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A Country Practice headed for a re-boot?

Media gossip today suggesting that the classic 80s and 90s soap A Country Practice could be coming back. Reports indicate that production company Fremantle has bought the rights to the series that ran for over a decade on the Seven Network and also had a brief reprisal on Ten. Fremantle has of course had success …

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The 1970s Price Is Right

In the history of Australian television very few game shows have generated as much enthusiasm from contestants and studio audiences as The Price Is Right. The Price Is Right was not a new format to Australia in the 1970s. There had been earlier versions in the 1950s and 1960s, but the 1973 revision marked a …

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From 96 to Neighbours, TV’s long walk to marriage equality

This week Neighbours (6.30pm weeknights, Eleven) makes Australian television history with its first same-sex wedding. Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson) and David Tanaka (Takaya Honda) will be wed by celebrant Jemima Davies-Smythe, played by Magda Szubanski. Actor, comedian and writer Szubanski was a prominent spokesperson in the marriage equality campaign which culminated in same sex marriage becoming legal in Australia …

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TV Week Logie Awards: 25 years ago

The Nine Network‘s Midday host Ray Martin won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 35th annual TV Week Logie Awards. The awards were held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt Hotel on 19 March 1993 and telecast on Network Ten. For Martin (pictured on TV Week‘s front cover with Silver Logie …

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Obituary: Cornelia Frances

Cornelia Frances, actress from many Australian dramas, has died at the age of 77. English born and educated at a Catholic convent in Surrey, Frances’ earliest performances were limited to annual Nativity plays. From the convent she went to drama school in London and scored some minor movie roles. She then followed her boyfriend (later …

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Obituary: Judith McGrath

Judith McGrath, actress best known from Prisoner and All Saints, has died at the age of 70. Born in Queensland, McGrath made an early appearance in the movie Age Of Consent, released in 1969. She later appeared in guest roles in Crawford dramas Bluey, Skyways (in multiple roles) and Young Ramsay, but it was her role …

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The Pretty Petrol that failed to fire

For every show that makes it to TV there is an endless list of pitches, proposals and pilots that never pass those crucial stages. In the Eighties, one of that endless list was Pretty Petrol, billed as the first comedy to come from Grundy Television, at that time producing hit shows like Prisoner, Sons And …

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The short saga of Hotel Story

YouTube: Conniptions886 By the end of 1976, the 0-10 Network‘s former flagship dramas Number 96 and The Box were coming to the end of their reign. Number 96 producer Bill Harmon hoped to fill the inevitable gap that was to come with a string of spin-off projects featuring key members of the Number 96 cast. …

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Remembering Listener In, TV Scene

It is 30 years ago this week that Melbourne’s TV Scene ceased publication after 62 years. It began as a radio magazine, Listener In, in 1925. By 1937 it had converted to a newspaper format. With television arriving in 1956, the Listener In showed it was adapting with the times… by adding “TV” to the …

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Obituary: Val Jellay

Val Jellay, veteran showbiz performer and wife of the late Maurie Fields, has died at the age of 89. Son Marty Fields tweeted the sad news earlier today: “My mum, Val, passed away today of pneumonia. She lived an amazing life. She’s back with her beloved Maurie now. I will miss her very much.” Born …

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