New face for Feedback
Former Behind the News presenter Krista Eleftheriou will take over as host of
the ABC's viewer-reaction program Feedback next year. She replaces Indira
Naidoo, who will finish work on the show when her contract expires next month.
The ABC says it is sad to lose Naidoo but hopes to work with her again. She has
hosted the show since its debut last year.
Donovan on the paper trail
MDA's Jason Donovan joins former Stingers star Anita Hegh in a 90-minute ABC
telemovie to start filming in Melbourne this week. Peregrine - The Dead Float
follows the adventures of a forensic accountant (Donovan), hired by his former
wife (Hegh) to track down a missing mobster. First he has to unravel a paper
trail left by the mobster - a share float that caused small investors to lose
millions and triggered the suicide of his ex-wife's brother.
The movie will be shot over four weeks from a script by John O'Brien. Shawn
Seet is directing.
New look for Secret Life
Filming also starts in Melbourne this week on the fourth series of The Secret
Life of Us, and there are some major cast changes. Only Deborah Mailman, David
Tredinnick and Samuel Johnson remain from the original cast, and Johnson will
bow out after six episodes.
Michael Dorman and Sullivan Stapleton return from last season but Sibylla
Budd, Spencer McLaren, Dan Spielman, Gigi Edgley and Nina Liu have all left the
Newcomers include Brooke Harman, as Evan and Kelly's new flatmate Bree, and
Alexandra Schepisi, Stephen Curry and Anna Torv (pictured) as three flatmates
sharing a unit in the same block.
Crikey, he's everywhere
The Animal Planet channel will be available to Foxtel subscribers from
December 1 in a deal announced last week. Until now, Animal Planet was available
only to Optus and Austar subscribers. Animal Planet, a joint venture between
the BBC Worldwide and Discovery Communications, is broadcast to 200 million
viewers in more than 70 countries. Its line-up includes Steve Irwin's The
Crocodile Hunter and documentaries by Sir David Attenborough.