SUC­CESS IS NOT OUT OF THE QUES­TION

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - BY COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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

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