ABC'S YOUNG BLOOD
HARKING back to the halcyon days of the 1970s and 1980s when young viewers
would be glued to the ABC on Sunday evenings to catch Countdown, Aunty has a new
youth-oriented line-up beginning this Sunday.
Kicking off at 5.45pm is the immensely popular British music
program Top of the Pops.
The ABC will satellite the UK's Friday episode into Australia on Saturday and
it will go to air on Sunday.
Directly after Top of the Pops, at 6.10pm, is the new Australian
youth drama series Head Start.
In a clever response to the influx of reality TV swamping commercial
networks, Head Start is a fictional program featuring a crop of young actors
playing ordinary young people involved in a scheme to get a 'head start' on
their ambitions in life.
The series begins with a large banking corporation running a
competition to foster innovation and creativity among Aussie youth.
Applicants aged from 18 to 21 submit projects in the fields of the arts, sport,
science, community and business.
The winners are handed $20,000 and full board with each other
in a freshly renovated Sydney warehouse called The Foundry.
Today, TV Herald profiles the players in the Head Start
Garrett is the older overseer of the Head Start project. A former high-flier,
Garrett lost everything in the stock market crash of 1989. Now he represents
Pac Star, the banking corporation responsible for Head Start. He has an office
in The Foundry and acts as adviser and friend to the seven young players.
KYLE RICHTER (Ryan Johnson)
21, sales and marketing
For the first time in his life, Kyle is 'doing' rather than 'talking'. With
the gift of the gab, Kyle is ambitious, forthright and has a never-ending supply
of energy. His ability to turn on the charm, particularly when women are
involved, is a great asset - an asset he uses frequently to get out of trouble.
Kyle is also a part-time courier.
CLARE GORMLEY (Nadia Townsend)
Clare has come a long way from her small country town to the Big Smoke.
Wide-eyed and passionate, Clare is the brains behind a new yabbie-breeding
project. Excited at the prospect of
living in the big city, Clare takes every opportunity thrust at her,
something that often bothers her brother Patrick.
Timid, fragile and sheltered, Katherine's boldest move was to apply to Head
Start in the first place. A pianist, Katherine was set for a career
interpreting the classics. But beneath her delicate exterior lies a daring
and provocative young woman.
Basia is driven, determined and
opinionated. And she's used to being
in control. It's these qualities that compelled Basia to tell the heroic
story of solo aviatrix Amanda Villiers. Basia's bravado and quick wit often
intimidate those around her and she keeps potential friends at a distance.
SETH WALLACE (Garth Holcombe)
Passive, introverted and a little naive, Seth is a dreamer with a boundless
enthusiasm for life. Seth is extremely good with facts and figures but is slow
to open up to people, especially girls. But for once, one of his inventions is
being taken seriously and he plans to make the most out of Head Start.
PATRICK GORMLEY (David Hoflin)
Despite his determination to succeed, Patrick never wanted to come to Sydney.
Blunt, conservative and
sceptical about anything new, Patrick clashes with many at The Foundry. He's
not afraid to speak his mind
and is very protective of sister Clare.
LOC MINH VU (Gareth Yuen)
20, website designer
Earnest, sincere and passionate, Loc's drive to succeed is about much more
than professional recognition. It's personal. Loc uses his website to reunite
refugees and their families from war-torn regions, something Loc knows about
only too well.