Ray Martin, departed luminary at Channel Nine's Midday program,
interviewer to the stars in Ray Martin Presents ..., new host of A Current
Affair and this year's presenter of the TV Week Logie Awards - a Nine Network
program - last night picked up the Gold Logie.
It was Martin's second successive Gold Logie and his third overall. He
first won in 1987.
Australia's supposedly leading night of stars was this year switched to a
Sunday night for the first time in its 36-year history. An early start - 7 pm
for the audience seated in Melbourne's World Trade Centre - allowed Nine to
break with another tradition and introduce delayed public transmission, allowing
editing of what has always been a live, though usually tediously extended TV
With so much change in the air, the voters of TV Week, sometimes unkindly
said to be so young they use crayons to vote for their TV heroes and heroines,
passed up the chance to strike out in new directions.
A favoured runner for the Gold Logie had been Dieter Brummer, an immensely
popular young actor in the Seven Network soap, Home and Away. Brummer was also
nominated for a Silver Logie for Best Actor, but missed out when last year's
winner, Gary Sweet, won again for his work for the ABC's Police Rescue.
Sweet's co-star, Sonia Todd, won Silver for Best Actress for her role as
Sergeant Georgia Rattray. It was her first Logie win.
Ray Martin was already clutching an ordinary old bronze when he struck
gold, having earlier won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment
Personality for his work on the Midday show.
The magazine's readers stayed remarkably faithful to previous winners. The
actress Ruth Cracknell (Mrs Beare from Mother and Son), Home and Away, Hey Hey
It's Saturday, Burke's Backyard and Agro's Cartoon Connection continued to beat
well-worn trails to the winners' podium, while Melissa George, from Home and
Away, won the vote for Most Popular New Talent.
The Most Popular Public Affairs program award went to Real Life, while the
AFL Grand Final was Most Popular Sports Program. The ABC took out Most Popular
Comedy Program with The Late Show, while a new category, for Most Popular Drama,
went to Police Rescue.
Voters in the peer group categories - less glamour-coated but still the
most important awards from an industry point of view - played a more predictable
Industry Silver Logies went to Mrs Beare and son Arthur - Ruth Cracknell
and Garry McDonald - as Most Outstanding Actress and Actor, for their Mother and
Son partnership, while Most Outstanding Documentary went to the ABC series,
Labor in Power. The choice of Phoenix II was no surprise as Most Outstanding
Drama, nor that of The Late Show as Most Outstanding Comedy, though the choice
of a well-heralded diary event, the Nine Network's Sydney 2000 Announcement, as
the Most Outstanding Achievement in News, appeared to lack any great sense of
enterprise in news gathering.
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Achievement went to Ship of Shame, a
segment in Nine's Sunday program. The industry Gold Logie, the Hall of Fame
award, went to the veteran Melbourne actor, Charles "Bud" Tingwell.
TV LOGIE AWARDS
MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY: Ray Martin
MOST POPULAR ACTOR: Gary Sweet
MOST POPULAR ACTRESS: Sonia Todd
MOST POPULAR COMEDY PERFORMER: Ruth Cracknell
MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM: The Late Show
Hey Hey It's Saturday
Mother and Son
MOST POPULAR SERIES: Home and Away
A Country Practice
MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT: Melissa George
MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Hey Hey It's Saturday
The Late Show
Ray Martin at Midday
MOST POPULAR DRAMA: Police Rescue
Law of the Land
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR: Garry McDonald
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS: Ruth Cracknell
Denise Roberts (G.P.)
MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY: The Late Show
Mother and Son
MOST OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY: Labor In Power
MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS ACHIEVEMENT: Sydney 2000 Announcement
MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA: Phoenix II