Na­dia’s cop spot

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NA­DIA Townsend (left) joins the cast of City Homi­cide next week as film­ing starts on se­ries three. Townsend en­ters the hit Chan­nel 7 drama se­ries as a new de­tec­tive, but she won’t ap­pear on screen un­til af­ter Easter. Af­ter sev­eral guest ap­pear­ances in the first two sea­sons, David Field, as Det Supt Terry Jarvis, fills the shoes of the tem­po­rar­ily ab­sent Noni Ha­zle­hurst’s char­ac­ter Ber­nice. Ha­zle­hurst re­turns to the set in mid-Fe­bru­ary af­ter fin­ish­ing work on the Mel­bourne The­atre Com­pany pro­duc­tion Grace. Field plays the de­tec­tive su­per­in­ten­dent in charge of homi­cide from next month’s sea­son opener.

Spread­ing Sat­is­fac­tion

THE sexy women from brothel 232 will re­turn again at the end of the year with Show­time sign­ing on for a third se­ries of Mel­bourne drama Sat­is­fac­tion. Pro­duc­tion starts mid-year with stars Ali­son Whyte, Peta Sargeant, Diana Glenn, Madeleine West, Kestie Mo­rassi and Dustin Clare all ex­pected to re­turn. Sat­is­fac­tion has now been sold to 25 coun­tries in­clud­ing Canada, Poland, Ire­land, Den­mark, Nor­way, Is­rael, New Zealand and France. It has also been sold to Latin Amer­ica.

Mu­si­cal Si­grid

SMALL-SCREEN favourite Si­grid Thorn­ton is step­ping out of her com­fort zone to ap­pear in Opera Aus­tralia’s pro­duc­tion of A Lit­tle Night Mu­sic, open­ing on May 14. Thorn­ton, whose last tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ance was in Dream Life, a one-hour drama that screened on MTVin Novem­ber, makes her Opera Aus­tralia de­but as De­siree along­side Nan­cye Hayes, Robert Grubb and Taryn Fiebig. Stu­art Maun­der is di­rect­ing.

MTV vot­ing drama

VOT­ING is about to close in the na­tion­alMTV­com­pe­ti­tion that launched the ca­reer of Dream Life cre­ator Sarah Dag­gar Nick­son. The emerg­ing screen­writer and di­rec­tor Scott Otto An­der­son made their drama pi­lot af­ter winning the sec­ond an­nual One80Project, a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion that as­sists new pro­gram mak­ers in bring­ing their drama con­cepts to the screen. Vot­ing in the third an­nual comp closes on Jan­uary 30, with two Vic­to­rian en­trants— Sweet Novem­ber by Lester Fran­cois and Dead­line by Marisa Brown— in the top 10. Two win­ners, one cho­sen by in­dus­try judges and the other by view­ers, will be named af­ter a screen­ing of the fi­nal­ists’ 10 pi­lots on Fe­bru­ary 1. The judges’ choice will be made into an hour-long drama for broad­cast on MTV. THE date will be Feb 5, 2009; the time 9am. But guests to the set of 9am with David and Kim (above) could be for­given for think­ing they have stepped back in time. Plan­ning has be­gun for a

1970s with David and Kim

1970s-themed episode on Fe­bru­ary 5 to pro­mote the launch that evening of Net­work Ten’s im­ported drama Life on Mars. The se­ries, a US adap­ta­tion of the BBC drama of the same name, fol­lows the ad­ven­tures and con­fu­sion of a cop who is trans­ported back in time af­ter a car crash and finds him­self stranded in 1973.

Rush of work

FILM­ING isn’t due to start un­til March on the sec­ond sea­son of Chan­nel 10 drama se­ries Rush, but there hasn’t been much of a Christ­mas break for stars Nicole da Silva and Ashley Zuckerman, who are ap­pear­ing on stage in This is Our Youth. The Kenneth Lon­er­gan play is be­ing di­rected by Ni­cholas Pol­lock. The sea­son runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 1 at Forty­five­down­stairs in Mel­bourne. For tick­ets ph: 9662 9966. THE Aus­tralian naval drama Sea Pa­trol makes its pay-TV de­but on Aus­tralia Day when it pre­mieres on Hall­mark with a marathon screen­ing of the first sea­son be­tween noon and mid­night.

Aussie Wipe­out ready

FILM­ING has wrapped on the Nine Net­work’s new Wipe­out Aus­tralia to al­low co-host Josh Law­son to re­turn to his com­mit­ments in the US this week. While con­tes­tants par­tic­i­pated in a six-week shoot on the custom-built set in Ar­gentina, hosts Law­son and James Brayshaw filmed their roles in Aus­tralia. The se­ries will pre­miere on Nine early next month.

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