Tag: The Sullivans

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: Dinah Shearing

Dinah Shearing, veteran actress from Australian film, stage, radio and television, has died peacefully at the age of 95. Born in Sydney to English parents while they were visiting Australia, Shearing was twelve before she was to return with her family to settle in Sydney. Despite an early interest in art and working as a …

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Matlock Police: TV’s country cops

  With the disappointment of The Long Arm behind it, in 1971, Melbourne’s ATV0 continued to pursue options for a police drama to rival Homicide and Division 4. While The Long Arm was produced in-house, the station reached out to Crawford Productions — producers of Homicide and Division 4 — to develop a police drama …

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30 years since Chances

In the decade following the end of The Sullivans and The Young Doctors, the Nine Network had little success in establishing a successful serial drama. The TV graveyard of the 1980s and early ’90s is littered with Nine’s drama corpses — Starting Out, Kings, Possession, Prime Time, Taurus Rising, All The Way, Family And Friends. …

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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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