A perfect partnership
Charlie Pickering’s gain is his former Project co-host Carrie Bickmore’s loss.
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.
Dream team: Having met on the set of TheProject, Charlie Pickering (left) and Chris Walker joined forces on TheWeekly withCharliePickering.