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TV EXTRA

Author: SCOTT ELLIS
Date: 13/07/2003
Words: 706
          Publication: Sun Herald
Section: Television
Page: 10
Nipped in the Bud

HE'S BEEN seen on some of Australia's most iconic television programs, everything from cop to kid shows, and this week Charles "Bud" Tingwell is back on our screens with a guest appearance in Neighbours.

Tingwell, a veteran of Australian film and television since the 1950s with starring roles in shows such as Homicide, The Sullivans, Bellbird, Prisoner and Changi, returns to Ramsay Street as Henry O'Rourke, the father of Lyn Scully (played by Janet Andrewartha).

He has come back just in time for Lyn to learn the truth of who her parents really are and why she'd been lied to for so many years.

It is, Tingwell said, a lot of intrigue, drama - and fun.

"It's a lovely story-line they've written for us, some nice human drama," he said, "and it was, frankly, like being in a big movie - I had a great time."

Tingwell knows only too well about appearing in big-screen productions. This year he added yet another role to his impressive collection when he played what he calls "a wonderful old man's part" in the comedy Ned.

It has been the continuation of a resurgence in his career that started in the late 1990s.

"I've been busier lately than I've ever been," he said. "The Castle [where Tingwell starred as Lawrence Hammill] was one month after my wife's funeral in 1996 and since then I've had the busiest time I've ever had in the business.

"And it's been great. I haven't had to direct or produce, just pop along, learn the lines and don't trip over the furniture too much."

With Neighbours, Tingwell said, it was also a great opportunity to watch the next generation of actors learning their craft.

"Neighbours is a fabulous place for young actors to really learn screen work," he said. "With the show's disciplines on the floor, any actor who can get through and learn from it will be in very good shape for whatever comes after - including theatre."

Neighbours, weeknights, Channel Ten, 6.30pm.

Hidden hilarity

IT'S AN idea almost as old as television itself - set up a hidden camera, pull a prank on an unsuspecting passer-by and watch the results.

Allen Funt started the ball rolling in 1948 with what was arguably the world's first reality TV show, Candid Camera. Since then we've seen many variations and now, with a few twists, The Camera Trap is set to premiere on Channel Nine this week.

The gags, hoaxes and scams are still being sprung on the unsuspecting, said new host Caleb Packham.

"Basically it's a familiar format where we play pranks on the public and capture their reaction, but it really still is hilarious to watch things unfold," Packham said.

"I think it's because we've all, at some stage, found ourselves in a situation where we think 'Oh no! This can't be happening. Where are the cameras?' and also it's great just to watch how ordinary people react to extraordinary situations and how they cope."

Packham, a former MTV host before moving to Nine, said he's been enjoying the new experience as host, in particular working with a live audience for the first time.

"Plus I just love this whole idea," he said. "I've always been a bit of a prankster myself so it's pretty fitting I'm hosting this."

Packham also hinted there might be a late-night version of The Camera Trap featuring some of the more risque stunts.

"We've done some simple things where a cop pulls over a driver and when he gets out he's wearing suspenders, a nun who drops her Bible and some explicit photographs fall out, then there are some others which are a bit more out there," he said.

"I think we've got an adults-only version coming up at some stage!"

The Camera Trap, Channel Nine, Saturday, 7pm.

 
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