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The latest television news from Kylie Miller and Darren Devlyn
All Saints hits the streets
A REVAMP of the Channel 7 medical drama All Saints is in full swing. In 2005 the show moved to the emergency department, but next year there will be a lot more action outdoors and on location before the patients even get to hospital. Seven head of drama John Holmes has promised the show will also have new cast members. Mirrah Foulkes (right), who plays emergency worker Jo Mathieson, will appear from the first episode of the new year.
Acquittal in docu-drama
THE team behind the successful ABC series Choir of Hard Knocks is filming a series for SBS on long-running Melbourne rock group the BiPolar Bears. The four-part series is being produced by Choir of Hard Knocks manager Esther Coleman Hawkins and is being directed by Ben Eriksen through production company Renegade Films, which makes RocKwiz. The documentary tells the story of the life of a rock ’n’ roll band, in this case a band in which each member is dealing with AUSSIE actor Roy Billing (left) stars as a bar manager controversially acquitted of manslaughter after the death of a young Aboriginal man in a gritty dramatised documentary screening on ABC on January 8. Directed by Debbie Carmody, Courting with Justice follows the dead man’s dissatisfied wife, Daniella Borg who, feeling cheated by Australia’s justice system, takes the bar manager to a special (and mock) Indigenous Customary Law Court. Billing is the only actor in the documentary, which features several members of the victim’s family.
Hard Knocks to bipolar rock
mental illness. It follows members of the BiPolar Bears— part of the City of Port Phillip’s Access Arts program— as they play and write songs about band members’ experiences of mental illness.
Tough country practice
A SERIES looking behind the scenes at the hardships faced by rural doctors will screen on SBS from January 6. Directed by Max Walker, whose credits include Medical Emergency, The Force and Jamie’s Kitchen, Desperately Seeking Doctors follows four doctors in rural Western Australia, gaining intimate access to the doctors and their patients. The three-part series is produced by Artemis International, the team behind the Australian version of the popular genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?
Write way to learn ropes
A SECOND Victorian screenwriter, Jane Allen, is heading to the US as part of a Film Victoria international fellowship program with CBS Paramount. Allen, whose credits include The Secret Life of Us, Blue Heelers and McLeod’s Daughters, will shadow a scriptwriter working on the ninth season of hit drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. David Hannam went to the US in October to work with expat Victorian Shane Brennan on another US drama, NCIS.
Kids back in time
CASTING starts next month on a 13-part ABC children’s drama based on the best-selling time-shifting book My Place, by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins. Being produced by former ABC-TV chief Penny Chapman and directed by Jessica Hobbs, the series is being written by Leah Purcell, Brendan Cowell, Alice Addison and Tim Pye. The innovative story is set in a single location in southern Sydney and takes viewers back through time, shifting 10 years back in history for each episode and introducing the child who lived there during that period. The television drama will be supported by educational online content, including a history timeline that allows viewers to explore the impact of historical events on each child’s life.
Dexter faces new adversary
TELEVISION’S lovable serial killer Dexter Morgan returns to the small screen next month with a new adversary nipping at his heels. Jimmy Smits (left) joins the cast of Dexter in the third season as devoted family man and dedicated Miami assistant district attorney Miguel Prado, a role that should put him at loggerheads with the conflicted Miami blood-spatter expert.
Veteran host calls it a day
VETERAN British broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has pulled out of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest after 35 years. Wogan, 70, will be replaced by Graham Norton, who began his association with the event two years ago by hosting the European Dance Contest. The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Moscow in May and screen on SBS.
Desperate for more
DESPERATE Housewives cast and crew recently celebrated the 100th episode of the super-soap. Series creator Marc Cherry used the occasion to announce his hopes to extend the show’s run to nine seasons. Cherry has previously said he’d be happy to finish after series seven.