Last year ABC played extended interview specials during their winter break but this year Judith Lucy and Jason Di Rosso become the first to assume the chairs since Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush stepped in as part of the At The Movies 25th Anniversary in 2011.
Di Rosso is host of ABC Radio National’s weekly film show The Final Cut and film reviewer for Radio National. He is also co-producer and co-presenter of RN’s weekly pop culture show The List. Comedian Judith Lucy is also a massive film buff and ready to show why.
“It’s a huge honour to be filling in for Margaret and David, who are an institution. At The Movies is a great show and it will feel pretty strange sitting in those chairs, but I know reviewing films with Judith, who I’ve admired as a storyteller and comic for years, will be a lot of fun,” said Di Rosso.
“Do we really need another comedian on the ABC? What’s next, Puppetry of the Penis hosting Four Corners? Bring back David and Margaret PLEASE”, will be the letter I’ll be writing to my local television guide. I love Ms Pomeranz and Mr Stratton. Big shoes to fill”, says Lucy.
David and Margaret added, “We’re really excited about Judith and Jason taking over At The Movies during our break. What great troopers they are. We’re big fans of both.”
Lucy and Di Rosso step in from July 16.
David and Margaret return in August and ABC has confirmed they will also continue into 2014.