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Strad­dling the net­works

DRAMA pro­ducer John Ed­wards may have three dra­mas on air next year— all on ri­val net­works. A prime-time action drama con­cept from Ed­wards is be­lieved to be among the con­tenders to re­place Chan­nel 9’s Gold Coast drama The Strip. Also on Nine’s radar is Fre­mantleMe­dia’s re­make of the 1970s drama Young Doc­tors. Nine’s de­ci­sion to dis­pense with The Strip is a blow for the Queens­land film in­dus­try and the Gold Coast, which gen­er­ated an es­ti­mated $9 mil­lion in eco­nomic re­turn from the se­ries. Ed­wards also co-pro­duces Rush for Chan­nel 10 and Tan­gle, which will pre­miere on Fox­tel’s Show­time next year. Both dra­mas are made in Mel­bourne. NEIGH­BOURS wraps up a suc­cess­ful year next month with a pro­duc­tion break for the cast and crew, but at least one cast mem­ber will not be rest­ing. Young star Sam Clark, who plays Ringo Brown on the long-run­ning soap, will spend the break writ­ing and record­ing an al­bum. The clas­si­cally trained singer and gui­tarist had a big day yes­ter­day, with 12 hours on set at Neigh­bours, fol­lowed by a show­case gig at St Kilda’s Ve­ludo.

Ringo is record­ing

Rush’s re­ward

AS PRE­DICTED, Chan­nel 10 has given its cop drama Rush a sec­ond se­ries, with the bonus of a longer, 22-episode sea­son and an ear­lier 8.30pm times­lot to re­ward its first- sea­son per­for­mance. Cast­ing is un­der way in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne to re­place star Claire van der Boom (pic­tured), who af­ter winning a green card is pur­su­ing act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the US. While the pro­duc­ers are keep­ing an open mind about the ap­pear­ance of their new star, the new char­ac­ter, Shan­non, is a woman aged be­tween 25 and 35.

Con­ti­nen­tal drift

IN 2007, ac­tor Ewan McGre­gor (above right) and his best mate Charley Boor­man set off from Scot­land for a mon­ster mo­tor­bike trip to Cape Town, South Africa, through Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tan­za­nia and Namibia. The jour­ney was cap­tured on film in Long Way Down, which screens on SBS from De­cem­ber 3, and fol­lows their 2004 ad­ven­ture, Long Way Round, from Lon­don to New York.

On the buzzer

SPICKS and Specks pan­elist Alan Brough will be joined by his co-star Myf Warhurst to host a cor­po­rate quiz at the Sof­i­tel Ho­tel to­mor­row night to raise money to help peo­ple touched by chil­dren’s can­cer. The evening is a fundraiser for Red­kite, a na­tional char­ity that pro­vides sup­port to chil­dren and young peo­ple with can­cer and their fam­i­lies. Re­tir­ing Four Cor­ners jour­nal­ist Chris Mas­ters and Mix 101.1’s Cathy Dinn are also lend­ing their sup­port. De­tails from www.red­kite.org.au

Tat­tooed prince

DAMIAN Wal­she-Howl­ing, who has been nom­i­nated for a gong for his por­trayal of tat­tooed Mel­bourne hit man An­drew ‘‘Benji’’ Ve­ni­amin in the com­ing AFI Awards, has landed the ti­tle role in Bell Shake­speare’s 2009 pro­duc­tion of Per­i­cles. Wal­she-Howl­ing will play the Prince of Tyre, who flees to ex­ile af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the in­ces­tu­ous af­fair be­tween the rul­ing King An­ti­ochus and his daugh­ter.

Vic­to­rian jour­neys

BRI­TISH co­me­dian Vic­to­ria Wood ( Din­ner­ladies) presents an in­ter­est­ing take on the travel show in a pil­grim­age to name­sake places around the world named and claimed by the Bri­tish dur­ing the reign of Queen Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing, of course, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia. Vic­to­ria Up the Em­pire pre­mieres on De­cem­ber 3 on ABC 1 and reaches Aus­tralia on De­cem­ber 17.

Ringo star: while Neigh­bours takes a pro­duc­tion break, Sam Clark will be writ­ing and record­ing an al­bum. Pic­ture: PAUL TREZISE

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