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Soapie's coup of the century

Date: 17/03/1996
Words: 537
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: NEWS
Page: 113
THERE'S nothing like a dramatic death to boost a soapie's ratings. Dieter Brummer's sudden exit from Summer Bay last Tuesday shot Home And Away's ratings to a peak of 474,000 viewers, almost 40,000 ahead of Sale Of The Century.

Unlike his character, Shane Parrish, 19-year-old Brummer is off to greener pastures. Apart from appearing in Channel 7's special Nude Moments later this month, Brummer will also host Foxtel's weekend cartoon show, Future Active, and appear in the pay TV operator's soapie send up, Shark Bay.

Roseanne's family ties

ROSEANNE is a woman who likes to keep htings in the family. After flicking her ex-husband Tom Arnold from her sitcom's production team, she has given her new husband and former bodyguard Ben Thomas an on-air role.

Thomas has a cameo as a cop in the new series of Roseanne which starts on March 27.

Nighty night?

TODAY Tonight is not the only current affairs program suffering mixed fortunes in the ratings. Channel 7's revamped TT has been hammered by A Current Affair in the past two weeks, thanks in part to ACA's coverage of the Paxton siblings, who might have trouble getting a job but no problems getting an audience.

ACA was the most watched program in Sydney in the last full ratings survey, while TT languished in 90th place.

Reports that Seven's head of news and current affairs, Terry Plane, is due for his marching orders appear to be off the mark, however, with a spokeswoman dismissing them as "just rumours".

Post-election 60 Minutes has also taken a dip. Last Sunday, Nine's current affairs flagship was out-rated by the ABC's Pride And Prejudice which won the competitive timeslot with a peak of 566,000 viewers.

Premier positive

A DASH of positive PR is a good way to smooth down potential controversy, NSW Premier Bob Carr's office understands.

Carr's minders contacted Channel 7's Sydney Weekender about the possibility of the Premier giving host Mike Whitney a personal tour of Government House, set to open to the public on March 26.

Sydney Weekender producers agreed and Carr's tour of the Gothic mansion will air this Saturday.

Soap with no bubbles

THE Flying Doctors was grounded in Australia some years ago but is still soaring in the ratings in a number of European countries, particularly Holland and Sweden.

This may explain why a group of Dutch tourists recently turned up at The Flying Doctors' Melbourne-based Crawford's Productions, looking for the Coopers Crossing pub.

Lachlan and the lizard

TRAINEE tycoon Lachlan Murdoch reveals a little known side of himself on Channel 10's World Of Water today.

Filmed competing in an 18 foot skiff race, Murdoch junior shows off a rather striking tattoo on his right bicep.

The tattoo of a lizard is a legacy of his rock climbing days. Apparently, when rock climbers retire from the sport it's traditional to get permanent memory inked on their arm.

"It's a great one, isn't it," Murdoch enthuses. Airwaves can't help wondering what his parents think.

All grown up

DOCUMENTARY maker David Goldie is working on a follow-up to Nobody's Children, an eye-opening series about the plight of street kids which aired on the ABC seven years ago.

Called Somebody Now, the follow-up traces the same young people who featured in Nobody's Children. Due for completion soon, the documentary will air on the ABC.

Rising star

FORMER Home And Away star Mouche Phillips is a busy woman. Before relocating to the Gold Coast to work on Pacific Drive, the actress filmed a guest role on Channel 10's new drama series, Sweat, in production in Perth.

Ten is expected to place Sweat, a drama about elite athletes training for the Olympics, in a Sunday afternoon timeslot from late next month.

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