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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.

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