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Friday 29 May 2015 Sat, 30 May 2015 01:08:19 +0000 Report:  Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day:
Date: 29/05/2015 Deliverable: Overnight Channel\Variable FTA SHR % Network ABC 12.6 Network ABC2 2.9 Network ABC3 0.7 Network ABC News 24 1.0 Network ABC TTL 17.2 Network 7 21.9 Network 7TWO 5.4 Network 7mate 5.2 Network 7 TTL 32.5 Network 9 17.4 Network GO! 8.1 Network Gem 3.0 Network 9 TTL 28.4 Network TEN 11.3 Network ONE 2.3 Network ELEVEN 2.4 Network TEN TTL 16.0 Network SBS ONE 5.2 Network SBS 2 0.6 Network NITV 0.1 Network SBS TTL 5.9



Report:  Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 29/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 961,000 257,000 357,000 175,000 80,000 93,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 929,000 265,000 247,000 161,000 130,000 127,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 909,000 272,000 321,000 170,000 69,000 77,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 862,000 273,000 259,000 134,000 108,000 88,000
5 MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 783,000 218,000 233,000 121,000 108,000 103,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 740,000 248,000 218,000 157,000 64,000 52,000
7 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 718,000 248,000 219,000 142,000 110,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 702,000 235,000 217,000 113,000 78,000 60,000
9 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 589,000 129,000 172,000 109,000 93,000 86,000
10 HOT SEAT Network 9 558,000 130,000 204,000 128,000 46,000 49,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 539,000 180,000 161,000 90,000 68,000 40,000
12 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 530,000 145,000 148,000 87,000 75,000 75,000
13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 518,000 129,000 148,000 84,000 74,000 82,000
14 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 513,000 175,000 130,000 65,000 70,000 73,000
15 STILL OPEN ALL HOURS-EV Network ABC 465,000 129,000 130,000 72,000 71,000 62,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 463,000 118,000 142,000 91,000 52,000 61,000
17 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 457,000 323,000 133,000
18 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 412,000 320,000 92,000
19 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 396,000 93,000 130,000 65,000 46,000 61,000
20 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 395,000 94,000 114,000 63,000 53,000 71,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 306,000 104,000 98,000 35,000 39,000 30,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 300,000 78,000 117,000 52,000 31,000 22,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 294,000 83,000 103,000 57,000 29,000 22,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 292,000 85,000 79,000 42,000 45,000 42,000
5 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 276,000 52,000 104,000 48,000 40,000 32,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 262,000 86,000 87,000 31,000 30,000 27,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 252,000 59,000 89,000 53,000 27,000 25,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 247,000 51,000 100,000 45,000 26,000 26,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 238,000 72,000 64,000 38,000 30,000 35,000
5 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 237,000 38,000 92,000 38,000 41,000 29,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

TV Item Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 152,000 35,000 51,000 33,000 15,000 17,000
2 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 149,000 34,000 55,000 24,000 17,000 20,000
3 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 147,000 26,000 50,000 24,000 24,000 23,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 145,000 36,000 52,000 27,000 15,000 15,000
5 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 142,000 29,000 48,000 23,000 27,000 15,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Between Fri, 29 May 2015 18:58:28 +0000 betwe_s1_004_h

Television has a bit of a habit of putting up a fence, isolating its characters and forcing us to endure the incredulous.

Yes, Between is Netflix’s very own Under the Dome. Welcome to Pretty Lake, where everybody over the age of 21 is knocked off by a mysterious virus leaving a bunch of Facebook-lovin’ kids to cling to their own indifference. Not much to Like here.

As if ironically left to interact in the ‘real’ world, the remaining survivors are forced to fend for themselves when they are ringed by a fence set up by the government. Nobody knows what’s causing the virus that’s killing off all the olds, but at least this way it will limit the fallout.

One such survivor is Wiley Day (Jennette McCurdy), a pregnant teen and daughter of the local Reverend. She’s a born cynic, sneering at most of those around her. It isn’t long before her father drops dead, bleeding from the mouth. Soon other adults begin to drop, in seemingly-unrelated families: the grandpa farmer, the rich mom on the porch, and one mother after barely hearing her son warn, “Mom, something is wrong, we have to get out of here. People are dying, the government isn’t telling anyone.”

After dialogue like that, who can blame her?

Amongst her famous last words, “They said the same thing about SARs.” Sadly, I think the show was being serious, given there’s not much humour anywhere else to be found.

Feigning epidemic proportions, a toll count rises on screen, while panicked SMS messages are super-imposed over wide-shots of the town. Something sure is killing off the Gen X and Baby Boomers -could it be the script writers? Advertisers?

“We are doing everything we can to figure this thing out,” one government official advises via video, clearly speaking in a language Gen Y can understand. Thankfully they have also “Ruled it out as contagious.” It’s not apparent how they know this, and there’s a pile of corpses that would probably debate the point.

“I’ve been talking to some high level officials on the outside,” advises one bloke, making sure his sweeping generalisations include everybody.

The cast also features a local hero Pat (Jim Watson) who locks horns with a rich jock (Justin Kelly), a gentle giant Gord (Ryan Allen), a smart geek Adam (Jesse Carere) and a local prison inmate Mark (Jack Murray).

Pleasingly there is also a young intellectually disabled girl, Amanda (Krystal Nausbaum) which is refreshing compared to her very cliched pals. The other positive take-out is the look of the show is well-packaged as a low budget, Canadian drama.

Juggling action, teenage angst and disaster genres does not come easy to this script by Michael McGowan. That’s despite this series being directed by 24‘s Jon Cassar. The dialogue lacks sub-text and the characters are almost universally unlikeable, even when they’re not youthfully mumbling.

By episode 2 I was ready to throw away the keys to the Pretty Lake quarantine and leave them to their own squalor.

Between, unlike most Netflix series, does not deliver in the usual binge supply and is screening at one episode per week. Try to contain yourself.

Between is now available on Netflix.

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Urban Cowboy, Talented Mr. Ripley next films to series. Fri, 29 May 2015 18:52:24 +0000 2015-05-30_0015

More big screen stories are headed for the small screen.

Both 1980’s Urban Cowboy and 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley are in development as US series.

Paramount TV is remaking Urban Cowboy, which originally starred John Travolta and Debra Winger.

Hollywood Reporter says new story is described as “a modern reimagining of a pair of star-crossed young lovers who pursue their dreams and passions through the rodeo circuit, the grime of oil refineries, the sweat of line-dancing honky-tonks and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.”

Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose 2011) is attached to write, direct and executive produce.

Mewanwhile The Talented Mr Ripley, which starred Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law is in development with Endemol Shine and Television 360.

Patricia Highsmith’s novels told the story of the charming psychopath Tom Ripley pulling off schemes around the globe.

Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones), Ben Forkner (Good People) and Philipp Keel will executive produce.

Producers hope to attach a writer or major filmmaker, as well as an actor, before shopping it to premium cable networks or streaming services.

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The Netherlands to remake House Rules Fri, 29 May 2015 18:50:59 +0000 2015-05-29_2333

The Netherlands is set to produce a local version of House Rules.

The nation that has given the world such formats as Big Brother and The Voice will air 11 episodes of the Dutch local version on Net5.

C21 reports Skyhigh TV acquired the rights from German distributor Red Arrow International.

The format has previously been sold into Russia and Eastern Europe, among other territories.

Seven is currently shooting a fourth season, due later this year.

Seven has previously sold format rights for My Kitchen Rules to New Zealand, Serbia, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.

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Ex-lifestyle presenter facing jail Fri, 29 May 2015 18:49:46 +0000 2015-05-30_0048

Former lifestyle presenter Clayton Lush, who presented Adelaide lifestyle series Building Ideas, is facing jail time after admitting to participating in a crime syndicate and three aggravated counts of cultivating cannabis.

Adelaide District Court heard cannabis was found growing hydroponically at three properties owned by Lush in January 2013. ABC reports police also uncovered about $20,000 in cash after his arrest.

Lush, 41, formerly played for South Adelaide in the SANFL.

Building Ideas, a branded entertainment show produced by the Master Builders Association of South Australia, aired on WIN Television’s NWS9.

Lawyer Andrew English said Lush was extremely remorseful for his offending. Since being arrested, his carpentry business had collapsed, and he had lost his family home.

“A lot of his income at the moment is going towards paying the debts,” English said.

Prosecutor Mikala Ballard said cannabis was sent interstate on 41 occasions, with a total value of $7.4 million.

She said $1.15 million was intercepted when it was being sent back to South Australia through the post, and $107,000 was recovered by police on the day of the arrests.

The syndicate had been operating since 2007.

Lush has already spent 10 months in custody and remains on bail.

He will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.

Photo: News Corp

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Airdate: CSI: Cyber Fri, 29 May 2015 18:45:00 +0000 2015-05-29_2310

TEN will premiere CSI: Cyber at 9pm Sunday, June 14th.

Set to be the last remaining series of the CSI franchise, it features Patricia Arquette as Special Agent Avery Ryan, head of the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI.

Also featuring are James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and, for the first season, Peter MacNicol (Ally McBeal). The second season will feature Ted Danson as D.B. Russell.

CSI: Cyber follows the search for criminals that operate on the dark net, a place deep in the bowels of the web where offenders are anonymous, money is untraceable and everything is for sale with just a keystroke.

In the premiere episode, Special Agent Avery Ryan (Arquette) and her team of FBI cyber analysts investigate a case of hacked baby monitors, leading them to an international kidnapping operation.

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The Project: June 1 – 5 Fri, 29 May 2015 18:44:44 +0000 2015-05-29_1704

The Project has snared Arnold Schwarzenegger as a special guest co-host next Friday, June 5 when the show heads to Sydney.

In one of the most highly anticipated movie releases of 2015, Schwarzenegger reprises his role as the iconic Terminator character alongside Australian actor Jai Courtney, who will also join us live at the desk.

The boys from Entourage are back together again. Peter Helliar sits down with Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillion and Jerry Ferrara ahead of the film’s release next week. Just what have Vincent Chase and his boys been up to lately?

Also next week we catch up with comedian Russell Brand, who is returning to Australia in October for his brand new comedy tour Trew World Order.

Hollywood’s latest romantic comedy is about to hit our shores. Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone chat about their new flick Aloha.

We are joined by entrepreneur Janine Allis ahead of the Shark Tank season final. We will find out what her favourite and not-so-favourite ideas have been this season and what viewers can expect when the final airs on Sunday, June 7, at 9pm on TEN.

Plus our regulars Steve Price, Fifi Box, Steve Vizard, Gretel Killeen, Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann and Meshel Laurie are with us across the week.

6:30pm weeknights on TEN.

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More cast returning for Fuller House Fri, 29 May 2015 18:40:20 +0000 2015-05-30_0104

Former Full House cast members Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin are joining the sequel, Fuller House.

Fuller House will focus on a pregnant and widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Cameron-Bure), who is living in San Francisco with her aspiring musician sister Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and fellow single mom Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber).

Bob Saget, who played Danny, and Lori Loughlin, who played Rebecca join John Stamos and Dave Coulier in the Netflix revival.

The only key original cast members who aren’t returning are Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The series is due in 2016.

Source: EW

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RocKwiz Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:42 +0000 Julia Zemiro & Brian Nankervis relive the 1950s with Caitlin Park, Joe Camilleri, Katie Noonan & Col Joye. 8:30pm Saturday SBS ONE.

  • Indian Summers
  • DCI Banks
  • Great Continental Railway Journeys
  • Father Brown
  • Bondi Vet


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‘Underhanded’ Waleed Aly comment rankles man in Project report Fri, 29 May 2015 06:23:36 +0000 2015-05-29_1531

Waleed Aly has responded to criticism that he made a ‘racist’ remark during Tuesday’s episode of The Project.

The Project reported on a gym in Caulfield, in Melbourne’s south-east, that offers combat technique training by a former Israeli soldier, including with firearms training.

Avi Yemini said “It teaches you how to overcome the fear to change yourself when you’re under attack from being the victim, to becoming the aggressor.”

But a terrorism expert said it wasn’t necessary for members of the community to undergo such training in Australia, describing it as dangerous and pointing towards the risks of civilians interfering in police operations.

Following the report The Project panel were equally dubious as to its merits in Australia.

“I feel very uncomfortable about that story,” said Gorgi Coghlan. “We’ve got the AFP here for a reason.”

“I think their intentions are good,” said Peter Helliar, “but as (Steve Price) said, we just don’t have guns here.”

But the comment by Waleed Aly later drew criticism from program’s founder, Avi Yemini.

“If I rocked up with my mates Mustafa and Hamoudi, do you reckon they’d let us train? Aly asked.

Yemini has since branded the comments racist, saying a Muslim had been enrolled in the same class and labelling his comments as ‘underhanded.’

Aly told Daily Mail Australia, “If I’d said “do you think that Jewish business would ever accept Muslim clients?” then I would have apologised immediately and unreservedly.

“But I wouldn’t, and I didn’t. The fact they were Jewish didn’t even occur to me during the discussion.

“My question was about the suspicion that generally surrounds Muslims, which would no doubt be heightened in the context of military training.

“If anyone thinks Jewish businesses exclude Muslims, they’re wrong, and I’d like to take this chance to set them straight.”

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AFL Round Table: June 2 Fri, 29 May 2015 05:14:25 +0000 2015-05-29_1506

Eddie McGuire and David Koch will go head to head as part of a Round Table discussion on the issues facing AFL next Tuesday.

They are joined by Sydney Swans’ Andrew Pridham and Western Bulldogs’ Peter Gordon, hosted by Gerard Whateley.

Four of the league’s most influential powerbrokers meet together in a rare and insightful one-hour FOX Footy Round Table episode hosted by sports’ journalist Gerard Whateley. Collingwood President McGuire, Port Adelaide’s Koch, Sydney Swans’ Pridham and Western Bulldogs’ Gordon will debate the hottest topics affecting their clubs, the AFL and Australian sport.

In a unique and intimate setting, Whateley asks the difficult questions on a variety of controversial topics facing the league such as the use of illicit drugs in sport, equalisation, QLD and NSW AFL talent academies, club coaching positions, the Presidents’ relationships with each other and why they take up the challenge of such a demanding honorary position.

8:30pm Tuesday June 2nd on FOX Footy.

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Castle: May 31 Fri, 29 May 2015 04:20:48 +0000 2015-05-29_1417

Some surprising appearances on this Sunday’s premiere episode Castle.

“Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jespen appears as herself as does Jaleel White -better known as Urkel.

White stars as host of the fictional Saturday Night Tonight sketch comedy show. We’re all doomed I tells ya!

This week on Castle, Castle and Beckett investigate a mysterious murder on a popular late-
night sketch comedy show.

When Sid Ross, the powerful creator of a long-running sketch comedy show is killed, Castle and Beckett are called to investigate. But as they delve into the victim’s life and the colourful world of “Saturday Night Tonight,” they uncover a shocking secret that may explain Sid’s murder.

Carly Rae Jepson is featured as a musical guest.

Also, Jaleel White plays Mickey Franks, a larger-than-life sketch comedy star with a tendency toward outrageous and possibly homicidal behaviour.

9:50pm Sunday on Seven.

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Sense8: trailers Fri, 29 May 2015 03:48:23 +0000

Netflix has released several character trailers for its upcoming sci-fi series Sense8 from the Wachowskis, in which eight strangers from around the world suddenly become inextricably linked.

All clips are viewable above.

All 12 episodes will drop globally on June 5th. The series will also be available in 4K.

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Open Slather: May 31 Fri, 29 May 2015 02:59:58 +0000

This Sunday on Open Slather in exclusive interview with ’60 Minutes’, Gina Minehart (Magda Szubanski) speaks openly to Liz Hayes (Gina Riley) about her current family troubles.

But watch out for Marg Downey’s Helen Clark impression.

Also in episode two:

· The Housewives of the World – Julie Bishop (Jane Turner), Angela Merkel (Magda Szubanski), Helen Clark (Marg Downey) and Hillary Clinton (Gina Riley) – come to blows over a game of “shoot, shag or marry”.
· We see Don Draper (George H. Xanthias) facing the challenges of a board room meeting in the 60’s.

· Serious Football commentary just got more serious with hosts GT (Ben Lomas) and Perlo (Dave Eastgate).

· And there is a scandal in the garden at Downton Abbey

7:30pm Sunday on Comedy.

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Foxtel, SBS join corporates backing Marriage Equality. Fri, 29 May 2015 02:38:04 +0000 2015-05-29_1233

Foxtel and SBS have joined a list of corporate businesses in a full page ad in The Australian calling for Marriage Equality.

The list includes major banks ANZ, Commonwealth, WestPac, NAB, St.George, Bank of Melbourne plus such brands as Qantas, Telstra, Google, Optus, iiNet, David Jones, ING, P&O Cruises, Seek, H&M, Lush, KPMG, PWC, Marie Claire, Football Federation Australia and Virgin.

It follows the recent referendum in Ireland which voted overwhelmingly for same-sex marriage, and recent polls which indicate 72% of Australians support marriage equality.

This week PM Tony Abbott indicated there should be bi-partisan support for the issue and Cabinet would decide if there would be a free vote on the question of gay marriage.

Last night his sister Christine Forster told ABC’s Lateline, she expects gay marriage will be legal in Australia by the end of the year.

“To think that this reform comes under the prime ministership of Tony Abbott … I think it’s entirely appropriate that it would come under the prime ministership of Tony Abbott,” she said.

“At the end of the day I’m sure he will understand that this is good and fair for everybody and it will be great for Australia.”

Rodney Croome, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality, said in a statement: “I applaud Australia’s business community for its leadership on marriage equality, and for the powerful message it is sending to our federal representatives about moving forward quickly on the reform.

“The business community’s support for marriage equality reflects the importance it places on treating all staff and customers with equal respect, and of maintaining Australia’s positive reputation overseas.

“The 72 per cent of Australians who support marriage equality will look with pride on those businesses who are reflecting their values, and expect parliament to do the same.”

17:55: SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid talks about corporates losing staff because they want to live somewhere where their partner is recognised.

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Seven commissions Melbourne Weekender Fri, 29 May 2015 01:35:52 +0000 2015-05-29_1027

Former AFL player Cameron Ling will host a new locally-produced travel series, Melbourne Weekender, for Seven.

Ling will continue his AFL commentary for Seven whilst fronting the new series showcasing Victoria, from secret city laneways to day trips in the Victorian countryside.

“Within an hour’s drive we can travel from a vibrant city to the solitude of the bush,” he said.

“It’s all here on our doorstep and I just love it.”

“Never in a million years did I imagine I’d be a part of a show like this. I’m out of my comfort zone – but I’m passionate about food and travel – which is what the show is all about, so the opportunity to be a part of this is just too good to pass up.”

Earlier this year Seven axed its long-running Victorian travel series Coxy’s Big Break, produced by WTFN.

Melbourne Weekender will join with other Seven-produced lifestyle shows interstate: Sydney Weekender, Queensland Weekender and WA Weekender.

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Q & A: June 1 Fri, 29 May 2015 01:10:11 +0000 qanda15

Monday’s Q & A will be interesting not so much for the guests, but for how it reacts to suggestions it leans too much politically.

Tweets at the ready! Here’s what’s in store:

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is one of the Abbott government’s most effective communicators, so what does he think of claims by leading economics commentator Judith Sloan that the government is finding economic reform “a bridge too far”? Or policy analyst Miriam Lyons argument that Australia needs more government?

· Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese
· Legendary actor and elder, Jack Charles
· Author of Governomics: Can We Afford Small Government?, Miriam Lyons
· Businesswoman, Judith Sloan
· Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg

Q & A airs Live on ABC, iview at 9:35pm Monday.

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Marquee for The Late Show is removed Fri, 29 May 2015 00:40:29 +0000

Video moments ago, Late Show marquee coming down #NYC #ThanksDave

— ORIVISION (@orivision) May 28, 2015

End of an era as the marquee for The Late Show with David Letterman is removed from the Ed Sullivan Theater.


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Fennessys staying put, as joint CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia. Fri, 29 May 2015 00:09:53 +0000 2015-04-02_1010

Mark and Carl Fennessy have been announced as the new joint-CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia, despite having previously resigned as heads of Shine Australia.

Their appointment follows the recent resignation of Janeen Faithfull from Endemol Australia and recent media speculation about who would take the top job of the newly-merged production companies.

Mark and Carl Fennessy said: “Since giving notice we have continued to work through a transition, producing our current slate of shows and assisting with a succession plan. Our pride in the local business coupled with a fierce loyalty towards our talented staff was always going to make departing difficult. They say a week’s a long time in television – so after further discussion and consideration we’ve decided to accept the opportunity of managing the merged company.

“We’re genuinely excited about being part of the next chapter for a combined Australian business within Endemol Shine Group.”

Sophie Turner Laing, CEO, Endemol Shine Group said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that Mark and Carl have now decided to stay on to bring together and lead our Australian business and it couldn’t feel more right. We look forward to great future success with them at the helm of Endemol Shine Australia whilst playing a key role internationally.”

Martha Brass, CEO, International Operations, Endemol Shine Group said: “Our conversations with Mark and Carl have been positive throughout, from our early discussions to their decision to take a break and then over the last couple of months as they helped us plan for new leaders for the combined business. I’d like to express heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in this process, which has been undertaken with great dedication and has undoubtedly produced the best outcome.”

A statement indicates further details on integrating Endemol Australia and Shine Australia will follow in due course.

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Redesign My Brain outsmarts the competition Thu, 28 May 2015 23:55:56 +0000 2015-05-29_0934

The return of Todd Sampson’s Redesign My Brain was a winner for ABC, topping its timeslot on 675,000 and trending on Twitter.

But on a relatively quiet night it was MasterChef at #1 in Total People and in Demos, creating headaches for rivals.

Nine network won Thursday with 26.6% then Seven 26.1%, TEN 24.0%, ABC 17.2% and SBS 6.0%.

Nine was under the magic million with Nine News (992,000 / 945,000), ACA (879,000), The Footy Show (649,000), Hot Seat (596,000) and Top Gear (531,000) -the latter will be lucky to survive in its timeslot on those numbers.

Seven News won its timeslot on 1.02m / 946,000 then Home and Away (716,000), Million Dollar Minute (513,000), House Rules (379,000 in 2 cities), Movie: The Sapphires (363,000) and Border Security: International (287,000 in 3 cities).

MasterChef topped the night with 1.05m for TEN. The Project was 659,000 / 498,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 588,000 and Law and Order: SVU (507,000 / 370,000).

ABC News (734,000) topped ABC followed by Redesign My Brain (675,000), 7:30 (629,000), The Checkout (597,000), Dirty Laundry Live (361,000) and Antiques Roadshow (349,000).

On SBS ONE it was Luke Nguyen’s United Kingdom (224,000), Rachel Khoo’s Cosmopolitan Cook (188,000), Dig (174,000), Heston’s Mission Impossible (163,000) and SBS World News (132,000).

All hail Peppa Pig topping multichannels at 272,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 28 May 2015.

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Thursday 28 May 2015 Thu, 28 May 2015 23:20:39 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Thursday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 28/05/2015 21/05/2015 Network ABC 12.9% 11.2% Network ABC2 2.5% 3.0% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.1% Network ABC TTL 17.2% 16.0% Network 7 17.2% 16.1% Network 7TWO 5.4% 6.9% Network 7mate 3.5% 3.3% Network 7 TTL 26.1% 26.2% Network 9 18.8% 17.7% Network GO! 5.2% 5.5% Network Gem 2.6% 3.2% Network 9 TTL 26.6% 26.4% Network TEN 17.2% 19.3% Network ONE 3.5% 2.2% Network ELEVEN 3.3% 3.6% Network TEN TTL 24.0% 25.1% Network SBS ONE 4.5% 5.3% Network SBS 2 0.7% 0.6% Network NITV 0.8% 0.3% Network SBS TTL 6.0% 6.2%


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 1,052,000 289,000 365,000 149,000 98,000 151,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,017,000 221,000 277,000 179,000 125,000 215,000
3 NINE NEWS Network 9 992,000 245,000 379,000 204,000 81,000 83,000
4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 946,000 200,000 271,000 188,000 110,000 178,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 945,000 248,000 349,000 200,000 80,000 69,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 879,000 271,000 292,000 167,000 80,000 68,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 734,000 209,000 227,000 108,000 86,000 104,000
8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 716,000 185,000 187,000 161,000 81,000 103,000
9 REDESIGN MY BRAIN WITH TODD SAMPSON-EV Network ABC 675,000 164,000 266,000 89,000 71,000 85,000
10 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 659,000 162,000 206,000 133,000 77,000 80,000
11 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 649,000 132,000 277,000 72,000 78,000 90,000
12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 636,000 183,000 173,000 108,000 96,000 75,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC 629,000 166,000 208,000 106,000 77,000 72,000
14 THE CHECKOUT-EV Network ABC 597,000 163,000 185,000 101,000 68,000 80,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 596,000 143,000 226,000 137,000 49,000 41,000
16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 588,000 158,000 143,000 99,000 76,000 112,000
17 TOP GEAR Network 9 531,000 115,000 185,000 110,000 73,000 48,000
18 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 513,000 152,000 148,000 80,000 66,000 68,000
19 LAW & ORDER: SVU Network TEN 507,000 168,000 141,000 81,000 63,000 55,000
20 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 498,000 122,000 144,000 96,000 75,000 61,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 272,000 82,000 55,000 68,000 28,000 38,000
2 BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT -EV Network GO! 256,000 63,000 55,000 36,000 44,000 59,000
3 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 251,000 66,000 88,000 44,000 27,000 26,000
4 LEWIS Network 7TWO 246,000 61,000 59,000 41,000 51,000 35,000
5 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-PM Network ABC2 245,000 73,000 49,000 65,000 25,000 33,000
6 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 238,000 73,000 39,000 62,000 33,000 30,000
7 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 225,000 68,000 55,000 34,000 34,000 34,000
8 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 219,000 54,000 59,000 29,000 30,000 48,000
9 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 217,000 54,000 55,000 39,000 36,000 33,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 215,000 43,000 58,000 31,000 31,000 52,000
11 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 215,000 63,000 31,000 61,000 35,000 25,000
12 MIKE THE KNIGHT-AM Network ABC2 202,000 64,000 45,000 46,000 26,000 21,000
13 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 199,000 58,000 56,000 34,000 17,000 34,000
14 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 194,000 67,000 39,000 46,000 25,000 17,000
15 THE FURCHESTER HOTEL-PM Network ABC2 192,000 68,000 34,000 58,000 21,000 12,000
16 SARAH & DUCK-PM Network ABC2 186,000 60,000 32,000 57,000 21,000 16,000
17 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 183,000 54,000 29,000 49,000 25,000 27,000
18 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 182,000 57,000 33,000 42,000 23,000 27,000
19 PEG + CAT-AM Network ABC2 180,000 37,000 61,000 43,000 17,000 22,000
20 THE FURCHESTER HOTEL-AM Network ABC2 179,000 61,000 28,000 42,000 26,000 21,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 559,000 150,000 190,000 100,000 42,000 78,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 359,000 86,000 148,000 39,000 38,000 48,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 336,000 88,000 100,000 75,000 37,000 36,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 326,000 88,000 122,000 56,000 28,000 32,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 325,000 80,000 112,000 78,000 32,000 23,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 518,000 134,000 180,000 88,000 38,000 78,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 332,000 71,000 141,000 33,000 42,000 45,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 307,000 69,000 96,000 73,000 36,000 33,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 276,000 74,000 81,000 60,000 25,000 36,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 273,000 73,000 101,000 48,000 22,000 29,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 349,000 91,000 127,000 56,000 22,000 53,000
2 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 224,000 40,000 103,000 17,000 31,000 33,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 197,000 38,000 65,000 55,000 21,000 18,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 189,000 43,000 59,000 47,000 18,000 23,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 166,000 44,000 64,000 28,000 17,000 12,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 28/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
4 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 95,000
7 PLAY ALONG WITH SAM Nick Jr. 52,000
10 LEWIS UKTV 49,000
11 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 48,000
12 FAMILY GUY FOX8 47,000
13 DORA AND FRIENDS Nick Jr. 46,000
15 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 45,000
16 GRAND DESIGNS REVISITED LifeStyle Channel 42,000
18 FAMILY GUY FOX8 40,000
19 RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 40,000
20 CSI: MIAMI TVH!TS 40,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Call for more women in network Board rooms Thu, 28 May 2015 18:58:49 +0000 2015-05-28_2309

Earlier this month Nine appointed its only female Board member, Holly Kramer, to its Board.

The appointment, following her executive experience at Ford Motor Company, Pacific Brands and Telstra, ended Nine’s male-only Board Room and comes at a time when there are calls in the industry for more gender balance at the top levels of television.

Earlier this month Seven News presenter Anne Sanders pointed to TV’s imbalance saying, “I hope that with that new talent will come more positions in authority, positions in power because I think it would balance things out a bit more.

“Half of the audience are female and it might represent the viewers a bit more, it might even it out a bit more.”

SBS has the most women on its board, with 4 out of 9 board members. ABC has 3 of 9 board members. Foxtel has 2 of 8 board members, TEN has 2 of 10, Seven and Nine both have 1 of 7.

Deanne Weir, Deputy Chair of Screen Australia, writing in AFTRS Lumina publication says studies have shown that companies with more women on boards and in senior management positions perform better financially.

“The percentage of women on boards of the five free to air networks and Foxtel is marginally better than the ASX 200 average: of the 51 board members, 12, or 24 per cent are women (March 2015),” she writes.

“According to the broadcaster websites, in free-to-air broadcasting the proportion of management teams that are women is slightly better, with around 30 per cent of management teams comprising of women. The numbers of women in management in Australia’s largest TV production companies is also around 30 per cent.”

But Weir says the lack of women in senior roles at the broadcasters also influences how women are represented on screen, especially in commercial news and sports broadcasting.

“As Lisa Wilkinson noted in her Andrew Olle Lecture in 2013, women presenting the news experience a scrutiny of their age and appearance that their male counterparts do not. Her on-air presenting partner, Karl Stefanovic, reinforced this in late 2014 by revealing that as an experiment he decided to wear the same suit for a week and see if anyone noticed. When no-one commented, he continued to wear the suit, and when a full year went by with no comment, he decided it was time to ‘out’ himself and his suit, and the ridiculous double standards that applied to him as opposed to female presenters,” she continues.

“According to the latest census, in 2011 women comprised 36 per cent of people employed in the film and video production sector and 29 per cent in the post-production sector. The proportion of women in both sectors combined was 35 per cent; in 1971 the proportion of women in film, video and PDV (post, digital and visual effects) was 36 per cent. In contrast, the proportion of women in the broadcasting industry increased from 28 per cent to 44 per cent over the same period.

“However, while there are an increasing number of women participating in management and production roles within television, they are on lower salaries and in less senior positions than their male counterparts.”

In Film the imbalance is even more stark, but Weir says we should all be speaking out for better and balanced representation.

“The under-representation of women in the screen sector should be of great concern to anyone who cares about the telling of Australian stories and the development of our culture. Without diversity in the creation, commissioning and production of projects, we risk telling only part of our story.”

-Excerpts from Lumina #14
Disclaimer: AFTRS advertises at TV Tonight.

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John Wood: “We need more TV Drama” Thu, 28 May 2015 18:55:48 +0000 2015-03-03_2146

Veteran actor John Wood, seen most recently in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, has just about seen it all, but says the current TV trends and the economy are hitting Drama production hard.

Reality shows on food and renovation are dominating TV schedules.

“Look it’s hard times. We need to get more Drama back on Commercial Television for sure,” he recently told TV Tonight.

“There was an article in the newspaper asking ‘Is anybody watching anymore?’ If they keep doing the sort of rubbish they’re doing, maybe not.

“But I think people have gotten cold feet about how much it costs to do anything. It’s extremely expensive. Once you work in the industry you know why it’s expensive.”

Wood has previously described 2014 as the worst of his career.

Even premium productions such as Gallipoli have struggled to attract audiences. But Wood praised the work of Director Glendyn Ivin and the young cast.

“I thought he was fantastic and the show was really good. I’ve known Kodi Smit-McPhee since he was very young. He and his father both worked on Blue Heelers numerous times. It’s a pity nobody watched it because it was bloody well made.

“I can’t remember the numbers but Band of Brothers cost something like $6 or $7m an episode.”

In fact it was $US12.5m per episode back in 2001. By comparison, Gallipoli was $14.6m in total.

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Producers delegation to attend Hollywood conference Thu, 28 May 2015 18:49:50 +0000 2015-05-28_2232

Local producers will comprise a delegation of Screen Producers Australia attending the Producer’s Guild of America’s (PGA) Produced By conference in Los Angeles.

Led by Screen Producers Australia CEO Matthew Deaner, the group reflects increased success in program and format sales into the North American market including Rake, Secrets and Lies, Mako Mermaids, Wentworth and The Strange Calls.

They will attend the 3rd annual Australian / US Partners Networking Lunch.

Screen Producers Australia is represented by:
Chris Hilton – CEO/Executive Producer, Essential Media And Entertainment
Ian Collie – Partner & Head Of Scripted, Essential Media And Entertainment
Simonne Overend – Vice President Of Scripted Development, Essential Media And Entertainment
Tracey Robertson – CEO, Hoodlum Television
Kylie Washington – Director, Unscripted Content, Matchbox Pictures
Nathan Anderson – Executive Producer, The Project Factory
Liz Watts – Founder/Producer, Porchlight Films
Troy Zafer – Managing Director, Zac Toons
Stephen Fitzgibbon – Producer & Acquisitions Executive, Curious Film
John Tedesco – Executive Producer, Gold Marquee Films
Tara Riddell – Producer, Screen Producers Australia 2014 Ones To Watch

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Northern Pictures appoints Co-Head of Factual Thu, 28 May 2015 18:48:15 +0000 Alex Hodkingson

Alexandra Hodgkinson, most recently a Producer and Senior Journalist at Sunday Night, has been appointed as Co Head of Factual of Northern Pictures.

Hodgkinson was previously a Producer and later as Supervising Producer at 60 Minutes and as Series Producer or Executive Producer of factual series such as Bush Doctors, Beyond the Darklands, Pride of Australia and Young Doctors.

Northern Pictures has recently produced Kakadu, Life on the Reef, and Changing Minds.

Managing Director Sue Clothier said, “Alexandra is a first-class television producer and vibrant creative thinker with a substantial track record in factual television. She has spent more than two decades at the coal face of current affairs television and will bring immense energy, intelligence and experience to her role at Northern Pictures.

“Alexandra, along with Karina Holden who moves from the role of Head of Production and Development to Head of Factual, will be looking for opportunities to create factual programs for the international marketplace, as well as Australia. They are a great team. Northern Pictures and its affiliates have offices in Singapore, Beijing, New Zealand and Washington as well as Sydney, which gives us a unique competitive advantage in identifying programming opportunities with broadcasters.”

Hodgkinson said: “It’s a magical opportunity to be part of the Northern Pictures team with its great talent, product and creative ambition. I’m looking forward to making some terrific television – and I couldn’t be happier.”

Northern Pictures is part of David Haslingden’s RACAT, a global network of independent television production companies.

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60 Minutes: May 31 Thu, 28 May 2015 18:45:49 +0000 2015-05-28_2147

A bizarre story on this weekend’s 60 Minutes following a face transplant.

And to think I trashed Face / Off in 1997! No wait, I was right.

My Brother’s Face
When Joshua Aversano was hit and killed in a car accident, his sister Rebekah and her family were asked an impossible question, to donate his face to save the life of another man. Incredibly, they said yes. As a result, Richard Norris is probably the greatest medical miracle in the world right now. His face, bones, teeth, tongue, skin and hair are another man’s – they belong to Joshua. Richard is the recipient of the world’s first full face transplant. This Sunday Richard, his family, and his new love tell their remarkable story to Allison Langdon. And after 3 years, Rebekah Aversano meets Richard for the first time – the man who now wears her brother’s face.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Laura Sparkes

What’s the Buzz?
Who would have thought that the humble honey bee could be driven to extinction? It may sound apocalyptic but, right now, bees are being pummelled by a perfect storm. Pesticides, loss of habitat and a rapacious mite are just some of the forces threatening the Australian honey bee’s very existence. It’s arguably the single greatest threat to our ability to feed ourselves. Without bees, there’s no pollination, no life, no food. The stakes could not be higher. This Sunday Charles Wooley traverses Australia to meet a ferocious army of committed bee keepers and scientists on the war-path to save the precious bee.
Reporter: Charles Wooley
Producer: Rebecca Le Tourneau

Sunday at 8.30pm on Nine.

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Four Corners: June 1 Thu, 28 May 2015 18:44:27 +0000 2015-05-28_2128

Next Monday on Four Corners, a whodunit on the high seas as Linton Besser reports on the ship that became a crime scene and the search for a possible killer.

On board a hulking vessel, off the Australian coast, tensions are running high. Out here at sea, normal rules don’t apply. There’s gun dealing, mistreatment and a plan being hatched to jump ship.

What happens next would play out with dreadful consequences.

Three suspicious deaths on board one vessel, in six weeks.

Four Corners pieces together the fateful voyage, charting the growing fear and suspicion amongst the crew as one, then another, then another, die in mysterious circumstances.

And as we delve further into the case we discover the dreadful conditions of many who live their lives at sea.

These are the sailors we rely on to carry out the trade that underpins our national wealth.

Monday 1st of June at 8.30pm.

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Returning: Pretty Little Liars Thu, 28 May 2015 18:40:38 +0000 2015-05-28_2212

Season 6 of Pretty Little Liars begins next week on FOX8.

The first 10 episodes of the season will feature the mystery of Charles DiLaurentis and the Liars graduating from high school plus a four year time jump after the first half of the season.

This will air a day after its US debut.

Filled with mystery, scandal and intrigue, Pretty Little Liars is based on the best-selling book series and returns for another suspenseful season.

Thursdays from June 4 at 8.30pm on FOX8.

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Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Thu, 28 May 2015 13:57:55 +0000 Phryne is approached by a young boy whose brother has gone missing, 8:30pm Friday ABC.

  • Lost Girl
  • Aquarius
  • The Living Room
  • The Graham Norton Show
  • The Ark of the Covenant
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Criminal Minds: update Thu, 28 May 2015 07:25:12 +0000 2015-05-28_1430

Heads up Criminal Minds fans. Next week the show moves to twice a week on Seven.

It will now screen on Wednesdays and Thursdays. While there are two episodes on each night, it’s just the first that is a premiere.

8:45pm Wednesday
Criminal Minds: “Amelia Porter / Lauren”
When the BAU is called to investigate a triple homicide, the search for a connection among the victims could lead them to a fugitive.

8:30pm Thursday
Criminal Minds: “The Forever People / With Friends Like These…”
When frozen bodies are found in Nevada floating in water, the BAU’s investigation leads them to suspect that the victims were part of a cult.Also, JJ confronts old demons from her abduction last year.

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Adam Walters joins TEN News Thu, 28 May 2015 06:35:03 +0000 Adam Walters

Seven News reporter Adam Walters is joining TEN Eyewitness News as a Senior Reporter.

Walters, who won a Walkley Award in 2012, has more than 35 years experience as a journalist, including for Seven, Nine and as a political adviser to former NSW Premier, Morris Iemma.

He has covered stories including the murder of Anita Cobby, the North Shore “Granny Killer”, the 1989 Newcastle NSW earthquake, the Ivan Milat murders, the Port Arthur massacre, the 1997 Thredbo landslide, the arrest of the Bali Nine heroin smugglers, the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires in Victoria and reports that led to the resignation of NSW Police Minister, Carl Scully.

In 2012 he received a Walkley Award for reporting on the NSW Government allowing a monopoly on the sale of ethanol and in 2002 he shared a Logie and Walkley Award for coverage of the Bali bombings.

TEN Network News Director, John Choueifate, said: “I have worked with Adam for over 30 years and he has never let me down. He is a fearless, thorough journalist who has a reputation for breaking stories. He will be a welcome addition to TEN Eyewitness News First At Five.”

Walters takes up his role in July.

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Screen Australia to sell Lindfield Studios Thu, 28 May 2015 06:02:19 +0000 lindfield

Screen Australia is selling the former Film Australia studio and office facilities, located in Lindfield on Sydney’s upper north shore.

Once home to All Saints, the site was established as a purpose-built film and television facility in the 1960s, a base for Film Australia, as well as many independent production and film service companies, for over 30 years.  It was home to documentaries, independent films and  soundtrack studio designs of iconic films such as Crocodile Dundee, Mad Max 2, Pharlap, A Fortunate Life and The Man From Snowy River II.

The site consists of offices, production areas, studio and theatrettes including the Roxy Theatre all located within a bushland setting.

But it has not been recognised a heritage item and the site is set to be sold for housing.

Colliers International will conduct a six-week international marketing campaign to attract prospective buyers through open tender with settlement expected around September/October.

Film Australia emerged in 1973 from the Commonwealth Film Unit, which in turn evolved from the Australian National Film Board, established in about 1940 to produce documentary films. One of Film Australia’s earliest successes was A Steam Train Passes (1974) and more recently Who Killed Dr Bogle and Mrs Chandler? (2006). The Film Australia Collection, held at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), is home to over 5,000 titles reflecting over a century of Australian history.

Subsequent to the merger of Film Australia, the Australian Film Commission and the Film Finance Corporation into the existing Screen Australia, the studio facilities were no longer required. Screen Australia no longer commissions content but now acts to facilitate independent production across a broad range of genres. Under Ku-ring-gai Council’s Local Environment Plan, the site has a zoning that allows for a mix of low/medium density residential development.

Screen Australia recognises the excellent work of Jorge Schneider, Margaret Slarke and Josie Cabral, the remaining staff at Lindfield.


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Stars line up for new animation from Archer writer Thu, 28 May 2015 05:35:46 +0000 2015-05-28_1502

FX has ordered a pilot for a new animated comedy Cassius & Clay, with a profile voice cast.

Written by Megan Ganz (Modern Family, Community) and Archer‘s Adam Reed, the action-buddy comedy is described as being in the vein of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and centres on two women living as bandits in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic America.

The voice-cast feature Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Lake Bell (Childrens Hospital, Unsupervised) plus Susan Sarandon, JB Smoove, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeffrey Tambor, Stephen Root, Katy Mixon and Robert Patrick.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Prolific children’s producer to depart Endemol Thu, 28 May 2015 04:51:15 +0000 2015-05-28_1445

Prolific children’s television producer Noel Price will depart Endemol Australia, to create online content aimed primarily at teens and young adults under 25.

Price has been producing children’s television for 25 years, the last 17 with with Endemol and its predecessor Southern Star Entertainment.

His credits include Blue Water High, Hairy Legs, In Your Dreams, Tracey McBean, a gURLs wURLd, Classic Tales, Bottle Top Bill,The Sleepover Club, Raggs, Foreign Exchange, Snobs, Outriders, Spellbinder and The Girl From Tomorrow.

Price told IF funding models had collapsed in Children’s TV with licence fees from broadcasters static or falling, and young viewers having shifted to watching content online.

“Networks aren’t paying the licence fees they used to and kids are watching stuff online and on mobile devices and less and less on TV,” he said.

“Also, there is a tsunami of animation being produced globally, most of it subsidised and unprofitable.”

Price is widely regarded for his contribution to Children’s TV. Only last year he told TV Tonight, “Australia’s biggest cultural export is actually Children’s Television. It’s huge and it has been for decades. The audiences around the world are massive. They swamp anything that adult drama and feature film combined can put together,” he says.

“It’s fair to say (Australia is) one of the major players in providing children’s drama. It’s an untold story but it’s a big story. The influence we wield internationally is beyond what anybody really understands.”

Jenny Buckland, CEO of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, told IF, “Noel Price has been a fixture in the Australian children’s television industry for decades, and literally millions of kids around the world would have seen his shows. His comments about the current challenges financing children’s drama are spot on. And frankly, if Noel can’t do it, nobody can.”

His final production In Your Dreams (pictured), a co-production with NDR and TVPlus in Germany, premieres on 7TWO on June 15.

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Awaken: May 28 Thu, 28 May 2015 03:20:04 +0000 2015-05-28_1254

Today on NITV’s Awaken, Stan Grant talks to Michael Long and the AFL to mark 20 years of the Racial Vilification Policy.

It’s been 20 years since Damian Monkhorst and Michael Long made national headlines over an incident of racial vilification in a 1995 Anzac Day game between Collingwood and Essendon. The moment caused pain to players and divided fans but resulted in the introduction of Australia’s first sporting Racial Vilification Policy. NITV marks this anniversary with a special Awaken (tonight, 9pm), where former AFL players Michael Long and Gilbert McAdam, Assistant to AFL CEO, Tony Peek and Australian National University Professor, Colin Tatz, speak to Stan Grant about that day and the years and actions that have followed.

Discussing their experiences on the field, Michael Long and Gilbert McAdam recount the racism at the time and the specific day that they decided to bring it to the forefront of AFL management. Gilbert McAdam said “We made a stance that night…we said we’d have a meeting with the AFL on Monday and we’re going to put our points of view across and that’s what we did…I know former players who have walked away from the game.”

“Players before us had to put with it a lot more than we did. We didn’t want our kids growing up and putting up with what we have to put up with what we did.”

Reflecting on his relationship with Damian Monkhorst, Michael Long said “I still remain close friends with Damian… I take my hat off to him from that moment even to today – he has been an integral part of this change and shift…these small steps, I think it’s been quite powerful. We can’t underestimate how much has changed over that time.”

Speaking about the lack of knowledge of racism within the AFL at the time, Tony Peek, said: “I’m not sure that we were aware of the extent of it…the Nicky Winmar issue was directed at the crowd – so we were not really aware of the extent of it.”

“There was a culture in the game at the time that basically, what’s said on the field, stays on the field. It took Michael to draw the proverbial line in the sand and to say, this is no longer acceptable.”

“The most important thing we had to do was to actually listen, so that’s why we leaned on the players very heavily.”

In addition to discussing the introduction of the policy, the panel also explore its effectiveness and how it has impacted on both the AFL and wider racism in sport – noting that there is still work to be done following recent incidents with Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes.

20 years on from the introduction of the policy, the lack of Indigenous faces at senior levels of AFL is also discussed, with both players and the AFL realising that this is something that needs to be developed. Speaking on the importance of having an Indigenous voice on the AFL Commission, Michael Long, who missed out on the position earlier this year, said: “Everything starts from the top, decision making and implementation.”

Tony Peek added: “[It’s] certainly something we’ve identified…maybe ten years ago, our total workforce was about 0.3% Indigenous, today our total workforce across AFL is about 3%, so there are more jobs at various levels.”

“We have got some pathway programmes in place – we want to develop, coaches, administrators and future leaders…people like Adam Goodes and Shaun Burgoyne …they are guys that we can see taking on administrative roles.”

Thursday 28 May, 9pm on NITV.

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Former TEN CEO to head Southern Cross Austereo Thu, 28 May 2015 02:20:36 +0000 2015-05-28_1205

Former TEN Chief Executive Officer Grant Blackley has been appointed as the new CEO of Southern Cross Austereo, following the resignation of Rhys Holleran.

Blackley was with TEN for 24 years, ending as CEO in February 2011 when the Board replaced him with Lachlan Murdoch as Acting CEO.

SCA chairman Peter Bush said, “I have had the opportunity to observe Grant in his various industry roles over some time and I have a great deal of respect for his expertise and achievements in media sales, strategy and executive team development in particular.

“In addition, with the potential opportunities and challenges that could flow from mooted media ownership rule changes in future, Grant’s extensive media industry knowledge and network will be a distinct advantage.”

Blackley said, “Since leaving the TEN Network, I have spent time enjoying a diverse range of business challenges but the more I thought about the opportunity to join the Southern Cross Austereo team, the more interested I became.

“This is a company with great brands, a highly engaged group of talented people and the scope to build additional and new streams of sustainable revenue and earnings.”

Blackley begins on June 29 and will be relinquishing all other management responsibilities with restaurant group Keystone, Four Seasons Media and RGM Artists prior to that time.

SCA owns regional TV broadcasters and radio networks Hit and Triple M, and has been rumoured in takeover stories involving Nine Entertainment Co.

Source: Mumbrella
Photo: News Corp

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ABC to investigate Q & A “bias” Thu, 28 May 2015 01:34:44 +0000 qanda2015

The ABC will investigate whether Q & A has a Left-leaning bias, following questions yesterday at a Senate estimates committee hearing.

“If you spoke to any Coalition MP – even those appear on it – they’d admit the program does lean to the Left,” Liberal National Party senator James McGrath told ABC managing director Mark Scott.

Scott told the committee he was willing to conduct a survey sample of the issues that are discussed on the program.

“It is not the first time I’ve heard that depiction,” he advised.

Amongst the other key points from yesterday’s hearing:

  • ABC is largely finished with its cuts to programming and editorial staff numbers with about 200 employees already out the door. There are still about 100 positions to go, mainly from back office operations.
  • ABC’s independent audience and consumer division is investigating complaints about aggressive post-budget interviews by ABC hosts Emma Alberici and Leigh Sales.
  • ABC will also close its online Arts Portal in 2016, shifting arts content to iview service and a “dedicated arts and culture vertical” in ABC News Online. Staff will continue to produce the same volume of arts content.
  • Mark Scott denied media reports he has sought to extend his tenure at the ABC and is due to finish his second five-year term in July 2016.


Source: Fairfax, News Corp, AFR

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Returning: Strike Back Thu, 28 May 2015 01:05:53 +0000 2015-05-28_1104

Action series Strike Back returns to FOX8 on Sunday, featuring Philip Winchester and Aussie Sullivan Stapleton.

This is billed as S3, due to Cinemax taking over production after the Brit-produced first season, and is also known as the  ‘Shadow Warfare’ season.

These episodes aired in the US in October 2013, prior to Sullivan’s accident in Thailand which delayed the next season, due in the US in July.

The high-octane, globe-spanning thriller Strike Back returns with another season of storylines ripped from today’s headlines. In Season 3 Section 20 is in pursuit of elusive terrorist al-Zuhari, and his cartel partners, across several global locales including Colombia, Beirut, and Europe.

Sundays from May 31 at 9.30pm.

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Origin match tops the year with 2.43m viewers Thu, 28 May 2015 00:10:10 +0000 2015-05-28_1002

The first State of Origin was always going to be big -it was just a question of how big.

In the end  a massive 2.43m viewers watched the Maroons defeat the Blues at ANZ Stadium, making it the biggest audience so far in 2015.

Sydney tuned in with a whopping 1.09m viewers, with 769,000 in Brisbane and 380,000 in Melbourne.

1.55m watched the pre-match and 1.02m stayed for the post-match. The only title it couldn’t grab was outranking 2014’s 2.6m viewers for Game I.

Nine stormed the night with more than double Seven in share -but it’s a given that Seven does not program competitively against such dominance and offers a staggered schedule.

Elsewhere MasterChef held up well against Sport for TEN. Nine also had wins with A Current Affair and Today.

Nine network pulled a 44.4% share then Seven 21.3%, TEN 17.2%,  ABC 12.4% and SBS 4.7%.

Following the Origin numbers, A Current Affair hit a 2015 high (1.2m), ahead of Nine News (1.1m / 1.08m) and Hot Seat (634,000). Movie: Mad Max was 256,000.

Seven News was 999,000 / 929,000 for Seven then Home and Away (743,000), Criminal Minds (557,000 / 422,000) and Million Dollar Minute (545,000). House Rules ran in 3 cities with 410,000 (Sydney and Brisbane air tonight) and Border Security International was 255,000 in 2 cities.

MasterChef settled on 934,000 but remained the top non-News / Sport title.  The Project was 627,000 / 481,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 615,000, Madam Secretary was 440,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 252,000.  Hawaii Five 0 was 151,000.

ABC also had a quiet night with ABC News (745,000), 7:30 (601,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (448,000), The Agony of Life (444,000), QI (443,000), Antiques Roadshow (332,000) and 8MMM (182,000).

On SBS ONE it was Neil Oliver: The Vikings (241,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (201,000), SBS World News (152,000), Food Safari (133,000) and The Legacy (80,000).

Big Bang was best on multichannels at 248,000.

Today: 317,000
Sunrise: 315,000
ABC News Breakfast: 99,000 / 52,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 27 May 2015

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Wednesday 27 May 2015 Wed, 27 May 2015 23:23:52 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Wednesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 27/05/2015 20/05/2015 Network ABC 8.7% 11.6% Network ABC2 2.2% 2.4% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.0% 1.2% Network ABC TTL 12.4% 15.8% Network 7 14.1% 19.5% Network 7TWO 4.1% 4.8% Network 7mate 3.0% 3.8% Network 7 TTL 21.3% 28.0% Network 9 37.6% 18.7% Network GO! 3.6% 4.1% Network Gem 3.2% 3.1% Network 9 TTL 44.4% 25.9% Network TEN 12.9% 18.1% Network ONE 1.8% 2.6% Network ELEVEN 2.5% 3.7% Network TEN TTL 17.2% 24.3% Network SBS ONE 3.7% 4.2% Network SBS 2 0.9% 1.6% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.7% 5.9%


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Network 9 2,319,000 1,092,000 380,000 769,000 79,000 0
2 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Network 9 1,515,000 720,000 255,000 459,000 81,000 0
3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,197,000 409,000 358,000 254,000 93,000 83,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,099,000 306,000 380,000 216,000 104,000 93,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,081,000 326,000 361,000 229,000 91,000 75,000
6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 999,000 239,000 285,000 178,000 121,000 176,000
7 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – POST MATCH Network 9 964,000 408,000 167,000 389,000 0 0
8 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 937,000 233,000 356,000 115,000 106,000 127,000
9 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 929,000 247,000 282,000 157,000 95,000 148,000
10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 745,000 229,000 245,000 120,000 71,000 80,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 743,000 191,000 202,000 166,000 82,000 102,000
12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 645,000 178,000 191,000 101,000 95,000 79,000
13 HOT SEAT Network 9 634,000 173,000 216,000 146,000 51,000 47,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 627,000 174,000 208,000 116,000 64,000 66,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 615,000 172,000 157,000 97,000 79,000 110,000
16 7.30-EV Network ABC 601,000 170,000 195,000 113,000 63,000 60,000
17 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 557,000 144,000 207,000 55,000 86,000 65,000
18 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 545,000 179,000 150,000 82,000 67,000 68,000
19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 481,000 125,000 152,000 87,000 65,000 51,000
20 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV Network ABC 448,000 106,000 174,000 48,000 42,000 77,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 248,000 55,000 66,000 34,000 38,000 56,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 244,000 57,000 78,000 48,000 33,000 28,000
3 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 236,000 59,000 68,000 58,000 28,000 23,000
4 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 233,000 42,000 56,000 77,000 34,000 23,000
5 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 220,000 64,000 58,000 45,000 31,000 22,000
6 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 217,000 52,000 67,000 58,000 20,000 19,000
7 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 216,000 51,000 32,000 73,000 30,000 30,000
8 INSPECTOR MORSE Network 7TWO 210,000 50,000 57,000 25,000 49,000 29,000
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 209,000 39,000 68,000 25,000 34,000 43,000
10 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 207,000 54,000 53,000 39,000 34,000 27,000
11 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 204,000 59,000 46,000 52,000 24,000 23,000
12 MIKE THE KNIGHT-AM Network ABC2 201,000 55,000 46,000 49,000 28,000 23,000
13 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 198,000 41,000 24,000 68,000 36,000 28,000
14 PIE IN THE SKY Network 7TWO 195,000 45,000 63,000 33,000 30,000 24,000
15 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 194,000 43,000 17,000 54,000 44,000 35,000
16 PEG + CAT-AM Network ABC2 187,000 37,000 61,000 32,000 30,000 28,000
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 184,000 39,000 43,000 27,000 31,000 43,000
18 THE FURCHESTER HOTEL-AM Network ABC2 172,000 45,000 32,000 48,000 24,000 23,000
19 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-PM Network ABC2 167,000 56,000 36,000 39,000 22,000 14,000
20 HARDCORE PAWN Network 7mate 157,000 23,000 83,000 15,000 22,000 13,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Network\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Network 9 TTL 1,175,000 508,000 200,000 379,000 36,000 53,000
2 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Network 9 TTL 724,000 322,000 127,000 224,000 33,000 18,000
3 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – POST MATCH Network 9 TTL 529,000 207,000 98,000 200,000 25,000
4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN TTL 510,000 137,000 187,000 73,000 45,000 68,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 TTL 481,000 173,000 144,000 93,000 38,000 33,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Network\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Network 9 TTL 1,154,000 492,000 200,000 377,000 32,000 52,000
2 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Network 9 TTL 709,000 303,000 137,000 220,000 31,000 18,000
3 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – POST MATCH Network 9 TTL 513,000 192,000 96,000 196,000 29,000
4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN TTL 478,000 123,000 174,000 68,000 42,000 72,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 TTL 430,000 142,000 133,000 90,000 36,000 30,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Network\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – MATCH Network 9 TTL 804,000 364,000 133,000 251,000 21,000 36,000
2 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – PRE MATCH Network 9 TTL 479,000 219,000 95,000 132,000 22,000 11,000
3 STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE NSW V QLD 1ST – POST MATCH Network 9 TTL 361,000 147,000 56,000 136,000 23,000
4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN TTL 322,000 87,000 97,000 54,000 32,000 53,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 TTL 254,000 88,000 80,000 50,000 22,000 14,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 27/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 100,000
4 FAMILY GUY FOX8 74,000
5 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 69,000
7 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 51,000
8 FAMILY GUY FOX8 50,000
9 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 49,000
10 DORA AND FRIENDS Nick Jr. 49,000
11 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 48,000
12 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION LifeStyle Channel 45,000
13 CSI: MIAMI TVH!TS 44,000
16 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 43,000
19 GAME OF THRONES showcase 41,000
20 AMERICAN DAD! FOX8 40,000


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The open church of RocKwiz Wed, 27 May 2015 18:58:16 +0000 2015-05-27_2222

Most television quiz shows would never dream of lighting the studio without having thoroughly screened their contestants for fear of things going wrong.

But for 10 years SBS music show RocKwiz has chosen its participants on the night, at its home in The Esplanade Hotel, St. Kilda. In by-passing traditional casting paths, it has attracted a diverse mix of individuals, young, old, and even disabled.

“It’s always been people from the room on the night and I think it’s a bit unusual. It doesn’t happen anywhere,” says host Julia Zemiro.

“As far as I know we’re the only quiz show that’s had someone with Asperger’s, autism, someone who was almost-legally blind. We’re an open church.

“So whoever has the goods will get up there. Every now and then there’s someone who is an amazing singer. And even the ones who can’t sing, we love.”

Of course there is a preliminary screening, albeit at the last minute, in the hands of co-creator and adjudicator Brian Nankervis.

“Brian runs a mini-Rockwiz where he brings up 24 people to find the best 4. It’s good to have a preliminary round because some people think they can do it, they know it at home on the couch, but on stage in front of everybody it’s a rabbit in the headlights,” she says.

“So there are cards in the audience with 10 questions and he says ‘If you think you can answer most of those questions, come up. If you can’t then please don’t come up, because I will make fun of you!’”

Does that mean there are risks of contestants not performing well? Rarely says Zemiro, with the show having some 180 episodes under its belt.

“The only thing that’s gone really wrong happened early, in Series 2 or 3 and we quickly cottoned onto it, when we had a couple of guys in different shows who were extremely competitive and just buzzed in all the time. You could feel the audience turning against them. It was just a lack of generosity,” she explains.

“So from that day we’ve always said to the contestants, ‘If you feel you’re dominating and you’ve answered 6 in a row, you might just want to back off a bit and share it amongst the group.’

“It’s saying ‘It’s not about you, it’s about everyone.’ And it’s rarely happened again since.”

At 6 episodes, this season is down from last year’s 14 but the crew has turned it into a positive by theming its episodes around musical decades. Zemiro is surprised how well the format variation has worked.

“We’re doing the’ 50s right through to the naughties and we actually thought it would hamstring us a bit but it turned out really great. Every show has a different flavour and we enjoyed sitting in the music of that era. We were surprised how many young people knew about old stuff and vice versa,” she explains.

The first episode begins with the 1950s and welcomes guests Caitlin Park, Joe Camilleri, Katie Noonan and Col Joye.

“Col Joye was genuinely hilarious: funny, switched-on, confident, way funnier than me. He had amazing timing,” she recalls.

“To be with us and to share those incredible stories of having worked with people like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis …it was mental!

“The 90s and naughties episodes had younger, vibrant contestants who were so into their music and knew what they were doing, that it was a delight.”

Other episodes also feature an array of the musical elite all of whom take their turn at the trivia questions when they are not performing.

“Julia Stone, Connie Mitchell, Vance Joy, John Butler, Kate Ceberano, Paul Kelly, are all doing songs you wouldn’t expect. They’re not doing their own music. And I think that was a great attraction (for them). Some did sing their own songs as well, it just depends.

“We’re thrilled that the level is so high and that we attract amazing people to come and do duets.”

Having just finished her annual Eurovision commitments in Vienna, Zemiro will now be seen on two networks, with Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery returning to ABC next week.

With so much work in the can, it’s surely time for her to enjoy a little downtime?

“I’m having a little holiday in Denmark by train! It means I will have to practice my Danish. Then when I get back I’ve just moved into a new flat so I will be unpacking some boxes!”

RocKwiz returns 8:30pm Saturday on SBS ONE.

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So how do 30 Rock and Brooklyn Nine-Nine meet the SBS Charter? Wed, 27 May 2015 18:55:07 +0000 2015-05-28_0004

It’s a question many have asked before, and yesterday Senator Ludlam put it to SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid during a Senate Estimates committee:

How do US shows like 30 Rock and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fit the SBS Charter?

Playing US sitcoms, that are widely covered by commercial and subscription broadcasters, seems an ill-fit with the Charter that requires diversity.

But Ebeid explained they can cross-promote local content and drive advertising profits into producing Australian product.

“Sometimes it’s not linked at all to Charter, and we use that to attract slightly different audiences… or a younger audience to be able to cross-promote our other content like Go Back to Where You Came From or Struggle Street. Those more-broader, Entertainment shows,” he said.

Chief Content Officer Helen Kellie said SBS weighed up the cost to buy content versus what it may attract in advertising revenue, against Charter impact.

“Most of our acquired content we make a profit on, and that profit enables us to make more commissioned content,” she said.

“To commission a show costs you ten times the amount to buy a show.”

“We know that we are an under-funded organisation and we have been for a long time,” Ebeid continued. “We would love to be able to commission more content,” said Ebeid, before acknowledging a funding boost under the Labor government.

“We do roughly buy about 80% of our schedule and make about 15%. I would love to increase that.

“The ABC and SBS doesn’t have content quotas, Seven, Nine and TEN do. I’ve always argued I’d love to have a quote but of course that would need to be funded.”

SBS was also questioned on its commitment to football, with former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy raising future plans for FIFA World Cup, Tour de France and A-League.

Ebeid explained SBS has the rights to FIFA World Cup until 2022 but could not rule out foregoing them if funding continued to evaporate.

“I can’t say to you it could never happen. What I am saying to you is we are 100% committed to football. I think football is incredibly important for SBS for our brand.

“It’s part of our heritage as an organisation. It would be something that would have to be catastrophic to change that.”

Rights to UEFA Champions League have expired and SBS is bidding competitively to retain it.

“We don’t plan on losing it now if we can help it,” he said.

But he would be drawn on discussions to on-sell A-League with commercial networks.

“It’s completely confidential. I have nothing to report on that at the moment.”

Senator Conroy advised he knew discussions were underway with commercial broadcasters.

“We would be breaking (FFA) agreements by talking about it,” Ebeid replied.

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Vale: Bob Hornery Wed, 27 May 2015 18:52:45 +0000 2015-05-28_0136

Veteran actor Bob Hornery, best known for stage performances with the Melbourne Theatre Company and roles in Mad Max and Neighbours, has died, aged 83.

He died on Tuesday night after a long illness, after a 60 year career in entertainment.

Fairfax Media reports he he spent half a century with the MTC, joining in 1961 alongside Zoe Caldwell, and concluding with last appearance was in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, with Geoffrey Rush.

“Bob’s career was 60 years long. He was such a humble and astonishing spirit, such an embodiment of company spirit. He could fluently ad lib in iambic pentameter. He was unstoppable,” said Rush.

During the 1970s, he made appearances in many series including Dad’s Army, Doctor Who, Whodunnit? and Shelley, followed by Sapphire and Steel, Blue Heelers, State Coroner, Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, Something In The Air, Dogwoman, The Genie from Down Under, Embassy, Five Mile Creek, Murder Call and Thunderstone. 

In 1996, he made a guest appearance in Neighbours as Tom Kennedy, the adoptive father of Dr Karl Kennedy (Alan Fletcher). The character of Tom would go on to make further appearances in 1999, 2006 and 2007, when the character developed dementia and had to give up his farm and move into a nursing home.

Film credits included Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome, Road to Nhill, Ground Zero and Crackerjack.

In 2010 Bob Hornery more than 200 performers gathered to honour him as the recipient of the Equity Lifetime Achievement Award, recognised for six decades of success as an actor, activist and mentor.

The arts community has mourned his loss:

“Immensely saddened to hear dear colleague Bob Hornery has passed away. Generous ebullient man and glorious actor. Tom Kennedy @neighbours” -Alan Fletcher.

“RIP Australian actor Bob Hornery. Charming generous talented gentleman. Chookas.” -Colin Lane.

“VALE magnificently talented, beautiful soul of a man BOB HORNERY, the candle is lit to light your path darling manRIP” -Sally Anne Upton.

“Vale Bob Hornery. Dim the lights of Australian theatre.” -Adam Zwar.

Bob Hornery’s funeral will be held on Sunday, May 31, at the Southbank Theatre from 11am.

Additional source: ThePerfectBlend

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Oops. Gorgi Coghlan apologises for being breast dressed. Wed, 27 May 2015 18:50:54 +0000 IMG_1666

The Project viewers took to social media last night passing comment on Gorgi Coghlan’s choice of wardrobe, and mistaking her for going topless or whether her nipples were prominent.

“I’m so sorry, it actually isn’t….” she told viewers. “It’s just the seams. There’s heaps of buffering there and heaps of stuffing and I apologise if I’ve offended anybody.”

Panelist Jennifer Byrne clarified that “It doesn’t look like that in here at all.”

“Maybe it’s not reading the same way as it did when we got dressed with the team downstairs,” Coghlan continued.

“I will be in a turtle neck tomorrow night.”

More importantly last night’s show discussed everything from animal rights and terrorism to marriage equality.

But none of those had nipples.


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Screen Australia boss says his 18yo nephew isn’t watching broadcast TV Wed, 27 May 2015 18:49:34 +0000 2015-05-28_0110

Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia, says younger viewers are turning away from broadcast television and watching content online.

Writing in a blog he notes, “Look, there have been some really great TV dramas in recent years – Love Child, Puberty Blues, Paper Giants spring to mind – that have been really popular with audiences 40+, who are the bulk of TV viewers” he says. “They do well because they connect generationally with viewers.”

“With shows like these, Australian TV is killing it in terms of ratings and the networks have a lot to be proud of. The industry is doing great work and pulling incredible numbers for its core traditional audience. It’s much more engaged than our film sector.”

But even the CEO of the funding body that backs Australian drama says his own family members are bucking tradition.

“My nephew, who’s 18, doesn’t watch these shows. He doesn’t even own a telly! He watches online and doesn’t distinguish TV from online content. But what he’s watching isn’t Love Child and Puberty Blues, it’s more likely Bondi Hipsters and Mighty Car Mods YouTube series. And I think he’s pretty indicative of his age group.

“So while traditional TV drama is performing well with one audience segment, we’re losing a generation”, says Mason.

However he cites online content such as The Katering Show, Bondi Hipsters and stunt-laden comedy Versus as proving popular with younger viewers.

“If I were a distributor today, I’d be making short, edgy, info-based comedy with 16-30 year olds,” says Mason. “Comedy is something we all relate to. It’s how we like to think of ourselves. We’re quick to laugh and it’s a way to be inclusive and included.”

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Returning: Person with Interest Wed, 27 May 2015 18:44:48 +0000 2015-05-27_2308

US crime drama Person of Interest is back in schedule on Nine next Monday night.

It screens at 10:40pm in all markets, picking up from S4E17 “Karma.”

Reese and Finch try to protect a psychologist whose unorthodox methods for helping his patients find closure could cost him dearly. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal Finch’s fragile state in the days following the bombing that killed his best friend, Nathan Ingram.

There are 6 episodes remaining in the current season.

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FOX Footy: Mick Malthouse interview Wed, 27 May 2015 18:40:20 +0000 2015-05-27_2316

Tonight FOX Footy has the first interview with AFL coach Mick Malthouse following his sacking as coach of the Carlton Football Club.

Gerard Whateley will conduct the interview with Malthouse following AFL 360 at 8:30pm.

The longest serving coach in AFL history, Malthouse will share his side of the story since his coaching career ended dramatically after 718 games.

Don’t miss this captivating interview, in the aftermath of one of the biggest AFL stories of 2015, only on FOX Footy.

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Inside DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Wed, 27 May 2015 18:39:41 +0000

Cast from DC’s Legends of Tomorrow including Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Victor Garber, Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller discuss what’s coming in their Arrow and Flash spinoff series.

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Redesign My Brain Wed, 27 May 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Todd Sampson exercises his brain muscle by climbing a Utah rockface -blindfolded. 8:30pm Thursday ABC.

  • Dig
  • Dirty Laundry Live
  • Wayward Pines
  • The Passing Bells
  • Nashville
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Timeshifted: Tuesday 19 May 2015 Wed, 27 May 2015 07:19:57 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 19/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 1,271,000 1,204,000 67,000 2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,190,000 1,190,000 0 3 LOVE CHILD Network 9 1,152,000 927,000 225,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,133,000 1,132,000 0 5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,085,000 1,081,000 4,000 6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,085,000 1,079,000 6,000 7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,066,000 1,062,000 5,000 8 NCIS Network TEN 924,000 752,000 172,000 9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 896,000 854,000 42,000 10 RENO RUMBLE -TUE Network 9 878,000 831,000 47,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 874,000 874,000 0 12 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 831,000 759,000 72,000 13 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 701,000 699,000 2,000 14 HOT SEAT Network 9 693,000 693,000 0 15 7.30-EV Network ABC 691,000 689,000 1,000 16 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC 674,000 647,000 27,000 17 SLOW TRAIN THROUGH AFRICA WITH GRIFF RHYS JONES-EV Network ABC 654,000 617,000 36,000 18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 630,000 630,000 0 19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 618,000 616,000 2,000 20 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 616,000 507,000 109,000


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Sony paid entry fee for SBS into Eurovision Wed, 27 May 2015 07:10:46 +0000 IMG_9404_EV

Sony Music paid the entry fee for SBS to compete in Eurovision, SBS managing director Michael Ebeid has told a Senate estimates committee today.

SBS paid a broadcaster fee for the event and sent five staff to Vienna, however the cost was minimal.

Elsewhere SBS has indicated a desire to return to the contest after bumper ratings figures this year.

Earlier this week he said, “Eurovision for SBS is the perfect example of the SBS charter in action with its celebration of diversity, culture, and inclusion. Guy’s performance was outstanding and against such strong competition we’re so proud that his talent was supported, and acknowledged by the Eurovision community.”

Source: AAP

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Vale: John Pinder Wed, 27 May 2015 06:21:25 +0000 2015-05-27_1616

Comedy producer John Pinder, who discovered a string of legendary comedians in the Melbourne comedy circuit, has died, aged 70.

“Early this morning John slipped away freed from the suffering and pain his cancer had caused him. He was so peaceful and surrounded by love,” his partner Dasha Ross announced on Facebook.

Pinder opened Australia’s first comedy cabaret venue The Flying Trapeze Café in Melbourne in the early Seventies, before opening The Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant and Zoo. He was the coordinator of the inaugural Melbourne International Comedy Festival, produced works at Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Adelaide Festival of the Arts and supported the fledgling Circus Oz in its infancy.

But it was The Last Laugh that gave prominence to comedians including Wendy Harmer, Mary-Anne Fahey, Ian McFadyen, Peter Moon, Jane Turner, Richard Stubbs who later appeared in The Comedy Company, The Big Gig, Fast Forward and The Late Show.

In The 1990s he moved into television, as a consultant on Steve Vizard’s Tonight Live, later becoming a creative consultant on The Comedy Channel. Pinder was also responsible for bringing The Goodies to Australia in 2005 and co-produced the first live shows of The 3rd Degree, the comedy troupe which went on to become The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.

Earlier this year he featured in the ABC series Stop Laughing …This is Serious.

Susan Provan, Festival Director/CEO of Melbourne International Comedy Festival, told ArtsHub: “Without John Pinder and his pal Roger Evans fearlessly and crazily doing what they did (creating the iconic Last Laugh Theatre Restaurant on Smith St way before Collingwood was cool, and then the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, among many other things), the path for many extraordinary artists would have been unthinkably more difficult. And without them creating the opportunity for Melbourne audiences in particular to develop and stretch their taste in comedy back then, we wouldn’t have the environment that feeds such a huge community now.”

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Renewed: Grace and Frankie Wed, 27 May 2015 05:50:56 +0000 2015-05-27_1525

New US comedy series Grace and Frankie, starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, has won a second season on Netflix.

“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” said executive producer and co-creator Marta Kauffman, “because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a season two.’ So yes, there is a season two. We have Ted (Sarandos, Chief Content Officer) and Miley to thank.”

The series sees Fonda (Grace) and Tomlin (Frankie) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are pursuing a same-sex marriage with each other.

Grace and Frankie is produced by Skydance Television for Netflix.

It will debut in 2016.

Source: Deadline

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Aussie to star in new period drama by Kurt Sutter Wed, 27 May 2015 05:02:12 +0000 2015-05-27_1418

Australian actor Lee Jones is set for US stardom as the lead role in Kurt Sutter’s upcoming period drama, The Bastard Executioner.

Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy, explores the story of a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is broken by the ravages of war and vows to lay down his sword. When that violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.

Lee Jones appeared briefly in Home and Away and 2009 and Nine’s kid’s series Magical Tales and will be joined by Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Kurt Sutter and Sam Spruell plus Darren Evans, Danny Sapani, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Sarah Sweeney, Elen Rhys, Ethan Griffiths and guest star Matthew Rhys.

Sutter will also serve as executive producer, along with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay, also Pilot director.

FX has ordered a ten episodes for the first season for its Fall schedule.

“From his important contributions to The Shield to his epic run on Sons of Anarchy, Kurt has been one of FX’s most visionary artists, and we are proud to get him back on the air so soon after the unquestionable success of Sons,” said John Landgraf, the CEO of FX Networks and FX Productions.

The Bastard Executioner has lined up an extraordinary creative team, with Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Paris Barclay joining Kurt as executive producers and an amazing cast led by Katey Sagal, Stephen Moyer and Lee Jones in the signature role as the Executioner himself. We knew they could deliver something special and, under the expert direction of Paris, they did just that. The fans can’t wait for the first season, and neither can we.”

“Kurt Sutter and Brian Grazer have been spectacular creative partners—and dear friends—to our studio for years, and their collaboration has resulted in a fantastic and epic new series,” commented Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs, Gary Newman and Dana Walden, whose Fox 21 TV Studios will produce the project with FX Productions.

The Bastard Executioner, written by Kurt and directed by the talented Paris Barclay, is dangerous, brilliant, emotional and undeniable. This is the perfect follow-up to Sons and another huge event series for FX from Fox 21 TVS and FXP. Viewers are in for a wild and spellbinding ride.”

Source: WorldScreen

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TV adaptation for Robot Overlords Wed, 27 May 2015 03:47:32 +0000 2015-05-27_1341

UK indie sci-fi movie Robot Overlords, which starred Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson and Aussie Callan McAuliffe (pictured) is getting a TV adaptation.

The film, which follows a group of survivors battling against alien robots who have overtaken the earth, was released in the UK earlier this year but is yet to have an Australian release.

Cineflix-backed indie Buccaneer and Tempo will make a TV series set in a parallel universe to the one featured in the movie.

Bucanner founder Tony Wood said: “I’m thrilled to be working with Piers Tempest and Jon Wright to reimagine Robot Overlords for an international family TV audience. Robot Overlords is a great British sci-fi brand in the tradition of classics such as Quatermass and Dr. Who – packed with special effects and rebellious excitement.”

The title and cast for the spinoff TV series have yet to be announced.

No broadcaster is yet attached.

Source: TBI Vision

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The Checkout: May 28 Wed, 27 May 2015 03:10:35 +0000 2015-05-27_1212

On The Checkout this week, Zoë Norton Lodge looks at skincare company Arbonne’s direct marketing and discovers it’s definitely not a pyramid scheme, but a multi-level marketing scheme.

Also this week:

Our new segment ‘Checkout Chumps’ looks at the consumer mistakes the presenters of a certain consumer show make… This week we investigate Premium SMS Charges, as Julian Morrow joins the Not Appy club.

Scott Abbot gives us the good oil on essential oils. Are they really that essential?

Can our team of crack experts “Justify That Fee”. This weeks’ fee is SMH Box Office’s $23 ticket purchasing service fee.

The burgers look better at Hungry Jacks… than they do in real life.

In F.U.Tube this week, Craig looks into NAB’s Traveller Card, Sony Xperia’s non-waterproof phone and pet insurance premiums that live on after your pet has departed.

8pm Thursday 28 May on ABC.

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Airdate: T-Rex Autopsy Wed, 27 May 2015 02:20:30 +0000 2015-05-27_1145

Next month Nat Geo presents a 2 hour special in which scientists and paleontologists will recreate a Tyrannosaurus Rex and then dissect it from head to toe, in T-Rex Autopsy.

Leading special effects company Crawley Creatures, which has worked over 25 years in the film & TV industry on such titles as The Lost World and Walking with Dinosaurs spent 4.5 months reconstructing the T-Rex inside and out.

Maybe not as ‘literally’ as it suggests but fascinating for dino die-hards, nonetheless.

At 14 metres long, nearly 2 metres wide and lying lifeless in a specially constructed biology lab, the world’s first full-size, anatomically complete recreation of a Tyrannosaurus Rex awaits dissection. In National Geographic Channel’s new two-hour special, T-Rex Autopsy, four intrepid scientists get to the heart (literally) of what made this fearsome creature tick.

Using cutting-edge special effects techniques, and in collaboration with esteemed veterinary surgeons, anatomists and paleontologists, T-Rex Autopsy will build the world’s first full-size anatomically correct Tyrannosaurus Rex, based on the very latest research and findings. The massive monster will be life-like inside and out, giving scientists the chance to touch it, smell it, scan it, X-ray it and cut it open from head to toe for the first time.

This once-in-a-lifetime experiment offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore questions such as whether or not T-Rex had feathers; how it fed with tiny arms; whether it was primarily a hunter or scavenger; how it digested food; how old it lived to be; how it procreated; and whether it was warm-blooded like a mammal or cold-blooded like a reptile.

Half gruesome monster film, and all real science, T-Rex Autopsy is a special that both aspiring and reformed dinosaur fanatics will find engrossing. Once the T-Rex has been fully dissected and examined, we’ll learn just how and why this particular beast met its end, which in and of itself could reveal more information about the prehistoric creatures.

6:30pm Sunday June 7 on Nat Geo.

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The Graham Norton Show: May 29 Wed, 27 May 2015 01:45:44 +0000 2015-05-27_1125

This week’s episode of The Graham Norton Show is hot off the press, featuring George Clooney, Dwayne Johnson and Snoop Dogg.

TEN info suggests Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne which differs from Wikipedia’s listing of Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson. Given recent news perhaps she was a late cancellation.

Hollywood heartthrob and star of action-adventure Tomorrowland, George Clooney chats with Graham Norton this week. His fellow guests include actor, producer and professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, talks about his new action drama film San Andreas.

Music royalty and husband and wife team, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, will join the guest line up alongside hip hop icon Snoop Dogg who is in-studio to chat about his new album, the Pharrell Williams-produced Bush.

8:30pm Friday on TEN.

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“Get it right.” David Koch slams Seven News, Today Tonight organ donation report. Wed, 27 May 2015 01:01:26 +0000

Sunrise presenter David Koch has criticised a Seven News and Today Tonight report into Australia’s organ and tissue donation system last night.

Koch, who has been chairman of the federal government’s OTA’s Advisory Council for the past three years, pulled apart the Today Tonight report.

Koch said Australia’s donation rate has risen from 32nd in the world to 19th and grown 41%.

He took issue with claims that OTA programmes had cost $250m which TT referred to as ‘money not well spent.’

“Really? That’s over 6 years,” Koch objected before elaborating on reforms saving money and attacking the interview subjects who spoke to TT.

“All these blokes are members of a rich lobby group called ShareLife, who basically want to take control of the reforms and take control of the money. How do I know? I should know because I used to be part of ShareLife,” he said.

“I left because I was sick of them criticising rather than doing anything.”

Koch then cited professionals in the industry who backed the work of the Organ and Tissue Authority.

“I have got strings and strings of these testimonies that have come in last night since this report. Even the Government authority which measured donation says last night’s claims of fiddling the result was totally inaccurate.”

He also took aim at Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash.

“The politician in charge of donations, Fiona Nash, has not supported the authority’s program and caved into this rich lobby group and started yet another expensive inquiry into it. It’s an absolute disgrace,” he said.

“Fiona Nash, get a backbone. You didn’t even ring me as chairman of your advisory council to get my view or even tell me an inquiry was coming.”

Koch finished by resigning from his position as Chairman, live on air.

“Obviously, I’ve got no choice but to resign from the position and actively counter the tripe dished out by a whole bunch of rich lobbyists that just talk and do nothing.”

Updated: A spokesman for Senator Nash said a health department deputy secretary rang Koch on May 20 to inform him of the review.

“Mr Koch’s unexpected resignation is a loss to the organisation,” the minister said in a statement.

Via: News Corp, Nine News

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House Rules: promo Wed, 27 May 2015 00:28:13 +0000

House Rules teases “something big is coming” …a beach house for a lucky viewer?

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Reality, drama score on Tuesday. Wed, 27 May 2015 00:03:02 +0000 2015-05-27_0956

Nine won Tuesday thanks to its News / ACA double and Love Child all of which won their timeslots, but Reno Rumble has slipped further. It’s the second night in a row that more viewers have turned to their 8:30 shows over their 7:30 offering.

House Rules appears to be firming as the preferred renovation show but neither were any match for MasterChef which topped the night at 1.15m viewers in an Immunity challenge.

Both MasterChef and Love Child also scored well in demos.

Nine network won with 27.7% then Seven 26.0%, TEN 24.5%, ABC 15.9% and SBS 5.9%.

Nine News (1.1m / 1.1m) and A Current Affair (1.1m) showed excellent retention by Nine with Love Child at 816,000, down on last week’s 932,000. But Reno Rumble dropped to 674,000 and Hot Seat was 616,000. A Married at First Sight replay was 350,000.

Seven News (1.05m / 950,000) was best for Seven then House Rules (756,000) ahead of Home and Away (733,000), Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares (584,000 / 466,000) and Million Dollar Minute (552,000). Grey’s Anatomy ended with just 148,000 / 112,000.

MasterChef was #1 with 1.15m for TEN. NCIS was 743,000, The Project was 643,000 / 469,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 618,000 and NCIS: LA was 574,000 / 287,000.

ABC News (854,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (679,000), Slow Train through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (599,000), Foreign Correspondent (583,000), Antiques Roadshow (346,000) but Grayson Perry: Who Are You? was just 206,000.

On SBS ONE it was Henry and Anne: Lovers Who Changed History (253,000), Insight (252,000), Dateline (243,000) and SBS World News (160,000).

ABC2’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom ruled multichannels at 279,000.

The Morning Show: 123,000 / 73,000
Mornings: 116,000 / 88,000
Studio 10: 56,000 / 43,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 26 May 2015

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Tuesday 26 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 23:18:05 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Tuesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 26/05/2015 19/05/2015 Network ABC 11.2% 11.4% Network ABC2 3.0% 2.5% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.4% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 0.9% Network ABC TTL 15.9% 15.3% Network 7 18.0% 17.5% Network 7TWO 4.1% 3.6% Network 7mate 4.0% 3.5% Network 7 TTL 26.0% 24.6% Network 9 19.5% 21.2% Network GO! 4.3% 4.4% Network Gem 4.0% 3.6% Network 9 TTL 27.7% 29.2% Network TEN 18.8% 19.4% Network ONE 3.1% 2.2% Network ELEVEN 2.6% 3.0% Network TEN TTL 24.5% 24.6% Network SBS ONE 5.0% 4.8% Network SBS 2 0.8% 1.5% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 5.9% 6.4%


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 1,145,000 307,000 395,000 174,000 119,000 151,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,105,000 308,000 416,000 188,000 97,000 96,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,102,000 298,000 434,000 194,000 86,000 90,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,097,000 360,000 335,000 211,000 91,000 99,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,054,000 231,000 285,000 186,000 133,000 219,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 950,000 243,000 278,000 167,000 105,000 157,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 854,000 247,000 280,000 152,000 65,000 110,000
8 LOVE CHILD Network 9 816,000 255,000 250,000 112,000 113,000 87,000
9 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 756,000 210,000 172,000 163,000 88,000 124,000
10 NCIS Network TEN 743,000 189,000 244,000 134,000 84,000 93,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 733,000 197,000 189,000 139,000 88,000 120,000
12 7.30-EV Network ABC 679,000 209,000 210,000 125,000 68,000 66,000
13 RENO RUMBLE -TUE Network 9 674,000 194,000 216,000 110,000 79,000 74,000
14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 643,000 145,000 201,000 138,000 79,000 79,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 618,000 149,000 171,000 110,000 82,000 108,000
16 HOT SEAT Network 9 616,000 167,000 206,000 146,000 47,000 50,000
17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 610,000 152,000 174,000 119,000 86,000 79,000
18 SLOW TRAIN THROUGH AFRICA WITH GRIFF RHYS JONES-EV Network ABC 599,000 144,000 212,000 96,000 69,000 78,000
19 RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES Network 7 584,000 180,000 123,000 102,000 66,000 113,000
20 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC 583,000 173,000 201,000 108,000 58,000 43,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 279,000 77,000 75,000 75,000 23,000 28,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 269,000 57,000 117,000 47,000 26,000 23,000
3 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 259,000 81,000 68,000 68,000 18,000 24,000
4 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 246,000 76,000 69,000 65,000 15,000 22,000
5 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-PM Network ABC2 244,000 77,000 65,000 60,000 18,000 24,000
6 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 237,000 64,000 60,000 69,000 18,000 26,000
7 BIG TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 218,000 75,000 66,000 43,000 14,000 20,000
8 PINGU-PM Network ABC2 212,000 56,000 82,000 43,000 17,000 15,000
9 MISTER MAKER COMES TO TOWN-PM Network ABC2 211,000 55,000 72,000 38,000 18,000 28,000
10 POIROT -EV Network Gem 208,000 39,000 60,000 43,000 27,000 39,000
11 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 200,000 45,000 56,000 58,000 19,000 21,000
12 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 199,000 51,000 43,000 63,000 19,000 23,000
13 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-PM Network ABC2 197,000 63,000 73,000 31,000 16,000 15,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 193,000 47,000 60,000 37,000 27,000 22,000
15 THE VICAR OF DIBLEY Network 7TWO 192,000 40,000 50,000 30,000 31,000 42,000
16 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 192,000 49,000 48,000 52,000 18,000 26,000
17 SARAH & DUCK-PM Network ABC2 192,000 60,000 68,000 33,000 12,000 19,000
18 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 192,000 42,000 47,000 60,000 19,000 23,000
19 THE FURCHESTER HOTEL-PM Network ABC2 192,000 43,000 74,000 30,000 17,000 27,000
20 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 189,000 42,000 57,000 44,000 25,000 21,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 640,000 182,000 210,000 112,000 56,000 80,000
2 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 434,000 131,000 141,000 79,000 36,000 47,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 397,000 88,000 169,000 69,000 29,000 41,000
4 LOVE CHILD Network 9 393,000 115,000 124,000 57,000 50,000 46,000
5 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 386,000 108,000 83,000 81,000 41,000 74,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 616,000 185,000 203,000 98,000 51,000 78,000
2 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 368,000 101,000 120,000 74,000 30,000 43,000
3 LOVE CHILD Network 9 359,000 103,000 115,000 52,000 43,000 47,000
4 RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES Network 7 350,000 119,000 62,000 62,000 39,000 68,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 347,000 84,000 119,000 75,000 33,000 37,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 427,000 131,000 137,000 69,000 32,000 59,000
2 LOVE CHILD Network 9 244,000 70,000 81,000 26,000 28,000 39,000
3 RAMSAY’S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES Network 7 230,000 66,000 48,000 42,000 29,000 45,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 219,000 50,000 71,000 54,000 20,000 24,000
5 RENO RUMBLE -TUE Network 9 217,000 65,000 62,000 35,000 29,000 26,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 26/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 141,000
2 WENTWORTH SoHo 108,000
6 GAME OF THRONES showcase 66,000
9 DORA AND FRIENDS Nick Jr. 57,000
12 PLAY ALONG WITH SAM Nick Jr. 54,000
14 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 50,000
16 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 50,000
17 MAGNUM FORCE FOX Classics 46,000
18 CSI: NY TVH!TS 45,000
19 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 44,000
20 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 42,000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Aquarius Tue, 26 May 2015 18:58:44 +0000 2015-05-26_2200

On Friday Presto adds 1960s drama Aquarius, featuring David Duchovny.

Until now Presto titles have comprised non-Exclusive series that have aired on Foxtel, Seven or ABC. That changes with Aquarius, with 13 binge episodes available for 28 days, the same day as the US.

But as the first Exclusive title, Aquarius is no House of Cards or Better Call Saul. It’s no Wentworth or Game of Thrones which remain Foxtel premieres, not Presto.

It begins in Los Angeles 1967, as a drama “Inspired by real events with fictitious characters, places and circumstances.” It’s an intoxicating setting of hippies, free love, excess, drugs and anti-establishment behaviour, accompanied by a colourful, musical backdrop with dark undertones.

At a local party guileless teenager Emma (Emma Dumont), daughter of high-profile lawyer Ken Karn (Brian F. O’Byrne) and Grace (Michaela McManus), meets the charismatic young Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). He offers her a refuge when her wayward boyfriend Rick (Beau Mirchoff) is lured by other oral temptations behind her back.

Manson has his own harem of followers, mesmerised by his personality, burgeoning music career and sexuality.

“They can’t see who we really are. We’re special, we’re powerful and we can change everything,” he will later tell her.

Emma follows the flock, becoming a Missing Persons case and prompting her mother to contact a former flame, Detective Sam Hodiak (Duchovny) for assistance.

Hodiak (rhyming nicely with Zodiac) is former WWII and Vietnam War veteran disillusioned with LA succumbing to such loose living. But he seconds younger undercover vice cop Brian Shafe (Grey Damon) to help locate the missing Emma. If the handsome, relaxed Shafe is the good cop then the short-tempered Hodiak is bad cop. They uncover a discreet link between Manson and Emma’s father, Ken, and convince policewoman Charmain Tully (Claire Tully) to go undercover.

The central relationship in Aquarius is the generational rift between the obstinate Hodiak and streetwise Shafe, in appearance and police methodology. The other key force is Manson, depicted here as a handsome, menacing, Romeo. Dramatic license indeed given he would later be found guilty of conspiracy to commit the murders of seven people.

After such liberal living in Californication, one has to look twice when Duchovny’s character objects to LA’s ‘modern’ lifestyle. His performance style of underplaying makes some scenes sluggish while dialogue occasionally signposts backstories -hopefully removed after establishing scenes.

The link between Manson and Emma’s father borders on ludicrous, notably in a car park scene and again in the second episode. The soundtrack, thick with songs from the 1960s, sometimes feels like it is leading the drama rather than complementing it. It’s as if it is another character here.

There is potential in Aquarius, although I’m yet to be convinced of the ongoing value of the Manson character -which brings me back to the choice of this as a first Exclusive for Presto. More compelling curation of content is required if Presto is looking for a point of difference from other players.

Aquarius premieres Friday on Presto.

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Axed: Never Mind the Buzzcocks Tue, 26 May 2015 18:55:54 +0000 Never Mind the Buzzcocks S25_01

Long-running British music quiz series Never Mind the Buzzcocks has been axed after 28 seasons.

Often referred to as the UK fore-runner to Australia’s Spicks and Specks, it has been axed after a downturn in ratings, recently averaging 1.1million viewers. It first aired in 1996.

Rhod Gilbert was the show’s first permanent host in five years following the departure of Simon Amstell in 2009. Mark Lamarr was the original host, from 1996 to 2005. Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey have also been team captains over the 269 episodes.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “After 28 series we’ve decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

“We’d like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they’ve given BBC Two viewers.”

It has aired in Australia on UKTV, BBC Knowledge and ABC.

Source: Chortle

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$55B takeover bid for Time Warner Cable Tue, 26 May 2015 18:52:38 +0000 2015-05-27_0012

Charter Communications, the fourth largest cable provider in the US, has announced it is buying Time Warner Cable, the country’s second largest cable company, in a deal worth $US55.33 billion ($A70.74 billion).

The move will create a new giant in the cable industry and a close rival to Comcast and the owner of NBCUniversal. The combined companies would have 24m customers compared to Comcast’s 27m.

It is the second bid for Time Warner by Charter Communications.

But the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) immediately announced it would look at the proposed transaction, and the deal faces some of the same problems that torpedoed a proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast last month.

If successful the merger will be a crowning achievement for John Malone, the 74-year-old billionaire who is Charter’s main backer.

In July 2014, Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox made an unsolicited bid of $80bn to take over Time Warner. Murdoch said his company withdrew the bid in August after Time Warner “refused to engage with us”.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2015, provided it gets regulatory approval.

Source: The Guardian, Bloomberg

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Auditions: Love and Marriage in Little India Tue, 26 May 2015 18:50:41 +0000 2015-05-26_1658

It could almost be SBS’s answer to Married at First Sight... ‘Indian-style.’

Producers of upcoming SBS documentary Love and Marriage in Little India are currently looking for females of Indian origin based in Melbourne.

The doco is looking for singles aged 25 to 34 who are serious about looking for love, who will search for marriage partners “in a new land.”

“Perhaps you are have an interesting story to tell, or a unique perspective on love and dating in Australia?” says a casting notice.

“If you’re interested in participating in this fun-filled TV program celebrating love and marriage then please contact us via phone or email. We’d love to talk to you.”

Applications close 31 May 2015.

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Better Homes and Gardens: May 29 Tue, 26 May 2015 18:45:07 +0000 2015-05-26_2308

This week on Better Homes and Gardens, Graham Ross and Jason Hodges are at the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.

Wonder if they will feature Selling Houses Australia’s Charlie Albone who won a Silver-Gilt Medal?

Plus, House Rules’ first father-daughter team Steve and Tiana cook up traditional Maltese food with Karen. We see Tiana’s home for the very first time as she shares her great grandmother’s recipe.

Johanna and Pete Colquhoun travel to Goolwa South Australia to visit a gorgeous beach house that blends chic design with beach-shack vibes.

Fast Ed serves up some British inspired recipes fit for a Queen. English scones, Beef and ale stew and a lamb crown roast will have your tastebuds getting some satisfaction!

They’re the jobs that have been staring at you in the face for months – a broken tile, a hole in the wall or a faulty door. Not to worry! Adam has simple quick fixes for these aggravating problems!

And Dr Harry meets a pair of Scottish Terriers who are treading a fine line. Their owner has had enough of their wheel chasing antics, but Dr Harry has the solution.

7pm Friday on Seven.

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Compass: May 31 Tue, 26 May 2015 18:44:34 +0000 2015-05-26_2253

On Sunday ABC’s Compass begins a six-part look at influential religious and social movements in Australia’s recent past.

From Sunday Schools to the Maharishi, from the RSL to Women’s Lib, it begins by asking Whatever Happened to the Country Women’s Association?

Australia’s grande dame of the outback, the Country Women’s Association turns 93 this year but is showing no sign of ageing or retiring. Instead she’s having something of a facelift. But the CWA mission remains the same – ‘to improve life for women and children living in rural and remote areas’. Meet members from the first branch in Crookwell NSW and from the new chapter in Sydney’s Greystanes whose members call themselves ‘Chicks With Attitude’. CWA women have helped throughout wars, droughts and floods as well as lobbying governments for change. But today they must decide if they will sell their beloved headquarters in one of Sydney’s most desirable real estate locations. Can they embrace change, retain their core values and still go on to make the best tea and scones at the Royal Easter Show?

6:30pm Sunday ABC.

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Do you hear Les Miserables sing? Tue, 26 May 2015 18:40:55 +0000 2015-05-26_2326

Last Sunday Foxtel Arts premiered the 2010 Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert, filmed at the O2 Arena in London.

There was so much on that night with Eurovision, Open Slather and Catching Milat that, like me, you may have missed this one.

Now I have watched it, I’ve decided to add a rare late recommendation.

Absolutely exhilarating!

Performers include Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, Nick Jonas and Matt Lucas.

It is replayed 9:30pm Thursday, 11:50am Friday or you can download it via Anytime.

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Madam Secretary Tue, 26 May 2015 13:05:56 +0000 Tea Leoni returns as Elizabeth faces a decision on an extradition case. 8:30pm Wednesday on TEN.

  • State of Origin
  • The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
  • MasterChef Australia
  • 8MMM
  • The Americans
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Bumpy landing for Today show hosts Tue, 26 May 2015 07:34:55 +0000 2015-05-26_1713

Lisa Wilkinson and Karl Stefanovic had their share of drama this morning during a hot air balloon ride over the Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Things went awry for the Today hosts when the balloon clipped a gumtree, bouncing before it hit the ground.

“So, they said, to finish @thetodayshow we’ve had a great idea: we’re going to send you both up in a hot air balloon so you can check out the stunning #Barossa from on high! You cool with that? Sure, we said. What can go wrong, we said…. So, here is us in happier times,” Wilkinson tweeted.

“And then we umm, landed. All good. Nothing to see here…”

The show ended on air with the hosts in the air so was missed by viewers, while the on-board cameraman missed filming it due to having to hold on for dear life.

Aside from bruises, nobody was injured.


Via: News Corp, Twitter

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Airdate: Unseen & Untold: The Blues Brothers Tue, 26 May 2015 06:42:08 +0000 2015-05-26_0027

Next month the BIO channel screens a Spike TV doco, Unseen & Untold: The Blues Brothers, discussing how key scenes of the 1980 film were staged.

This was produced for the 30th anniversary of the iconic film in 2010, but is an Aussie premiere.

The suits, the shades, the Timex watches, ties and tattoos. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd are the original Men in Black, and they’re headed on a musical journey from a clink in Joliet to a Chicago high rise. Find out how Director John Landis and John Belushi parlayed their success from National Lampoon’s Animal House into a grossly over budget film filled with the wildest car crashes of its time, the funniest comedians of the day, and the best music the R&B world has, and ever will, churn out. This special takes a never-before-seen look at how The Blues Brothers went platinum.

Tuesday June 16 at 9.30pm on BIO.

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Timeshifted: Monday 18 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 06:11:04 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 18/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,275,000 1,275,000 0 2 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 1,199,000 1,143,000 55,000 3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,196,000 1,175,000 21,000 4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 1,193,000 1,129,000 64,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,185,000 1,184,000 1,000 6 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,174,000 1,171,000 3,000 7 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,103,000 1,097,000 6,000 8 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 966,000 912,000 54,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 951,000 950,000 1,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 919,000 864,000 56,000 11 HOUSE RULES-MON Network 7 856,000 779,000 77,000 12 RENO RUMBLE -MON Network 9 855,000 803,000 52,000 13 7.30-EV Network ABC 853,000 851,000 2,000 14 HOT SEAT Network 9 779,000 777,000 2,000 15 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 753,000 742,000 11,000 16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 697,000 693,000 4,000 17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 689,000 689,000 0 18 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 684,000 623,000 61,000 19 REVENGE Network 7 683,000 534,000 148,000 20 REVENGE-EP.2 Network 7 677,000 503,000 174,000

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Timeshifted: Sunday 17 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 06:10:35 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Sunday Date: 17/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 CATCHING MILAT Network 7 1,626,000 1,387,000 238,000 2 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,442,000 1,439,000 2,000 3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,263,000 1,262,000 0 4 HOUSE RULES – WHOLE HOUSE REVEAL Network 7 1,213,000 1,154,000 59,000 5 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA SUN Network TEN 1,109,000 1,045,000 64,000 6 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 925,000 922,000 3,000 7 RENO RUMBLE -SUN Network 9 892,000 838,000 54,000 8 60 MINUTES Network 9 759,000 708,000 50,000 9 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 745,000 694,000 51,000 10 POLDARK-EV Network ABC 680,000 596,000 84,000 11 SHARK TANK Network TEN 624,000 565,000 59,000 12 SEVEN’S AFL: SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL Network 7 605,000 602,000 3,000 13 ANIMAL SUPER SENSES-EV Network ABC 603,000 601,000 2,000 14 CASTLE (R) Network 7 531,000 444,000 87,000 15 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 498,000 456,000 43,000 16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 450,000 450,000 0 17 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 442,000 436,000 6,000 18 TOP OF THE LAKE-LE Network ABC 413,000 321,000 92,000 19 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network 9 392,000 392,000 0 20 LIFE AND DEATH IN HERCULANEUM RPT Network SBS ONE 363,000 343,000 20,000

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Timeshifted: Saturday 16 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 06:10:04 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Saturday Date: 16/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 982,000 981,000 1,000 2 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 910,000 905,000 5,000 3 FATHER BROWN-EV Network ABC 866,000 808,000 58,000 4 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 856,000 855,000 1,000 5 DCI BANKS-EV Network ABC 775,000 679,000 96,000 6 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 586,000 569,000 17,000 7 THE HEAT Network TEN 529,000 481,000 49,000 8 SCOTT AND BAILEY RPT Network ABC 481,000 430,000 51,000 9 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 449,000 449,000 1,000 10 M- MEN IN BLACK 3 Network 7 420,000 395,000 25,000 11 BONDI VET Network TEN 411,000 378,000 33,000 12 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 404,000 404,000 0 13 GETAWAY Network 9 382,000 379,000 3,000 14 GREAT CONTINENTAL RAILWAY JOURNEYS Network SBS ONE 375,000 334,000 41,000 15 OVER THE HEDGE RPT Network TEN 366,000 362,000 4,000 16 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC 339,000 317,000 22,000 17 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 325,000 325,000 0 18 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Network 7 319,000 319,000 0 19 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT – LATE Network 7 298,000 298,000 0 20 WRATH OF THE TITANS Network 9 287,000 276,000 11,000

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Timeshifted: Friday 15 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 05:59:14 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Friday Date: 15/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES-EV Network ABC 1,006,000 816,000 190,000 2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,000,000 997,000 3,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 938,000 935,000 3,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 909,000 908,000 1,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 843,000 842,000 1,000 6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 712,000 700,000 12,000 7 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 688,000 650,000 38,000 8 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network 9 675,000 673,000 2,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 675,000 671,000 4,000 10 HOT SEAT Network 9 628,000 624,000 4,000 11 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 577,000 576,000 1,000 12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 565,000 563,000 2,000 13 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE -PRE MATCH Network 9 562,000 560,000 1,000 14 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 534,000 534,000 1,000 15 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 529,000 496,000 33,000 16 STILL OPEN ALL HOURS RPT Network ABC 508,000 482,000 26,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 501,000 497,000 4,000 18 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network 7 497,000 495,000 2,000 19 7.30-EV Network ABC 490,000 487,000 3,000 20 THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW Network TEN 400,000 358,000 42,000


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Timeshifted: Thursday 14 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 05:56:38 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Thursday Date: 14/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
000s 1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 1,098,000 1,025,000 73,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,058,000 1,053,000 4,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,015,000 1,015,000 0 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 982,000 979,000 2,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 970,000 970,000 0 6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 951,000 940,000 11,000 7 DOWNTON ABBEY Network 7 900,000 629,000 271,000 8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 838,000 774,000 64,000 9 RENO RUMBLE -THU Network 9 836,000 771,000 66,000 10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 753,000 751,000 2,000 11 THE CHECKOUT: BEST BEFORE-EV Network ABC 721,000 657,000 64,000 12 LAW & ORDER: SVU Network TEN 681,000 579,000 102,000 13 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 681,000 668,000 13,000 14 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 612,000 608,000 4,000 15 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 592,000 592,000 0 16 HOT SEAT Network 9 591,000 590,000 1,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 560,000 558,000 2,000 18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 558,000 558,000 0 19 MARTIN CLUNES AND A LION CALLED MUGIE Network 7 553,000 520,000 33,000 20 7.30-EV Network ABC 529,000 527,000 2,000

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Timeshifted: Wednesday 13 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 05:49:12 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Wednesday Date: 13/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,177,000 1,177,000 0 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,152,000 1,151,000 1,000 3 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 1,096,000 1,037,000 59,000 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,057,000 1,054,000 3,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,055,000 1,055,000 0 6 STRUGGLE STREET Network SBS ONE 1,018,000 831,000 186,000 7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 997,000 988,000 10,000 8 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 860,000 811,000 49,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 847,000 843,000 4,000 10 HOUSE RULES-WED Network 7 824,000 781,000 44,000 11 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 814,000 670,000 144,000 12 RENO RUMBLE -WED Network 9 802,000 735,000 67,000 13 HOT SEAT Network 9 699,000 699,000 0 14 7.30-EV Network ABC 695,000 692,000 3,000 15 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV Network ABC 650,000 566,000 84,000 16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 644,000 635,000 9,000 17 WONDERLAND Network TEN 633,000 535,000 98,000 18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 607,000 605,000 3,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 598,000 596,000 2,000 20 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 587,000 587,000 0


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Timeshifted: Tuesday 12 May 2015 Tue, 26 May 2015 05:45:59 +0000 Report: Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 12/05/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 1,270,000 1,212,000 58,000 2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,163,000 1,162,000 1,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,081,000 1,079,000 2,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,063,000 1,061,000 2,000 5 LOVE CHILD Network 9 1,040,000 818,000 222,000 6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 992,000 989,000 3,000 7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 968,000 941,000 27,000 8 NCIS Network TEN 902,000 755,000 147,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 887,000 885,000 3,000 10 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 790,000 736,000 54,000 11 RENO RUMBLE -TUE Network 9 774,000 711,000 63,000 12 BUDGET 2015: THE TREASURER’S SPEECH-EV Network ABC 733,000 733,000 0 13 HOUSE RULES-TUE Network 7 721,000 675,000 47,000 14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 680,000 679,000 1,000 15 HOT SEAT Network 9 640,000 640,000 0 16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 616,000 610,000 5,000 17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 608,000 607,000 0 18 ABC NEWS BUDGET NIGHT SPECIAL-EV Network ABC 600,000 600,000 0 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS – BUDGET UPDATE Network TEN 587,000 557,000 30,000 20 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 561,000 459,000 101,000

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Hero’s welcome for Måns Zelmerlöw Tue, 26 May 2015 05:40:14 +0000 2015-05-26_1512

Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw has been given a hometown welcome in Lund, Sweden, after Heroes topped the 65th song contest in Vienna.

Zelmerlöw performed the song in the city centre for an enthusiastic crowd after returning from victory in Austria.

“It feels great. I received such a nice welcome here. I’m so proud and happy that so many people came here despite the rain and bad weather. It was great fun and I’m so happy we did this in Lund,” he said.

It’s not clear which Swedish city will be host to the 2016 event, with Malmö having hosted in 2013 and previously in 1992. Stockholm last hosted in 2000.

Source: Reuters

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Heston’s Mission Impossible: update Tue, 26 May 2015 04:52:28 +0000 2015-05-26_1449

On Thursday Heston Blumenthal returns to SBS with Heston’s Mission Impossible, however this screened on Seven in 2011.

In this 4-part series Heston attempts to help four of Britain’s biggest brands dramatically transform their food production and their profit margins too.

In the premiere episode, he revamps Alder Hey children’s hospital’s menu with ‘snot milkshake’ and ‘vomit soup’. Yup.

In each episode, Heston uses his maverick culinary genius to tackle the unique food dilemmas faced by organisations such as British Airways, the NHS, the Royal Navy, Cineworld Cinemas.

Heston conducts outrageous and bizarre experiments in his quest to find solutions where other chefs have failed. As the companies are drawn into his world, staff are flabbergasted by his seemingly impossible ambitions. But Heston’s biggest challenge comes in the toughest test of all: the real world – where the customers will be his toughest critics.

8:30pm Thursday SBS ONE.

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Childhood’s End: trailer Tue, 26 May 2015 03:51:59 +0000

First trailer for the new Syfy miniseries filmed in Melbourne, Childhood’s End.

Written by Arthur C. Clarke and hailed as a revolutionary work of science fiction since its publishing in 1953, Childhood’s End follows the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious “Overlords,” whose arrival begins decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.

Adapted by Matthew Graham (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), it stars Charles Dance, Julian McMahon, Mike Vogel, Colm Meaney, Daisy Betts and Yael Stone but also includes locals such as Ashley Zukerman, Sachin Joab, Simone Oula and Lara Robinson.

You can spot hints of Melbourne in this trailer.

No airdate has been announced.

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Martin Sheen says yes to equality, no to Grace & Frankie scene Tue, 26 May 2015 02:35:49 +0000 2015-05-26_1115

Martin Sheen, currently appearing in Grace and Frankie as Robert, who leaves his wife (Jane Fonda) for another man (Sam Waterston) says he supports same-sex marriage.

“I am not against anybody expressing their love to anyone else; it’s none of my business.”

But despite supporting marriage equality, he did draw the line at one scene in the Netflix comedy, in which a giant pink penis was installed on his character’s lawn as a joke for the couple’s bachelor party.

Sheen told RadioTimes, “I would not participate. Such vulgarity. And I told dear Marta [Kauffman], the writer, it’s awful and it’s a bad choice. I was honest with her, and I’m glad I was.

“She looked at me and said, ‘Well that’s your opinion.’ And I said, ‘Yes it is, and I’m not participating in that sequence’.”

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Community TV plans week of action as deadline looms Tue, 26 May 2015 02:25:28 +0000 2015-05-26_1256

Community TV broadcasters are planning to step up their campaign to remain on air beyond a December 31 switch-off, with a “Week of Action” next week.

19,000 supporters have signed up to the Commit to Community TV website which is pushing for Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull to extend the deadline which would see them lose broadcast spectrum. Turnbull wants them to move to an online model, but CTV broadcasters have asked for more time for their business models.

“Although providing metropolitan coverage, CTV services are NOT using the sixth channel allocation in any of the capital cities. It is therefore not necessary for CTV to vacate its current spectrum allocation in order for these trials to proceed,” they claim.

“In fact if CTV does vacate the spectrum at the end of the year, our channel will remain unused for a number of years.”

CTV broadcasters are seeking an extension to 2019, the same date as the ACMA licenses held by three permanent broadcasters in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

“Community TV stations have undertaken a thorough process of due diligence and research into the steps required to successfully transition its key stakeholders – participants, content producers, sponsors and viewers – from a free to air broadcast model to an online model of delivery. Unsurprisingly it shows that the task is a Mount Everest of a challenge.

“Denying CTV a renewal of an Apparatus (transmitter) Licence leaves the sector stranded – the CTV operators will have a BSA Licence to operate a Community TV station but will not have the required licence to operate the transmitter to broadcast their signal!”

Malcolm Turnbull has previously noted, “The internet is a natural fit for CTV’s ‘open access’ function” and says “small audience figures suggest that CTV is not contributing significantly to the diversity of media services for local communities.”

But community broadcasters point towards their legacy of training and unearthing talent such as Rove McManus, Hamish and Andy and production crew. They have also welcomed the latest report from FreeTV Australia which indicates 81% of people watch free-to-air television daily. In the same report commercial broadcasters call on the government to discontinue license fees for use of spectrum.

It’s not yet clear what comprises the Week of Action but you can support their campaign here.

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Dateline: May 26 Tue, 26 May 2015 01:30:34 +0000 2015-05-26_1123

Tonight Dateline is in Cambodia as families separated by the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge are reunited on a top-rating TV show, It’s Not a Dream.

Recently a Khmer variety show Penh Chet Ort (Like It or Not) on MyTV came under fire for pretending to reunite 13 year old girl with her mother, who turned out to be a comedian in drag. Her mother stayed in the US when she brought to Cambodia by her father.

Like every reality TV show, It’s Not A Dream, relies on the big reveal, but the crucial moment in this show reflects a harsh reality in Cambodia’s history.

Around 40 years ago, families were deliberately separated by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and an estimated fifth of the population was killed.

People ended up alone with no idea if their relatives were alive or dead… or how to find out the answer.

That’s where 35-year-old TV producer Sokha Youk stepped in with a very 21st century way of helping.

“It is their last hope that they come to us,” she tells Krishnan Guru-Murthy on Tuesday’s Dateline at 9.30pm on SBS ONE. “Their dreams and hopes depend on us.”

And she confesses to him that the edition he’s following will be the best, and most emotional, program they’ve ever made.

“It’s a very surprising one,” she says cryptically, but won’t reveal any more.

She and much of her team are too young to remember the atrocities, but they travel the country filming the emotional appeals of people trying to find their families.

She’s heard so many stories firsthand, including from her own mother, who was the only survivor from 20 members of her household, and she’s determined to help in any way she can.

The show attracts a massive audience, hoping to see a face or hear a story that will bring them closer to finding the truth.

“Do you miss me? I’ve come to find you,” Ly Siv Hong says on camera after travelling from the US to try and trace her sister, Bo.

Returning to Cambodia brings back terrible memories of being separated from her mother and siblings.

“I really wanted to say goodbye to her, but I don’t have chance,” she says of her last memory of Bo 35 years earlier. “I can’t hold my tears when I talk about all my story.”

9:30pm tonight on SBS ONE.

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Rachel Griffiths joins Indian Summers Tue, 26 May 2015 01:00:02 +0000 2015-05-26_1057

Rachel Griffiths is joining the second season of UK drama Indian Summers, which was renewed by the Channel 4 in early March.

She will play a mysterious Australian mistress of Maharaja Maritpur (Art Malik) who has a surprising past.

The drama, currently screening in Australia on BBC First, stars Julie Walters as the doyenne of the expats Royal Club in India, where British power-brokers are posted to govern during the summer months.

Also joining the second season are James Fleet (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Hollow Crown) as Lord Hawthorne, whose surprise arrival heralds change at the highest level of administration.

Also cast are Nikesh Pate, Arjun Mathur, Blake Ritson.

“I can’t wait to get back to the old girl! There’s some fantastic stuff to come in this series and Cynthia’s naughtiness goes up several notches,” said Walters.

Filming is underway in Malaysia with the series returning in 2016.

Source: Radio Times

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Nine hitched to Monday win Tue, 26 May 2015 00:10:19 +0000 2015-05-26_1006

In its second week Nine’s Married at First Sight has again hit 1.1m viewers and a win in its timeslot. To lift by some 370,00 viewers from its Reno Rumble makes it even more impressive -how high would it go with a stronger lead-in?

It makes up for the lesser performance on Sunday against Seven.

MasterChef again won its timeslot over the renovation rivals for TEN, finishing in front of ABC for the night.

Nine network won with 28.9% then Seven 26.0%, TEN 21.2%, ABC 17.9% and SBS 6.0%.

Nine News (1.24m / 1.14m) topped the night for Nine then Married at First Sight (1.1m), A Current Affair (997,000), Reno Rumble (733,000), and Hot Seat (695,000). Footy Classified was 305,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News (1.1m / 1.05m) led the night for Seven then Home and Away (828,000), House Rules (820,000), Million Dollar Minute (551,000) and Revenge (505,000 / 446,000). Talking Footy was 13,000 (7mate: 106,000).

MasterChef Australia (1.11m) again won its timeslot for TEN. The Project was 684,000 / 507,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 679,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? was 624,000 and Elementary was 223,000 / 113,000.

ABC News (842,000), Australian Story (831,000), Four Corners (700,000), 7:30 (698,000), Media Watch (625,000), Q & A (510,000) made up ABC’s night.

On SBS ONE it was Simon Reeve’s Caribbean (275,000), Michael Mosley: Don’t Worry Be Happy (269,000), Defeating the Hackers (193,000) and SBS World News (176,000).

GO’s The Big Bang Theory (264,000) pipped Neighbours by 1,000 viewers.

Sunrise: 330,000
Today: 280,000
ABC News Breakfast: 76,000 / 35,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday May 25 2015

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Monday 25 May 2015 Mon, 25 May 2015 23:25:13 +0000 Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Monday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 25/05/2015 18/05/2015 Network ABC 14.2% 14.6% Network ABC2 2.3% 2.6% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.4% Network ABC News 24 0.9% 0.8% Network ABC TTL 17.9% 18.4% Network 7 17.4% 18.2% Network 7TWO 4.7% 4.3% Network 7mate 4.0% 3.2% Network 7 TTL 26.0% 25.7% Network 9 21.6% 21.4% Network GO! 4.2% 3.7% Network Gem 3.1% 3.4% Network 9 TTL 28.9% 28.6% Network TEN 15.6% 16.0% Network ONE 2.8% 3.1% Network ELEVEN 2.7% 2.8% Network TEN TTL 21.2% 21.9% Network SBS ONE 5.2% 4.4% Network SBS 2 0.8% 1.0% Network NITV 0.1% 0.0% Network SBS TTL 6.0% 5.4%


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 25/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,246,000 350,000 451,000 226,000 101,000 119,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,140,000 326,000 397,000 225,000 83,000 108,000
3 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 1,112,000 287,000 407,000 158,000 121,000 138,000
4 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 1,103,000 301,000 422,000 141,000 108,000 131,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,099,000 293,000 295,000 157,000 127,000 227,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,046,000 280,000 292,000 172,000 123,000 179,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 997,000 308,000 310,000 197,000 89,000 93,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 842,000 243,000 280,000 115,000 100,000 104,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 828,000 252,000 210,000 159,000 77,000 131,000
10 HOUSE RULES-MON Network 7 820,000 228,000 202,000 167,000 81,000 142,000
11 RENO RUMBLE -MON Network 9 733,000 204,000 256,000 127,000 71,000 75,000
12 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 731,000 238,000 225,000 158,000 84,000 26,000
13 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 700,000 243,000 190,000 161,000 79,000 26,000
14 7.30-EV Network ABC 698,000 227,000 210,000 141,000 85,000 35,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 695,000 228,000 229,000 144,000 51,000 43,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 684,000 179,000 212,000 120,000 81,000 93,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 679,000 184,000 167,000 120,000 96,000 112,000
18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 673,000 185,000 180,000 118,000 118,000 72,000
19 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 625,000 153,000 256,000 128,000 77,000 11,000
20 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 624,000 146,000 223,000 108,000 62,000 84,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 25/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 264,000 50,000 86,000 37,000 38,000 52,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 263,000 37,000 122,000 42,000 31,000 30,000
3 OLIVIA-PM Network ABC2 261,000 60,000 66,000 79,000 21,000 35,000
4 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 254,000 66,000 60,000 75,000 18,000 35,000
5 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 246,000 53,000 60,000 81,000 27,000 25,000
6 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 244,000 64,000 66,000 53,000 26,000 36,000
7 CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD Network 7TWO 231,000 58,000 86,000 22,000 35,000 30,000
8 TREE FU TOM-EV Network ABC2 219,000 56,000 76,000 36,000 24,000 27,000
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 212,000 44,000 66,000 31,000 27,000 44,000
10 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 204,000 50,000 65,000 27,000 27,000 35,000
11 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 197,000 42,000 65,000 37,000 21,000 31,000
12 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 195,000 63,000 38,000 49,000 22,000 23,000
13 PEG + CAT-AM Network ABC2 195,000 58,000 49,000 42,000 21,000 25,000
14 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 189,000 59,000 42,000 34,000 25,000 30,000
15 THE HIVE-AM Network ABC2 185,000 49,000 52,000 50,000 16,000 18,000
16 TOP GEAR -EV Network GO! 184,000 46,000 40,000 39,000 27,000 31,000
17 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-PM Network ABC2 183,000 34,000 31,000 79,000 21,000 18,000
18 READY, STEADY, WIGGLE!-AM Network ABC2 181,000 37,000 63,000 42,000 16,000 23,000
19 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 180,000 40,000 60,000 36,000 16,000 27,000
20 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 177,000 33,000 49,000 40,000 25,000 30,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 614,000 182,000 212,000 95,000 50,000 74,000
2 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 602,000 158,000 218,000 96,000 60,000 69,000
3 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 409,000 99,000 144,000 70,000 39,000 56,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 408,000 118,000 139,000 71,000 35,000 45,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 394,000 108,000 119,000 86,000 34,000 47,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 604,000 168,000 216,000 94,000 52,000 74,000
2 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 600,000 156,000 246,000 82,000 52,000 65,000
3 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 384,000 97,000 134,000 64,000 36,000 53,000
4 RENO RUMBLE -MON Network 9 373,000 85,000 155,000 69,000 32,000 32,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 367,000 97,000 117,000 63,000 42,000 48,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA MON Network TEN 404,000 112,000 141,000 67,000 36,000 49,000
2 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT Network 9 402,000 106,000 171,000 49,000 36,000 40,000
3 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 251,000 59,000 94,000 47,000 21,000 30,000
4 RENO RUMBLE -MON Network 9 245,000 60,000 96,000 45,000 26,000 17,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 241,000 61,000 71,000 42,000 32,000 35,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 25/05/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 GAME OF THRONES showcase 255,000
3 GAME OF THRONES showcase 173,000
4 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 126,000
10 FAMILY GUY FOX8 60,000
20 FAMILY GUY FOX8 44,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Mission near impossible for Todd Sampson Mon, 25 May 2015 18:58:32 +0000 2015-05-25_1923

Part nerd, part thinking woman’s sexy symbol, part daredevil -whatever tag you put on Todd Sampson he just hopes you get the message: it’s about the brain, stupid.

“A reviewer last season said if Brian Cox had a child with Bear Grylls it would be me. That kind of nailed it. I wanted to be adventurous, strenuous and exciting but also intellectual and hopeful,” he says.

His second season of ABC’s Redesign my Brain is certainly all that as he takes to the high-wire in a death-defying skyscraper walk 21 stories above Sydney. Most daredevils train for years before attempting such a feat, but the the t-shirt loving ad-guy from Gruen attempts it after just 4 months, thanks to a rigorous training of his muscles and senses.

Without giving too much away, Sampson hints, “It doesn’t go according to plan.

“It’s not an heroic pump-in-the-air ending…

“One of the producers hid in the corner and couldn’t watch. So it’s real and it has to be real to put me in a genuinely stressful, anxious state –which is what I was testing,” he insists.

“But it’s not about getting people to skywalk, it’s about getting people to face their fears regardless of what they are. It might be fear of closed spaces, public speaking or a fear of change.”

Across three episodes Sampson learns how to manage pain, fear, sharpen his vision, hearing and touch and learn how to make better decisions. More experts put him through a string of tests and challenges, gruelling, painful and intellectual (the latter are the ones viewers can attempt from the relative safety of their couch).

“It’s a very exposing series. I jokingly say I was naked from the shoulders up. Scientists in America say I now have one of the most-examined brains on the planet,” he suggests.

“So there’s no hiding, really.

“The mission was for it to be smart and entertaining, and often science documentaries err on one side.

“I want people to feel some of the risks and dangers and laugh at some of the funny things that happen to me. I want them to be involved.

“There’s an interactive element to the series too, so hopefully you play along with me.”

At the heart of the series is Brain Plasticity with Sampson demonstrating that muscles can be trained to meet the challenges and stresses of modern life. His first season, which won the 2014 AACTA Award for Documentary of the Year, came at the behest of the ABC.

“The ABC said ‘We’ve got this idea on brain science, would you be interested in hosting it?’ I read the principle around Brain Plasticity, which is a very hopeful concept, so being a science nerd I said ‘As long as I can be part of its creation.’

“My mission was to make it a science-adventure series.”

But with science-adventure comes risk. In the first episode he is in Utah climbing a 120 metre high rockface -blindfolded.

“I can tell you I was in serious jeopardy and risk. You can’t control these situations. Amid all the insurers and legals you can control it to a certain point, but when you’re standing 120 metres with a blindfold on, they don’t know what I’m going to do. It’s ‘Live,'” he stresses.

“Nobody knows what’s going to happen, that’s the danger of the series.”

Yet while the intrepid host is squaring off against gravity, the take-out lessons are much more humble.

“I’m just the guinea pig. The series is meant to be about how we can all improve our brain, not me. I’m just the one who goes through all the events and testing. But we want people to try (at home),” says Sampson.

“The great thing about Brain Plasticity is –without overstating the claim- it’s very hopeful. It says that regardless of who you are you can make your brain better. That’s pretty cool. It’s science, not self-help.”

It’s a long way from the advertising world, at least physically if not metaphorically, and a toned Sampson has even been spotted shirtless on the cover of Men’s Health. The Canadian-born Aussie appears to take it all in his stride and leaves the fandom for others to get excited about.

“I don’t take any of that stuff seriously. I’m just happy people enjoy the work that I do. They’re not fans of me, they’re fans of the work, which is cool.

“I’m trying to create content that people find interesting and get something out of it for themselves. That’s the mission.”

Redesign My Brain airs 8:30pm Thursday on ABC.

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Firass Dirani itching for US projects Mon, 25 May 2015 18:55:59 +0000 2015-05-25_2302

Season 4 of House Husbands is currently filming with all of its 4 ‘hubbies’ still intact.

As Firass Dirani recently told TV Tonight, there are more challenges in store for his character, Justin.

“Season 4 gets a bit messy. I find out some things I shouldn’t that really makes my life difficult,” he said.

Isn’t that sort of what happened in Season 3?

“Yes! And that’s what happened in Season 2! And that’s what happened in Season 1!” he laughed.

“But they’ve come up with some creative storylines in Season 4 and it’s good to be back, working with the guys. They’re all good actors.”

At 4 seasons, the Nine series is the longest run the Logie winner has had.

“I know, it scares me a little bit. But look, it’s a consistent pay packet and you need to pay the rent sometimes, so it’s a good breadwinner,” he continued.

“But it’s only 3 or 4 months of the year so there’s so much more time to try and land a US TV series.

“It’s always about keeping hustling. You can’t be complacent so we’ll see what happens. I’m just starting my career.

“You can go from TV to film, from film to TV it just depends how good you are, how hard you work and that’s the most important thing.”

What else is on the calendar for 2015?

“There could be a play in Perth. There’s a couple of things,” he hinted.

“I’m happy. The directors are great, I’m doing good work.

“As soon as I think I’m not learning anymore, I’ll leave.”

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First set top box with FreeviewPlus Mon, 25 May 2015 18:49:04 +0000 2015-05-26_0058

The first set top box with in-built FreeviewPlus has hit the market with the aerialBox T2100, from DishTV.

It features free to air Catch Up services such as iView, TenPlay, SBS on Demand etc. without the need for a smart TV, computer, or mobile device.

FreeviewPlus also includes an EPG, Recommendations & Favourites function, but the aerialBox T2100 doesn’t feature a hard drive to record content but has a USB input. Another STB with hard drive is believed to be coming to market soon.

“We’re delighted to welcome Dish TV as a manufacturing partner. The arrival of the first FreeviewPlus STB is an exciting development for Australian consumers as an affordable way of accessing all of FreviewPlus’s many great new features,” Liz Ross, CEO of Freeview, said.

“FreeviewPlus has been developed so that Australians can benefit from the best free-to-air TV experience in the world, and from today, viewers can enjoy FreeviewPlus via the new aerialBox STB.”

The box also has bult in wifi and is designed for low cost entry at $149 at Dick Smith and David Jones.

Meanwhile ICE TV is introducing a Skippa set top box on sale at $399, said to be the first TV recorder in Australia with automatic ad-skipping technology.

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The Originals update Mon, 25 May 2015 18:45:53 +0000 2015-05-25_1848

Some readers have noted with some disappointment that The Originals only had one episode of Season Two screen on GO! before being pulled.

It did not appear on Sunday at 11:40pm, replaced with a Nikita repeat.

The problem appears to be the drop from Arrow‘s 94,000 to The Originals 29,000 a week ago. Still, Nikita didn’t fare any better this week, dropping from Arrow‘s 76,00 to 25,000 -just without the irate fans.

Sources suggest it is now likely to be out until July.

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Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles on NITV Mon, 25 May 2015 18:44:19 +0000 2015-05-25_1837

All this week NITV is broadcasting the Australian Indigenous Surfing Titles Finals from Bells Beach, Victoria.

There are Live updates online and highlights in the evening around 11:30pm (tonight 12:45am).

Mark Ella, NITV Head of Internal Productions and Sport, says: “NITV is committed to bringing viewers the best in Indigenous sport and we are thrilled to partner with Surfing Victoria to showcase some of Australia’s best surfing talent to a national audience.”


From Monday 25 to Friday 29 May, the national Indigenous broadcaster will bring viewers daily updates, competitor interviews and news across its digital platforms with live streaming of the Finals event. The channel will follow the digital coverage with a special broadcast recap and Around the 44 competitor discussion show on Sunday 7 June.

The week-long tournament, hosted by Surfing Victoria, will showcase the top 32 Indigenous open males, the top 16 masters men and the top eight open women from across Australia and will crown an Australian Indigenous Champion in all three divisions. For the fourth consecutive year, the event will be held at the iconic surfing location, Bells Beach.

Monday 25 – Friday 29 May Daily updates
Available online at

Sunday 7 June, 2.30pm Tournament Recap

Sunday 7 June, 4pm Around the 44

Photo: Liam Robertson

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Rosie O’Donnell hearts Wentworth Mon, 25 May 2015 18:42:20 +0000 2015-05-26_0039

Rosie O’Donnell is the latest adoring fan of Foxtel’s Wentworth, sharing her love of the show on Twitter -and even hoping for a role to be penned.

“Please write me a part !!!!!!!!!!!!” she pleaded to writer Pete McTighe.

“OMG GET ON A PLANE!!!” he replied.

“I am there – say when and lock me up !!!” said Rosie.

The series screens on Netflix in the US where some media have described as “Better than Orange is the New Black.”

Via: News Corp

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Netflix apologises for billing errors Mon, 25 May 2015 18:40:53 +0000 2015-05-25_2208

Netflix has apologised to subscribers who have been hit with billing errors.

Several subscribers took to Twitter with screenshots of bank accounts indicating repeat debits.

A Netflix spokesman told Fairfax a small percentage of customers had been billed multiple times but no money had been taken from their accounts and the issued had been resolved.

“While no extra money was withdrawn from users’ accounts, it may take several days for the authorisations to drop from users’ bank accounts,” Neflix said in a statement.

“Members may contact Netflix customer service if they have additional issues. We regret any inconvenience related to the problem.”

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Hannibal: First look at Season 3 Mon, 25 May 2015 18:39:50 +0000

NBC has released trailer and actor interviews for the new season of Hannibal including Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal and Gillian Anderson’s Bedelia.

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Wentworth Mon, 25 May 2015 13:00:13 +0000 Best episode this season as tension mounts between Joan & Vera. 8:30pm Tuesday on SoHo.

  • Love Child
  • River Cottage Australia
  • Slow Train Through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones
  • NCIS
  • Grey’s Anatomy
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Airdate: Safe House Mon, 25 May 2015 06:51:34 +0000

In July BBC First will screen a 4 part drama series, Safe House.

It stars Christopher Eccleston, Marsha Thomason, Paterson Joseph, Peter Ferdinando, Jason Merrells, and Nicola Stephenson.

The thriller, described as a fresh take on the investigative crime genre, is written by Michael Crompton (New Tricks, Kidnap and Ransom, Silent Witness).

Safe House tells the story of a married couple – Robert (Eccleston), a former police detective and Katy (Thomason), a school teacher- who turn their guest house, set in a remote and idyllic part of the Lake District, into a police safe house. As a consequence of running the safe house, Robert begins to question the events and the people around him, including his friend and trusted former boss, Mark (Joseph) – and soon it transpires that nothing is what it seems, and that everybody has something to hide.

Wednesdays at 8.30pm from July 15 on BBC First.

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Ex-cop criticises Milat script Mon, 25 May 2015 05:47:28 +0000 2015-05-25_1540

Another true story drama, another case of criticism from those who were there, claiming it was fictitious.

Former assistant police commissioner Clive Small has told KIIS FM Catching Milat scenes depicting Detective Paul Gordon (Richard Cawthorne) were inaccurate. Small says Gordon worked on the case for about 5 months, not two years, and was not the man who caught Milat.

“I can tell you that quite a number of the people on the task force and quite a lot of other people that were associated were very upset. And I think the show has also shown a fair deal of disrespect to the family and friends of the victims and I think that’s a bit unnecessary and upsetting,” he told the Kyle and Jackie O radio show today.

Small (portrayed on screen by actor Geoff Morrell) said Gordon had not met English backpacker Paul Onions nor met the family of victim Joanne Walters.

But these kinds of criticisms are not new in TV drama, whether levelled at Catching Milat, Paper Giants, Underbelly or other dramatisations.

The script by ‘Dalton Dartmouth’ was based on the book “Sins of the Brother” by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy. As has become increasingly common, the credits suggests some dramatic embellishment while the media kit is clear about fictitious characters (played by David Field, Salvatore Coco and Helen Thomson). Fictitious characters are usually a merger of actual characters, but not always, and may exist to facilitate storytelling.

Clearly a drama is not a documentary, but for those who were there, such embellishments can impact on reputation. Paper Giants was the subject of a legal case when the former husband of Ita Buttrose, Alasdair “Mac” Macdonald, objected to his portrayal as played by actor Nathan Page. The case was eventually settled out of court.

So where do we draw the line between dramatic license and truth?

It’s important to stay truthful to the spirit of the original story and to be upfront about such embellishment. The audience is usually a good judge of credibility. In the case of Catching Milat they would appear to have ruled in the show’s favour on this occasion, with numbers improving from the first week to the second.

Source: News Corp

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