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Li­brar­i­ans due for re­turn

CONSTRUCTION has be­gun on a new stu­dio space for ABC com­edy se­ries The Li­brar­i­ans af­ter its pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion was taken over by the Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany. Film­ing starts in Jan­uary on the sec­ond se­ries, which fol­lows the tribu­la­tions of stitched-up head li­brar­ian Frances O’Brien and the staff of Mid­dle­ton In­ter­ac­tive Cen­tre. The Li­brar­i­ans was co-writ­ten by Robyn But­ler (right), who plays O’Brien, and Wayne Hope, who di­rects and co-stars as her put-upon hus­band, Terry. Ac­tor Josh Law­son will not re­turn, but his char­ac­ter will not be for­got­ten as the sub­ject of O’Brien’s ro­man­tic fan­tasy. Law­son has been named as co-host with James Brayshaw of Chan­nel 9’s adap­ta­tion of the in­ter­na­tional game show Wipe­out.

Doco looks at virus can­cer link

HOWeasy is it to catch can­cer? It’s the ques­tion asked in a doc­u­men­tary about 16 women who were di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer af­ter work­ing at the ABC’s Bris­bane head­quar­ters. Pro­duced by Tony Wright and di­rected by Sonya Pem­ber­ton, Catch­ing Can­cer fol­lows a team of Aus­tralians as they ask whether the can­cers could have been caused by a virus, some­thing pre­vi­ously un­proven.

ABC picks up pay-TV com­edy

PAY-tele­vi­sion com­edy Chan­don Pic­tures, which also fea­tures Josh Law­son (left), has been picked up by the ABC and pre­mieres on Jan­uary 21. Film­ing wrapped a cou­ple of weeks ago on a sec­ond se­ries, to screen next year on Movie Ex­tra. The se­ries was cre­ated by and stars Rob Carl­ton as the de­luded di­rec­tor of a sub­ur­ban video pro­duc­tion com­pany.

Stand-up man in Spain

WOGS out of Work star Si­mon Palo­mares re­turns to the small screen next year in Kill or Die, a doc­u­men­tary that fol­lows him on a quest to his Span­ish home­land to care for his age­ing fa­ther and search for where he be­longs. Palo­mares wrote the film with di­rec­tor David Swann, to screen on SBS next year. De­scribed as a hu­mor­ous ex­am­i­na­tion of a cross-cul­tural mid-life cri­sis, the film fol­lows Palo­mares as he en­ters the ‘‘bloody glad­i­a­to­rial arena’’ of Span­ish stand-up com­edy where, he ar­gues, he must kill or die try­ing.

Can­ni­bal con­fes­sions

IT WAS quite a fam­ily af­fair on the Tas­ma­nian set of the fac­tual ABC drama The Last Con­fes­sion of Alexan­der Pearce, with a healthy dose of North­ern Ir­ish an­ces­try both on and off screen. The fac­tual drama is based on the true story of one-time Van Diemen’s Land con­vict Alexan­der Pearce, who sur­vived his es­cape from the bru­tal Sarah Is­land pe­nal colony by can­ni­bal­is­ing his fel­low es­capees. Pearce is played by North­ern Ir­ish ac­tor Ciaran McMen­imin, who was in­spired to be­come an ac­tor by his North­ern Ir­ish co-star Adrian Dun­bar ( The Cry­ing Game and My Left Foot). Both ac­tors are from the same part of the coun­try as the drama’s pro­ducer and co-writer Nial Ful­ton, who is mar­ried to Dun­bar’s niece. The lo­cal cast in­cludes Dan Wyl­lie, Don Hany, Bob Franklin, Chris Hey­wood and Martin Ja­cobs. The Last Con­fes­sions screens on ABC1 on Jan­uary 25.

Any­one for ten­nis?

THE His­tory Chan­nel con­tin­ues its fo­cus on Aus­tralian sport with a two-hour ten­nis spe­cial in the lead up to the Aus­tralian Open. Hosted by dou­bles champ Todd Wood­bridge, the spe­cial looks at the peo­ple and events that shaped the sport in Aus­tralia, and in­ter­views with ten­nis greats in­clud­ing Mar­garet Court, Pat Cash, Ken Rose­wall, Frank Sedg­man and Lleyton He­witt re­veal pri­vate mo­ments be­hind some of the big on-court clashes. The Spirit of Aus­tralian Sport— Ten­nis pre­mieres on Jan­uary 17 at 7.30pm.

Sel­leck goes to Ve­gas

EV­ERY­THING view­ers need to know about the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis will be an­swered in a doc­u­men­tary se­ries be­ing com­mis­sioned by the ABC. Ad­dicted to Money will be made by Perth pro­duc­ers An­drew Ogilvie and An­drea Ques­nelle, whose cred­its in­clude The Hunt for HMAS Syd­ney. It looks at what caused the melt­down, what lies ahead and how to sur­vive the new econ­omy. TOM Sel­leck (left) joins the cast of trashy Chan­nel 7 im­port Las Ve­gas tonight play­ing A.J. Cooper, the mys­te­ri­ous new owner of the Mon­tecito. It’s the first on­go­ing TV role for the mous­tached ac­tor since his long-run­ning role in 1980s drama Mag­num P.I. He re­places vet­eran James Caan, who bows out of the se­ries.

Time for school

How to sur­vive a re­ces­sion

TWO new Aus­tralian chil­dren’s dra­mas will go into pro­duc­tion in the new year, one for the ABC and one for Chan­nel 9. The ABC has com­mis­sioned Dance Academy, a chil­dren’s se­ries be­ing made with Ger­man broad­caster ZDF, about a ru­ral girl who moves to the city to join a dance school. Nine has com­mis­sioned Cha­t­room Chicks, a drama about three girls who study at an in­ter­na­tional school in Sin­ga­pore.

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