OUT BOX OF THE
The latest television news from Darren Devlyn and Erin McWhirter
Miller cops changing sides
(left) has scored a new role after the demise of his Channel 7 drama. Miller has signed to guest star in the 11th-season premiere of Law & Order: SVU. Miller, who made his name running from the law in Prison Break, is on the right side of it this time, playing a cop who saves the life of a rape victim. FANS of a good ol’ bonnet drama will be happy to learn a sequel to the critically acclaimed Cranford series is going into production with leading lady Dame Judi Dench reprising the character of Miss Matty Jenkyns. Her prim and proper role should please those who are not able to accept the 74-year-old’s foul mouth on screen. The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has revealed movie-goers don’t like Dench dropping expletives. ‘‘Almost every time Dame Judi swears in a film, regardless of its category, we can expect several complaints,’’ the BBFC said in its recent report after her performance in James Bond film Quantum of Solace. PRISON Break’s Wentworth Miller
Swear blocks for Dame Judi
Denyer’s driving love
TV COMPERE Grant Denyer has taken a temporary sidestep away from the box to focus on motoring. Nine months after nearly becoming paralysed in a monster truck accident, Denyer has spent the past two weeks touring 6000km in a 1970s Falcon to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. ‘‘It’s been two weeks of dirt, mud and getting stuck in crocodile-infested river crossings,’’ says Denyer, who has been accompanied by his girlfriend Cheryl Rogers. ‘‘I thought chicks can’t navigate. That’s a myth, isn’t it? Well, my lady Chezzi was just awesome.’’
Speer’s new target
KYLIE Speer, the girlfriend of Australia’s favourite chippy and Channel 7 presenter Tom Williams, has snared an entertainment reporting gig at a rival network. When new Channel 9 program This Afternoon premiered last week, Speer, who is the head of communications for online site ninemsn, popped up beside Andrew Daddo, Katrina Blowers and Mark Ferguson. Williams met Speer in February 2007. He was in the United Arab Emirates filming with The Great Outdoors and she was PR manager for a luxury Dubai hotel.
Marple, miss and hit
SCREEN legend Joan Collins harbours a secret passion to play Agatha Christie’s sleuth Jane Marple. She came close with a guest appearance in a new Miss Marple outing, They Do It With Mirrors, playing Ruth van Rydock, the sister of Marple’s longtime friend Carrie Louise Serrocold ( Penelope Winton). A source says of Collins, famous for playing Alexis Carrington in Dynasty: ‘‘Joan was desperate to be able to film Miss Marple. It’s the first time she’s done a murder-mystery and she’s really enjoying it. She’d actually love to play Marple herself one day and has told the producers.’’
Loser’s light fantastic
WEIGHT loss for many people is a constant yo-yo effect where you end up putting back what you have struggled to lose. For the contestants on The Biggest Loser, the huge weight losses they achieve and the public manner in which they do it makes the risk and consequence of slipping up even higher. Two of the show’s competitors, Sam Rouen and Sean Holbrook, have stuck to their weightloss regimens and share some of their highs and lows as guest cooks on Ready Steady Cook this week. Rouen lost 71.7kg to be the series-three winner with a final weigh-in of 82.9kg. Holbrook took this year’s prize for The Biggest Loser among the eliminated contestants.
Chappell for Coffin
AUSSIE thriller Coffin Rock, from the producer of Wolf Creek, will open in cinemas on October 15. Heading the cast are actors who’ve made an impact in TV, including Lisa Chappell (McLeod’s Daughters), Robert Taylor ( Ballykissangel) and Sam Parsonson ( Love My Way). The plot revolves around a seemingly happily married couple (Chappell and Taylor), who are struggling to start a family.
Charity team: Grant Denyer and girlfriend Cheryl Rogers have been raising funds for the RFDS.