and began reading commercials on Melbourne radio station 3UZ while also working in the office at the station. She went on to the theatre, including …

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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: Paul Cronin

Actor Paul Cronin, best known as family patriarch Dave Sullivan in The Sullivans, has died at the age of 81. Born in South Australia, Cronin’s early career was in engineering and was far removed from showbusiness. He eventually enrolled at a drama school in Adelaide and performed in the local amateur theatre company. It was …

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Obituary: Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey, the composer who wrote the soundtrack to some of Australia’s most popular shows, has died at the age of 83. Born in the United Kingdom he came to Australia after World War II and produced records for EMI. He joined Sydney’s TCN9 in the early 1960s. He worked on variety shows like Bandstand, …

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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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Obituary: Darius Perkins

Darius Perkins, best known as the original actor to play Scott Robinson in Neighbours, died last week from cancer at the age of 54. Making his TV debut in a commercial, Perkins then made guest appearances in The Sullivans, All The Green Years and Carson’s Law. His performance in the mini-series All The Rivers Run won …

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Obituary: Terry McDermott

Actor Terry McDermott, one of the founding cast members of the long-running series Homicide, has died at the age of 91. He featured in early TV dramas including The Adventures of Long John Silver, Whiplash and Consider Your Verdict. He appeared in the pilot episode of Crawford Productions‘ proposed series Homicide. A year had passed …

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Paradise Beach, where sand gets in the soap

The Eighties and Nineties sure brought some soapie clunkers to the otherwise top-rating Nine Network. After the demise of former hit series The Young Doctors and The Sullivans, each year brought the promise of a new arrival that would, inevitably, die a ratings death and play out its remaining episodes in the summer non-ratings period. …

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