FORECASTING A BRIGHT FUTURE
HAMISH Blake is predicting a cool change ahead if all goes well for him on The Wrong Girl. The radio and TV star says he’s hoping to use his turn as breakfast TV show weatherman Hamilton to launch a new career as an on-air meteorologist. “It’s a well-known fact that (game show host) Andrew O’Keefe actually got the job of hosting Deal or No Deal back when he impersonated Eddie McGuire on a sketch show,” he reasons. “I’m hoping that this is the start of my weatherman career if I could use this as an audition tape.”
Blake says he’s keenly observed top weathermen ply their TV trade over the years, basing his performance on personal favourites Grant Denyer, formerly of Sunrise, and Today team member Steve Jacobs.
“I’ve observed those animals over the year hoping for this role,” he says. “But Hamilton does a lot less live broadcasts from peach festivals and attempts more serious meteorological chat.”
All jokes aside, Blake has been having a ball on set of the series based on the novel penned by his wife, Zoe Foster Blake.
And this week he was thrilled to be part of her much-awaited cameo on the series – especially given Hamilton is completely baffled by what she’s doing in his TV studio.
“The cameo was very clever,” he says. “I’m glad our first dramatic performance together could be me not knowing who she is. It’s the complete opposite of the day we first met.”