TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:52:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Airdate: Emmy Awards 2015 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:52:43 +0000 2015-09-04_1244

FOX8 will screen the 67th Emmy Awards Live at 10am on Monday September 21st, hosted by Andy Samberg.

There will be a replay at 7:30pm.

As yet there is no confirmation of a Free to Air broadcast (and I wouldn’t really be expecting one).

Andy Samberg hosts The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in LA, celebrating excellence in national primetime programming whilst awarding top honours like the Governor’s Award and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.

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Joe Hildebrand gets a prostate exam Live on air Fri, 04 Sep 2015 02:39:35 +0000

Earlier this week Joe Hildebrand and Studio 10 did their bit for prostate cancer -Live on air.

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Sunday Night: Sept 6 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:50:30 +0000 2015-09-04_1041

Sunday Night is cross-promoting this weekend, with Melissa Doyle interviewing a lifelong friend of Peter Allen a week ahead of its own miniseries. Also an investigation into fertility preservation and a plug for the new Oddball movie.

Frozen Families
It’s being sold at cocktail parties and it’s being promoted and supported by some of the world’s biggest companies as a way of managing work demands and family plans. It’s radical modern motherhood – women freezing their eggs while they wait for the perfect partner or chase the ideal career. It’s already become a billion-dollar phenomenon in the United States and it’s catching on in Australia. But are egg freezing companies selling an unachievable dream of having it all and are employers unfairly leveraging the hopes and aspirations of their female staff? Sunday Night investigates the fastest growing phenomenon in an already booming fertility industry. As more and more women sign up for the program and hand over tens of thousands of dollars for their procedures and storage, there are profound questions about the viability and certainty of the process. Ideally, eggs should be harvested from women in their mid-20s for the best possible chances of a pregnancy later on, but it’s being pitched to clients much later in life when the prospects of motherhood can diminish significantly. In this special report, Sunday Night’s Peta-Jane Madam investigates whether the claims of this multi-million dollar industry stack up and whether vulnerable women are being preyed upon.

Forget Happy Feet, we’ve got an entire island of penguins who are deliriously chuffed from their feet all the way to their beaks and who owe their survival and safety to the most unlikely of heroes. One’s a knockabout chook farmer, the other’s a trusty, loyal dog named Oddball. In what is likely to be the cutest story we’ll bring you this year, a rapidly diminishing fairy penguin colony under siege by hungry foxes is brought back from the brink by a determined and practical cocky named Allan Marsh. Swampy had seen his Italian sheepdog diligently protect his free-ranging brood of chickens from the slyest of foxes so when he heard about the plight of the Fairy Penguins on Middle Island near Warrnambool in Victoria, the solution was obvious. Obvious to Allen. Not so obvious to the bureaucracy managing the state’s wild places. Sunday Night’s Denham Hitchcock tells the heartwarming story of how common sense and watchdogs prevailed and this threatened island community got its happy ending. Oh and the feel-good Australian movie of the year, starring Shane Jacobson as Swampy.

Time is a Tale Teller
Peter Allen was one of Australia’s biggest and most complicated stars. His biggest hit told us that love sent him to off to Rio in a frenzy of maracas but we’re going to Armidale, NSW for the real story of the early years that forged this fascinating showman and the love that first captured what would be a wildly wandering heart. Jenny Godwin met Peter when they were both five years old. They lived a few streets apart, went to school and dance class together and became the best of friends. She even has title of being Peter’s first ever girlfriend and they remained friends right until the end. In this remarkable perspective of the gregarious Allen, Jenny opens up to Sunday Night host Melissa Doyle about the bright boy she knew, whose effervescent personality covered the trauma he would experience at home. Allen would become an epic international hit-maker for himself, other Australians like Olivia Newton John, he’d dominate the music circuit in the US and go on to marry ‘the girl with an interesting face’ Liza Minnelli. As Australia prepares for Seven’s spectacular event Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Sunday Night explores the little known but formative chapter of his life.

Sunday at 7pm on Seven.

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Sundance channel picks up new ABC drama, Cleverman. Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:20:14 +0000 Cleverman_NEW AT MIPCOM2015 - Red Arrow International LQ

Upcoming ABC futuristic drama Cleverman, produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and New Zealand’s Pukeko Pictures, has been picked up by SundanceTV in the US.

The series, starring Iain Glen, Frances O’Connor and Deborah Mailman, sees a group of non-humans battling for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior to them, and want to silence, exploit and kill them. Central to the drama is the story of two estranged Indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their own survival. Otherworldly creatures also emerge into this fragile and dangerous place.

The 6 part series also features Hunter Page-Lochard (The Sapphires), Rob Collins (The Lion King) and Stef Dawson (The Hunger Games) and is directed by Wayne Blair are Leah Purcell.

“SundanceTV is becoming the U.S. home to some of the most intriguing and interesting television shows from around the world,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.

“We were drawn to Cleverman’s originality, character-driven storylines and thought-provoking nature – qualities central to many of SundanceTV’s signature series.”

Cleverman is based on an original concept by Ryan Griffen. Michael Miller is script producer and writers are Michael Miller, Jon Bell and Jane Allen. Producers are Rosemary Blight and Lauren Edwards for Goalpost Pictures, Ryan Griffen, and, for Pukeko Pictures, Angela Littlejohn, with executive producers Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto, Jan David Frouman and Amelie Kienlin.

Cleverman will have its market launch at MIPCOM in October through Red Arrow and will air on ABC in 2016.

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Airdate: 800 Words Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:45:42 +0000 800 Words - ep 1 02 (c) 2015 SPP

As expected, Seven has confirmed 800 Words will begin Tuesday September 15th, replacing Winners and Losers which has its season finale next week.

Seven is yet to confirm a time for the new drama, teased only as “after X Factor,” which probably puts it at around 8:40 or thereabouts. A 9pm premiere could impact on its overall numbers.

There are 8 episodes in the first season which will see Seven through to early November.

A columnist for a popular Sydney newspaper and devoted father of teenage kids, Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony), life has been pretty good to George. His biggest concern, aside from raising a family with wife, Laura, is ensuring he pens exactly 800 Words for his weekly column. His precise word count is a personal quirk. It gives George control and stability, but that all vanishes with his wife’s sudden passing.

Acting on impulse, George quits his job and tells his kids to pack their bags because he has just bought a house, sight unseen, over the internet in the fictional New Zealand seaside town of Weld.

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Seven off key on Thursday Fri, 04 Sep 2015 00:11:14 +0000 2015-09-04_1007

Not even Ed Sheeran in Summer Bay was enough to stop Seven from losing audience last night with horrendous numbers for Restaurant Revolution, limping to the finish line.

Thursday was its third night in a row under a million viewers, with Restaurant Revolution down to a dismal 275,000 viewers. Home and Away‘s 677,000 was lower than last Thursday’s 708,000 despite its star cameo.

TEN’s Bachelor, again strong with 942,000 viewers, was nearly enough for the network to snatch second -it missed by just 0.1%.

While ABC also had problems from 8:30 in the end it was no contest for Nine, well ahead of the pack an buoyed by Live NRL.

Nine Network was 33.5% then Seven 22.3%, TEN 22.2%, ABC 15.1% and SBS 6.9%.

Nine News (1.01m / 995,000) topped the night for Nine then A Current Affair (801,000), The Footy Show (663,000), NRL (631,000 in 2 cities), Hot Seat (563,000) and Kings Cross ER (305,000 in 3 cities).

Seven News (941,000 / 888,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (677,000), Million Dollar Minute (488,000), Border Security International (431,000). Restaurant Revolution was just 275,000.

The Bachelor (942,000) won its timeslot for TEN. The Project was 653,000 / 479,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 524,000, Law and Order: SVU was 454,000 / 304,000.

ABC News (828,000) ranked first on ABC followed by 7:30 (633,000), Who’s Been Sleeping in My House? (457,000), Antiques Roadshow (326,000), The Honourable Woman (314,000) and Catastrophe (182,000).

On SBS it was Ainsley Harriott’s Street Food and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne (both 228,000), Luke Nguyen’s France (176,000), World Cup Qualifier (164,000) and SBS World News (146,000).

Big Bang was best on multichannels at 285,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 3 September 2015.

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Thursday 3 September 2015 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:30:21 +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 03/09/2015 27/08/2015 Network ABC 10.0% 10.0% Network ABC2 3.3% 3.1% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.4% Network ABC TTL 15.1% 15.2% Network 7 13.3% 14.7% Network 7TWO 6.0% 7.5% Network 7mate 3.0% 3.2% Network 7 TTL 22.3% 25.4% Network 9 23.6% 23.7% Network GO! 5.6% 3.8% Network Gem 4.3% 3.4% Network 9 TTL 33.5% 30.8% Network TEN 15.6% 15.4% Network ONE 3.7% 2.9% Network ELEVEN 2.9% 3.6% Network TEN TTL 22.2% 21.9% Network SBS 5.6% 5.0% Network SBS 2 0.8% 1.0% Network NITV 0.6% 0.6% Network SBS TTL 6.9% 6.6%


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: 03/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,014,000 280,000 328,000 227,000 93,000 87,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 995,000 289,000 339,000 191,000 89,000 87,000
3 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 942,000 274,000 341,000 140,000 94,000 94,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 941,000 242,000 258,000 145,000 118,000 178,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 888,000 215,000 289,000 148,000 94,000 142,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 828,000 216,000 287,000 131,000 87,000 107,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 801,000 246,000 240,000 151,000 78,000 87,000
8 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 677,000 174,000 172,000 155,000 74,000 102,000
9 THE FOOTY SHOW Network Nine 663,000 158,000 301,000 86,000 49,000 69,000
10 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 653,000 175,000 228,000 113,000 90,000 47,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC 633,000 198,000 185,000 92,000 71,000 86,000
12 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network Nine 631,000 336,000 0 295,000 0 0
13 HOT SEAT Network Nine 563,000 138,000 176,000 161,000 49,000 38,000
14 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 557,000 153,000 173,000 101,000 80,000 51,000
15 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 524,000 127,000 153,000 96,000 68,000 80,000
16 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network Seven 488,000 159,000 124,000 71,000 70,000 66,000
17 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 479,000 126,000 153,000 98,000 72,000 31,000
18 WHO’S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY HOUSE?-EV Network ABC 457,000 147,000 136,000 49,000 47,000 78,000
19 LAW & ORDER: SVU RPT Network TEN 454,000 141,000 132,000 65,000 60,000 56,000
20 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE -PRE MATCH Network Nine 438,000 235,000 0 203,000 0 0


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: 03/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 285,000 49,000 80,000 55,000 43,000 59,000
2 DOC MARTIN Network 7TWO 284,000 53,000 84,000 39,000 64,000 44,000
3 JUDGE JOHN DEED Network 7TWO 276,000 59,000 93,000 40,000 55,000 28,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 266,000 42,000 84,000 45,000 32,000 63,000
5 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 233,000 31,000 91,000 50,000 31,000 30,000
6 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 227,000 28,000 92,000 51,000 23,000 32,000
7 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 217,000 29,000 88,000 44,000 25,000 31,000
8 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 205,000 30,000 43,000 55,000 37,000 40,000
9 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 203,000 46,000 70,000 50,000 27,000 10,000
10 DINOSAUR TRAIN-EV Network ABC2 200,000 35,000 63,000 52,000 25,000 25,000
11 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 195,000 12,000 79,000 47,000 30,000 28,000
12 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 193,000 29,000 58,000 55,000 25,000 26,000
13 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 193,000 24,000 71,000 40,000 27,000 30,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 185,000 47,000 58,000 38,000 22,000 20,000
15 INCEPTION -EV Network GO! 184,000 24,000 75,000 32,000 28,000 24,000
16 CHARLIE AND LOLA-AM Network ABC2 182,000 46,000 60,000 27,000 14,000 35,000
17 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 178,000 47,000 47,000 40,000 13,000 31,000
18 THE HIVE-PM Network ABC2 174,000 26,000 69,000 33,000 18,000 27,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 173,000 33,000 43,000 48,000 28,000 23,000
20 OCTONAUTS-AM Network ABC2 168,000 41,000 50,000 40,000 16,000 21,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 553,000 146,000 218,000 89,000 52,000 48,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 350,000 104,000 126,000 55,000 28,000 36,000
3 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 349,000 84,000 131,000 63,000 47,000 23,000
4 THE FOOTY SHOW Network Nine 339,000 73,000 160,000 41,000 24,000 41,000
5 NINE NEWS Network Nine 322,000 93,000 96,000 67,000 29,000 37,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 542,000 149,000 219,000 80,000 49,000 45,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 320,000 73,000 136,000 49,000 43,000 20,000
3 THE FOOTY SHOW Network Nine 305,000 70,000 141,000 38,000 20,000 37,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 276,000 89,000 89,000 48,000 20,000 31,000
5 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network Nine 259,000 146,000 0 113,000 0 0


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 388,000 108,000 152,000 66,000 31,000 31,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 203,000 43,000 84,000 35,000 27,000 14,000
3 THE FOOTY SHOW Network Nine 195,000 46,000 95,000 23,000 14,000 17,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 170,000 46,000 38,000 43,000 19,000 23,000
5 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network Nine 164,000 95,000 0 69,000 0 0


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 03/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 105,000
3 VILLAGE VETS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 82,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 69,000
7 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 67,000
8 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 57,000
9 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 56,000
10 THE DAY HENRY MET Nick Jr. 56,000
12 QI UKTV 48,000
13 FAMILY GUY FOX8 48,000
15 6 PUPPIES AND US LifeStyle Channel 45,000
16 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 45,000
19 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 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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Sherlock fan event coming to Melbourne Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:58:55 +0000 2015-09-03_2108

Sherlock co-creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffatt are headed to Melbourne on November 23 for a “Script to Screen” event with fans at the Regent Theatre.

Joined by Series Producer Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films, the first official Sherlock event in Australia will explore the making of the show and characters. It will follow on from the Doctor Who Festival in Sydney on November 21 – 22.

Gatiss (pictured left), who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes, tells TV Tonight UK fans at convention earlier this year had been bursting with questions.

“To me the format of anything like this is more interesting when you open it up to the public. You get far more interesting questions than standing at a lectern trying to be intelligent about everything. You also have more fun,” he says.

“The best part is sitting with actors or behind-the-scenes personnel reminiscing and taking questions from the audience, whilst of course giving away no secrets whatsoever and lying through our teeth!”

“If you ask them not to spoil things they tend not to”

Secrets are a big part of the world of Gatiss, who also writes for Doctor Who, but there’s an art to keeping a lid on things.

“It’s a tough thing, really. When we were shooting the solution to how Sherlock faked his death we had 300 people behind crash barriers watching it. Remarkably the press didn’t break anything. Partly because we filmed about 38 different versions so they couldn’t decide what to print. But people are very good-natured. If you ask them not to spoil things they tend not to,” he continues.

“I think it’s slightly sad that we’ve reached a stage where soap operas leak all their latest storylines themselves a month in advance, just because they’re afraid people will turn over.

“There’s something so wonderful about a viewer being totally surprised. We live in a surprise-averse culture in that way, I think.

“It’s obviously frustrating when Sherlock is only on every couple of years. The amount of times people have been frustrated and almost angry that you don’t tell them the entire plot of the story… but if I told you, you’d be instantly disappointed.”

Sherlock special will be released at the end of the year, to screen in Australia on Stan and in limited cinemas.

“It’s set in 1895, and we’ve given Benedict and Martin almost the unique opportunity to do the double as it were. The only people to ever play Holmes and Watson in the Victorian era and the modern era were Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce,” he reveals.

“That’s all I can tell you. You’ll have to wait until Christmas!”

“Almost all of the letters I get are from China”

In its brief 5 year existence, Sherlock has catapulted its leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch to global fame. Gatiss says in China the show is seen by a staggering 70 million viewers, yet he prefers not to dissect the reasons why.

“In Asia it’s extraordinary. Almost all of the letters I get are from China –and they all seem to be written by the same person. The handwriting is identical!” he insists.

Sherlock Holmes has always been popular in Japan and Korea, but I think it might be something to do with our particular version and the relationship between Benedict and Martin (Freeman). Or something about Benedict’s slightly-androgynous look, I don’t know.

“But if you over-analyse them they dissipate, so just go with it.”

Indeed, Arthur Conan Doyle’s character is universally loved. Gatiss declines to expand on CBS’ own modern take in the form of Elementary.

“I’m not going to say ‘No Comment’ because that sounds like I’ve got an axe to grind. But there’s a long and involved story about Elementary which is on record, and I don’t watch it as a result of that.”


On a lighter note, Gatiss has also written the 9th episode of the upcoming Doctor Who series, to be directed by Justin Molotnikov. Remarkably, he knows little of the remainder of the series. And that’s just the way he likes it.

“I can still remember the thrill of excitement watching the last episode”

“As a fan I genuinely try not to find out anything about the season, apart from the bits I’m involved with. I like to watch it as it goes out. I’m pretty successful in doing that and not seeing other people’s scripts,” he explains.

“So unless it directly involves the run into my story or what comes after I try and stay away. I want to watch them as a viewer, so I genuinely know very little about the rest of the season, deliberately.

“Steven (Moffat) sent me the first two-parter of the season to read with where he wants to go with Peter Capaldi this season. I think I’ve read one other episode, but otherwise I really don’t know.

“It’s like when I was a kid and I knew nothing. I can still remember the thrill of excitement watching the last episode of Genesis of the Daleks and it said “Next Week: Revenge of the Cybermen.” I went crazy!”

During his first visit to Australia this November, Gatiss is hoping to catch up with Victorian-based relatives. Any chance his stay might inspire an Australian-based episode some day?

“I’m sure the possibility must have been explored. I imagine when Janet Fielding was playing Tegan, the Australian air hostess, it (would have been) properly explored,” he suggests.

“It’s always logistics with these things. Doctor Who manages to get abroad at least once per season for lunar landscapes and stuff like that. So the only reason it wouldn’t happen I think would be pure logistics.

“It’s cost effective to go somewhere for a few days and get maximum coverage, so with Australia being so far away it’s hard to justify a couple of days, I imagine. But a story set in Australia would be fantastic.

“You have to remember that essentially the show is still made in Cardiff, so the bulk of the episode would have to be made there.”

Lastly, why is it Doctor Who has such a fervent following amongst gay viewers? Again, he is is reluctant to rationalise it, despite being openly gay himself.

“Obviously over 52 years of different styles of stories there have been very much camper eras, and those eras have their fans,” he says.

“But equally Doctor Who can be very serious and grim. As a whole I think it’s probably mostly to do with identifying with the character of the Doctor as a different sort of hero.

“For me growing up, Jon Pertwee was my Doctor and there was never anything explicitly gay about the experience. I loved the Doctor because he wasn’t just like a cowboy on a horse, or an ordinary policeman. He was just odd. Maybe children growing up gay make some sort of attachment in that way.

“But it’s something you can endlessly debate, which is what’s fascinating. You can’t really give it any kind of definitive answer.

“It’s a combination of all those things that made Doctor Who special.”



Sherlock: From Script to Screen
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
7.00pm Monday, 23rd November, 
Tickets on Monday, 14th September from Ticketmaster

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Still a Mexican stand-off over WAFL ‘logo-gate’ Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:55:59 +0000

Discussions between WA football club West Perth and the WA Football Commission failed to reach an outcome this week, as the West’s stoush over TV logos on jumpers drags on.

Channel Seven is refusing to broadcast games featuring the Falcons team while their jumpers feature a Nine News logo.

“The West Australian Football Commission and West Perth Football Club advise that a constructive meeting was held between the two parties tonight and that discussions are continuing to work towards a resolution in the ensuing days regarding the WAFL Finals broadcast matter,” the WAFC and West Perth said in a joint statement.

“A series of options are being explored to reach a resolution in the best interests of both the competition and the club. An update on any resolution will be provided as soon as practicable.”

West Perth president Brett Raponi said the club also feared the WAFC would threaten to cut its annual $600,000 subsidy.

“It is a significant amount of money for us. Our concern is they could target that,” he told News Corp.

“We feel we have a strong legal position.

“The clauses that they (WAFC) say we are in breach of, we have refuted (after taking legal advice).”

West Perth takes on Peel this Saturday in the qualifying final at HBF Arena.

As WA Today notes, if the Falcons make it to the WAFL Preliminary final and then the grand final, things will get very messy….

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GLAAD to retire LGBTI TV report Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:50:55 +0000 2015-09-04_0127

US lobby group GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) will end its annual report which charts representation of gay characters in US media.

Since 2008 it has published an annual Network Responsibility Index documenting LGBT content in television shows as a way of encouraging diversity on screen.

But it will now discontinue the checklist.

Writing in Variety, GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis explains (select quotes):

We haven’t “won” when it comes to television, because simply getting higher numbers of LGBT people on TV was never the only goal. Since its founding, GLAAD has pushed for fair and accurate representations in the media, and today, as LGBT images on TV continue to flourish, that means better reflecting the rich diversity of our community.

The recent success of TV programs like “Empire,” “Scandal,” and “Orange Is the New Black” is helping us get closer to that possibility. Particularly in the last year, these shows have not only attracted record audiences, but sparked discussions about the importance of programming featuring multiple people of color in major roles, which was followed by questions of whether this was just a “fad” or sign of real, lasting change in the way networks produce programming. It will be up to all of us – creators, viewers, and media advocates alike – to make sure it’s the latter.

Diversity should not be reduced to a “trend,” but rather as a duty to more accurately reflect the reality of the world we live in. The more that popular media reflect the full diversity of their audience, the better their stories will become, and the more viewers will tune in. Including more LGBT characters is only part of the equation; they must be diverse as well – not just in terms of their race and gender, but in their backgrounds, their jobs, their religious affiliations, their challenges, and their dreams. Networks must not only remember the lessons being gleaned from the recent success of diverse programming, but build on them.

You can read more here.

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Airdate: Peaky Blinders Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:45:49 +0000 2015-09-03_2121

Another quality UK series is coming to ABC2 after the 12 month window of exclusivity with BBC First shows ends.

This time it’s Peaky Blinders, the gangster drama set in the lawless slum neighbourhoods of post war Birmingham.

Starring Cillian Murphy and Sam Neill, this is a very contemporary, but sometimes bloody, period saga. The title pertains to the caps worn by gang members, where they hid their razor weapons.

One to watch, people…

Returning soldiers, newly-minted revolutionaries and criminal gangs all fight for survival in an industrial landscape gripped by economic upheaval. Guns smuggled home from the trenches find their way onto the streets and become lethal currency. Communists don’t just dream of revolution – they are planning for it and the Government is expecting it. As Churchill mobilizes his Special Branch forces, illegal bookmakers make fortunes in speak-easy betting shops and traumatised infantrymen drink away their shellshock in riotous ale houses.

There is still a gentler city at the fringes, where gypsies and canal boatmen deal horses and tell fortunes but sitting at the top of this industrial jungle are the extended Shelby family, whose many brothers, cousins and uncles, make up the fiercest gang of all, the ‘Peaky Blinders’. Named for their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps, the Peaky Blinders make their money from illegal track betting, protection and robbery. Their boss Tommy is the most ruthless brother of them all, but his leadership is about to be put to the test. A ruthless new Police Chief arrives in town from Belfast to clean up the city and, perhaps more lethally, a beautiful woman arrives in the neighbourhood with a mysterious past and a dangerous secret.

Peaky Blinders is a dazzling picture of England which will blow away preconceptions even though the characters and events are taken directly from the pages of England’s secret history. They will now burst into life in a vibrant evocation of a hedonistic age where the clothes will be razor sharp, the music fast and the dancing outrageous. The real ‘Peaky Blinders’ were a scandal and this story will be the same. The Shelbys will be a family not to be taken lightly

9:20pm ABC2 Monday September 28th.

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GEM to screen Bart Cummings…The Farewell Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:43:07 +0000 2015-08-31_2043

Further to 7mate’s broadcast on Monday, GEM will also air the state funeral for Bart Cummings.

This will air Live around the country, presented by Cameron Williams.

Bart Cummings…The Farewell
Cameron Williams presents live coverage of the state funeral for racing legend Bart Cummings at St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney.

9:55am AEST Monday Sept 7th.

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FOX Sports secures 5 year deal with NBL Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:41:59 +0000 2015-09-03_2302

FOX Sports has secured National Basketball League games for the next five years.

The deal will see NBL games telecast live in high definition at 7:30pm AEDT across Wednesday-Saturday evenings throughout the 19 week regular season.

FOX Sports will also broadcast Sunday games and more than 12 double header games between 5:30pm and 9:30pm across Wednesday – Saturday. The deal will be reviewed at the end of the 2015/16 season.

The NBL also is in discussions with other networks for one weekly live game to be simulcast on Free to Air.

Executive Director of the National Basketball League Larry Kestelman said, “We are excited to announce our partnership with FOX Sports and Foxtel. We are dedicated to making the NBL a best in breed, professional and commercial product that delivers the best entertainment on offer to the public over the summer, and today’s announcement is a huge step in that direction.

“Fans love watching sport live – and being able to deliver basketball, produced to the high standards for which FOX Sports are renowned, live to our fans is of fundamental importance to being a premier summer-sport in Australia.

“Basketball has the highest levels of participation of any sport played by Australian kids, and enormous popularity across all genders and cultures. The potential for our league to partner with other basketball leagues around the world, particularly in Asia, but also in the United States and across Europe, is of significant importance; it is what differentiates us from so many of the other front line Sports in Australia and it opens up a number of growth opportunities.

“We are already in direct communication with the NBA and well on the way to building bridges with both the Chinese and Philippines basketball leagues with a view to working closely with them to grow the game and capitalise on its popularity in our region.”

FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany said, “Basketball is one of the most popular Sports in the world and is booming in Australia due to the recent success of our home-grown NBA stars.

“With more Aussie kids playing the sport than ever before and interest soaring, basketball is entering an exciting new era in Australia and we are thrilled to be partnering with the NBL at such a watershed moment.

“Today’s announcement that FOX Sports will provide live coverage of every match on national television, in a first for the NBL, is a huge win for fans and will ensure the next generation of Australian stars can watch the best local players in action, every week.”

The first game will be played on Wednesday 7 October when Adelaide play the New Zealand Breakers at home.

Broadcast arrangements for New Zealand are yet to be finalised.

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VMAs generate bumper tweets (but was it really a record?) Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:40:41 +0000 2015-09-03_2351

Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards was a social media hit generating 344,000 tweets across a host of topics surrounding its star-studded event.

Tweets surrounding Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and 5 Seconds of Summer sent VMA-related tweets skyhigh, -even widely reported as the most volume of TV-related Tweets in Australian television history.

While 344,000 was undoubtedly a bumper figure, did it really outdo other shows such as My Kitchen Rules, MasterChef Australia, The Voice and Q & A? Especially given it was on Pay TV during the daytime? That’s less clear.

Working in the VMAs favour were the superstar performers, the subject of multiple trending topics. That makes comparisons to a single #MKR or #MasterChefAU hashtag much harder to compare. An MTV spokesperson confirms not all of the 344,000 tweets included the #VMAs hashtag. But the stars helped drive a perfect social media storm.

There are also qualifications on the period, with the tweets compared since Neilson TV Twitter ratings was established in Australia: November 2014. That gives the VMAs a shot at the year’s record, rather than across history.

Globally, the show was a social media superstar at 47 million tweets, pooling it various topics.

“As stars and fans gathered to celebrate the year’s most-loved music videos at the 2015 MTV VMAs, Twitter provided a front row seat to the festivities and the social soundtrack for all of the live reactions,” said Tony Broderick, Head of TV Partnerships at Twitter Australia.

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Mr. Robot Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:00:15 +0000 Rami Malek dominates the cryptic finale of a very cool first season. Now streaming on Presto.

  • The Living Room
  • JFK: The Smoking Gun
  • Outsiders with Darren McMullen
  • Escape to the Country
  • The Classic Car Show
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Airdate: Britain’s Busiest Airport. Bumped: Aquarius. Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:05:09 +0000 2015-09-03_1639

Seven has trimmed Aquarius from two episodes a week to one, following soft figures last night.

Last night it drew just 160,000 / 140,000 viewers in only its second week.

It will now air as a single episode, aptly titled “Change Is Gonna Come” at 10:30pm.

At 9:30pm it premieres Britain’s Busiest Airport.

This series takes an un-precedented look at life inside Heathrow Airport, Europe’s most important transport hub.

This follows World’s Most Extreme Tunnels at 8:30pm.

Seven is rolling out several new titles from September 13th.

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“Kill it!” US programmer spills on devious tactics Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:13:14 +0000 2015-09-03_1609

How much of television programming is about putting your best foot forward, and how much is about trying to kill off the competition?

You’d be hard pressed to get a straight answer on that one, but this year Australians have looked on with some scepticism as genre has been programmed against genre -something networks are now conceding hit their own audience share hard.

In the US FOX scheduler Preston Beckman has retired after 35 years, a period during which he oversaw d NBC’s Must See TV and American Idol chapters. He has a reputation as the “Masked Scheduler.”

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, he divulges on some of his war stories, including how he plotted to kill off opposition shows.

Here are some excerpts:

“When we picked up Friends, Jennifer Aniston was in second position. She was on a CBS comedy, Muddling Through, and they had six episodes of it. We heard that they were putting the show on Saturday nights while we were in a current meeting. I remember [NBC entertainment chief] Warren Littlefield turns to me and said, ‘Kill it!’ So I did. The first one or two weeks that it was on, I put original Danielle Steel movies against it. We wanted to make sure they weren’t going to pick up more episodes just to be spiteful.”

On boss Rupert Murdoch he says:

“It was always fun to have Rupert [in the scheduling room]. He had a point of view. We didn’t necessarily agree with him, but he’d put his schedule up. He’d talk about the shows he liked and didn’t like, and he had a very populist point of view. Then we’d explain to him why we were going to do what we were going to do.”

On keeping the competition guessing over American Idol scheduling:

“Every year, everybody thought we were going to move Idol. Every year. Now, we weren’t going to do it, but I liked to play the game just to aggravate people. I’d say to people here, ‘You may want to drop hints to your friends that this is year that we were going to do it.’ But we didn’t do it for the longest time. Each December, Warren would put together a party with people who worked together in the ’90s. One year, when Kevin Reilly was over at NBC, he ripped into me: ‘You play this game every year! I know you’re moving it this year!’ I just smiled and said, ‘Tune in tomorrow.’ The next morning, we announced that Idol would be on Tuesday/Wednesday, as it was every year.”

You can read more here.

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Returning: Lost Girl Thu, 03 Sep 2015 05:10:14 +0000 2015-09-03_1501

The second block of Lost Girl Season 5 begins on Stan on September 7th.

There are 8 episodes in this block, airing same day as the US.

These will be the last ever episodes of the Canadian supernatural series, featuring Anna Silk.

In the upcoming final season, Bo, desperate to stop the Ancients, hell bent on using the Nyx to wipe out all of Human and Faekind, does the unthinkable: She beckons daddy dearest from the depths of the underworld. It takes evil to fight evil. But will the man Bo’s been waiting five seasons to meet turn out to be Dark Lord she’s expecting, or is there any hope in hell he might be the loving father she deserves? As the truth surfaces, each and everyone one of Bo’s friends are affected, and conflicting narratives force Bo to question everything she’s ever known about who she is, where she comes from, and who she can trust. Bo’s final journey comes to a heart-racing conclusion when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, bringing her face to face with her greatest foe yet.

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Ronny Chieng joins The Daily Show Thu, 03 Sep 2015 04:40:38 +0000 2015-09-03_1411

Aussie comedian Ronny Chieng is joining the new season of The Daily Show, now with Trevor Noah, as one of three new correspondents.

Chieng, who has appeared on Kinne, It’s a Date, Legally Brown, This is Littleton and Problems, has been announced alongside Awkward‘s Roy Wood Jr. and performer Desi Lydi.

Other Daily Show correspondents, including Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper, Hasan Minhaj and Aasif Mandvi will remain with the show.

“I’m so excited to welcome these new members of the Daily Show team. Now I get to share my stress with other new people,” said Noah.

The show returns in the US on Sept. 28th.

Source: NY Times

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Q & A: Sept 7 Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:55:06 +0000 2015-09-03_1330

On Monday, Q & A talks economic reform, euthanasia and human rights.

Joining host Tony Jones on the panel will be
NSW Premier, Mike Baird;
President of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone;
Human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson;
Federal Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen;
and International Editor of The Economist, Helen Joyce.

Monday, 7 September – 9.35pm on ABC, simulcast Live on iview.

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TEN appoints Sydney exec general manager Thu, 03 Sep 2015 03:14:58 +0000 2015-09-03_1311

TEN has appointed its former chief sales officer, Louise Barrett as Sydney executive general manager, following its restructure with sales division Multi Channel Network.

She will work with advertisers and MCN to create integration ideas, reporting to CEO Paul Anderson.

“With the sales representation agreement between TEN and Multi Channel Network [“MCN”] taking effect on September 1, I’m very pleased that Louise has agreed to take on a new, important role in managing and continuing to build the relationships between TEN and our advertisers. She will also work closely with MCN to ensure we deliver the best possible service and results for our clients,” Anderson said.

“Louise and her sales team at TEN have produced outstanding results this year in terms of revenue and share growth, and she will continue that great contribution in her new position.

“The alliance of MCN and TEN gives advertisers a new way to reach consumers across all video content distribution platforms and to bring their brands and ideas to life across multiple media.”

“By joining forces with MCN, TEN has gained scale, new efficiencies, improved data capability and broader integration opportunities for our clients,” Barrett said.

“There is a very exciting opportunity for TEN to capitalise on MCN’s extensive investment in technology and data platforms to drive better results for our advertisers. I look forward to working closely with MCN to achieve just that.

“The media business is largely built on relationships and I will be focusing on making TEN’s already strong advertiser relationships deeper and more effective.”

Russel Howcroft remains executive general manager of Melbourne and other cities, excluding Sydney.

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Returning: NFL Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:45:36 +0000 2015-09-03_1212

NFL action starts on 7mate next week with defending Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers Live on Friday September 11.

New England is still awaiting the fate of suspended quarterback Tom Brady after the ‘Deflategate’ controversy. The Patriots are attempting to overturn the decision in the US Federal Court, in an effort to get him to line up in the Kickoff game.

Every week Seven will broadcast three consecutive games on Sunday, ending with the blockbuster NFL Sunday Night Football, all coming in live to Australia on 7mate on Monday. Seven will also broadcast live the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl. Marquee NFL games such as this traditional Kick-off game and Thanksgiving NFL matches will be a feature for fans.

Adding further depth to Seven’s commitment, 7mate will also telecast other NFL programmes, including: Hard Knocks, Sound FX, A Football Life, Road to the Super Bowl, Road to the Playoffs and America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.

The 10th season of the groundbreaking documentary series Hard Knocks will focus on the Houston Texans, including up close with J.J Watts, the quarterback battle between Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer and Jadeveon Clowney’s comeback from two knee surgeries.

Friday September 11
Pittsburgh Steelers v New England Patriots:

Melbourne 10.30am Live on 7mate
Adelaide 10am Live on 7mate
Perth 8.30am Live on 7mate
Sydney 10.30am Live on 7mate
Brisbane 10.30am Live on 7mate

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Australia’s Next Top Model 2016: audition tour Thu, 03 Sep 2015 02:20:02 +0000 2015-09-03_1150

Australia’s Next Top Model begins is open auditions for its 2016 season later this month.

Travelling across the country, it will mount its largest model hunt so far.

Australia’s Next Top Model is turning ten so we have a lot to celebrate. Audiences fell in love with Brittany Beattie, our diamond in the rough winner earlier this year and this season we are determined to go wherever we need to find someone equally stunning and unique- a girl who can work on an international level,” said Jennifer Hawkins.

“Whether you are a farmer or truck driver we are coming for you. No stone will go unturned to find the next hidden beauty.”

To be eligible contestants must be Australian, aged 16 or over, and a minimum of 170cm tall.

Wednesday September 23
Robina Shopping Centre from 10.30am
Robina Town Centre Drive Robina QLD

Friday September 25th
Overseas Passenger Terminal (Cargo area) from 10.30am
George Street, Circular Quay NSW

Saturday September 26th
Westpoint Shopping Centre from 10.30am
17 Patrick Street Blacktown NSW

Wednesday September 30th
Deakin Edge Federation Square from 10am
Flinders Street Melbourne VIC

Thursday October 1st
Chadstone Shopping Centre from 10.30am
1341 Dandenong Road Chadstone VIC

Saturday October 3rd
Hobart Town Hall from 11am
50 Macquarie Street Hobart,TAS

Friday October 9th
Garden City Shopping Centre from 10.30am
125 Riseley Street, Booragoon WA

Townsville and Darwin areas we will be there – Townsville tune into 106.3FM, CK and Josh Breakfast Show and Darwin tune into 100.1FM, HOT 100 Breakfast with Ben & Harry, for your chance to enter or apply through www.FOX8.TV to be invited to an audition.

Dubbo or Port Macquarie areas see you soon – Dubbo tune into 93.5 STARFM, Chris and Juelz for Breakfast and Port Macquarie tune into 102.3 & 105.1FM, Nic & Jack Show on STARFM for your chance to enter or apply through www.FOX8.TV to be invited to an audition.

To apply: www.FOX8.TV

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Janice Dickinson treated for allergic reaction after Big Brother UK collapse Thu, 03 Sep 2015 01:41:07 +0000

Warning: Distressing video

Celebrity Big Brother UK housemate Janice Dickinson received emergency medical attention earlier this week after a bee sting, which caused her to collapse in the show’s Diary Room.

The former US model and Reality star, pleaded with producers to bring an EpiPen, describing her hand as turning black.

“I don’t want it to reach my heart!” she said.

While she was being assessed by medical, she began to have a seizure and fell on the floor.

The Mirror reports she was escorted away for medical attention and later returned.

But frankly, this is a video that should never have emerged from the production. What were they thinking?

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Vale: Dean Jones Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:53:46 +0000 2015-09-03_1052

US actor Dean Jones, best known for a string of Disney movies including The Love Bug, has died aged 84.

The cause of death was Parkinson’s disease, according to his publicist.

Jones was much loved by movie audiences for personifying genial fathers or bemused leading men.

His Disney debut was in 1965’s That Darn Cat! as an FBI agent who solves a kidnapping with the help of Hayley Mills. He followed it up with such films as Monkeys, Go Home! and The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit.

But it was The Love Bug in 1969 that drew his biggest success, spawning 4 sequels and a TV series Herbie, The Love Bug. It led to further Disney box office hits including The Shaggy D.A.

“I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching,” he once told the Los Angeles Times.

“We’re always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained.”

Other films included Somebody Up There Likes Me, Jailhouse Rock, St. John in Exile, The Sugarland Express, Beethoven and Other People’s Money.

There were also plenty of TV shows including Ensign O’Toole, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Outlaws, The Aquanauts, Medical Center, Ben Casey, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Nowhere Man, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, What’s It All About World?, Beethoven, Superman and telemovies including The Chicago Teddy Bears, Long Days of Summer and Disney’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

He also starred on Broadway including originated the performance of Bobby in the 1970 production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

“My bag is acting or getting into an amusing situation and then sharing my amusement,” he once said.

“I can sense a situation or a character much better than I can sense a line.”

Source: CNN, Yahoo

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Season high for Bachelor, Nine takes Wednesday. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:48:57 +0000 2015-09-03_0943

The Bachelor is kicking goals for TEN, last night drawing 984,000 -its best ever audience outside of a finale. It was the top entertainment show for the night.

The show defeated Nine’s Hotplate grand final, which saw 850,000 watching for “The Winner Announced” and 783,000 across the bulk of the episode, just ahead of The Force on Seven.

While Utopia and The Weekly did well for ABC, the same can’t really be said for How Not to Behave –down to 430,000.

Nine network won the night with 27.7% then Seven 26.0%, TEN 21.1%, ABC 19.0% and SBS 6.2%.

Nine News (1.07m / 1.05m) was bet for Nine then A Current Affair (953,000), The Hotplate (850,000 / 783,000), Hot Seat (590,000) and Superfoods: The Real Story (467,000).

Seven News (970,000 / 955,000) led for Seven then The Force (778,000), Home and Away (768,000), Border Security (758,000), World’s Most Extreme (543,000) and Million Dollar Minute (495,000). Aquarius was 160,000 / 140,000.

The Bachelor (984,000) won its timeslot for TEN. The Project was 765,000 / 528,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 617,000 and Madam Secretary was 391,000 / 261,000.

ABC News (844,000) was best for ABC then Utopia (769,000), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (704,000), 7:30 (611,000), Adam Hills: The Last Leg (489,000) and How Not to Behave (430,000).

On SBS it was Treasures in Ancient Greece (280,000), 24 Hours in Police Custody (210,000), Bosch (149,000) and SBS World News (141,000).

7TWO’s Inspector Morse (255,000) ruled multichannels.

Sunrise: 343,000
Today: 310,000
ABC News Breakfast: 90,000 / 50,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 2 September 2015


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Wednesday 2 September 2015 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:23:12 +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 02/09/2015 26/08/2015 Network ABC 13.8% 14.0% Network ABC2 3.2% 3.1% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.7% Network ABC News 24 1.4% 1.6% Network ABC TTL 19.0% 19.4% Network 7 16.5% 16.4% Network 7TWO 5.8% 5.7% Network 7mate 3.6% 4.0% Network 7 TTL 26.0% 26.1% Network 9 20.0% 18.5% Network GO! 4.2% 4.5% Network Gem 3.5% 4.0% Network 9 TTL 27.7% 27.0% Network TEN 15.6% 15.4% Network ONE 2.2% 2.1% Network ELEVEN 3.3% 3.3% Network TEN TTL 21.1% 20.8% Network SBS 4.8% 4.9% Network SBS 2 1.3% 1.7% Network NITV 0.1% 0.0% Network SBS TTL 6.2% 6.7%


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: 02/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,066,000 293,000 355,000 242,000 92,000 83,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 1,049,000 318,000 363,000 210,000 101,000 57,000
3 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 984,000 255,000 361,000 156,000 99,000 113,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 970,000 261,000 244,000 165,000 131,000 169,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 955,000 257,000 275,000 163,000 112,000 148,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 953,000 283,000 287,000 194,000 106,000 83,000
7 THE HOTPLATE – WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 850,000 284,000 248,000 130,000 87,000 101,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 844,000 250,000 282,000 131,000 85,000 97,000
9 THE HOTPLATE – GRAND FINAL Network Nine 783,000 248,000 242,000 129,000 70,000 93,000
10 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network Seven 778,000 235,000 206,000 161,000 71,000 105,000
11 UTOPIA-EV Network ABC 769,000 244,000 300,000 95,000 78,000 53,000
12 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 768,000 224,000 192,000 165,000 75,000 113,000
13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 765,000 208,000 260,000 137,000 86,000 74,000
14 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network Seven 758,000 231,000 175,000 167,000 78,000 107,000
15 THE WEEKLY WITH CHARLIE PICKERING-EV Network ABC 704,000 210,000 245,000 114,000 66,000 69,000
16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 658,000 171,000 208,000 124,000 84,000 71,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 617,000 143,000 183,000 117,000 82,000 92,000
18 7.30-EV Network ABC 611,000 172,000 203,000 108,000 66,000 61,000
19 HOT SEAT Network Nine 590,000 154,000 188,000 161,000 41,000 46,000
20 WORLD’S MOST EXTREME Network Seven 543,000 159,000 163,000 106,000 52,000 62,000


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: 02/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 M- INSPECTOR MORSE: THE DAUGHTERS OF CAIN Network 7TWO 255,000 58,000 66,000 52,000 47,000 32,000
2 DINOSAUR TRAIN-EV Network ABC2 251,000 65,000 57,000 64,000 21,000 44,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 250,000 60,000 72,000 39,000 41,000 38,000
4 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 245,000 64,000 70,000 54,000 25,000 32,000
5 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 244,000 62,000 75,000 56,000 28,000 24,000
6 ROSEMARY & THYME Network 7TWO 238,000 46,000 58,000 56,000 52,000 27,000
7 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 225,000 54,000 42,000 73,000 24,000 33,000
8 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 223,000 67,000 63,000 53,000 26,000 14,000
9 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 213,000 40,000 74,000 36,000 36,000 27,000
10 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 200,000 57,000 54,000 38,000 32,000 19,000
11 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 197,000 33,000 61,000 55,000 15,000 34,000
12 NEW TRICKS -EV Network Gem 194,000 51,000 53,000 40,000 22,000 27,000
13 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 193,000 45,000 62,000 38,000 23,000 24,000
14 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 184,000 34,000 37,000 76,000 17,000 19,000
15 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 181,000 34,000 65,000 41,000 24,000 16,000
16 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 178,000 52,000 62,000 23,000 23,000 18,000
17 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 176,000 56,000 48,000 33,000 22,000 18,000
18 PAWN STARS Network 7mate 173,000 28,000 75,000 23,000 28,000 20,000
19 PUFFIN ROCK-AM Network ABC2 171,000 26,000 70,000 40,000 23,000 12,000
20 TROY -EV Network GO! 170,000 26,000 45,000 43,000 32,000 23,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 580,000 138,000 221,000 97,000 57,000 67,000
2 THE HOTPLATE – WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 441,000 153,000 146,000 56,000 47,000 40,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 380,000 109,000 144,000 67,000 38,000 22,000
4 THE HOTPLATE – GRAND FINAL Network Nine 379,000 127,000 129,000 52,000 32,000 38,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 378,000 99,000 129,000 81,000 37,000 32,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 588,000 147,000 219,000 93,000 59,000 70,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 372,000 99,000 122,000 76,000 39,000 36,000
3 THE HOTPLATE – WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 366,000 126,000 119,000 47,000 39,000 35,000
4 THE HOTPLATE – GRAND FINAL Network Nine 319,000 105,000 109,000 43,000 27,000 34,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 310,000 95,000 110,000 55,000 33,000 17,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 425,000 108,000 152,000 71,000 42,000 52,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 243,000 63,000 67,000 58,000 25,000 30,000
3 THE HOTPLATE – WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 207,000 83,000 56,000 25,000 23,000 20,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 204,000 66,000 44,000 47,000 23,000 25,000
5 THE HOTPLATE – GRAND FINAL Network Nine 179,000 66,000 53,000 22,000 18,000 21,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 02/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 101,000
2 CHARLIE’S CHELSEA GARDEN LifeStyle Channel 90,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 68,000
9 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 58,000
10 DOC MCSTUFFINS Disney Junior 57,000
11 DEADLIEST CATCH Discovery Channel 55,000
13 QI UKTV 52,000
16 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 47,000
18 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 46,000
19 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 46,000


© 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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800 Words Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:58:03 +0000 2015-09-02_2147

“I guess the beginning is that I’m back. I went away for a while…” George Turner explains in the opening scenes of 800 Words.

Looking direct to camera, actor Erik Thomson is widower, columnist and father of two teenagers, musing on his laptop about a turning point in his life.

His wife Laura has recently died, and he is dragging his two kids Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony) from Sydney to the coastal town of Weld in New Zealand. George has bought his childhood holiday home sight unseen over the internet as part of a plan to start anew.

“The experts reckon some of the most stressful things in life revolve around death, buying and selling real estate, emigrating and international travel. Only an idiot would do all these things at the same time,” he tells us.

Shay is a staunch opponent of relocating to “the arse end of the world,” but as they head to the airport (if you’re clever you can even see them driving past Channel TEN’s Pyrmont building), George is determined.

Undertaking a seachange is a big part of this new Australian-NZ co-production and while the setting is gorgeous, the transition is anything other than smooth.

There’s a bingle before they arrive at their new home (cue wacky locals), the house does not reflect the online pictures and there’s a problem with the cargo with all their furniture. George is buffered from all quarters with conflict, opposition and failure, but he takes most of it in his stride. A dodgy real estate salesman (Jonathan Brugh) gets off effectively scot-free with having sold the family a lemon. As a writer, George could sure do with some solicitor pals.

The house also comes with its own resident hindrance, “Woody” (Rick Donald), an Aussie builder and surfer supposedly doing renovations to the dilapidated house (shades of Rafters-own ‘Warney’). He quickly adopts George and wises him up on the ways of Weld.

Weld is full of offbeat locals: the town cop moonlights snapping photos for the local newspaper, the fireman is also the dodgy real estate salesman, and there are an array of colourful supporting characters and extras. As opening episodes go, it’s a veritable parade of characters.

The women of Weld, who usually get their way, seem to be short on partners and appear to set their sights on the new bloke. There’s the Boat Club manager Fiona (Michelle Langstone), the Aussie school teacher Tracey (Emma Leonard), the artist Katie (Anna Jullienne) and Hannah (Cian Elyse White).

While teenager Shay feels unwelcome at school -save for the wandering eye of local hottie Ike (Alex Tarrant)- at least Arlo finds a friend who is as equally quirky.

Amid all the opening chaos, there is the lure of the beach and it’s surf. Like a turtle returning to the water, George confesses, “The real reason we came here is because I wanna surf…. I’ve lied to my children to make it so. And that makes me the worst father in the world.”

As George Turner, Thomson reminds us of the broad appeal that served Packed to the Rafters so well. Complacent, even apologetic-George is a bit like Tony Curtis in the chaotic pie scene from The Great Race, wandering through without a speck ever landing on his white suit. At the prospect of conflict he nudges a 6 on the richter scale rather than a 10. Maybe he’s still in the grieving stage…

I’m also unclear what kind of columnist he is, sending 800 Words to his Sydney editor Jan (Bridie Carter) each week. They appear to be philosophical musings on life and the world around him -granted, this cleverly leads to battles in episode 2.

As his teens, Melina Vidler and, in particular, Benson Jack Anthony are rather good. Vidler will represent the rebellious / romantic teen while Anthony looks amply-skilled for comedic touches without over-egging things.

Meanwhile the backdrop looks poised to become a character in its own right. While it doesn’t boast the golden sands of Aussie beaches, there’s no denying the inherent drama of a New Zealand location. Escaping to this from your armchair should prove tempting to many (yes, there are those ick-ccents too).

800 Words is decidedly Seachange meets Rafters, astutely pitched at a broad audience. Writer James Griffin has set up much to explore in a lilting style without ever demanding too much of the audience. That should serve Seven perfectly well for its initial 8 episodes.

800 Words begins soon.

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Industry gathers to support Glenn Wheeler Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:55:16 +0000 2015-09-02_2204

Presenters, news crews and staff from Seven, Nine, TEN, ABC, 2UE, 2GB, Fairfax and News Corp gathered in Sydney for a “Journo Jam” benefit to support Glenn Wheeler, who is currently recovering from his near-fatal accident earlier this year.

The Morning Show regular is on a long path to recovery for brain damage, but was in everyone’s thoughts at The Star, in the fundraiser hosted by Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur.

On Instagram Larry Emdur said: “He can still hug like a bear .. 7 months ago our dear dear colleague and friend Glenn Wheeler was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident , his recovery has been slow and complicated but he’s moving forward. Tmrw night, despite us all being involved in one of the fiercest network ratings battles in TV history , all the networks are getting together for a huge night to support Glenn. In an industry that some say lacks depth and heart this is an incredible show of love and support for one of our own that’s above any network politics or contractual obligations. So proud of our media mates … ”

In an emotional video recorded for the event Wheeler thanked Seven, 2UE, 2GB and his supporters.

“Thank you everybody collectively for the fabulous support that I have had … that this little black duck has had. It hasn’t been easy, I’ve had my tough times, but yes I’ve nearly been to death and back, but I tell you what it [the support] has been fantastic … to all the people involved, you are amazing. One thing’s for sure, when it happens once it can happen again and it could happen to you … and if it does I hope that I can chip in and support you,” he said.

Morning Show exec producer Sarah Stinson recently told TV Tonight, “The financial impact is heavy but it’s really important that Glenn and his family is shown how loved he is.

“Glenn is a guy who would host anything. If there was a sick butterfly foundation he’d put up his hand to host it.”

Today Glenn Wheeler will speak to The Morning Show for the first time since his accident in January.

Best wishes, Glenn!

Source: Fairfax, Twitter, Instagram

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‘River Song’ returning for Doctor Who Christmas special Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:52:59 +0000 2015-09-03_0117

BBC has confirmed a 2015 Doctor Who Christmas special which will see Alex Kingston return as Professor River Song.

The special, which begins filming this week, will see River Song performing alongside her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time.

It will be written by Executive Producer Steven Moffat, executive produced by Brian Minchin, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon (Doctor Who, Sherlock).

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” she said.

“Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read through. We had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September?, why not!”

Steven Moffat added, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who – and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her, she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time…”

Further cast are yet to be announced.

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Emi and Marie win The Hotplate Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:50:52 +0000 2015-09-03_0010

Brisbane best friends Emi and Marie won Nine’s Hotplate series, taking out the $100,000 on offer.

The pair from Japanese restaurant Bird’s Nest defeated Sydney husband and wife team, Aron and Vanessa, from Rocksalt.

The final two teams were required to cook four courses in four hours judged by Tom Parker Bowles, Scott Pickett and guest judge Guillaume Brahimi, at Pickett’s own Melbourne restaurant.

Marie, who admitted to shunning her own Japanese ethnicity, also revealed that she is pregnant with a baby girl whom she plans to name her after her mother who passed away when she was thirteen.

The series wrapped a controversial series for Nine, which Seven accused of cloning from its own My Kitchen Rules. While a Federal Court judge declined Seven’s injunction request, the dispute will proceed to a full copyright case.

But unlike Seven’s own Restaurant Revolution, Nine managed to carve out an audience for their show. Ironically the Seven series, which concludes next week, will give away double the amount of money of Nine’s.

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Returning: Doctor Who Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:45:15 +0000 2015-09-02_2305

The ninth series of (the modern) Doctor Who will screen at 7:40pm Sunday September 20th on ABC.

TV Tonight understands ABC is still exploring whether it can simulcast the series early morning.

This season includes work from Australian writer Sarah Dollard and director Daniel Nettheim.

Meanwhile Alex Kingston is confirmed as returning as River Song for a 2015 Christmas special.

During this electrifying new 12-part series, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) is joined by Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) for time travel on a cinematic scale. Having the time of their lives, the pair meets new and old monsters, and embark on a journey that takes them to deadly alien planets, creepy underwater bases, Viking villages, a global Zygon uprising, and which leads them through hidden alien dens to the very end of time itself.

Plus, the Doctor will come face-to-face with Missy (Michelle Gomez), a city of Daleks, deadly mercenaries called the Mire, terrifying ghosts, and far more.

As previously announced, taking up guest roles in the new series are rising young star Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), and comedian and award-winning writer Reece Shearsmith (An Adventure in Space and Time, The League of Gentlemen). Plus UNIT are back with Jemma Redgrave and Ingrid Oliver (Osgood) also returning for series nine. Also confirmed for guest appearances are Rebecca Front, Rufus Hound, Paul Kaye, Joivan Wade and Sophie Stone.

The ninth series has been written by lead writer Steven Moffat, Toby Whithouse, Jamie Mathieson, Peter Harness, Mark Gatiss, and new writers, Sarah Dollard and Catherine Tregenna; and directed by Hettie Macdonald, Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, Justin Molotnikov, Rachel Talalay; and produced by Tracie Simpson, Derek Ritchie, Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett.

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Marngrook Footy Show: grand final edition Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:44:18 +0000 2015-09-02_2239

Seats are selling fast for Marngrook Footy Show’s very own Grand Final edition live broadcast from Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on October 2nd.

Star Essendon midfielder Dyson Heppell joins the panel; along with fan favourite Adelaide forward Eddie Betts, Richmond star Brandon Ellis, Collingwood’s Darcy Moore, Demon Jack Viney, Western Bulldogs defender Easton Wood, and impressive Giants midfielder Adam Treloar.

Marngrook regulars and stars of the game, Kevin Bartlett, Robert ‘Dipper’ DiPierdomenico, Derek Kickett, and Phil Krakour, will also take to the Forum stage to give their insights and in-depth analysis ahead of the premiership.

Hosts Grant Hansen, Gilbert McAdam, Chris Johnson, Leila Gurruwiwi and Shelley Ware will present the panel-voted and hotly contended 2015 Marngrook Player of the Year Award, given last year to the one and only Buddy Franklin.

Highlights of the special live show will also include the annual Brownlow Medal red carpet feature, the Grand Final parade wrap, as well as team selections and discussion of the biggest news stories from Grand Final week.

Marngrook has a proud history of presenting great live music, showcasing some of the best emerging local talent, alongside music legends. The Grand Final show will feature performances from Donna Fisk and Michael Cristiano, who will perform their popular footy anthem ‘Rockin Footy’, before Christine Anu gets the party started, and Australian rock legends Chocolate Starfish bring the show to a close.

The Marngrook Footy Show celebrates and embraces the contribution made by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to Australian Football. Each and every week, this is the heart and soul of the show.

Tix are available from Ticketmaster.

7.30pm Friday October 2 on NITV.

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Blackadder Goes Forth on GEM Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:43:26 +0000 2015-09-02_2250

With recent talk of a potential Blackadder revival (to be confirmed), viewers in Melbourne and Perth tonight can catch Blackadder Goes Forth, the fourth and final series of the sitcom, which aired in 1989.

In 13 years of service to King and Country, Edmund has faced danger: in Nepal tackling an over spiced curry; in Mombassa, confronting 200,000 grass skirted men. But now he is truly in a pickle.

This is episode 2 which airs at 7:40pm on GEM in Perth and 9:40pm in Melbourne.

Check local guides.

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Airdate: John Eales Reveals: Life After Sport Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:41:12 +0000 2015-09-03_0125

On Sunday Discovery will premiere a special, John Eales Reveals: Life After Sport in which the former rugby union player speaks with ex-sports stars about their periods of transition, including Grant Hackett, Layne Beachley, Andrew Ettingshausen.

The modern elite athlete is a super human; faster and stronger than any generation before. Pushing their bodies and brains far beyond the boundaries that limit the rest of us, they dedicate their lives to achieving success. However, no matter how great they are, they can’t stay super human forever.

John Eales AM is one of the great heroes of sport. A captain and a leader whose success reaches far beyond the rugby stadiums. In this special 60min documentary he sits down with some of sport’s luminaries, his peers, who have retired from sport or are planning for the day when they too will need to make the transition from elite athlete to everyday life. From Grant Hackett, Layne Beachley, Andrew Ettingshausen and Al Baxter, to Lauren Jackson, Matt Banting, Robbie Crowther, Keith Galloway and more, each journey is paved with varying challenges and the contrasts between these athlete’s careers are huge. Psychiatrist Dr Andrew Khoo shares insights into the psyche of elite athletes and how they are similar to front line soldiers.

Grant Hackett retired as one of the world’s greatest swimmers in 2008 and in the years that followed had to overcome some personal struggles. Fast forward to 2015 and he’s gearing up for what might be one of sport’s most spectacular comebacks as he trains for the world titles. It’s a very different story for Lauren Jackson. Revered as the greatest female basketball player of all time, her future is uncertain as a serious knee injury has kept her sidelined for the past two years. Although she is determined to finish on her own terms and get another season under her belt, she has been preparing for life after the game by completing a degree in Women’s Studies.

Through all of these extraordinary case studies, starting with the genesis of what actually makes a super athlete rise to the top, John Eales Reveals: Life After Sport, deconstructs the highs, lows, pitfalls, perils and science of elite athletes as they struggle to make the transition from normal human to superhuman and back again.

John Eales Reveals: Life After Sport includes interviews with: Grant Hackett (Olympic swimming champion), Layne Beachley (7 x world surfing champion), Lauren Jackson (professional basketball player), Al Baxter (former Australian Rugby player, now architect), Andrew Ettingshausen (former rugby league champion), Matt Banting (surfer), Robbie Crowther (National long jump champion), Phil Kearns (former Wallaby rugby player), Shane Webke (former rugby league champion), Keith Galloway (rugby league player, Wests Tigers), Andrew Mehrtens ( former All Blacks rugby player), Lawrie Fabian (personal development advisor, Queensland Academy of Sport), Michael Blucher (author, athlete life coach), Chris White (sports manager), Michael Caine (athlete manager), Dr Andrew Khoo (psychiatrist), Peter Moussa (physiotherapist, Wests Tigers) and Blake McLean (sports scientist, Wests Tigers).

Sunday 6th September at 7.30pm on Discovery.

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Bespoke Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:00:16 +0000 Meet the people who make and sell their own handiwork in ABC’s bright new factual. 10pm Thursday.

  • Catastrophe
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell
  • Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne
  • World Cup 2018 Qualifier
  • Movie: Sixteen Candles
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7-Eleven threatens defamation against ABC, promises to pay unpaid wages Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:12:31 +0000 2015-08-27_2226

ABC has received a legal letter threatening defamation following Four Corners expose on convenience store chain 7-Eleven.

The Australian 7-Eleven chairman has also disputed the extent of the allegations of staff being underpaid and promised to bay the balance of any wages.

“The franchisee is responsible for the employment of staff, and it would be very easy for me to say, ‘That’s their problem, not mine’,” Russ Withers told The Australian.

“We still believe the underpayment of staff is relatively small, and that the vast majority of franchisees are doing the right thing.

“This is embarrassing, it is unfortunate, but there is no way that there was any mass cover-up from head office.”

Meanwhile Labor senator Deborah O’Neill said she would ask an existing Senate committee inquiry into visa fraud to agree to calling representatives from the company to give testimony.

Fairfax reports the Greens are expected to support the call after the party’s industrial spokesman, Adam Bandt, said he would seek a special hearing of the Senate inquiry into the working visa program.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz said he believed the franchisees were to blame.

“But, if there is a franchise or acquiescence in this then of course every Australian would condemn it, because we believe that every Australian ought to be paid according to law, a just day’s work deserves a just days’ pay,” Senator Abetz told ABC.

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association has also set up a hotline and a website to help 7-Eleven staff members while the Fair Work Ombudsman yesterday revealed its staff had made 20 spot-checks on stores in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of a crackdown.

7-Eleven has announced an independent investigation following the joint ABC / Fairfax allegations.

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Renewed: Dark Matters Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:35:28 +0000 2015-09-02_1512

Canadian ‘space opera’ Dark Matter has been renewed for a second season by Syfy.

13 more episodes from Canadian producer Prodigy Pictures will air in 2016.

Dark Matter, which averaged 1.8 million US viewers during its first season, following six people who wake up on a derelict spaceship without any idea of who they are and how they got there.

It premiered in Australia in June including with a guest appearance from Ruby Rose.

Syfy has also renewed bounty hunter drama Killjoys from Orphan Black producer Temple Street Productions, but it is yet to screen in Australia.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Brian McFadden Doing the Dishes for ITV Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:32:28 +0000

What’s Brian McFadden, former judge on Australia’s Got Talent, up to these days?

Unremarkably, he has been hosting a UK cooking game show called Who’s Doing the Dishes? which has just been renewed for a second season.

The format has a mystery celebrity cooking up a dinner for 4 diners who have to guess who their VIP chef is based on various clues around the house. Sounds like a variation on ITV’s own Come Dine with Me, which has been very successful.

If the diners guess correctly they win money, if they get it wrong they have to do the dishes. Seriously.

Executive Producer for ITV Studios Entertainment, Katie Rawcliffe, said: “We are delighted Who’s Doing the Dishes has been recommissioned by Helen Warner and her team, and that it has become a returnable brand for ITV Studios. But most importantly we are looking forward to Brian McFadden stirring up a feast of delights in more celebrity homes as the diners guess who is cooking their dinner.”

Last year McFadden co-hosted Channel 5 dating show Stand By Your Man.

While he is also doing radio and has released a new song “Call On me Brother,” so far Australia has remained immune to McFadden’s latest TV contribution.

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Flashback: Julia Morris “Holding out for a Hero” Wed, 02 Sep 2015 05:10:46 +0000

I’ve been thinking of adding some retro clips to the Video section.

Let’s kick things off with a 17 year old Julia Morris in her very first TV appearance, singing Holding out for a Hero on New Faces.

Shake it baby.

4:3 morphed to 16:9 is soooooo unflattering though!

Sadly, no judges comments to follow.

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Lee Lin Chin makes guest appearance on Have You Been Paying Attention? Wed, 02 Sep 2015 04:06:01 +0000 2015-09-02_1403

Before you get too excited, no Lee Lin Chin will not be a panelist on next week’s Have You Been Paying Attention?

But she will be a guest quiz master, which means she appears for one segment alongside host Tom Gleisner.

Good luck in not being upstaged, everyone…

On Monday night, join Kate Langbroek, Josh Lawson, Jane Kennedy and regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang as they attempt to oust each other in the race to the top of the leader board.

All things celebrity, politics, sport, current affairs, pop culture and international events are covered as we discover if they have been paying attention this week.

Plus SBS presenter, journalist and fashionista Lee Lin Chin and one of this week’s evictees from The Bachelor Australia join us as our guest quiz masters

8:45pm Monday on TEN.

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Kanye West’s VMAs rant re-edited as a stand-up routine Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:47:12 +0000

It was 10 minutes of somethin’ about somethin’ when Kanye West took to the MTV VMA‘s stage on Monday, leaving plenty of people bewildered.

Thankfully we have now discovered it was all just part of a new stand-up act he has been preparing.

At least that’s what this re-edited clip with a laugh track suggests.

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Friends opening titles …Grand Theft Auto style Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:11:19 +0000

YouTube user Merfish recently recreated the classic Friends intro via the world of Grand Theft Auto V.

With Friends like these…

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Aussie expat to co-produce Oscars Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:37:24 +0000 2015-09-02_1232

Renowned ex-pat Aussie producer David Hill will co-produce the 88th Academy Awards broadcast with producer-director Reginald Hudlin.

Hill, who famously revolutionised cricket broadcasting for Kerry Packer, has most recently left 21st Century Fox to start his own production company called Hilly.

He was the EP on the last two seasons of American Idol but has many years working for Rupert Murdoch at Sky Television, FOX Networks and FOX Sports. He also won an Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Special as an executive producer of the 2011 World Series (baseball) broadcast.

“What a great and exciting honour! The quest is to honour the year in film, honour the art, and above all, make it fun,” said Hill.

“We’re excited to work with David and Reggie,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “With their enthusiasm and breadth of experience, they will bring a fresh perspective to the Oscar show.”

The 88th Oscars presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries including Live in Australia on the Monday February 29.

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Airdate: Outsiders with Darren McMullen Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:36:26 +0000 2015-09-02_1131

This week ABC2 will screen factual series Outsiders with Darren McMullen, which originally screened on Nat Geo last year.

It sees The Voice host experiencing subcultures in Europe.

In the first episode, McMullen becomes a Brony in England, attends his own funeral at the Near Death Fiesta in Spain and becomes a Viking metal band member in Sweden.

During this six-part series, The Voice’s Darren McMullen is rolling up his sleeves to live, work and play alongside some of the wildest characters in Europe, getting stuck into their strange and terrifying activities.

He spends time with various cultural communities, spiritual groups, traditional clans and modern subcultures to gain an insight into their worlds, and wherever possible, he’ll join in and participate in their traditions, customs, ceremonies, spiritual beliefs and practices.

Tonight, Darren heads to Manchester, in the UK, to find out what it takes to become accepted by Europe’s largest ever gathering of My Little Pony fans. Known as Bronies, this international fan group numbers millions, and surprisingly, its members are mainly males aged 16–25. Will Darren get to the bottom of why it is that the multi-coloured ponies aimed at little girls command such a cult following amongst grown men?

Then to the Near Death Fiesta in Northern Spain, where Darren is forced to confront his deep-seated fear of death and attend his own funeral – complete with priest, coffin, pallbearers and thousands of spectators.

And at a heavy metal festival in Sweden, Darren takes to the stage with a band of war- paint-sporting, guitar-wielding warriors, as he discovers his inner Viking in front of an audience of six thousand Viking Metal fans.

9:30pm Friday on ABC2.

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Renewed: Dancing with the Stars Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:17:08 +0000 2015-09-02_1114

Seven is backing its variety reality series Dancing with the Stars for 2016 despite underperforming numbers this season.

A Seven spokesperson tells News Corp, “Another series of Dancing With The Stars was never in doubt — of course it is back next year.

“It is a reliable rater and it has a legion of fans. The US version is up to its 21st season and that is where we see the Australian series heading.”

The early renewal contrasts the show not worthy of a mention in last year’s 2015 Upfronts.

The US version of course has run twice a year since it began in 2005. The Australian series is actually older, having been the very first Dancing with the Stars in 2004, renamed from the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing.

The 2015 season has drawn its lowest ever ratings and attracted some comment surrounding new host Shane Bourne, moving the Live band from centrestage and the annual questions about the celebrity status of its cast. But it has also had to contend with The Voice and a later starting time.

Next week Seven has its first ever Monday grand final 6 days earlier than originally planned.

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Boomerang marks 25 years of Mr Bean Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:53:27 +0000 2015-09-02_1038

Strictly speaking he didn’t begin as an animated character, but Boomerang channel will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mr. Bean this month.

Rowan Atkinson’s most famous creation began in 1990 and has been seen in 190 territories around the world, with the animated series launching in 2002.

The Mr Bean Facebook page is one of the biggest brands on Facebook with over 62 million fans.

Boomerang channel will screen new episodes of Mr Bean: The Animated Series daily at 6pm from Monday 7 September and host a free family event in Sydney during the school holidays.

Families are invited to join the anniversary celebrations at a special #SeenMrBean? Kids Party in Sydney’s Darling Harbour on Sunday 27 September from 10am to 4pm.

The free event will bring all of the on-screen Mr Bean fun to life with a special party the entire family will enjoy. Full of holiday activities, loads of laughs plus a chance to win a family holiday to Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast and Boomerang prize packs.

Fans of Mr Bean can hone their Bean-erism skills with a talented Mr Bean impersonator appearing hourly during the event. Games and activities will include photos with a Mr Bean character, a scribble art wall, Mr Bean hat-making, and special screenings of the animated series from Boomerang throughout the day.

Boomerang celebrates 25 years of Mr Bean throughout September and October with all-new episodes of Mr Bean: The Animated Series daily at 6pm from Monday 7 September.
A special marathon called Mr Bean’s Weekend will air on Saturday 17 October from 11am.


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Winners, losers and assorted Tuesday ratings Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:27:49 +0000 2015-09-02_1026

Last night Seven fell short of the magic million in overnight figures but it still managed to win the night.

Seven’s animal clips were again the top rating entertainment show of the night, overshadowing a drop by Winners and Losers from 661,000 to 600,000.

A 7mate movie and a 7TWO drama helped its multichannels to push the network over the line by a slim 0.3% share.

Nine’s Hotplate rose slightly while TEN’s Spelling Bee was also up.

Meanwhile Restoration Home had a good debut for ABC.

Seven network won with 27.65 then Nine 27.3%, TEN 20.6%, ABC 18.5% and SBS 6.0%.

Seven News (998,000 / 957,000) was best for Seven then Animals Make You Laugh Out Loud (841,000), Home and Away (791,000), Winners and Losers (600,000) and Million Dollar Minute (458,000). Chicago Fire was 249,000 / 188,000.

Nine News (1.14m / 1.14m) led for Nine then A Current Affair (996,000), The Hotplate (833,000), Hot Seat (619,000) and Superfoods: The Real Story (483,000). CSI was 212,000.

The Project (688,000 / 454,000) was best for TEN. The Great Australian Spelling Bee was 624,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 544,000, NCIS was 485,000 and NCIS: LA was 430,000.

ABC News (866,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (803,000), Restoration Australia (756,000) and Foreign Correspondent (665,000). Births, Deaths and Marriages was 311,000.

On SBS it was Who Do You Think You Are? (391,000), Insight (252,000), SBS World News and Dateline (both 142,000).

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom on ABC2 topped multichannels with 252,000.

The Morning Show: 142,000 / 82,000
Mornings: 121,000 / 83,000
Studio 10: 60,000 / 36,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 1 September 2015

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Tuesday 1 September 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 23:32:07 +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 01/09/2015 25/08/2015 Network ABC 13.7% 11.2% Network ABC2 3.0% 3.2% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.3% Network ABC TTL 18.5% 16.3% Network 7 17.4% 19.6% Network 7TWO 4.8% 5.1% Network 7mate 5.4% 4.4% Network 7 TTL 27.6% 29.1% Network 9 19.1% 19.6% Network GO! 4.1% 4.6% Network Gem 4.1% 4.0% Network 9 TTL 27.3% 28.3% Network TEN 14.6% 13.8% Network ONE 3.3% 2.9% Network ELEVEN 2.8% 3.2% Network TEN TTL 20.6% 19.9% Network SBS 5.0% 5.4% Network SBS 2 0.9% 1.0% Network NITV 0.1% 0.0% Network SBS TTL 6.0% 6.5%


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: 01/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 1,143,000 385,000 361,000 233,000 87,000 78,000
2 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,137,000 377,000 337,000 238,000 97,000 87,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 998,000 285,000 270,000 149,000 125,000 169,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 996,000 316,000 309,000 200,000 85,000 86,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 957,000 255,000 264,000 141,000 134,000 163,000
6 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 886,000 275,000 278,000 138,000 105,000 89,000
7 ANIMALS MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD Network Seven 841,000 217,000 200,000 188,000 96,000 139,000
8 THE HOTPLATE -TUE Network Nine 833,000 262,000 266,000 141,000 77,000 88,000
9 7.30-EV Network ABC 803,000 236,000 278,000 138,000 80,000 71,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 791,000 220,000 179,000 193,000 85,000 112,000
11 RESTORATION AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 756,000 214,000 255,000 124,000 79,000 84,000
12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 688,000 181,000 230,000 121,000 87,000 68,000
13 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC 665,000 189,000 237,000 109,000 69,000 61,000
14 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPELLING BEE TUES Network TEN 624,000 206,000 175,000 102,000 75,000 65,000
15 HOT SEAT Network Nine 619,000 175,000 204,000 155,000 47,000 38,000
16 WINNERS & LOSERS Network Seven 600,000 157,000 197,000 75,000 70,000 101,000
17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 582,000 175,000 154,000 109,000 88,000 57,000
18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 544,000 143,000 137,000 94,000 92,000 78,000
19 NCIS RPT Network TEN 485,000 163,000 120,000 86,000 45,000 71,000
20 SUPERFOODS: THE REAL STORY Network Nine 483,000 135,000 152,000 84,000 64,000 47,000


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: 01/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 266,000 57,000 76,000 66,000 31,000 36,000
2 M- GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS Network 7mate 247,000 65,000 83,000 29,000 38,000 30,000
3 DINOSAUR TRAIN-EV Network ABC2 241,000 37,000 83,000 54,000 28,000 38,000
4 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 240,000 47,000 67,000 76,000 25,000 26,000
5 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 239,000 34,000 70,000 67,000 28,000 40,000
6 FOYLE’S WAR Network 7TWO 233,000 66,000 72,000 32,000 39,000 24,000
7 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 233,000 70,000 67,000 59,000 16,000 20,000
8 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 232,000 41,000 72,000 45,000 31,000 42,000
9 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 230,000 43,000 60,000 72,000 24,000 32,000
10 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 222,000 60,000 66,000 50,000 21,000 24,000
11 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 221,000 44,000 54,000 64,000 28,000 31,000
12 MOTORWAY PATROL Network 7mate 213,000 60,000 78,000 20,000 30,000 25,000
13 THE HIVE-PM Network ABC2 213,000 55,000 51,000 61,000 21,000 25,000
14 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 211,000 53,000 48,000 56,000 20,000 35,000
15 HIGHWAY PATROL Network 7mate 211,000 48,000 79,000 31,000 27,000 25,000
16 MIDSOMER MURDERS -EV Network Gem 203,000 30,000 66,000 43,000 45,000 19,000
17 STORAGE HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 199,000 51,000 63,000 38,000 26,000 20,000
18 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 197,000 37,000 57,000 51,000 25,000 27,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 197,000 33,000 60,000 56,000 27,000 21,000
20 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-PM Network ABC2 193,000 44,000 54,000 49,000 19,000 27,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 438,000 139,000 133,000 101,000 35,000 30,000
2 NINE NEWS Network Nine 414,000 143,000 116,000 80,000 36,000 39,000
3 THE HOTPLATE -TUE Network Nine 406,000 137,000 134,000 67,000 34,000 34,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 381,000 119,000 125,000 85,000 27,000 25,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 371,000 103,000 121,000 75,000 36,000 35,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 355,000 115,000 97,000 88,000 28,000 28,000
2 THE HOTPLATE -TUE Network Nine 342,000 110,000 115,000 57,000 28,000 32,000
3 NINE NEWS Network Nine 338,000 118,000 90,000 72,000 27,000 33,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 334,000 99,000 107,000 57,000 34,000 36,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 295,000 87,000 94,000 70,000 21,000 23,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 220,000 62,000 68,000 42,000 18,000 30,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 200,000 64,000 53,000 42,000 21,000 20,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 192,000 60,000 40,000 49,000 16,000 26,000
4 ANIMALS MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD Network Seven 191,000 49,000 44,000 43,000 20,000 35,000
5 WINNERS & LOSERS Network Seven 189,000 54,000 58,000 25,000 19,000 33,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 01/09/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
4 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 82,000
6 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 72,000
7 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 69,000
8 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 68,000
9 THE DAY HENRY MET Nick Jr. 64,000
11 DOOZERS Nick Jr. 55,000
12 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 55,000
13 FAMILY GUY FOX8 54,000
14 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 54,000
15 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 53,000
16 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 52,000
17 CURIOUS GEORGE Nick Jr. 48,000
18 NRL 360 FOX SPORTS 1 46,000
19 SHERIFF CALLIE’S WILD WEST Disney Junior 46,000


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Factual, Lifestyle producer turning to Drama Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:58:20 +0000 2015-09-01_1955

EXCLUSIVE: Independent production company WTFN (The Living Room, Bondi Vet, Coxy’s Big Break) is turning its attention to Drama production and is on the hunt for new projects for international markets.

The Melbourne-based production house is behind the upcoming feature film Oddball, starring Shane Jacobson, which has investment from National Geographic channel. Managing Director Daryl Talbot tells TV Tonight, while the deal includes a 5 part documentary series, it has opened up mutual opportunities for Drama.

“If you look at what’s happening globally, even the factual channels like Discovery and National Geographic are looking to tell stories as traditional documentaries if they can, but also they are looking at scripted versions of factual stories,” he says.

Oddball is based on the true story of a chicken farmer who saves a colony of penguins by putting his sheepdog on their island. The story emerged from a segment from an earlier observational series.

“We did a story on Talk to the Animals years ago, and we were able to get National Geographic interested. We put together a package that included investment in the movie and factual documentaries that covered off the conservation issues around it.

“So there’s an opportunity and a business model where, if you can find the right projects with the right producers, we will hopefully continue to be involved.”

Oddball will be released later this month. National Geographic will also screen a 5×60 series looking at wildlife habitats under threat.

With the first scripted content for the company completed, WTFN is now looking for TV Drama series.

“We’ll do occasional one-off projects but the reality is we put most of our own development energy and ideas into projects that we think have a good chance of being a returning series. The economic case for doing it that way, is pretty strong,” he explains.

“So we’re focussed on the international market. Opportunities in Australia we’ll be looking for and if we can find a good, strong idea that we think can have commercial appeal with the networks here, we’ll have those discussions. But we’re also trying to look at ideas that will travel internationally.”

That doesn’t preclude Australian settings. On the contrary WTFN has a strong track-record of local backdrops in its factual shows including Bondi Vet, Keeping Up with the Joneses, Tony Robinson’s Time Walks, Real Rangers, Discover Downunder and Coxy’s Big Break.

“It could be an Australian story, made in Australia, but we’re really looking for ideas that will have global reach and appeal.

“Australia has incredibly creative writers and producers, but what’s out there that will travel beyond Australia?

“If you look at how well Australian drama is selling internationally anyway, there’s huge demand for it.

“We’re already working with a couple of writers and producers we know with some interesting ideas.

“But it’s quite a subjective process to ask, ‘Do we think this is commercial?’”

In 2013 WTFN announced producer Richard Keddie was joining the company to lead its push for drama. While Keddie has produced Oddball, his focus will remain on features, leaving Talbot to begin a hunt for new projects from other writers and producers.

“Give us a call!” he says.

“We’re always happy to hear from them and look at any ideas that are coming along.”

Oddball premieres this weekend in Sydney ahead of its general release on September 17th.

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The Muppets set for Seven Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:55:39 +0000 2015-09-02_0045

TV Tonight can confirm Seven has nabbed the rights to The Muppets, the anticipated return to television for the iconic puppet troupe.

The original Muppet Show, which also aired on Seven, ended over 30 years ago. But US network ABC is reviving Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and their assorted pals in a new show produced by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady and Anger Management‘s Bob Kushell.

The series depicts the behind the scenes production of fictional late-night talk show Up Late with Miss Piggy, and includes Modern Family-style commentary directed to camera.

Seven picked up the series as part of its Disney output deal, but has not yet confirmed if it will air in 2015 or 2016.

Last month longtime couple Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy announced a split, agreeing to see “other people, pigs, frogs et al.”

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WIN quits Free TV group Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:50:20 +0000 2015-09-01_2352

WIN Television has quit industry lobby group Free TV, amid disagreement over Reach Rules.

Free TV represents commercial Free to Air broadcasters, including regional networks.

Julie Flynn, CEO of Free TV confirmed, “Free TV has a proud history of providing a strong industry voice on a range of issues.

“It is disappointing that WIN have decided to withdraw from the organisation, but Free TV will continue to advocate on behalf of the industry so that we can continue to provide quality services to all Australians for free.”

WIN Television, which has previously quit industry platform Freeview, is one of several regional broadcasters pushing for media reform. But Seven network has hit back at its claims of threats to local news bulletins.

Since 2010 Bruce Gordon-owned WIN TV has ended local news in Mt Gambier and closed bureaus in Albany, Geraldton, Broome, Mackay and Mildura.

Both Seven chairman Kerry Stokes and News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch have rejected calls for changes to the Reach Rules, which limit media proprietors to 75% of the Australian population.

The dispute has widened since Seven announced it would begin Live streaming of its 3 channels in December.

This week Media Watch looked at both sides of the campaign which you can view here.

The Australian reports a letter from WIN CEO Andrew Lancaster to Free TV board said, “Unfortunately, recent events have shown that one Free TV member has views on significant industry issues that appear to be completely at odds with the vast majority of, if not all, the other Free TV members,” Mr Lancaster said in a letter addressed to the Free TV board of directors.

A spokesman for Seven said: “Seven remains fully committed to Free TV, which has represented the industry extremely well over the years on many issues of ­common interest. We can’t really understand WIN’s decision today, which seems very shortsighted to us.”

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Producers invite comment on Credits Register Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:49:41 +0000 2015-09-02_0119

Screen Producers Australia is calling for industry comment on a proposed credits register for producers.

The draft guidelines for feature films, television drama and documentary to ensure true recognition of producerial work, have been adapted from a similar scheme operated by the Producers Guild of America.

The intention is that the register will provide a number of benefits:
· classifying eligible producers for inclusion in award
· assisting in mediation of credit dispute
· offering accreditation mark for producers to include in their screen credits

“As with the scheme implemented by our colleagues in the US, the aim of the credit register is to ensure that the person or persons who truly earn the producer credit on a production receive the appropriate recognition. The guidelines will assist us to establish the criteria for the work on a production receive that is commonly considered the work of the producer,” said Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia.

For more info visit: SPA Credit Register

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Now SBS schedules Dogs & Cats too Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:46:51 +0000 2015-09-01_2301

Hot on the heels of Seven’s success with TV shows about Cats and Dogs, SBS has now scheduled two series about four-legged friends.

It will air 2 x 3 part documentaries, back to back on Monday nights later this month.

Cats Uncovered
Shattering common myths and answering tantalising questions about their secret lives, this is the definitive guide to your cat.

Aloof. Disdainful. Vicious. Or friendly, fluffy balls of fur who just want to be loved. Opinions on cats tend to differ though one thing is sure – they occupy a very special place in the hearts of many. But how much do we really know about them? This fascinating and revealing series investigates every aspect of the lives of this often- misunderstood species.

Making use of the latest bespoke technology, militarygrade GPS trackers, x-rays, cat-cams and specialised photography, it explores how a cat learns to function as a wild animal in a domestic world; the extraordinary ways in which cats are able to use their senses to interpret their environment; and the remarkable feline skill of inter-species communication and co-operation.

Discover how a cat’s remarkable body, brain and senses – evolved to make their wild ancestors the perfect predator – are coping in the modern world, and how this naturally solitary animal has developed a unique interspecies understanding that’s enabled it to infiltrate our social groups and become modern humans’ greatest animal friend. Just don’t tell the dogs.

Experiments also form an important part of the series and are used to put certain theories to the test. Find out if cats really do always land on their feet, whether their instinct to hunt is something they are born with, and why cat and dogs approach the world in an entirely different way.

Monday 21 September, 7.30pm on SBS


The Wonder of Dogs
No other land mammal displays such dazzling diversity as man’s best friend. It’s hard to believe that a Great Dane and a Chihuahua belong to the same species, yet they do. In The Wonder of Dogs we celebrate and interrogate the dog in all its spectacularly different and unlikely forms.

From ancient predator to household pet, the evolution of dogs is arguably the greatest success story in the animal kingdom. We chart the remarkable journey of the domestic dog from one common ancestor to over 200 breeds we see in Britain today, and discover that hidden in their DNA are reflections of our own human history.

This series takes a snapshot of the dog population of a typical English village – Brightwell in Oxfordshire, and examines the huge range of breeds in one single place. Presenters Kate Humble and Steve Leonard, together with leading experts, put the village dogs through a range of tests and explore why there’s so much variety within a single species. And historian Ruth Goodman unearths the extraordinary stories behind some of the world’s most iconic breeds.

Premieres Monday 21 September, 8.30pm on SBS (3-Part Series)

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Airdate: Bespoke Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:45:23 +0000 2015-09-01_2246

Tomorrow night ABC begins Bespoke, a 3 part Arts series looking at the rise of the handmade, bespoke, locally produced wares.

Covering everything from jewellery, fashion, signwriting, beers and more, this is an engaging series deserving of a better timeslot than 10pm Thursdays.

Writer and presenter Marcus Westbury takes us from Newcastle to New York, from the lovingly crafted to cutting edge technology, from artisanal jewellers and wood-turners to craft distillers and 3D printers. He wants to find out why so many of us are making, who is buying, and whether this phenomenon is here to stay. Is this just an old arts and crafts movement in hipster clothing, or are we experiencing a profound cultural and technological shift that could remake our cities, our economies and our communities?

In the last decade the number of people making arts, craft and bespoke and artisanal objects in Australia has grown enormously. The number of people making jewellery alone has increased by 700%.

Technology has given artisans and entrepreneurs access to international markets, and consumers are increasingly rejecting mass produced products in favour of the handcrafted and unique. Everything from beer brands to breakfast cereals are labelled ‘handmade’ and ‘artisanal’; property developers are selling “handmade” apartments; and ETSY, the Ebay for the handmade, is now a billion dollar business.

Marcus explores how genuine makers strike a balance between affordability and authenticity, and asks how big can you grow without losing something essential? He explores a movement that has been called ‘the next industrial revolution’ and unpacks the hype from the truly revolutionary potential.

Episode 1: “Rise of the Makers”
Over the last decade in Australia there’s been a massive growth in the handmade, the locally produced, the artisanal and the small scale. Is it a reaction against technology or the product of it? Marcus Westbury goes from knife makers to 3D printing labs, to find out what the hell is going on.

Beginning in his home town of Newcastle, Marcus introduces us to the Renew Newcastle project that has helped hundreds of makers, artists and artisans become catalysts for an incredible transformation. From a desolate strip with a hundred empty buildings, the centre of Newcastle is now a place with brimming with street life again. We discover old miners in jewellery classes, a traditional sign-writer, artists, fashion designers, and a man who makes furniture from discarded car parts. Could this rapid growth in small scale help replace the loss of mass manufacturing?

From Newcastle Marcus travels to Tasmania to meet steam-punk blacksmiths, the legendary knife- maker John Hounslow-Robinson at his rustic bush shack, and makers at a MONA market where Tasmania’s arts and crafts tradition are morphing into one of Australia’s hottest tourist attractions – and finds out more than he ever wanted to know about vagina cushions.

But the return of makers and making is not just about reinventing old crafts and traditions. Back in Melbourne we visit a 3D printing lab and start to explore how technology is enabling the explosion of small scale creativity taking place across Australia.

10pm Thursday ABC.

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Airdate: Babylon Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:40:18 +0000

Later this month BBC First premieres comedy-drama series, Babylon, set in the UK Police force.

The series stars The Missing’s James Nesbitt as Chief Constable Richard Miller and Brit Marling (Another Earth) as PR expert Liz Garvey.

It also features Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Jill Halfpenny (EastEnders) and Adam Deacon (Kidulthood).

Babylon is a fast-paced and razor-sharp comedy-drama written by BAFTA winning duo, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong – known as the brilliant minds behind (Peep Show and Fresh Meat).

Babylon takes a wry look at the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines of a modern police force, as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny in one of the world’s busiest capital cities.

Coppers. The Sweeney. Plods. The Old Bill. London’s police force – the oldest in the world – is in need of a public image revamp. And Chief Constable Richard Miller has found just the woman to do it.

Introducing Liz Garvey – an American visionary from the world of new media parachuted in to revolutionise the force’s PR department. In an age of rolling news, smart phones and an information-hungry public, Liz preaches transparency and honesty. But as an outbreak of violence erupts across London – and internal back-biting begins led by overlooked colleague Finn – Liz’s vision for the future of the world’s oldest police service faces its greatest test…

Mondays at 8.30pm from September 28 on BBC First.

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The Hotplate Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:00:40 +0000 Two teams face off for a $100,000 prize on Nine’s reality finale. 7:30pm Wednesday.

  • The Weekly with Charlie Pickering
  • Utopia
  • The Bachelor
  • Hell on Wheels
  • Aquarius
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Timeshifted: Monday 24 August 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:57:00 +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: 24/08/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,136,000 1,132,000 4,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 1,109,000 1,108,000 2,000 3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 1,045,000 1,031,000 14,000 4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 1,006,000 999,000 7,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 986,000 982,000 4,000 6 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 912,000 872,000 40,000 7 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 896,000 853,000 43,000 8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 891,000 891,000 0 9 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network Nine 884,000 854,000 30,000 10 HOUSE HUSBANDS Network Nine 828,000 650,000 178,000 11 7.30-EV Network ABC 810,000 808,000 1,000 12 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 797,000 743,000 54,000 13 MOTORWAY PATROL Network Seven 765,000 738,000 27,000 14 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 759,000 744,000 14,000 15 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 737,000 721,000 16,000 16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 724,000 716,000 8,000 17 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 707,000 643,000 64,000 18 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPELLING BEE MON Network TEN 675,000 664,000 11,000 19 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 665,000 665,000 0 20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 649,000 649,000 0


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Timeshifted: Sunday 23 August 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:52:41 +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: 23/08/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE VOICE -SUN Network Nine 1,327,000 1,264,000 63,000 2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 1,322,000 1,319,000 2,000 3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network Seven 1,289,000 1,283,000 6,000 4 SUNDAY NIGHT Network Seven 1,168,000 1,120,000 48,000 5 GRAND DESIGNS REVISITED-EV Network ABC 871,000 835,000 36,000 6 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 828,000 828,000 1,000 7 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network Seven 793,000 727,000 66,000 8 60 MINUTES -LATE Network Nine 753,000 699,000 55,000 9 VERA-EV Network ABC 724,000 640,000 84,000 10 GOLD COAST COPS RPT Network TEN 550,000 523,000 26,000 11 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 RPT Network TEN 546,000 493,000 53,000 12 THE MID-YEAR ASHES: FIFTH TEST-ENG V AUS SESSION 1 -D4 Network Gem 541,000 540,000 1,000 13 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network Nine 525,000 525,000 0 14 BONDI RESCUE Network TEN 513,000 477,000 36,000 15 CSI: CYBER Network TEN 511,000 411,000 100,000 16 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 492,000 481,000 12,000 17 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 483,000 431,000 52,000 18 SEVEN’S AFL: SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL Network Seven 406,000 401,000 5,000 19 URANIUM: TWISTING THE DRAGON’S TAIL Network SBS 391,000 356,000 35,000 20 COMPASS-EV Network ABC 386,000 366,000 20,000

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Timeshifted: Saturday 22 August 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:46:15 +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: 22/08/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network Seven 895,000 889,000 6,000 2 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network Nine 816,000 816,000 0 3 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC 784,000 783,000 0 4 LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX-EV Network ABC 647,000 614,000 33,000 5 NEW TRICKS RPT Network ABC 623,000 586,000 37,000 6 THE MID-YEAR ASHES: FIFTH TEST-ENG V AUS SESSION 2 -D3 Network Gem 526,000 524,000 2,000 7 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC 482,000 455,000 27,000 8 THE MID-YEAR ASHES: FIFTH TEST-ENG V AUS SESSION 1 -D3 Network Gem 461,000 461,000 0 9 THE CRICKET SHOW Network Gem 421,000 421,000 0 10 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network Seven 418,000 414,000 4,000 11 NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION Network Nine 394,000 391,000 3,000 12 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 346,000 346,000 0 13 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Network TEN 344,000 317,000 27,000 14 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network Seven 334,000 334,000 0 15 GETAWAY Network Nine 328,000 321,000 8,000 16 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Network Seven 325,000 322,000 3,000 17 M- PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL Network Seven 317,000 300,000 18,000 18 X-MEN: THE LAST STAND RPT Network TEN 301,000 289,000 12,000 19 WEEKEND TODAY – SATURDAY Network Nine 291,000 291,000 0 20 SEVEN’S AFL: SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE GAME Network Seven 291,000 291,000 0


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Timeshifted: Friday 21 August 2015 Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:43:42 +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: 21/08/2015 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 990,000 989,000 1,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 940,000 940,000 1,000 3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 927,000 926,000 1,000 4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 921,000 921,000 0 5 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network Seven 848,000 824,000 23,000 6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 715,000 705,000 10,000 7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 692,000 692,000 0 8 HOT SEAT Network Nine 603,000 603,000 0 9 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 576,000 564,000 12,000 10 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 553,000 533,000 20,000 11 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Network Nine 548,000 544,000 4,000 12 MIDSOMER MURDERS RPT Network ABC 543,000 502,000 41,000 13 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS FIRST AT FIVE Network TEN 541,000 540,000 0 14 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 507,000 505,000 2,000 15 THE MID-YEAR ASHES: FIFTH TEST-ENG V AUS SESSION 1 -D2 Network Gem 502,000 502,000 0 16 SEVEN’S AFL: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Network Seven 493,000 482,000 11,000 17 7.30-EV Network ABC 482,000 482,000 1,000 18 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network Seven 461,000 460,000 0 19 THE MID-YEAR ASHES: FIFTH TEST-ENG V AUS SESSION 2 -D2 Network Gem 447,000 446,000 1,000 20 FRIDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE -PRE MATCH Network Nine 442,000 439,000 2,000

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Nine exec appointed CEO of Screen NSW Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:24:59 +0000 Courtney Gibson

Nine Programming Production Executive Courtney Gibson, is leaving the network after 3 years to become CEO of Screen NSW.

She replaces Maureen Barron who departed last month.

Gibson was previously Director of Programs, Southern Star Entertainment and Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV. She has also held other senior roles at ABC and SBS.

Chair of Screen NSW, Ms Helen Wright, said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Courtney Gibson to Screen NSW as its new CEO. Courtney is an exceptional industry leader who is highly regarded for her passion, intellect and creativity. Her considerable expertise across all genres of content will enable her to make a tremendous contribution to the NSW screen industry.”

Courtney Gibson said: I’ve had a terrific time at Nine over the past three years, and now the chance to lead Screen NSW, build the local industry, and work with Australia’s leading screen practitioners is a hugely exciting prospect; I look forward to getting started.”

In 2013 she spoke positively about being a exec at Nine, telling TV Tonight, “I love it at Nine; I love the unrelenting focus on shows and audiences – it’s clear, it’s pure and it’s very un-political. I never feel marginalised at Nine because I’m a woman. I don’t even feel like a-woman-in-a-man’s-world, or a woman who’s being treated-like-one-of-the-boys.

“Nine’s been the most warm and welcoming place to me. I don’t doubt that it wasn’t always like this, but the current regime promotes a really healthy culture and a genuine valuing of the different views in the room.”

A start date is still being finalised.

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Presto adds High Definition, Airplay. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:10:39 +0000 IMG_1877

Presto has stepped up its streaming platform adding High Definition, Airplay compatibility and a new app for tablets.

From today Presto subscribers can view TV and movies in HD on select Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, 2012 – 2015 model Samsung Smart TVs, Google Chromecast and Apple TV, using AirPlay on iPhones and iPads. Additional smart TVs, games consoles other devices are expected soon.

Unlike Netflix and Stan, the joint Foxtel / Seven service has not been available in HD, until now.

“Presto customers have enjoyed streaming our great movies and drama since launch, but feedback has consistently shown a strong desire for HD,” said Shaun James, Interim CEO, Presto.

“Today we’re thrilled to say HD has landed and landed in force on multiple screens, including support for AirPlay on Apple TV. We’ve been trialling our HD streams for several weeks and many savvy customers who discovered our early HD content were suitably impressed with what they saw.

“We will launch with more than 2500 hours of HD and intend to quickly update the remainder of our content to make it available in HD. This is great news for Telstra residential Bigpond customers and Foxtel Broadband customers who will have unmetered access to Presto’s HD content.

“Presto is also delighted to make AirPlay available for our customers using iOS devices and we have also updated our mobile and tablet app, adding a range of fantastic new features which will be most noticeable to those using tablets.”

A new mobile and tablet app adds includes Watchlist access, Play-Next-Episode functionality, Parental Control and Registered Devices View.

The content library includes several HBO, Showtime and AMC titles plus first-run series including Mr. Robot and Aquarius and early Australian seasons of Wentworth, A Place to Call Home and Packed to the Rafters.

Presto HD streams up to 1080P and uses an adaptive bitrate and 5.1 Surround Sound. Presto is also still offering new customers a free 30-day trial. It will also be a partner for Telstra TV on Roku, expected to launch soon.

“We are committed to continuing to innovate the Presto service and we have a lot more great announcements still to come,” said James.

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Returning: Grimm Tue, 01 Sep 2015 06:24:06 +0000 2015-09-01_1621

Season 4 of Grimm begins on Seven next week.

It’s back at 10:30pm Thursday September 10 following the Restaurant Revolution finale.

These episodes premiered in the US in November and on Foxtel in January. A fifth season premieres in the US in late October.

“Thanks For The Memories”
Nick adjusts to the loss of his Grimm powers and tries to figure out how to deal with Trubel as the fourth season opens. Meanwhile, Wu has an unpleasant flashback.

Still no sign of Once Upon a Time for those who have been asking….

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Airdate: David Walliams: The Genius of Dahl Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:40:24 +0000 2015-09-01_1452Later this month Bio screens David Walliams: The Genius of Dahl, a special on the most fantastical world of children’s author, Roald Dahl.

Walliams presents this one-hour look at his characters and influences, with appearances by Joanna Lumley, Michael Rosen, and Tim Minchin.

Roald Dahl is the one of the most successful children’s authors of all time. His words weave magical worlds of incomparable sparkle; his characters continue to charm and terrify generations. Superstar comedian and best-selling author David Walliams delves into Dahl’s world, meeting along the way those who knew him best.

David immerses himself in the stories and characters in Dahl’s books, and traces some of the influences on his work from his dramatic, tragedy worn life. With contributions from celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Michael Rosen, and Tim Minchin, let Walliams guide you into the magical, yet largely unknown, world of perhaps “the greatest children’s storyteller of the 20th Century”.

Thursday September 24 at 7.30pm on Bio.

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Mark Latham to appear on Nine’s panel pilot Tue, 01 Sep 2015 04:42:32 +0000 2015-03-14_0003

Controversial former Labor leader Mark Latham will appear on Nine’s new panel show pilot, hosted by Karl Stefanovic.

Latham, who has attracted headlines for his recent outburst and media performance, will join in the pilot to be filmed in Sydney next week.

News Corp reports other participants are former Liberal minister Amanda Vanstone, Bollywood actress Pallavi Sharda, entrepreneur Tammy May and founder of non-profit organisation Batyr, Seb Robertson.

A Nine spokesperson said, “We have a group of panellists proposed for the pilot who are currently being briefed and Mark Latham is one of those.

“We haven’t signed anyone to any deal long-term for the show if it goes beyond a pilot.”

The show is tipped for a post 10pm timeslot, aiming for a broader audience than Q & A with a lighter touch.

Nine recently told potential audience members, “We’re recording a pilot and we’d love for you to be a part of the audience, take part in discussions and put the panelists to the test. If you have been searching for something new and different on TV, here’s your chance to be a part of it.

“The pilot will be fiery and fun – a must for anyone who likes a good debate.”

Sunrise recently said it was reviewing Latham’s future appearances in the wake of his recent comments directed at prominent women, including Australian of the Year Rosie Batty.

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Airdate: Storage Hunters, Ghost Town Gold, South Beach Tow, Troy, Tattoo Fixers Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:50:41 +0000 2015-09-01_1306

GO! launches 5 new observational and reality series this week.

Storage Hunters, Ghost Town Gold, South Beach Tow all premiere tonight while magic series Troy and Tattoo Fixers premiere tomorrow.

Storage Hunters premieres Tuesday, September 1, at 8.30pm on GO! with a special double episode that follows four teams as they work in the competitive storage auction business where the contents of abandoned storage units are put under the hammer by auctioneer Sean Kelly.

Straight after Storage Hunters, at 9.30pm, tune in to the premiere of Ghost Town Gold which follows friends Brit Eaton and Scott Glaves as they explore the last frontier of American archaeology: the old ghost towns, abandoned mining camps and industrial graveyards of the Wild West, in search of collectible artifacts from a bygone era.

Also on Tuesday night, South Beach Tow premieres at 10.30pm. This series follows the family-owned Tremont Towing business located in South Beach, Miami, as they venture onto the streets battling against different levels of opposition from vehicle owners.

The new lineup continues at 7.30pm Wednesday, September 2, with the premiere of the 10-part series Troy, featuring 25-year-old London magician Troy Von Scheibner. Watch as Troy hits the streets to astound unsuspecting locals, tourists and hipsters with his distinctive blend of close-up magic and spectacular stunts, such as teleporting across historic Tower Bridge.

Tattoo Fixers, the fifth new series, follows three of the UK’s most talented tattoo artists as they join forces to fix the country’s most shocking tattoo catastrophes and transform them into masterpieces. This one definitely serves as a reminder to think before you ink! Tattoo Fixers starts on Wednesday, September 2, at 9.30pm on GO!

Tuesday September 1
Storage Hunters 8:30pm dbl ep
Ghost Town Gold 9:30pm
South Beach Tow 10:30pm dbl ep

Wednesday September 2
Troy 7:30pm
The Big Bang Theory rpt 8:30pm dbl ep
Tattoo Fixers 9:30pm


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Cast announced for ABC3’s Tomorrow, When the War Began. Tue, 01 Sep 2015 03:11:29 +0000 2015-09-01_1210

ABC3 has announced the cast for its small screen adaptation of Tomorrow, When the War Began.

The 6 part adventure-drama, produced by Ambience Entertainment, is based on John Marsden’s bestselling novels.

The cast features Molly Daniels (You’re Skitting Me, The Librarians) as Ellie, Jon Prasida (Hiding) as Lee, Narek Arman (Packed to the Rafters, Dance Academy) as Homer, Madeleine Madden (The Code, Redfern Now) as Corrie, Fantine Banulski (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, You’re Skitting Me) as Robyn, Keith Purcell (Neighbours) as Chris and newcomers Madeleine Clunies-Ross as Fi and Andrew Creer (WAAPA) as Kevin.

They will be joined by Sibylla Budd, Deborah Mailman, James Stewart and Alison Bell.

Producer Michael Boughen said, “This is an exceptional cast of talented performers completely engaged with the material who will bring a new, dynamic energy to the story.”

ABC Head of Children’s TV, Deirdre Brennan said, “We are proud to welcome an outstanding cast to this ground-breaking production for young Australians – an incredible combination of ABC3 alumni, new faces and established local talent. I know our audience will be excited to see these characters brought to life on our screens!”

Director Brendan Maher said “Given the right circumstances everyone can be a hero. Our characters are faced with heart thumping jeopardy and spirit breaking dilemmas. How will they react? John Marsden has given us a truthful, enriching template on how to be the best we can.”

This dramatic adventure series tells the story of a group of teenagers who are separated from their families following an invasion of their country, a conflict they never saw coming. The dilemmas faced by these characters are important and compelling. In a time of rapidly changing world events, the themes of Tomorrow, When the War Began have never been more relevant.

Set to air in 2016, it will shoot in and around Melbourne from September 14.

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UKTV celebrates 40th anniversary of Fawlty Towers Tue, 01 Sep 2015 02:25:40 +0000 2015-08-31_2109

This month marks 40 years since Basil Fawlty unleashed his distinct style of hotel management on television viewers.

To mark the occasion UKTV will screen a seven-and-a-half-hour marathon of the entire 12 episodes of Fawlty Towers.

Yes, only 12 episodes were ever made.

Written by and starring John Cleese and then wife Connie Booth, the series was first broadcast on BBC Two in the UK in 1975 and is based on a real-life hotel owner — described by John Cleese (in an interview with Parkinson) as the rudest man he’d ever met. It’s safe to say the world owes a great debt to that anonymous Torquay hotelier whose rudeness and incompetence inspired the best British television series of all time!

The series has won three BAFTAs and, perhaps uniquely in the history of television, Fawlty Towers has never received a bad press review.

Like a fine wine, Fawlty Towers seems to get better with age. When the DVD was released in 2001, over 30 years since the first transmission, it sold a staggering 37,000 copies in its first month and scooped Best Comedy on DVD at the Quality Street Awards.

A much put-upon, hard-working hotel ‘manager’, Basil’s life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. His biggest headache is a “nest of vipers” – his nagging wife Sibyl (Prunella Scales). Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly (Connie Booth), and hardly any help at all from Manuel (Andrew Sachs), the trainee waiter from Barcelona who is as mad as his boss and the butt of all his frustration.

12pm – 7.30pm on September 19 on UKTV.

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Axed: Under the Dome Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:55:52 +0000 2015-09-01_0905

Stephen King drama Under the Dome has been axed after three seasons.

CBS has confirmed it will conclude with its Sept. 10 finale and promising to wrap the storyline about on its mysterious dome.

The series has been effective as a summer drama for CBS, attracting a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 and and 13.5 million viewers.

Hollywood Reporter notes the current season still ranked as broadcast’s No. 2 scripted series of the summer, behind FOX’s Wayward Pines, but it’s a far cry from its previous audience.

“Two years ago, Under the Dome broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit on CBS, as well as with viewers around the world,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “Dome’s event storytelling and multi-platform business model paved the way for more original summer programming with the successful rollouts of Extant and Zoo. We’re excited to present the final chapter in Chester’s Mill as the story comes full circle, with the Dome coming down as dramatically as it went up.”

TEN is currently fast-tracking the third and final season.

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Big Bang reruns coming to Seven Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:17:05 +0000 2015-09-01_1105

And here we were just getting over networks accusing one another of copycat programming…

In surprising news today, Seven has confirmed it has picked up Seasons 1 – 7 of The Big Bang Theory for Seven and 7mate from October.

As the exclusive Free to Air home for the sitcom, it means Nine will only retain Season 8 (2014) and the upcoming 9th season.

If it is stripped on 7mate (as it surely will be) it could see 7mate’s nightly share lift, and the network as a result.

The Big Bang Theory provides demographic certainty for Seven. It will ensure we have Australia’s biggest digital channels and will give 7mate unprecedented demographic dominance,” said Seven Head of Programming Angus Ross.

The switch has been made possible after Nine did pulled back on its output deal from Warner Bros. studio, with select content available on the open market.

Big Bang has been a huge hit for Nine, both in terms of premiere episodes and its rerun value on both Nine and GO! The network has also resorted to replays in primetime when local content has under-performed, stripping multiple episodes on any given night.

From October it will now only be able to draw upon two seasons on either channel.

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Airdate: David Attenborough’s Life Story Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:45:21 +0000 2015-09-01_0020

Next week Nine premieres new David Attenborough-narrated series, Life Story.

The six part nature series will feature two episodes next week.

This six-part series reveals the challenges animals in the wild face at various stages of life and how they overcome obstacles thrown at them by their environment, enemies and their own families. From creation to death, we see the constant fight for survival from the perspective of the animals themselves.

This captivating documentary takes us from land and sky down into the oceans. From South Africa to Hawaii and the islands of the Caribbean, Attenborough traverses the fascinating life cycle of animals across the globe: First Steps, Growing Up, Home, Power, Courtship and Parenthood.

Life Story comes from the acclaimed Natural History Unit of the BBC, the world’s largest production company dedicated to wildlife film making, with Creative Director Mike Gunton executive producing many of its landmark programs.

Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature and discover how the gift of life can be so giving, yet so tragic, throughout the animal kingdom when David Attenborough narrates Life Story.

Tuesday, September 8 and Wednesday, September 9 at 8.40pm on Nine.

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ABC wins Monday timeslots from 8pm Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:51:18 +0000 2015-09-01_0947

Viewers effectively sent a message to commercial broadcasters last night to lift their game, with ABC winning their timeslots from 8pm.

Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A all won from 8pm onwards.

Nine was leading early in the evening with its News and A Current Affair, while Seven took the lead at 7:30 with Highway Patrol.

House Husbands also rose on last week, with Nine winning the night overall.

Nine network won with 26.9% then Seven 25.9%, ABC 23.1%, TEN 17.9% and SBS 6.3%.

Nine News (1.18m / 1.16m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (1.03m), The Hotplate (850,000), House Husbands (732,000) and Hot Seat (605,000). Footy Classified was 244,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News (1.08m / 1.04m) topped Seven’s night then Highway Patrol (945,000), Home and Away (844,000), Motorway Patrol (802,000), Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (482,000), Million Dollar Minute (474,000) and The Blacklist (414,000). Talking Footy was 24,000 in 3 cities (115,000 on 7mate).

Australian Story (965,000), Four Corners (954,000), ABC News (950,000), 7:30 (853,000), Media Watch (834,000) and Q & A (675,000) were all strong for ABC.

The Project (683,000 / 474,000) led for TEN. The Great Australian Spelling Bee was 639,000 down slightly on last week’s 665,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? was 621,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 615,000, and NCIS: New Orleans was 211,000.

On SBS it was Is Sugar the New Fat? (317,000), The Island with Bear Grylls (251,000 / 239,000). SBS World News was 151,000.

7TWO’s A Touch of Frost led multichannels with 267,000.

Sunrise: 329,000
Today: 301,000
ABC News Breakfast: 110,000 / 49,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 31 August 2015

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Monday 31 August 2015 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:22:06 +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 31/08/2015 24/08/2015 Network ABC 18.4% 15.6% Network ABC2 3.2% 3.6% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 0.9% 0.9% Network ABC TTL 23.1% 20.7% Network 7 17.2% 18.4% Network 7TWO 5.0% 5.1% Network 7mate 3.7% 4.1% Network 7 TTL 25.9% 27.6% Network 9 20.0% 19.9% Network GO! 3.9% 3.5% Network Gem 3.0% 1.9% Network 9 TTL 26.9% 25.2% Network TEN 12.6% 13.3% Network ONE 3.1% 3.6% Network ELEVEN 2.2% 2.8% Network TEN TTL 17.8% 19.7% Network SBS 5.0% 5.4% Network SBS 2 1.2% 1.3% Network NITV 0.1% 0.0% Network SBS TTL 6.3% 6.7%


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: 31/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,183,000 347,000 431,000 224,000 88,000 94,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 1,158,000 369,000 418,000 210,000 84,000 77,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 1,082,000 250,000 338,000 197,000 114,000 183,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 1,037,000 253,000 317,000 178,000 120,000 169,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 1,029,000 320,000 364,000 165,000 90,000 89,000
6 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC 965,000 308,000 307,000 183,000 86,000 82,000
7 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 954,000 272,000 333,000 166,000 86,000 97,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 950,000 291,000 298,000 157,000 100,000 104,000
9 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 945,000 220,000 300,000 200,000 111,000 114,000
10 7.30-EV Network ABC 853,000 277,000 264,000 151,000 90,000 72,000
11 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network Nine 850,000 327,000 246,000 109,000 83,000 85,000
12 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 844,000 235,000 202,000 187,000 94,000 125,000
13 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 834,000 228,000 311,000 124,000 82,000 88,000
14 MOTORWAY PATROL Network Seven 802,000 208,000 241,000 158,000 95,000 100,000
15 HOUSE HUSBANDS Network Nine 732,000 267,000 213,000 102,000 83,000 67,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 683,000 150,000 259,000 113,000 82,000 79,000
17 Q&A-LE Network ABC 675,000 196,000 249,000 98,000 67,000 64,000
18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 642,000 175,000 186,000 111,000 84,000 87,000
19 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN SPELLING BEE MON Network TEN 639,000 169,000 231,000 109,000 80,000 50,000
20 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 621,000 151,000 238,000 88,000 63,000 81,000


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: 31/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 267,000 76,000 68,000 52,000 38,000 34,000
2 DINOSAUR TRAIN-EV Network ABC2 257,000 73,000 46,000 65,000 30,000 43,000
3 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 248,000 68,000 46,000 64,000 26,000 43,000
4 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 248,000 51,000 54,000 66,000 36,000 41,000
5 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV Network ABC2 239,000 70,000 49,000 58,000 21,000 40,000
6 PEG + CAT-PM Network ABC2 235,000 66,000 52,000 58,000 20,000 40,000
7 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 230,000 67,000 49,000 60,000 16,000 39,000
8 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV Network GO! 214,000 40,000 41,000 63,000 25,000 45,000
9 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 212,000 29,000 50,000 61,000 40,000 33,000
10 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 203,000 34,000 52,000 69,000 29,000 18,000
11 M*A*S*H EP 2 RPT Network ONE 202,000 47,000 65,000 52,000 16,000 21,000
12 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 201,000 62,000 31,000 61,000 19,000 29,000
13 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 197,000 42,000 67,000 50,000 17,000 21,000
14 TOP GEAR -EV Network GO! 190,000 35,000 68,000 31,000 29,000 27,000
15 CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD Network 7TWO 180,000 35,000 54,000 33,000 25,000 33,000
16 BANANAS IN PYJAMAS-PM Network ABC2 180,000 67,000 70,000 29,000 6,000 8,000
17 MISTER MAKER COMES TO TOWN-PM Network ABC2 170,000 46,000 56,000 38,000 11,000 18,000
18 M*A*S*H RPT Network ONE 168,000 38,000 54,000 49,000 14,000 14,000
19 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 164,000 45,000 48,000 21,000 18,000 32,000
20 FIREMAN SAM-PM Network ABC2 159,000 43,000 29,000 52,000 13,000 22,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 433,000 129,000 166,000 77,000 26,000 35,000
2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 422,000 131,000 160,000 80,000 21,000 29,000
3 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network Nine 412,000 156,000 136,000 49,000 33,000 38,000
4 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 411,000 99,000 132,000 79,000 48,000 53,000
5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 390,000 116,000 154,000 66,000 27,000 26,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 370,000 90,000 118,000 67,000 43,000 51,000
2 NINE NEWS Network Nine 360,000 111,000 137,000 68,000 19,000 26,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 353,000 104,000 128,000 73,000 17,000 31,000
4 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network Nine 347,000 141,000 103,000 42,000 29,000 32,000
5 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 346,000 90,000 147,000 46,000 30,000 34,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 235,000 64,000 70,000 51,000 30,000 20,000
2 HAVE YOU BEEN PAYING ATTENTION? Network TEN 232,000 61,000 98,000 35,000 16,000 22,000
3 NINE NEWS Network Nine 230,000 74,000 84,000 41,000 13,000 18,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 222,000 65,000 70,000 42,000 23,000 22,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 212,000 62,000 80,000 39,000 13,000 17,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 31/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 127,000
7 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 63,000
9 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 56,000
12 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 51,000
13 THE DAY HENRY MET Nick Jr. 47,000
14 DANCE MOMS LifeStyle YOU 46,000
15 FAMILY GUY FOX8 44,000
16 HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER Disney Junior 44,000
17 FAMILY GUY FOX8 43,000
18 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 43,000
20 MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE Disney Junior 43,000


© 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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Hot tub comedy machine Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:58:54 +0000 2015-08-31_2028

For the uninitiated, interviewing a puppet can be an unnerving experience. You have to remember where to look. And you have to try not to take the answers too seriously.

So it is with Randy, the very purple hairless young chap who lives with performer Sammy J. and appear in ABC’s new sitcom Sammy J. & Randy in Rickett’s Lane.

Both have performed together on stage, at comedy festivals and in TEN’s Good News Week. While Sammy J. also hosted Wednesday Night Fever for ABC, this is their first series together for the public broadcaster.

In their new sitcom Sammy J. plays a lawyer looking to win his first legal case while Randy just wants to get his girlfriend (now local current affairs host) back. There are zany characters, rude jokes, musical numbers an alpaca and a hot tub on set.

“Bath water should be emptied. Hot tub water stays there for too long. We had a couple of scenes the other day and I got in there. Meh, not great. I’m a little stinky,” he apologises.

“I got out about 20 kilos heavier than when I got in.”

The perils of hot tubs when you have a sponge-like body.

“When we were at TEN we actually had a hot tub,” Randy recalls.

“And they give you a lot of drugs at TEN*! At ABC they don’t get the good shit. With ABC you pretty much get bowls of nuts that look like they’ve probably been there a little bit too long. There’s nothing like a stale macadamia to make you feel at home.”

At this point Sammy J. sticks his head into the room.

“It’s the copious amounts of money that the ABC has that makes the difference. They have so much cash to roll in!” he interjects.

“It’s like it rains down upon you from above!” Randy agrees.

“I’ve got grazed knees from all the gold coins. Silver, actually,” says Sammy.

“Every morning he gets out of bed and dives into a massive vat of coins,” adds Randy.

“Anything he says about me, don’t believe it!” Sammy declares. And with that he is gone.

Yes, it’s rapid-fire madness between these two off-camera and on.

Try posing a serious question to the purple one and you’re just asking for trouble. Does Randy, for instance think the government should increase ABC funding? Does he dream about more TV gigs? Replacing Tony Jones on Q & A perhaps?

“I tend not to stray into politics because it always comes back to bite me. But it’s pretty obvious the ABC should be getting a shitload more money than it does,” he continues.

“TJ’s ready to wrap it up. Nah, he’s a good guy. Me and Sammy sang a song on Q & A. Penny Wong was on. Barnaby Joyce. Good egg.

“But I would make more shows with me in it. I would have a music programme where I just sat on a couch and listened to riffs. I’d have bands play behind me and smoke cigarettes and encourage children to do the same.”

More seriously -I think- ABC have thrown their support behind the pair as creators and performers. With its human cast including Georgia Chara, Nathan Lovejoy, Samantha Healy and Dilruk Jayasinha, the sitcom’s sole puppet remains Randy. Fittingly, he is never viewed as anything other than a fully-formed character, despite his outward appearance.

ABC is also offering all 6 episodes today via iview for a full month ahead of its TV broadcast.

“ABC have been supporters of this concept for quite a while, so it’s been pretty sweet to have a couple of people see this all the way through. Department heads change all the time but there are a couple who have seen this to fruition all the way,” says Randy.

“The nature of the show is that Sammy and I change stuff all the time, so as we’ve been writing it for so long you would think we’d have to go into bat more often with our ideas. But it’s been pretty sweet. There’s been very little network interference!”

After the frenzy of filming, and as he awaits the verdict of critics and fans alike, the purple patch is chilling, like all good puppets do.

“I’m reading Stephen Fry’s third autobiography at the moment,” he notes.

“I have a small holiday house in Vanuatu that I’d like to get away to amongst the trees and the coconuts. Sitting on the beach in me board shorts, just kickin’ it. Maybe a bit of surfing.”

And with that my time is up. I’ve managed to come out of the interview relatively unscathed.

“We talked nothing about the show!” Randy insists. “But that’s ok. Read the Press Release.

“It’s got Sammy. A tale of love. Redemption. A few fart jokes. Good times.”

Sammy J and Randy in Rickett’s Lane is now available on iview.

*any similarities between actual TV networks is purely coincidental.

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Q & A steps up screening on tweets Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:55:50 +0000 2015-08-31_2325

Q & A has stepped up its moderation of tweets following last week’s #AbbottLovesAnal stuff-up.

Producer Peter McEvoy told Media Watch the show has a three stage electronic moderation and 2-3 human moderators, but will increase the level of electronic filtering and add a second senior producer at the point of final moderation.

But he rejected the idea of dropping the tweets altogether, telling the programme the number of mishap tweets was extremely low amongst 22,000 published tweets since it introduced the #qanda hashtag.

“You don’t cancel test cricket because a few streakers run on the field and you don’t shut down the live #qanda twitter conversation because an inappropriate twitter handle gets past the moderation controls,” he advised.

Here is the full response from Q & A to Media Watch:

1. Do you have any computer filtering systems set up to scan for obscenities in tweets?
Yes we have a three stage moderating process using electronic filtering of offensive language etc and then two stages of human moderation.

Does it also screen Twitter handles? If not, why not
In the past we have not used electronic filtering on handles because it would be ineffective (see your examples) and would unfairly exclude legitimate names e.g. “McManus”

2. Are enough staff involved in checking the content of tweets and Twitter handles?
We have two stages of human moderation with generally 2-3 moderators each week at the frontline selecting comments which meet the Q&A guidelines from the filtered tweets. Those selected tweets are then passed on to another senior producer who chooses the tweets that actually go on screen. This system has worked well over a number of years with only a very small number of errors amongst the 22,000 tweets that have gone on screen.

3. Are changes now being made to how you manage the broadcasting of tweets?
Because Q&A has been targeted for deliberate attack by people trying to break through the moderation system we have decided to increase the level of electronic filtering and add a second senior producer at the point of final moderation.

4. Inappropriate Twitter handles have made it to air on Q & A in past years (for example, Seymour Cox in 2014, Smellmikehunt in 2012) Does this week’s offensive twitter handle involving the Prime Minister demonstrate you’re unable to manage live tweets and they should be dropped?
Q&A has created a public space that invites Australian citizens to question political leaders and express and share their views on politics and other issues. That process inevitably involves risks. Q&A has had 75,000 audience members asking around 2,500 questions. Since the program introduced the #qanda twitter conversation it has generated over 5 million twitter comments from almost 400,000 users and published 22,000 twitter comments onscreen. In that context the number of disruptive incidents is very, very small. You don’t cancel test cricket because a few streakers run on the field and you don’t shut down the live #qanda twitter conversation because an inappropriate twitter handle gets past the moderation controls.

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Four Corners investigation leads to 7-Eleven review Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:50:24 +0000 2015-08-31_2343

Convenience store chain 7-Eleven has announced an independent review of wages due to an ABC / Fairfax investigation that accused stores of paying staff just $10 an hour.

It announced the review ahead of the investigation aired on Four Corners last night.

Warren Wilmot, the CEO of 7-Eleven Australia, said a panel would investigate the accusations.

“The viability of the 7-Eleven system is in no way, and never has been and never will be, dependent on franchises underpaying their staff,” he said.

“This doesn’t let off the hook any franchisees doing the wrong thing, because we will pursue them to repay any money owed to former or present staff.”

He said the company would compensate any staff found to be underpaid and that they had reached out to the Fair Work Ombudsman regarding the issue.

Last night a company insider alleged to Four Corners that if franchisees paid staff the correct wages, many would face financial ruin.

He alleged 7-Eleven’s head office was aware of the systemic wage-rorting of employees, who are largely foreign students on visas.

“They [head office] can’t run 7-Eleven as profitably, as successfully, as they have without letting this happen,” the source said.

“The business is very proud of itself and the achievements and the money it’s made and the success it’s had, but the reality is it’s built on something not much different from slavery.”

Greens MP Adam Bandt will also seek a special hearing of the Senate inquiry into the working visa program.

Source: ABC, Nine News

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Insight: Sept 1 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:45:25 +0000 2015-08-31_2049

It’s SBS’ very own Seven Up.

For the last nine years, Insight has tracked the lives of a diverse and candid group of teenagers.

They’re now young adults, reuniting again at 22, tonight on SBS.

We first met them at age Thirteen. They were a raucous bunch who wanted to tell Australia about what mattered to them: peer pressure, terrorism and the role of technology in their lives.

At Sixteen, we brought them back and they shared the changes that were starting to develop in their lives, from the difficulties of fitting in, to navigating sex and handling loss.

Nineteen saw the onset of financial pressures and personal responsibility and having to deal with depression and finding love.

How different are they now and how have the dreams they’ve shared over 9 years changed?

Guests include:

Lionel Wood
When Lionel Wood was first on Insight as a 13 year old he spoke to Jenny Brockie about how he lacked strong male role models in his life. Nine years on Lionel works as a community liaison officer at Apollo House in Dubbo where he mentors young kids. Since Lionel was last on the show he won the Dubbo Young Citizen of the Year Award.

Hayden Coggan
Since the last time Hayden was on Insight he’s married Talitha and gone from apprentice to tradesman. His focus is saving for a house and he plans to have kids in the next couple of years. When previously on the show Hayden talked about the loss of his mum, but says it’s better now that he has his wife Talitha to confide in.

Alex Rzechowicz
When Alex appeared on Insight as a 13 year old he spoke of his passion for ballet and the insecurities he faced as a teenage ballet dancer. Since Jenny spoke to Alex last, he travelled to LA to pursue his dream of working there as an actor, but explains how the city chewed him up and spat him out. Alex has now quit acting and is in the Army Reserve.

Shane Riley
Shane has quit working at an abattoir in Dubbo and now works in high schools as a support officer for teens struggling with depression and anxiety. He’s got a serious girlfriend of three years.

Lina Darwiche
When Lina first joined Insight as a thirteen-year-old in 2006, she was worried about the tension between muslim and non-Muslim Australians. She says that things have changed for the better since then. Lina had previously told Insight that her dream was to be married by the age of 22 – she says now that was a fantasy and she is completely dedicated to her career as a primary school teacher.

Brodie Nugent
Since Brodie last appeared on Insight she’s given up on her idea of being a teacher and now wants to become a Sinn Fein MP. She is hoping to move to Ireland next year after finishing her History Honours Thesis on Irish Republicanism.

8:30pm tonight on SBS.

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Bart Cummings state funeral Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:43:43 +0000 2015-08-31_2043

7TWO will broadcast the state funeral of legendary horse trainer Bart Cummings next Monday from St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.

10am AEST Monday September 7 on 7TWO.

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Parents complain over “offensive” Miley Cyrus at VMAs Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:41:37 +0000 2015-09-01_0054

It was but a nano-second that required a screen freeze just to be offended, but that hasn’t stopped the Parents Television Council in the US complaining about Miley Cyrus, after her nipple flash and hosting of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Cyrus’ nipple was exposed during a backstage moment, while her near-naked outfits raised eyebrows and she took a selfie with some members of the audience, telling them to shout, “Marijuana!”

“MTV had an opportunity to use its powerful VMA platform to stir a young audience to aspire to something positive and uplifting. Instead they chose to perpetuate blatant sexualization – much of it self-inflicted by the artists – and to celebrate the use of illegal drugs,” PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement.

“MTV rated the content of the program as appropriate for a child as young as 14, though most parents of teens that age would find such a content rating preposterous. In the end, the network succeeded in what it wanted to do: stir up controversy without regard to its impact on an entertainment environment that is increasingly toxic for children.

“Are we surprised that Miley Cyrus exposed herself to millions of viewers, and to more people who will inevitably see the news in the mainstream media? About as surprised as we’ll be if the sun rises in the east tomorrow morning. We had hoped she would have proven us wrong and demonstrate her considerable talent as a performer, rather than rely on her own sexuality to entertain the audience.

“MTV and Cyrus could both be forces for something positive, but tonight’s VMA partners relied on exposing millions of children to graphic, inappropriate and far-too-frequently offensive content.”

They are yet to comment on Kanye West supposedly declaring himself a candidate for the 2020 US Presidency.


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Sammy J. & Randy on Rickett’s Lane Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:00:39 +0000 All 6 episodes of ABC’s whimsical new sitcom available on iview from Tuesday.

  • Restoration Australia
  • Insight
  • Fashion Police
  • Holland’s Hope
  • Neighbours
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Top Gear Australia mag, website to close. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:56:11 +0000 2015-08-31_1653

Top Gear Australia‘s monthly magazine and website are folding after the upcoming October edition.

The local brand, which launched in 2008 under ACP, originally featured local SBS hosts Charlie Cox, Warren Brown and Steve Pizzati. Bauer Media took over ACP in 2012.

David Goodchild, Bauer Media CEO, said in a statement: “Top Gear Australia magazine had entertained and delighted many hundreds of thousands of readers over the years with its irreverent take on the motoring genre, however TopGear’s skew towards international content meant it no longer fitted Bauer Media’s evolving motoring strategy.

Top Gear is a unique and much loved brand and we’re proud to have been the Australian partner of this global publishing phenomenon.”

Top Gear Australia associate publisher Ewen Page wrote, “The title had reinvigorated and expanded the Australian motoring media market, attracting readers and advertisers to a brand considered both men’s lifestyle and motoring. I would like to thank past and present editorial, advertising and support teams for their commitment and outstanding work on Top Gear Australia.”

Mumbrella reports BBC will focuses its efforts on the relaunched global TopGear website.

Top Gear is returning to television with Chris Evans following the exit of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

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Donald Trump: China, China, China. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 06:20:43 +0000

“I love China” says Donald Trump.

So much that he can’t stop talking about it.

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Sept 1 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:17:00 +0000 2015-08-31_1515

Dawn Fraser is the subject on this week’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on SBS.

She searches for her South American relatives in this episode -which all makes for a curious contrast to her recent comments about Nick Krygios, suggesting he “go back to where [his] parents came from.”

She later apologised for the comments.

Dawn is on the trail of the grandparents she never knew, and her investigation takes her back to the birth place of her grandfather – Peru, South America.

As she explores her Peruvian ancestry, Dawn uncovers the story of a freedom fighter in Peru’s military who sacrificed everything for his country’s future, and a wife and mother struggling to survive after her husband’s tragic death.

7:30pm Tuesday on SBS.

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The Shannara Chronicles: trailer Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:50:44 +0000

MTV has released a trailer for its sprawling fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles, based on the books by Terry Brooks.

The series, filmed in New Zealand, features Austin Butler, John Rhys Davies, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Poppy Drayto, Brooke Williams, James Remar, Marcus Vanco, Aaron Jakubenko and yes, Daniel MacPherson as heir to the elfin throne (I can’t spot him in this video).

Looks like a massive series, set to debut in the US in January 2016.

Coming to MTV in January 2016, ‘The Shannara Chronicles’ is a new TV series based on the best-selling fantasy novels by Terry Brooks. Set thousands of years after the destruction of our civilization, the story follows an Elven Princess, Amberle, a half-human half-elf, Wil, and a human, Eretria, as they embark on a quest to stop a Demon army from destroying the Four Lands.

‘The Shannara Chronicles’ stars Poppy Drayton, Austin Butler, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett and John Rhys-Davies. The series is executive produced by Jon Favreau, Al Gough, Miles Millar, Dan Farah, Jonathan Liebesman and author Terry Brooks.

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Another trading halt at Quickflix Mon, 31 Aug 2015 04:20:58 +0000 2015-08-31_1416

Local streaming and DVD service Quickflix has advised the Australian Stock Exchange of another trading halt.

The company which has been losing 5000 subscribers a month since the launch of Netflix in March, recently aborted plans to acquire an unnamed Shanghai-based film & TV company.

Presto also recently withdrew from a said the conditions of its agreement had not been met.

Its losses more than doubled to $8.592 million for the half year to the end of December.

“Quickflix can be a viable player in the high-growth streaming sector if through this restructure it can address the legacy issues holding it back,” the company said in a note to the market.

Fairfax reports the restructure is expected to take one month and will include a cost saving program.

The company is due to announce its annual results this week.

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Vale: Wes Craven Mon, 31 Aug 2015 03:13:12 +0000 2015-08-31_1308

Prolific horror master Wes Craven, best known for movies including A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, has died, aged 76.

The Hollywood director died at home in Los Angeles.

Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character and Scream‘s Ghostface, Craven directed, wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

He wrote and directed A Nightmare on Elm Street featuring Johnny Depp in 1984. The popularity of the film established his reputation as a director of teen-slashers, able to blend gore with wry humour and create memorable film villains.

In the 1990s he pioneered the horror movie with film-within-a-film Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, then followed with Scream in 1996 starring Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette. The film sparked three more instalments and inspired the Scary Movie parody franchise.

Scream has now also launched as a television series for MTV.

He had recently signed an overall television deal with Universal Cable Productions and television projects in development including The People Under the Stairs with Syfy Networks, Disciples with UCP, We Are All Completely Fine with Syfy/UCP, and Sleepers with Federation Entertainment. He had recently written and was to direct the Thou Shalt Not Kill segment for the Weinstein Company/WGN’s Ten Commandments television miniseries.

Craven also wrote and directed on the TV series Nightmare Cafe and The Twilight Zone.

There were occasional detours from horror including The Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep and a 1989 sitcom called The People Next Door.

His most recent films were 2010’s My Soul to Take and Scream 4 in 2011.

Source: Variety, The Guardian

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Downton Abbey: trailer Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:46:42 +0000

It’s not part of Seven’s “Super September” despite its premiere in the UK on September 20th, but here’s the first look at the final season of Downton Abbey.

Everyone at Downton is looking to life beyond the estate, in this trailer.

“Neither you nor I can hold back time,” the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) tells Mr. Carson (Jim Carter).

If history tells us anything with Downton then it’s likely to screen here in February.

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Airdate: Event Mon, 31 Aug 2015 02:16:51 +0000 FoxtelArts_Event_BarryOttoDeborahHutton_002CR_FXTL_BenSymons2014

Foxtel Arts is launching a new monthly Arts show, Event, hosted by Deborah Hutton, covering Australian music, theatre, visual arts, books, festivals and exhibitions.

Filmed in the Foxtel studios, it will feature in-studio interviews with Australian and touring artists, as well as live performances and regular segments.

Deborah Hutton will be joined by ABC Radio National presenter Cassie McCullagh, hosting The Critics’ Corner, with two guest journalists critiquing books, music and theatre. She will also interview the show’s monthly Artist in Residence, which features an Australian artist creating a piece of artwork on air.

Event is a show Australia needs! It’s a wonderfully fresh look at everything that’s current in our local arts community. It will not only give arts and culture a place to shine, but creates a buzz about what’s brilliant and should not be missed. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to be hosting this fabulous show for Foxtel,” Hutton said.

Episode one includes interviews with Australian acting royalty Barry Otto – currently appearing in Seventeen at the Belvoir and celebrating 50 years in acting; award-winning actor Susie Porter backstage at Sydney Theatre Company ahead of the upcoming season of Death and the Maiden – and acclaimed violinist Richard Tognetti, celebrating 25 years as the Artistic Director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Richard Tognetti will also perform, along with YouTube sensation and beatboxing virtuoso Tom Thum, who is set to play alongside the Queensland Symphony Orchestra at the Brisbane Festival in September.

Sunday, September 6 at 5.00pm AEST.

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Naomi Watts fronts “demand more” campaign from Presto Mon, 31 Aug 2015 01:48:34 +0000

Naomi Watts is fronting a new advertising campaign for Presto telling Australians to “demand more” of their streaming services.

Parodying Hollywood actors, Watts is seen stepping off a WATS$ UP jet plane and ordering an entourage of assistants to meet her every need.

“I tell you when I do become demanding. When an On Demand service from America tries to serve us Aussies all sizzle and no sausage,” she declares.

The ad nods to HBO and Showtime dramas, and premium sound on Presto.

“Don’t settle for scraps Australia. Demand more,” says Watts.

Shaun James, added “The team loved working with Naomi and they had a lot of fun together. Naomi is the perfect fit for this role as she is not only a highly respected, instantly recognisable personality in Australia, but she is also considered to be someone who is anything but demanding. We hope it will be entertaining for Australians to see her in this tongue and cheek role.

“Our new Demand More campaign, in which Naomi features, shares the great news that unlike other SVOD services, Presto gives Australian viewers access to HBO content and exclusive TV shows like Aquarius, Mr Robot, The Walking Dead, some of Australia’s best dramas like Wentworth and Packed to the Rafters, as well as must-see movies. Australians really can be more demanding with their Presto on demand service.”

“Celebrities are often accused of having high demands. It was fun to play this arch character in a tongue and cheek way,” said Watts.

“Presto is all about demanding more from your experience and given the sheer amount of entertainment on offer these days, I love that we can now demand what we want to watch and when. I am certainly demanding about the TV shows I watch, so Presto more than works for me.”

The campaign will coincide with the launch of new programming and service innovations from Thursday, September 3rd.

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Airdate: Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, The Chase. Returning: The X Factor Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:41:49 +0000 photobytonymott_2632

Seven has confirmed dates for its big launch week, beginning September 13th.

The X Factor begins 7pm Sunday September 13 (and will continue weeknights) with the two part miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door airing at 8:30pm over two Sundays September 13 and 20th.

The Chase begins 5pm Monday September 14 and continues weeknights.

Seven is expected to confirm 800 Words as the replacement for Winners and Losers on Tuesday 15th and yet to confirm an airdate for What Really Happens in Thailand.

Not The Boy Next Door tells the rollercoaster story of Australian entertainer, Peter Allen, who went from being a childhood performer in country NSW to a Grammy and Academy Award- winning songwriter and the toast of Broadway, marrying into Hollywood royalty along the way.

Peter is best known for his signature song ‘I Go To Rio’, the ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, a . He also co-wrote the huge commercial chart hits ‘I Honestly Love You’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ and ‘Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)’.

The miniseries stars Joel Jackson (Deadline Gallipoli) as Peter Allen, Rebecca Gibney (Winter, Packed To The Rafters) as Peter’s mum Marion Woolnough, Sara West (Winter, ANZAC Girls) as Peter’s one-time wife and lifelong friend Liza Minnelli, Nick Farnell (Charles Bean’s Great War, Killing Time) as Peter’s father Dick Woolnough, Henri Szeps (Mother and Son) as Peter’s agent Dee Anthony and musical theatre star Rob Mills as Peter’s singing partner Chris Bell; with Sigrid Thornton (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, SeaChange) as screen legend Judy Garland and 14-year-old newcomer Ky Baldwin as young Peter Woolnough.

Created by the world’s most powerful media identity, Simon Cowell, The X Factor is one of the hottest television franchises around the globe.

This year, the show welcomes two internationally acclaimed entertainers to the judging panel. British singing superstar James Blunt and American icon Chris Isaak join homegrown heroes Dannii Minogue and Guy Sebastian, who returns after a two-year break.

Last year, The X Factor discovered 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan, who wowed Australia with her amazing voice. The X Factor is unparalleled when it comes to producing superstars having launched the careers of Dami Im, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel Willemse, Reece Mastin, Johnny Ruffo and Taylor Henderson.

The X Factor is open to both solo performers and groups 14 years and over. Once hopefuls make it past the initial audition process, the four judges mentor the performers as they are split into the following categories: Boys Under 25, Girls Under 25, Over 25s and Groups. The ultimate winner is awarded a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.

The Chase is a race where players must ensure they stay one step ahead of the Chaser, some of the finest quiz brains in Australia. The Chasers are: The Governess, Supernerd, The Shark and Goliath.

Hosted by Andrew O’Keefe, contestants must answer general knowledge questions and play their tactics right in order to get themselves in the Final Chase, where they could win thousands of dollars.
However, standing in their way is their common enemy, the Chaser, a supremely, self-confident quiz genius. They will chase contestants down the board in a tense and thrilling test of knowledge to try to catch them and throw them out of the game.

Four contestants will face a sequence of quick-fire and multiple-choice question rounds to build up their cash pot, but if they allow the Chaser to catch up to them, they’re out of the game.

Working as a team, players who make it through to the Final Chase then unite one more time before their common enemy: the Chaser.

Stay ahead of the Chaser and they share the cash pot. Get caught and they lose the lot!
Have they got what it takes to beat the Chaser?

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1.55m lowest finale, but still a hit season for The Voice. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:05:05 +0000 Winners_DSC5373

The Voice Grand Final was always going to be the top-rating show from last night -it was just a question of by how much.

1.55m viewers tuned in to see 16 year old Ellie Drennan named the 2015 winner with 1.5m watching the bulk of the show in preliminary figures.

It was the lowest overnight audience for a finale across its 4 seasons, down on 2014’s 1.73m / 1.58m and light years off the debut season’s 3.24m. But Television has fragmented enormously since 2012.

While it wrapped lower than MasterChef (2.13m) and My Kitchen Rules (2.08m), the Nine series still dominated across its run.

With such heated competition it was always going to be a difficult night elsewhere. Dancing with the Stars had to settle for 675,000, down from 727,000 a week ago, but Grand Designs Revisited when up from 836,000 to 872,000. TEN bore the brunt of the contest, falling under a 15% share.

Nine network was 34.6% then Seven 26.0%, ABC 18.1%, TEN 14.3% and SBS 7.0%.

Following The Voice for Nine were Nine News (1.37m) and 60 Minutes (1.02m in preliminary figures). AD Kingdom and Empire was 300,000.

Seven News (1.17m) was best for Seven then Sunday Night (1.03m) and Dancing with the Stars (671,000). Bones was 352,000.

Grand Designs Revisited (872,000) topped ABC’s night then ABC News (866,000), Vera (690,000) and Compass (349,000).

Bondi Rescue was 561,000 / 440,000 for TEN. Modern Family drew 502,000 / 472,000, CSI Cyber was 369,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 359,000 and NCIS was 238,000.

On SBS it was Finding Babylon’s Hanging Gardens (329,000), The Inca: Masters of the Clouds (321,000), Sex and the West (175,000) and SBS World News (166,000).

It was a quiet night on multichannels with 7TWO’s Escape to Country the best on 207,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 30 August 2015


Adjusted figures for Nine:
The Voice winner announced 1,589,000
The Voice grand final 1,502,000
60 Minutes 895,000

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Sunday 30 August 2015 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 23:22:03 +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: Sunday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 30/08/2015 23/08/2015 Network ABC 13.3% 12.6% Network ABC2 3.2% 2.5% Network ABC3 0.5% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.0% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 18.1% 16.9% Network 7 19.4% 19.8% Network 7TWO 3.1% 3.0% Network 7mate 3.6% 3.4% Network 7 TTL 26.0% 26.2% Network 9 28.6% 24.4% Network GO! 3.1% 3.8% Network Gem 2.8% 7.3% Network 9 TTL 34.6% 35.5% Network TEN 9.2% 10.4% Network ONE 2.9% 2.6% Network ELEVEN 2.2% 2.1% Network TEN TTL 14.3% 15.0% Network SBS 5.6% 5.1% Network SBS 2 1.2% 1.1% Network NITV 0.2% 0.2% Network SBS TTL 7.0% 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: 30/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 1,552,000 541,000 412,000 289,000 168,000 141,000
2 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL Network Nine 1,504,000 545,000 403,000 279,000 153,000 124,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 1,372,000 464,000 423,000 286,000 103,000 98,000
4 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network Seven 1,170,000 305,000 339,000 198,000 133,000 194,000
5 SUNDAY NIGHT Network Seven 1,033,000 290,000 313,000 171,000 102,000 156,000
6 60 MINUTES -LATE Network Nine 1,023,000 323,000 326,000 178,000 109,000 87,000
7 GRAND DESIGNS REVISITED-EV Network ABC 872,000 208,000 287,000 159,000 101,000 118,000
8 ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EV Network ABC 866,000 243,000 278,000 134,000 96,000 115,000
9 VERA-EV Network ABC 690,000 179,000 213,000 115,000 93,000 91,000
10 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network Seven 671,000 203,000 212,000 86,000 72,000 98,000
11 BONDI RESCUE EP 2 Network TEN 561,000 151,000 167,000 106,000 58,000 78,000
12 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 RPT Network TEN 502,000 119,000 196,000 81,000 41,000 63,000
13 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 472,000 115,000 156,000 96,000 39,000 66,000
14 SEVEN’S AFL: SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALL Network Seven 442,000 0 171,000 0 114,000 157,000
15 BONDI RESCUE Network TEN 440,000 120,000 139,000 78,000 49,000 53,000
16 FAMILY FEUD SUNDAY Network TEN 422,000 105,000 115,000 79,000 58,000 66,000
17 SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVE Network Nine 386,000 274,000 0 112,000 0 0
18 CSI: CYBER Network TEN 369,000 86,000 117,000 68,000 43,000 55,000
19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 359,000 84,000 95,000 87,000 33,000 60,000
20 BONES Network Seven 352,000 95,000 119,000 59,000 41,000 39,000


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: 30/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN EP.2 Network 7TWO 207,000 44,000 79,000 37,000 25,000 22,000
2 GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU-AM Network ABC2 198,000 58,000 48,000 44,000 27,000 21,000
3 GRANDPA IN MY POCKET-AM Network ABC2 197,000 65,000 47,000 45,000 20,000 20,000
4 CHARLIE AND LOLA-AM Network ABC2 189,000 54,000 52,000 43,000 24,000 15,000
5 MOTORSPORT: 2015 MOTOGP POST SHOW LIVE Network ONE 178,000 33,000 55,000 28,000 23,000 39,000
6 COUNTDOWN: DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR-LE Network ABC2 166,000 29,000 67,000 24,000 25,000 21,000
7 THE SIMPSONS EP 3 RPT Network ELEVEN 163,000 42,000 49,000 45,000 16,000 10,000
8 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 163,000 24,000 49,000 33,000 21,000 35,000
9 CURIOUS GEORGE-EV Network ABC2 161,000 15,000 51,000 34,000 20,000 41,000
10 MOTORSPORT: 2015 MOTOGP LIVE Network ONE 160,000 35,000 44,000 29,000 19,000 33,000
11 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 159,000 46,000 40,000 42,000 14,000 16,000
12 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 154,000 38,000 33,000 34,000 29,000 20,000
13 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 152,000 9,000 55,000 38,000 21,000 29,000
14 PUFFIN ROCK-AM Network ABC2 151,000 41,000 40,000 35,000 22,000 13,000
15 PLAY SCHOOL-AM Network ABC2 151,000 54,000 41,000 32,000 12,000 12,000
16 M- THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Network 7mate 149,000 24,000 48,000 19,000 35,000 24,000
17 BUBBLE BATH BAY-AM Network ABC2 147,000 40,000 29,000 45,000 23,000 10,000
18 FIREMAN SAM SPECIAL: THE GREAT FIRE OF PONTYPANDY-PM Network ABC2 147,000 25,000 52,000 33,000 24,000 13,000
19 THE WEDDING SINGER -EV Network GO! 145,000 33,000 49,000 24,000 15,000 23,000
20 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN Network 7TWO 144,000 38,000 32,000 28,000 16,000 31,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 786,000 265,000 222,000 156,000 75,000 69,000
2 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL Network Nine 740,000 258,000 220,000 144,000 65,000 53,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 606,000 201,000 186,000 135,000 43,000 42,000
4 60 MINUTES -LATE Network Nine 530,000 165,000 187,000 84,000 48,000 47,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network Seven 440,000 127,000 133,000 66,000 41,000 73,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 681,000 233,000 188,000 131,000 67,000 62,000
2 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL Network Nine 632,000 220,000 185,000 123,000 57,000 48,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 517,000 170,000 150,000 121,000 38,000 38,000
4 60 MINUTES -LATE Network Nine 455,000 148,000 153,000 70,000 41,000 43,000
5 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network Seven 352,000 105,000 104,000 60,000 28,000 56,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network Nine 400,000 143,000 108,000 70,000 36,000 43,000
2 THE VOICE GRAND FINAL Network Nine 375,000 146,000 100,000 66,000 27,000 37,000
3 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network Nine 281,000 107,000 70,000 62,000 21,000 22,000
4 60 MINUTES -LATE Network Nine 256,000 92,000 82,000 39,000 23,000 21,000
5 SUNDAY NIGHT Network Seven 204,000 66,000 50,000 46,000 18,000 24,000


Report: Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 30/08/2015
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
7 JOHN WICK Foxtel Movies Premiere 86,000
12 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 45,000
13 CURIOUS GEORGE Nick Jr. 45,000
14 PEPPA PIG Nick Jr. 45,000
15 FRIENDS 111Greats 44,000
17 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 43,000
19 LITTLE CHARMERS 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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Ellie Drennan wins The Voice 2015 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:58:20 +0000 Finale_ND46945

16 year old schoolgirl Ellie Drennan has become the youngest ever winner of The Voice.

The Team Jessie singer defeated singer-guitarist Joe Moore, from Team Madden, for the 2015 title.

Nathan Hawes placed second while Liam Maihi was in fourth place.

Drennan, from the Central Coast, lands a recording contract with Universal Music, $100,000 in prizemoney and a new car.

The Live finale capped off a successful fourth season for Nine, dominating the ratings for most of its run.

“I honestly can’t believe I just won! This has been the most amazing experience. Thank you to all my friends and family and of course Jessie J for supporting me through this and always seeing the best in me,” said Drennan.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for me and making this happen. What a ride!”

Last night Ellie performed Nothing Compares to You by Sinead O’Connor, Halo with her coach Jessie J. and her new single Ghost. A 10 track album will be released on September 11.

Nine has confirmed a fifth season will air in 2016.

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Less cats & dogs, more local content say Producers. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:55:10 +0000 2015-08-31_0205

Industry voices have reminded networks to uphold local content instead of running animal video clips following ratings drawcards Cats Make You Laugh Out Loud and Dogs Make You Laugh Out Loud on Seven.

Seven has another tomorrow night followed by more cats next week.

Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia told TV Tonight, “Screen Producers Australia doesn’t think that running UK cat and dog clip shows in prime time is of any benefit for local Australian producers, however this is a worldwide market we are in and we need to take note of what viewers are watching. To be fair to Seven, this show was only put in the schedule due to a failure of a locally produced show.

“We would rather there was a focus on the Seven Network making more shows with the independent sector than criticise them too much for what clearly was a response to the performance of an Australian show.

“We are of course concerned to ensure, more generally, that all the commercial free to air networks are commissioning prime time content from the Australian independent production sector.”

Meanwhile Zoe Angus, director of Actors Equity, echoed similar sentiments in an interview with News Corp.

“My concern is that the balance is out of kilter,” she said. “Commercial networks invest much more money in reality than local dramas.”

But Seven’s director of programming Brad Lyons pointed to upcoming local dramas Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door and 800 Words.

“We believe in good stories that are well told,” he said.

“Drama has always been part of our DNA and mantra. I think people still have an appetite for Australian stories, whether short form or long form.”

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Nine News leads ratings week Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:50:52 +0000 2015-08-30_2320

Last was another win to Nine in Total People with Nine News the top show on 5 of 6 nights.

Nine easily won 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 demos. TEN managed to pip Seven in 16-39 and 18-49 Demos.

But ABC beat TEN in primary channels.

Nine: 29.3
Seven: 27.5
TEN: 18.9
ABC: 18.1
SBS: 6.2

Primary network
Nine: 20.4
Seven: 18.5
ABC: 13.1
TEN: 13.0
SBS: 4.8

Best brands for each network were:

Nine: Nine News (Sun: 1.32m), The Voice (1.26m), A Current Affair (938,000) and The Hotplate (854,000).

Seven: Seven News (1.28m), Sunday Night (1.12m), Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud (943,000) and Highway Patrol (872,000).

TEN: The Bachelor (Wed: 906,000), The Great Australian Spelling Bee (Mon: 664,000), Have You Been Paying Attention? (643,000) and Family Feud (Simulcast: 619,000).

ABC: Australian Story (853,000), ABC News (Sat: 849,000) and Grand Designs Revisited (835,000).

SBS: Uranium: Twisting The Dragons Tail (356,000), World’s Best Diet (305,000) and Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne (298,000).

7TWO: 5.0
GO!: 4.9
GEM 4.1
7mate: 4.0
ABC2: 3.1
ONE: 2.9
ABC News 24: 1.3
SBS 2: 1.2
ABC3: 0.7
NITV: 0.2

Nine won Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Seven was victorious on Monday, Friday and Saturday. ABC bettered TEN on Sunday, Monday and Saturday.

Seven won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth while Nine won Sydney and Brissy.

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Oops. Autocue fails at ABC News. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:48:45 +0000 2015-08-30_2357

ABC News presenter Tamara Oudyn did a gallant job last night after the autocue failed, leaving her to read notes throughout the bulletin.

Fortunately it failed before the Melbourne bulletin, avoiding an on-air meltdown.

Oudyn held it together not letting on how irritating it was to have to glance between her notes and the camera, without losing her place.

“That’s it for this evening’s bulletin,” she concluded. “We made it.”

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Clarion Awards: winners Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:47:39 +0000 2015-08-31_0147

ABC has dominated the Clarion Awards, Queensland’s journalism awards, on the weekend.

ABC’s Kathy McLeish was named 2015 Queensland Journalist of Year for her coverage of the closure of Queensland’s Barrett mental health facility for adolescents at risk of suicide. Her report pushed the Queensland Government to announce a royal commission and an inquest into three deaths of young people.

She also shared the award for All Media Investigative Journalism with ABC colleagues Michael McKinnon and Heida Rexa.

ABC journalists won for best broadcast interview, rural and regional journalism, radio and television current affairs and social issues reporting. The ABC’s Alyse Edwards took out the award for New Journalist of the Year.

Seven News journalist, Max Futcher, and camera operator, Mark Michalek, won the Television News Report Award for the ‘Bali Executions’.

The John Bean Memorial Award for Television Camerawork was shared by Camera Operators, Daniel Burton, Lee Carseldine and Mark Deadman won for ‘Kokoda 2015’, commemorating the site of the battle fought by Australians in World War II.

Seven cameraman Peter Steer and Supervising Graphics Operator Sharni Hargrave were also awarded.

Stefan Armbruster from SBS World News won a Multicultural Queensland Award.

A full list of winners is here.

Photo: Twitter.

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Airdate: TBL Families Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:45:27 +0000 2015-08-30_1323

TBL Families, the rebranded Biggest Loser, will premiere on Sunday, September 13 on TEN with new host and former contestant Fiona Falkiner.

The series also sees the return of ‘white ninja’ trainer Tiffiny Hall.

In the 10th season trainers Steve “Commando” Willis, Shannan Ponton, Michelle Bridges and Tiffiny Hall will each be paired with one Aussie family of four.

“This year we take on four very different families but all of them are typical Australian families and all in need of help, guidance, inspiration and empowerment,” said Bridges.

Commando added, “TBL Families highlights that for positive change to take effect, people must ultimately take responsibility and accept the consequences, good and bad, and be willing to do the work.”

The series looks set to launch against The Block and The X Factor, both of which are expected to get a half-hour jump at 7pm.

7:30pm Sunday September 13 on TEN.

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The Feed: Aug 31 – Sept 4 Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:44:23 +0000 2015-08-29_1812

This week The Feed investigates how ugly produce is gaining popularity; explores Australia’s edible insect industry; and Marc Fennell chats with Ice Cube and son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Foals and Post Modern Jukebox.

Odd Food
Every year, Australia wastes an estimated 8 -10 billion dollars’ worth of food. It’s a massive problem and one that starts at the farm, where a quarter of fruit and vegetables get thrown away simply because they don’t fit the stringent specifications set by sellers and supermarkets. But two Australian supermarket chains have recently starting selling ‘ugly food’ – cheaper fruit and vegetables that don’t look perfect, but taste just as good as their cosmetically superior counterparts. With consumers saving money, and farmers getting a return for produce that would otherwise be wasted, it seems like a win-win – but what are the chances of ‘ugly food’ making serious inroads into food waste? And could it actually be sending a message to consumers that might ultimately make things even worse?

Bugs Are The Future
Would you eat a bug? In the future you might have to. The Feed goes inside Australia’s edible insect industry to meet the Aussie farmer riding the protein wave of a food revolution. But will bugs ever form a part of the mainstream cuisine? According to some, we don’t have a choice and chances are you’ll soon be eating them without even knowing.

Marc Fennell Grills the World’s Biggest Stars
Marc Fennell meets Ice Cube and Ice Cube’s son (Ice Chip?) O’Shea Jackson Jr. to discuss their new biopic Straight Outta Compton, the creation of N.W.A. and to find out why public beefs are a vital part of hip-hop history. Marc also sits down with indie rocker-band Foals to talk about why they’d like to destroy electronic dance music and YouTube sensations Post Modern Jukebox explain the art of reinventing popular songs from different eras.

Weeknights at 7:30pm, on SBS 2.

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