NOW IT'S DI'S DIET
NOT content with saying all those nasty things about Princess Diana in his
book Diana-Her True Story, Andrew Morton (the royal-watching muckraker) does a
TV report screening on Ten news tomorrow on the dieting habits of Fergie and Di.
Apparently Morton moonlights for Fox TV and Inside Edition, which feed Network
10 in Australia. In this TV report, the Brit probably most hated by Princess
Diana details the lengths to which the two go to bust flab, who their slimming
gurus are and how much they pay them for advice. Morton's conclusion: Di has
been more successful in holding her waistline down (despite bulimia), while
Fergie has experimented too much with fad diets. Shock horror |
EX-Investigators reporter Sarah Henderson, now working on the Holiday
program, finds out tomorrow if the ABC has won a case against a Five Dock used
car dealer who allegedly assaulted her during her snooping days. The magistrate
at Burwood Magistrates' Court has heard the case and reserved his decision. The
manager of the Metro Motor Market in Five Dock faces two counts of assault - one
against Henderson and the other against the cameraman shooting the segment in
September last year - plus one count of offensive language. Henderson, whose
taste of the courtroom was what you might call good first-hand experience for
her part-time law studies at university, said the switch to Holiday was proving
interesting. "People are now nice to me on Holiday. I have to get used to it
after three years of having doors slammed in my face on The Investigators |"
IN Cluedo next week, a neat bit of casting has guest star Cameron Daddo
accused of committing what we shall call "brothercide" on his real life sibling
and show regular Andrew Daddo. They play brothers on-camera too, and Cameron
winds up very dead. But did fellow Daddo do it?
LA LAW ENDS
HOT property Susan Dey bows out of LA Law forever on Tuesday - in a double
special to end the show on Ten for this year. But it's tipped she could yet
shape up as a new Murphy Brown in her forthcoming show Love is Hell. The series
comes from the CBS makers of runaway success Murphy Brown, and is tipped as one
of the hits of the next American ratings season. The romantic comedy has Dey
playing opposite Jay Thomas - you know, the bounder who did the dirty on Murphy
by taking off after she had his baby. Dey plays a newly-divorced restaurant
owner, and Thomas a loudmouth newspaper columnist.
NETWORK Nine has installed a new high-tech security system at Corinia
House, the building which houses the offices of the Today Show and A Current
Affair. Today host Liz Hayes is one who's pretty happy about the new system, as
she has had her fair share of nutters. "Lots of people - who aren't always
people you want to see - walk in here and demand to see Jana Wendt, Steve
Liebmann or myself," Hayes said. "Before, anybody could come in off the street.
I never felt any grave risk or in terrible danger, but there has been the odd
occasion when a couple of bodyguards suddenly appeared behind me."Hayes, who's
been with the show seven years, celebrates with the rest of the crew next Friday
the 10th birthday of the top-rating morning show. "We're highlighting the good,
bad and ugly moments in the 10 years of the show,"Hayes said. "The producers
are putting it all together to embarrass us as much as possible." Hayes noted
one item worth watching out for was footage of MTV host Richard Wilkins
reporting from a bubble bath.
ABC radio announcer John Doyle, aka This Sporting Life's Roy Slaven, takes
a break for five weeks from tomorrow from his afternoon shift on 2BL - and
actress Noni Hazlehurst warms the vacant chair.
DANNO TO U2
OVER at 2JJJ, Ian Rogerson (alias Danno of Johnno and Danno fame on 2SM),
who spurned 2MMM's advances to be part of the mega-breakfast team to be produced
by Doug Mulray, jetted off to London last week to tour with U2. Turns out JJJ
and 60 Minutes got the only media guernseys from Australia to cover the Zoo
Station Tour to promote U2's new album Achtung Baby. Rogerson, who knocked back
2MMM because he is under contract at JJJ till December, did not deny he was
offered his own personal fitness instructor by the station: "Put it this way, if
it had gone ahead they would have looked after my physical requirements. But it
would have taken three to four years of daily workouts just to bring me up to
normal standard just to do breakfast."
GELDOF ON TV
SUDDENLY, everyone wants to be a TV reporter. Latest to jump on the
bandwagon is unscrubbed muso cum former famine-fighter Bob Geldof, who makes his
debut as a roving reporter (sound familiar?) with wife Paula Yates soon on a
new Channel 4 daily morning show in London. Geldof's brief is to report on a
regular basis on politicians and personalities who interest him. The Big
Breakfast is being made by Geldof's production company, Planet 24, for a
contract worth Pound 10 million ($A24 million) over 15 months. The Irish singer,
37, has already interviewed South African leader Nelson Mandela for a pilot
EX-Neighbours star Lorraine Bayly has quit her Melbourne stage show Dear
Liar - following her recent collapse from a serious bout of irritable bowel
syndrome - and is resting for three months in Queensland on doctor's orders. A
spokeswoman for her agent, International Casting Services, said Bayly was forced
to drop the show after she collapsed at home on Saturday night, June 6, after a
performance of the play (based on letters exchanged between playwright George
Bernard Shaw and his love interest Mrs Pritchard). Bayly, best-known for her
role as Grace Sullivan in The Sullivans, played busybody Faye Hudson in
Neighbours until 10 weeks ago, when she quit to begin rehearsing the stage show.
The spokeswoman said: "Lorraine can't be disturbed in Queensland. She's staying
with relatives. She worked really hard without a break for two years. She's
just tired out and now really needs a total holiday."