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Author: RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 13/05/1995
Words: 514
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: NEWS
Page: 132
KIMBERLEY Joseph, co-host of Channel Seven's ratings powerhouse The Gladiators, is set to join Home And Away in a guest role.

Joseph, who won her first acting gig on Channel Nine's ill-fated Paradise Beach, will play the new bitch in Summer Bay.

"It's a good change of pace for me because my character in Paradise Beach was so saccharin-sweet," she said.

Joseph will begin filming this month playing one of Angel's (Melissa George) old school acquaintances who comes back to make her life a misery.

It's a case of second time lucky for Joseph, who auditioned for a role in the soap last year.

She lost the part of the Summer Bay high school student councillor to Nicola Quilter.

JUST RUBBISH

FORMER Real Life anchor Stan Grant, who has been on an extended break since last year's axing of his program, is not returning to Channel Seven to work exclusively for Today Tonight.

Reports suggesting Grant was joining Today Tonight as a front-line reporter to bring greater strength to the program were "misleading rubbish", according to a Channel Seven spokeswoman.

Grant will work as a senior reporter on a number of programs, including 11AM, The Times, Seven Nightly News and specials as well as Today Tonight.

Grant was at Seven's Epping headquarters discussing ideas with news and current affairs director Terry Plane during the week and is expected to be back on air soon.

WRONG AGAIN

ANOTHER Channel Seven anchor subjected to speculation during the week was The Times host Paul Barry.

According to one report, Barry has been given two months to lift the program's ratings or lose his job.

"That's wrong," a Channel Seven spokewoman said. "The Times has the full support of program director Chris O'Mara and Channel Seven management."

TV TRASHED

ROOKIE rock reporter Jabba , who presents pay TV company Galaxy's music channel, had his first taste of industry excess while interviewing the Electric Hippies recently.

The vibe at the rehearsal room where the Hippies were recording shifted from the standard polite but boring interview when Jabba brought up the good old days when on the road rock stars could drink all the alcohol in their mini bars, trash their hotel rooms, and throw television sets out of hotel rooms.

Proving that nothing succeeds like excess, the Hippies grabbed the closest television set and hurled it out of the window and on to an Ultimo laneway - narrowly missing the cameraman who was recording it all.

"It just looked awesome," Jabba said. "It was like death to free-to-air television."

Perhaps the footage could make a new advertising campaign for Galaxy.

JAILHOUSE DOC

DENISE Roberts, star of ABC medical drama GP, took time off to appear in the network's new 10-part series Correlli.

Roberts, who created Correlli with GP medical adviser Carole Long, has a guest role as a prison officer who falls for an inmate played by Bill Young.

Correlli, which focuses on the journey of a female clinical psychologist working in a male prison, goes to air on the ABC in July.

HUON AND HALL

ABC science show Quantum has a new fan in US super model Jerry Hall. While visiting Australia with husband Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones tour, Hall took a trip to Tasmania to see what is thought to be the oldest tree in the world, a 10,000-year-old Huon pine.

Hall, with her children and mother in tow, wanted to take a souvenir of the tree back to the US but grabbing an ancient twig was out of the question.

Quantum came to the rescue, sending a tape of the item on the tree to Hall, who was reportedly over the moon.

 
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