FORE­CAST­ING A BRIGHT FU­TURE

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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.”

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