A per­fect part­ner­ship

Char­lie Pick­er­ing’s gain is his for­mer Project co-host Car­rie Bick­more’s loss. By COLIN VICKERY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

CHRIS Walker needs to get home to the mis­sus. The Aussie TV pro­ducer has been spend­ing so much time over­see­ing The Weekly with

Char­lie Pick­er­ing that his home life has taken a hit.

And in Walker’s case, that part­ner hap­pens to be Gold Lo­gie nom­i­nee Car­rie Bick­more. The pair have a daugh­ter, Evie, and Bick­more also has a son, Oliver, from her mar­riage to Greg Lange.

“Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day are full-on [with

The Weekly],” Walker says. “I’m out the door pretty early and I don’t get home un­til pretty late. I do quite a bit of stuff on the week­ends as well.

“There is an in­fi­nite amount of news to read and you’ve just got to force your­self to do other stuff like go to the movies.

“Car­rie works so much as well [on The Project]. Par­tic­u­larly at the start of the week, I find my­self miss­ing her and the kids quite a lot.

“She’s amaz­ing. She’s so sup­port­ive of our show. I’m ob­vi­ously sup­port­ive of her show. We un­der­stand this stuff prob­a­bly isn’t for­ever so we’ve got to go as hard as we can now.

“That is the re­al­ity for the run [when The Weekly is in pro­duc­tion]. I do see Char­lie more than any­one else.”

Pick­er­ing and Walker have had a pro­fes­sional part­ner­ship for nearly seven years. The pair met in the early days of The Project and have churned out more than 1400 hours of tele­vi­sion.

“We al­ways push each other,” Walker says. “We love a de­bate. We each like to be the win­ner. We make each other laugh. We come from sim­i­lar back­grounds and share a lot of ideas about what is en­ter­tain­ing … and makes a good TV show.”

Pick­er­ing adds: “Pretty early on we fig­ured out we can be bru­tally hon­est with each other about work and not be of­fended. In TV, that is sur­pris­ingly rare.

“It ex­cit­ing when you meet some­one where you can say, ‘That’s a bad idea’, or, ‘That’s not go­ing to work’, and they don’t get an­gry.” When Pick­er­ing quit

The Project in April 2014, Walker fol­lowed. “It was co­in­ci­den­tal,” Walker says. “I had done five years at

The Project and for a num­ber of rea­sons de­cided it was time to move on – pre­dom­i­nantly be­cause I had started dat­ing Car­rie. We didn’t re­ally want to work and live to­gether.

“It was time to have a crack at some­thing else. The

Weekly was an op­por­tu­nity Char­lie and I dis­cussed.”

Pick­er­ing adds: “Even if we hadn’t worked to­gether on The Weekly, I would have talked to Chris about it. It rapidly made sense to both of us that we do it to­gether.”

Last year, The Weekly won Best Light En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion Se­ries at the AACTA Awards, and the show is up for a Lo­gie for Most Out­stand­ing Light En­ter­tain­ment Pro­gram.

Bick­more has nom­i­na­tions for Best Pre­sen­ter as well as the Gold Lo­gie, while The

Project is up for Best News Panel or Cur­rent Af­fairs show. “There are a cou­ple of rea­sons to go this year,” Walker laughs.

THE WEEKLY WITH CHAR­LIE PICK­ER­ING

ABC, WED­NES­DAY, 8.30PM

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