The Courier-Mail

Seven in razzle-dazzle bid to win back ratings

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GET ready too shake your ma- racas, Australia.a Channel 7 has s rush confirmedi­ts it hotlywill yl Allen anticipate­d telemovieP­eter r to air next month h – as part of a dazzling last-ditch h defence of its rat- ings crown.

A first look at the glittering biopic Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door teased audiences last night with the sweeping scope of the production, which will reintroduc­e the late, great Australian showman to a new ge generation of fans. Th The two-part minise series is poised to tu turn NIDA graduat ate Joel Jackson ( (pictured), who pl plays the lead role, in into an interna national star.

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will play his su superstar manager and Rebe Rebecca Gibney his devoted mother Marion Woolnough. From the same creators of the blockbuste­r INXS and Ivan Milat telemovies, the TV story tracks “how a boy from the bush became a superstar and conquered the world”.

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