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TV WEEK, 1 March 1980
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TV TIMES, 28 June 1980
LISTENER IN-TV SCENE, 4 December 1976
TV WEEK, 16 May 1981
1 March 1980
Cover: Graham Kennedy
'My kind of show'
Graham Kennedy seems almost certain to be returning to TV sometime later
this year. The former Blankety Blanks host has patched
up his differences with the newly-reformed Ten Network and is full of
admiration for Rupert Murdoch, who has bought the network's Sydney and
Melbourne channels, sparking speculation that he may soon return to TV on
the revamped network. "Rupert and I have had talks about a program
which would probably do quite well on a Saturday night. It's based -
but not tightly - on the show Chevy Chase does on NBC called Saturday
Night Live. But I suppose it would inevitably resemble a 1980s
In Melbourne Tonight if I was on it," he told TV Week from his
waterfront home in Sydney's Hunter's Hill. But the 46-year-old has
said that any return to TV won't be until late in the year as he has a
number of film projects lined up for 1980 - The Club and
Miracle At Mulga Springs - as well as his commitments in
launching Sydney FM radio station 2DAY, of which he is a joint owner.
Logies star line-up
Five international stars are to be guests at the 1980 TV Week Logie
Awards, to be held at Melbourne's Hilton Hotel on 14 March.
Appearing at the awards this year will be: British performer Cilla Black,
currently on tour in Australia; British actress Nicola Pagett of
Upstairs Downstairs and also starring in the ABC series The
Timeless Land; Barnaby Jones co-star Lee Meriwhether;
American actor Greg Evigan, currently starring in the series BJ And
The Bear and recently in the Broadway production of Grease;
and the yellow-feathered Big Bird of Sesame Street.
Prisoner star gets US offers
Actress Carol Burns, who played lesbian bikie Franky Doyle in the Ten
Network series Prisoner, has been offered work in the US where
she was holidaying recently. The 32-year-old had to decline the offer
from Los Angeles TV station KTLA, due to existing commitments in Australia,
but will be returning to the US later in the year. Burns has gained a
following in the US, with strong ratings for Prisoner in the
major markets of Los Angeles and New York, and has even had a fan set up a
Carol Burns fan club - not a Franky Doyle one.
Bill Collins fights spinal disorder
A crippling illness has forced movie host Bill Collins to miss what was to
be his first movie presentation for the Ten Network. The movie buff
was struck down by spondylitis (inflammation of one of the vertebrae of the
spinal cord) which left him almost unable to walk. He was in such pain
that he was unable to travel to the TEN10 studios to present his first movie
on the network, The Grass Is Greener. Following a
lengthy course of acupuncture, Collins managed to get to the studios to
appear on The John Singleton Show, but was forced to use a
wheelchair because walking was almost impossible. Two days later he
made his first movie presentation on Ten, and it was one of his favourite
films, All About Eve. Stress and overwork are thought to
be the cause of spondylitis, and Collins had been maintaining a hectic
schedule in his transition from Sydney's ATN7 to the Ten Network, including
several trips interstate for various appearances around the network.
Program Highlights (March 1-7, Sydney):
Saturday: ABN2 crosses live to Melbourne's Huntingdale Golf Course for the 1980
Sunday: ABN2 presents its three-hour morning presentation of ethnic
television programs, compiled by the Special Broadcasting Service.
ATN7 presents the Rugby League pre-season competition, featuring Manly
versus Parramatta, hosted by Rex Mossop.
Monday: Celebrity guests on ATN7's Celebrity Tattletales
include Johnny Lockwood, Doug Parkinson and Sean Kramer and their respective
Wednesday: In Kingswood Country (ATN7), Thel (Judi Farr)
has saved enough money to buy herself a Datsun, but when Ted (Ross Higgins)
finds out, he hits the roof and insists that they'd be better off investing
Thursday: In Skyways (ATN7), Louise (Tina Bursill),
having discovered she was adopted at an early age, decides to try and track
down her real parents.
Friday: ABN2's rural affairs program Countrywide returns
with a new series. Bill Collins' two movies on TEN10 are The
Spiral Staircase followed by Splendor In The Grass.
19 September 1987
Cover: Kylie Minogue (Neighbours)
'I have learned to hide the deepest me'
19-year-old Kylie Minogue is the most popular actress in Australia, and has
scored a chart-topper with a remake of the '60s hit Locomotion. But apart
from all the fame, money and glamour, Kylie is battling to remain a normal
teenager. "You can lose yourself in all that publicity hype."
When one word means so much
Ten months after a car accident almost claimed his life, actor Jon Blake is
still in a semi-comatose state but his mother Mascot has taken care of the
actor's every need since he came out of hospital. He has been able to
sit up and open his eyes, but is unable to speak except to occasionally
utter the word 'Mum'.
Michael and Molly team up
Former Countdown host Molly Meldrum has scored the only interview
with pop megastar Michael Jackson in the lead-up to his national tour.
The interview, to appear on Sixty Minutes, will be held in Japan and
is expected to go to air in a few months to coincide with the release of
Jackson's new album Bad.
When the fun went out of being Ben
A Country Practice is about to lose its vet Ben Green as the
show's scriptwriters decide there is nothing more they can do with the
character. Actor Nick Bufalo, who had originally been asked to stay on
another six months but will now depart in two, is unimpressed at the
producer's change of heart.
Today weatherman Brian Bury says he hates the constant comparisons
with his US Today rival Willard Scott. Bury says "I've been
doing this for 28 years. I don't think he's been doing it that long."
The former newsreader, talk-show host and race-caller is also preparing to
tackle his latest venture - co-hosting the Home Shopping Show with
Karen Pini. "It's going to be the most enjoyable way to shop in
Australia," he says.
among the shows on TV 19-25 September 1987
The Early Bird Show (ATV10, Saturday 7am)
It's A Knockout (ATV10, Sunday 6.30pm)
Mike Walsh (ABV2, Saturday 7.30pm)
You've Got To Be Joking (ATV10, Wednesday 7.30pm)
A Country Practice (HSV7, Monday, Tuesday 7.30pm)
MTV: Music Television (GTV9, Saturday, Thursday 10.35pm, Friday
The Flying Doctors (GTV9, Thursday 7.30pm)
19 October 1961
Cover: Bert Newton (In Melbourne Tonight)
"I wanna win a race" says Tommy
Tommy Hanlon Jnr, host of GTV9's It Could Be You, is set to race in
the upcoming 'Armstrong 500' at Phillip Island, despite concerns of
station management. TCBY's producer Myke Dyer has been banned
from accompanying Hanlon in the motor race scheduled for 19 November.
Election battle on TV
For the first time in Australia, the Federal Government and the Opposition
will campaign on national television in the lead up to the Federal Election,
scheduled for 9 December. Sir Charles Moses, General Manager of ABC,
has announced that both the Government and "official Opposition" will be
allowed a total of two hours of airtime each on the national broadcaster.
GTV9 stars plan to wed
Geoff Hiscock of Melbourne's GTV9 has announced his engagement to Kathy
Danaher, one of the members of the singing group The Four Debs.
Zig and Zag are oldest
Despite claims by GTV9 that their children's session is the longest running,
HSV7's Peter's Fun Fair with Zig and Zag (Doug McKenzie and Jack
Perry) is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary on-air. The first
edition of Peter's Fun Fair went to air on 10 November 1956, just
days after HSV7 first officially launched, while GTV9's children's session
with Happy Hammond did not begin until the following January.
and among the shows on TV 19-25 October
Lady For A Day (HSV7, Weekdays 2pm)
SSB Adventure Club (HSV7, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6pm)
Mainly For Women (ABV2, Friday 2pm)
Six O'Clock Rock (ABV2, Saturday 6pm)
BP Super Show (GTV9, Saturday 8pm)
Revue 61 (GTV9, Sunday 8pm)
Top Of The Town (HSV7, Tuesday 9.30pm)
18 August 1990
Cover: Rebekah Elmaloglou (Home
Whatever happened to old-fashioned
Being an actress since the age of nine, 16-year-old Rebekah Elmaloglou has not had the
most normal of childhoods and often yearns to be 'just an average teenager'.
However, her Home And Away character Sophie is about to embark on a
simple 'old-fashioned' romance with Blake (Les Hill) and Rebekah hopes her
character can be a good role model for teenage viewers.
Number 96 set to re-open its
Network Ten executives have been viewing old episodes of the 1970s hit Number 96 with plans to revive the series in 1990 in an attempt to
boost the network's flagging ratings. Network executives believe that
there is room for a more adult-oriented drama as opposed to Ten's other soap
offerings, Neighbours and E Street.
David's new beat
Former Chantoozies band member and manager David Reyne has decided to move
from the music business and concentrate on acting. The 31-year-old
already has roles lined up in the upcoming Seven Network mini-series Flair, the telemovie
Bony, and a new Nine Network mini-series Golden Fiddles.
Tugging at Skirts
While viewers have given a lukewarm response to Seven's new cop drama Skirts, it seems that some of the shows cast members have caught the
eyes of other producers. Ben Mitchell, who plays Constable Bevan
Quinn, is believed to have been approached by the producers of Neighbours.
Another Skirts regular Antionette Byron is also being pursued by the
producers of E Street. The Seven Network is still to decide on
whether to renew the weekly police drama for a second series.
Former Neighbours star Rachel Friend is becoming one of TV's hottest
properties. The 19-year-old has a lead role in Network Ten's comedy
pilot Lipstick Dreams, and also in Nine's mini-series Golden
Fiddles. Later in the year, Rachel will be off to the United
Kingdom to star in the pantomime Aladdin's Lamp.
"I'm staying put!"
The Nine Network has had to revoke plans to move Graham Kennedy's
Australia's Funniest Home Video Show to the Wednesday 7.30pm timeslot
following an ultimatum from the host. The new timeslot would have seen
AFHVS up against Seven's comedy Hey Dad! which is produced by
a close friend of Graham's, Gary Reilly, and the Nine Network host refused
that both shows enter a ratings battle.
and among the shows on TV 18-24 August
Video Smash Hits (HSV7, Saturday
Wide World Of Sports (GTV9,
The Comedy Company (ATV10, Sunday
Robbo's World Tonight (GTV9,
Let The Blood Run Free (ATV10,
The Big Gig (ABV2, Tuesday 9.30pm)
Fast Forward (HSV7, Thursday
Oz TV's Greatest Commercials (HSV7,
The Noise (SBS, Friday 11pm)
13 July 1985
Cover: Ray Martin (The Midday
The Great TV Shake-up - who'll
The Nine Network undergoes one of the biggest shake ups in its history with
the sacking of Bert Newton after 26 years at the network, the axing of The Ernie Sigley Show in Victoria, and rumours of
The Mike Walsh Show
- which had only recently moved from midday to prime time - being next on
the chopping block. Ray Martin, new host of The Midday Show
after several years on 60 Minutes, is reportedly safe in his new
role, as is Hey Hey It's Saturday host Daryl Somers.
The cast of the new Seven Network soapie Neighbours celebrate the
shows 100th episode, to air on 5 August 1985. Cast member Alan Dale,
who had previously starred in The Young Doctors which ran for a
record 1396 episodes, informed the cast "We've only got to do this 14 more
times over to beat The Young Doctors' record".
'Showbiz suits my style'
20-year-old Ann Peacock, daughter of Andrew Peacock and Susan Sangster, is
keen to pursue a career in showbusiness. Following recent stints at
Melbourne radio stations 3XY and 3UZ, Ann has just co-hosted with Darryl
Cotton a pilot for an entertainment program for Network Ten, similar to the
US program Entertainment This Week.
What makes Angry angry?
Angry Anderson, lead singer with rock group Rose Tattoo, is enthusiastic
about his new role as a reporter for The Midday Show. Angry is
hoping to use his new position to tackle serious social issues such as drug
abuse as well as other issues affecting younger Australians.
and among the shows on TV July 13-19
A Country Practice (Seven, Tuesday/Wednesday 7.30pm)
Blankety Blanks (Nine, Weeknights 5.30pm)
It's A Knockout (Ten, Wednesday 7.30pm)
New Faces (final) (Nine, Sunday 6.30pm)
The Investigators (ABC, Wednesday 7.30pm)
ABC National (ABC, Weeknights 6.30pm, Weekends 7pm)
Sounds (Seven, Saturday 9am)
28 June 1980
Cover: Tina Bursill, Gerard Kennedy
of the sexes
Following the departure of Paul MacFarlane (Tony Bonner) the position of
airport manager at Pacific International is up for grabs. Contending
for the position are Louise Carter (Tina Bursill) and Gary Doolin (Gerard
Peter has a Clint in his eye
Peter Mochrie from The Restless Years was recently voted one of
Australia's 10 Best Dressed Men - but the 21 year old is more concerned
about making a future 10 Best Actors list. The former model has just
completed 12 months on the Ten Network series and has ambitions of following
the footsteps of Hollywood actor and producer Clint Eastwood.
ABC's popular motoring program Torque returns with a review of one of
Australia's most popular cars, the Holden Commodore.
Humphrey's pal is moving
Ian Fairweather, a pioneer of Australian children's TV and producer of the
long running Here's Humphrey, is leaving Adelaide's NWS9 after
fifteen years to move to Sydney to become head of the new Broadcasting
The end of an era...
TV Times announces that this issue, 28 June 1980, is the last to be
published as part of the joint venture between the Australian Broadcasting
Commission (ABC) and Australian Consolidated Press (ACP). The magazine
was launched by ABC as TV News in June 1958, and later evolved into TV
News-Times and then TV Times. By 1960, ABC entered into partnership
with ACP to publish the magazine. After 20 years, ACP has decided to
end the partnership and bought out ABC's share of the title for an agreed
sum - and would continue to publish the magazine with its own editorial
and among the shows on TV June 28-July
(TCN9, Weeknights 7pm)
Good Morning Sydney (TEN10, Weekdays 11am)
Hey Hey It's Saturday (TCN9, Saturday 8am)
Willesee At Seven (ATN7, Weeknights 7pm)
Prisoner (TEN10, Monday/Tuesday 8.30pm)
Cop Shop (ATN7, Wednesday/Thursday 8.30pm)
Parkinson In Australia (ABC, Saturday 7.30pm)
John Singleton Show (TEN10, Weeknights 10.30pm)
LISTENER IN-TV SCENE
4 December 1976
Cover: Mike Willesee (Willesee
Auntie grabs for ABBA
ABC has joined the fight to win exclusive television rights to the ABBA
Australian tour coming up in 1977. Countdown's Ian 'Molly'
Meldrum is confident that ABBA's management will select ABC's offer despite
more generous offers being made by the Seven and Nine networks.
This Dye tonight
GTV9's new late night movie host Issi Dye is incorporating more segments and
studio guests into his hosting of Nine's overnight movies. The late
night movie host is in competition with ATV0's Hal Todd who pioneered the
late night movie presentations on local television.
The storm before the calm
Seven's new current affairs host Mike Willesee on the pressures of producing
and hosting a nightly half hour current affairs program
Joining Johnny Farnham and Maurie Fields on the set of the new Seven comedy
Bobby Dazzler is Lucky Grills, comedian and star of police series
Bluey. Lucky guest stars as himself in an episode where he meets
Bobby on a telethon. The character of Bobby Dazzler is Farnham's first
Despite the series coming close to cancellation during the year, ATV0 has
announced that it will continue with The Box through 1977. The
series will be reduced to either one hour or two half-hours a week, with the
station believing that it can pick up more viewers by screening less often.
and among the shows on TV 4-10 December
(GTV9, Saturday 6.30pm)
Countdown (ABV2, Sunday 6pm)
The Young Doctors (GTV9, Weeknights 7.30pm)
The Sullivans (GTV9, Weeknights 8pm)
The Penthouse Club (HSV7, Saturday 8.10pm)
Power Without Glory (ABV2, Monday 8.30pm)
The Mike Walsh Show (ATV0, Weekdays 1.30pm)
Certain Women (ABV2, Wednesday 8.30pm)
Number 96 (ATV0, Monday & Tuesday, 9.30pm)
The Lost Islands (ATV0, Friday 5.30pm)
Ernie (ATV0, Weeknights 6.30pm)
16 May 1981
Cover: Paula Duncan, John Orcsik (Cop
On the popular Nine Network series The Sullivans, World War II is
over and cast and crew gathered at Hawthorn Town Hall in Melbourne for
celebrations coinciding with VP Day in the series.
Grundy swings deal for
The Grundy Organisation has entered into partnership with a European
company, the Paris-based Telecip, to produce two children's dramas costing
$A2 million. The two new series are Secret Valley and
Secret Valley, an adventure about a group
of children who turn a ghost town into a holiday camp, is about to begin
filming north of Sydney.
Cop Shop duo's secret
TV cop John Orcsik is not giving too much away about a movie project he is
working on with colleague and close friend Paula Duncan.
Meanwhile, Paula has recently recorded a single which she hopes to release
Haunted by a Snowy River hero
Actor Tom Burlinson, formerly from The Sullivans and The Restless
Years, is about to embark on his most challenging performance playing
the title role in the upcoming $A3 million film The Man From Snowy River based on the famous bush ballad by 'Banjo' Patterson. "A lot is
expected of me, I'm working hard, harder than I have ever before, to make it
right" the 25 year old actor told TV Week.
Ron's back in business
Former Number 96 favourite Ron Shand has just finished a guest
appearance in an episode of ABC's variety series The Saturday Show.
Ron, celebrating 50 years in showbusiness, has barely been out of work since
his role as the hen-pecked Herb Evans in Number 96 wound up in 1977.
His appearance on The Saturday Show follows a recent eight-week stint
in the long running soapie The Young Doctors.
Big two move on Gold Coast
Two Melbourne millionaires are part of a consortium bidding to set up
Australia's first cable TV system on the Gold Coast. Sir Roderick
Carnegie and former Lord Mayor of Melbourne Ron Walker have entered a joint
venture with Hoyts Theatres and Gold Coast radio station 4GG to bid for a
licence to operate a cable TV service. Other potential bidders
for licences include Queensland Newspapers and owners of the Townsville
newspaper The Daily Bulletin.
and among the shows on TV 16-22 May
World Of Sport (HSV7 and regional
stations GMV6, AMV4, BTV6, BCV8, STV8, GLV8, Sunday 11am)
VFL Football: The Statewide Cup
(HSV7, Sunday 2.20pm)
The Restless Years (ATV10,
Sale Of The Century (GTV9 and
regionals GMV6, AMV4, BTV6, BCV8, STV8, GLV8, Weeknights 7pm)
Personality Squares (ATV10,
Skyways (HSV7, Monday/Thursday