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SEVEN BEATS TEN TO THE SCENE

Author: RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 20/08/1994
Words: 873
          Publication: The Sun Herald
Section: News and Features
Page: 134
CHANNEL 7 has bought three tele-movies based on novels by crime writer Ruth Rendell, ruffling the feathers of Channel 10, which aired Rendell's Inspector Wexford series earlier this year.

According to a network spokeswoman, Seven's acquisition of the tele-movies caused "much angst" over at Ten, which was unaware of their existence.

Some might say this serves Ten right for stealing Seven's thunder last month by airing a repeat of The Three Tenors' 1990 Rome concert just days before Seven showed the trio's 1994 Los Angeles World Cup soccer concert, for which they had paid handsomely.

Seven's first Rendell tele-movie, Master Of The Moor, will screen on Friday, September 2.

KALAJZICH SERIES

THE story of Andrew Kalajzich , the Sydney businessman jailed for the murder of his wife, Megan, is to be made into a mini-series.

The mini-series is based on the book My Husband, My Killer, by Sydney Morning Herald journalists Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey. Both Channel 9 and the ABC are interested in acquiring the drama.

BLUE NO MORE

ANNE Burbrook, the Blue Heelers star dumped when producers realised her character had become a pointless appendage as the only civilian in a cop drama, has found another way to make herself useful.

The actress is doing a writing course and has submitted a draft script for an episode of Blue Heelers. Who said there isn't life after television?

BAY BOUND

AT 71, Charles (Bud) Tingwell will certainly raise the average age of the predominantly pubescent Home And Away cast when he joins the Channel 7 soap next month.

Former Homicide star Tingwell joins newcomers Isla Fisher and Shane Amman, who arrive in Summer Bay from Paradise Beach.

MULRAY HOST?

DOUG Mulray, whose show continues to grow in popularity, is one name being considered to host the People's Choice Awards in November. The awards, run by Channel 7 and Woman's Day, were hosted by Gary Sweet last year.

MORE SPELLING

MELROSE Place fans mourning the passing the second series of the soap can still watch their favourite stars on Aaron Spelling's latest offering, Burke's Law, a contemporary version of the 60s series of the same name.

Melrose Place's Grant Show and Josie Bissett make guest appearances, with Bissett dropping her dumb-blonde image to play a bad girl. Burke's Law premieres on Channel 10 on September 2.

KEATING OPTS OUT

ORGANISING a launch for a new television program is difficult at the best of times. When your star is the Prime Minister it can be a logistical nightmare.

Paul Keating was scheduled to launch SBS's new series, Australian Biography- which profiles high achievers such as Malcolm Fraser and Smoky Dawson - but pulled out due to more pressing commitments at the last minute.

SBS and Film Australia, which is funding the series, are now hoping Communications Minister Michael Lee can do the honours. Australian Biography starts on September 8.

SBS SAVES DAY

FRONTLINE viewers missing their weekly fix of media satire will be relieved to know SBS has bought a new series of British equivalent Drop The Dead Donkey, which will air from October 2.

Meanwhile, a Film Australia product called Ratings will look at the more serious side of the morality and ethics of television journalism - although some might consider that an oxymoron - through the eyes of a program's reporter, its executive producer and the network's owner.

The three-part drama is in the development stage and no prizes for guessing that it won't turn up on a commercial network.

TALKING BACK

THE usually smooth feathers of country-music-loving talk- back king John Laws may get a bit ruffled tomorrow when he meets his idol, Garth Brooks.

Brooks, whose overseas success has been mercilessly hyped here by his record company, EMI, will do his first radio interview with Laws on 2UE tomorrow morning.

A SHOW OR TWO

SBS's Mr Movies, David Strat ton, has been invited to sit on the jury at the prestigious Venice Film Festival next month.

Stratton won't let the opportunity of being surrounded by Hollywood's movers and shakers pass him by and will conduct interviews for The Movie Show between judging films.

He will talk with Jack Nicholson and director Mike Nichols about their new film, Wolf.

DENTON SIDESTEPS THE FLACCO

CHANNEL 7 continues to fine tune the format of Denton, which attracts an average of about 160,000 viewers in Sydney in its late-night slot and runs in second place behind Channel 10's late news. Comedian Flacco (left) has joined the fold and now Seven is running another Denton special at the earlier time slot of 9.30pm on September 6, in an effort to attract a wider audience.

 
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