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The Sydney Morning Herald

Switched on

Author: MICHAEL IDATO
Date: 19/08/2002
Words: 314
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: The Guide
Page: 2
Curro to host 9/11 special

Former Beyond 2000 and 60 Minutes reporter Tracey Curro is to present a broadcast for The History Channel to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the US. The broadcast will include Australia Remembers, a half-hour special in which Curro interviews survivors and the families and friends of those who died, and three documentaries - A Firefighter's Story, First Response and World Trade Centre: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon.

A good sport

SBS TV sports anchor Mieke Buchan will co-produce and present a 12-hour broadcast for the National Geographic Channel celebrating sporting achievement. It will include interviews with skiier Zali Steggall, synchronised diver Loudy Tourky, sprinter David Geddes, soccer star Greg Owens and golfer Ewan Porter. It will screen on Sunday, August 25.

Griffiths joins the deluge

Rachel Griffiths (pictured) has been recruited to the cast of Ten's miniseries After the Deluge, rounding out a cast list considered by some to be the definitive Australian wish list. Griffiths joins David Wenham, Samuel Johnson, Hugo Weaving, Catherine McClements, Aden Young, Vince Colosimo, Simon Burke and Kate Beahan in the four-hour miniseries.

Written by Andrew Knight and directed by Brendan Maher, After the Deluge tells the story of a man suffering from Alzheimer's. It is being produced by Richard Keddie and Andrew Wiseman and will screen on Ten next year.

The last laugh

Granada Media has sold its 20 per cent stake in Foxtel's thecomedychannel, shifting its focus from channel ownership back to local production.

"Foxtel's shareholding will move from its current 80 per cent to full equity in an agreement to be finalised this month," a Foxtel spokesman said.

 
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