OUT BOX OF THE
The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
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
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.
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
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.
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