Home still where heart is

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential -

AUS­TRALIANS still pre­fer the overblown plot lines of soapie Home and Away to the ma­jor­ity of other dra­mas on tele­vi­sion. The Chan­nel 7 soapie, which will cel­e­brate 30 years on the air next year, is the sec­ond most pop­u­lar reg­u­lar Aussie drama this year, reach­ing 2.6 mil­lion view­ers each week. While it is in an ear­lier times­lot to most dra­mas, Home and Away is cur­rently only be­ing pipped in the rat­ings by Chan­nel 9’s Doc­tor Doc­tor. So­phie Dill­man (right) is al­ready feel­ing the ef­fects of be­ing a Home and Away star af­ter land­ing her first role on the sil­ver screen as part of the new As­toni fam­ily. Her char­ac­ter Ziggy is the sub­ject of a kid­nap­ping and a se­cret af­fair with a char­ac­ter who is tied up in drug deal­ing and did a stint in re­hab. “It’s been a whirl­wind. I feel like I’m liv­ing a dream. Peo­ple are start­ing to recog­nise me in public,” Dill­man, 24, said. The ad­di­tion of Sam Frost is tipped to cause an­other rat­ings spike for the show.

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