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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.