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Author: RACHEL BROWNE
Date: 21/06/1998
Words: 747
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Television
Page: 11
Green lawns, red eyes. It's Wimbledon

Over the next two weeks, desperate, moody people with red-rimmed eyes will be staggering the streets. Addicts, they cannot get by without a nightly fix.

No, we're not talking about some new designer drug, here. We're talking about the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, which begin tomorrow night and run for the next fortnight on Channel 9.

Wimbledon is just one of four Grand Slam tournaments, but arguably the only one which has viewers sitting up throughout the night watching all 75 hours (count 'em) of coverage. Die-hard addicts even take annual leave from work to devote themselves to the coverage.

So what is it about Wimbledon which is so addictive?

"Australians are used to following Wimbledon - it's become a tradition," says three-time Wimbledon winner and Channel 9 commentator John Newcombe. "It's one tournament we have full coverage of and true fans will plan their fortnight to follow it."

With Australia's best men's title hopes Pat Rafter and Mark Phillipousis on the court, along with the cream of international tennis, it should be an exciting two weeks.

So, does Newk have any tips for the sleep-deprived?

"Look at who's playing when. If the match you want to see is on a bit later, try to grab some sleep," he says.

Otherwise, brew up a big pot of coffee.

Telly and tubby teens

If your ankle biters are showing a taste for Teletubbies, beware: They may grow into tubby teenagers. Children put on weight according to how much TV they watch, new research from the US has found.

A survey of 4,000 children aged eight to 16 has indicated that a quarter of US children watch four or more hours of TV a day. These children weighed more and were fatter than those who watched less than two hours of TV.

"The problem stems from the fact that watching TV is a sedentary activity, but it's more than that. Children are watching TV, many times eating high-calorie, high-fat snack foods and watching commercials for fast food, all of which may encourage more eating," says chief researcher Dr Ross Andersen, from John Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre, Baltimore.

If your ankle biters are showing a taste for Teletubbies, beware: They may grow into tubby teenagers. Children put on weight according to how much TV they watch, new research from the US has found.

More than 40 per cent of African-American children routinely watched four or more hours of TV a day, with similar rates among Mexican-American children.

Safety concerns were thought to be a factor. Research has shown nearly half of US adults believe their neighbourhoods unsafe for children to play in.

WHATiWATCH

Terasa Livingstone

The Great Outdoors

Do you watch much TV?

When I get the chance, but I rarely do because I'm travelling so much for the show. When I'm at home there always seems to be something else to do apart from sitting down and relaxing watching the TV - usually doing three loads of washing before taking off again. I only get a chance to watch TV at the end of the day when I'm in bed, so that means The Late Show with David Letterman.

Do you ask people to tape shows for you while you're away?

Yes. It drives my flatmates mad. I really like Two Fat Ladies, The Bill, Roy & HG and NYPD Blue. I'm also getting into All Saints. And I have a lot of friends who work on Home And Away, so I watch that to keep up with what they're doing - I had to watch Kristy Wright give birth. And I thought she handled it very well.

When you're travelling, do you watch TV to keep you company?

Definitely. And you see some weird stuff. Japanese TV is without a doubt the strangest TV I have ever seen. I also like watching foreign language programs and trying to work out what the people are saying - it passes the time when I'm putting my make up on.

offtheair

"Don't play with Satan, he's evil."

Reverend Mike Weber (Dan Aykroyd) reprimanding his young daughter who has taken to playing with his doll-sized Devil, Soul Man.

"A woman like that is not supposed to be available to a high school kid - that's why we got him a subscription to Playboy."

Sally (Kristen Johnson) on meeting Tommy's (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) vampy new girlfriend, 3rd Rock From The Sun.

"It's nice to have large assets."

Peroxided Siobhan (Caroline Gilmer) on Elvis's (Marcus Graham) dry cleaning operation, Good Guys, Bad Guys.

 
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