SUCCESS IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION
Julia Zemiro has finally found a TV show to rival the success of Rockwiz. For a long time it looked as if the talented actor and comedian would simply be known as the host of SBS’s music quiz.
Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery changed all that. The ABC interview series quietly established a foothold on Wednesdays and its fourth series has now been moved into the prime 8pm timeslot.
The show has evolved from a breezy trip down memory lane into something far deeper. The first two series stuck to comedians but now the guest list has broadened.
Last year’s interviewees included champion swimmer Ian Thorpe and 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales.
This year’s series launches with former current affairs host Kerry O’Brien. Other interviewees include artist Ben Quilty, human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, cricket great Glenn McGrath, TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley and actor Miranda Tapsell.
“I think we’ve been all surprised by how well the show has rated,” Zemiro says.
“It has been so satisfying to see people watching in really high numbers. My angle is not to try and trap them (guests) but to let them talk and get out of the way.”
The O’Brien episode shows just how successful Zemiro’s approach is.
When O’Brien visits his childhood home in Brisbane, it brings back a flood of heartfelt memories, especially about his mother.
Later, when O’Brien visits his former school, St Laurence’s College in Brisbane, there are some stark, and confronting, tales of brutal punishment.
A trio of comedians will round out series four — Rebel Wilson, Greg Pickhaver (HG Nelson), and Denise Scott.
“When I first started I quickly realised I talked too much during episodes,” Zemiro laughs. “Now I know to ask a question and shut up.”
JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY, ABC, WEDNESDAY, 8PM