7 items from 2012
In this roundup from the Encore and Mumbrella Annual, we revisit the year’s biggest TV hits.
1. The Voice
With at least three singing shows having come before it on Aussie TV, The Voice was going to have to do something spectacular to deliver a ratings hit. The show debuted with 2.177m viewers with the finale attracting an average metro audience of 3.098m according to OzTam. No other show on the box this year came close to matching the overall performance across the series with most episodes hovering around the 2m viewer mark.
Ten may have had a year to forget but one shining light in the network’s line-up was Southern Star-produced drama Puberty Blues. Whether it was the story, based on the 1970s novel of the same name, the performance of the cast or attention to detail that made this show a hit, it consistently delivered around one million views. »
Confessionals from TV personalities and senior business people about mistakes they made in their youth is the idea behind a charity campaign for troubled young people, created by Bmf.
Whitelion, a charity that provides mentoring to troubled youth, aims to look under the veneer of Australia’s most successful people to show the mistakes made in someone’s youth does not define them for life.
The campaign includes TV personalities Angry Anderson and David Koch, and encourages businesses to become ‘fresh start employers’ by helping young Australians who have been involved in the youth justice system into employment.
The video is backed by a website, www.freshstartemployer.org.au where supporters can add their own anonymous confessionals to be added to a gallery.
A Sydney-based mobile confessional booth will also encourage young people to share their problems.
Mark Watt, Whitelion CEO, said: “Young people need our support to show them »
- Colin Delaney
Fenech: Brain behind Housos
Production of the new series – set in a fictional housing commission block in Sunnyvale – starts in Sydney’s western suburbs on Monday.
Since it first aired on Sbs, Fenech has also shot a Housos feature film.
Tony Iffland, Sbs’s director of television and online content, said: “Housos became hugely successful with its tongue-in-cheek humour. The new season will continue our commitment to commissioning and supporting Australian content and talent. We are delighted to be working with Paul again on a second series.
The return of Sbs’s hit series of Go Back To Where You Came From has pulled in the biggest audience for the broadcaster this year.
The documentary, which this year takes six prominent Australians on the path of a refugee’s journey to Australia from their war torn country, rated 752,000 across the five metro markets according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.
The first of three episodes, this year’s debut is up 44% on last year’s, which rated 524,000.
Last year’s series gained momentum, with the final episode receiving 600,000 viewers and ranking 19th for the night.
Last night’s episode placed 10th for the evening.
The six prominent Australians include a mix of personalities and stances on the subject of refugees and asylum seekers. The cast is Catherine Deveny, Imogen Bailey, Angry Anderson, Peter Reith, Michael Smith and Allan Asher.
Produced by CordellJigsaw, the format has been sold into »
- Colin Delaney
The new series of Sbs’s hit show Go Back To Where You Came From will see six prominent faces.
Six personalities from politics, TV and radio who have contributed to the refugee and asylum seekers debate will be sent on the 25 day refugee journey in reverse.
The six people are: Angry Anderson, rock musician, conservative political activist and aspiring National Party candidate; Imogen Bailey, former Neighbours actress and animal rights activist; Catherine Deveny, writer and social commentator; Michael Smith, former radio presenter on 2Ue and 4Bc; Allan Asher, former Commonwealth Ombudsman and Peter Reith, former Howard Government senior cabinet minister including former minister for defence from 2000-2001.
Michael Ebeid, Sbs managing director said: This year we are looking forward to seeing how these prominent Australians will tackle the challenging journey in a new and different way, as they travel to some of the world’s most perilous and despairing »
- Colin Delaney
Finally! Australia’s greatest hero, Mad Max, will return to the big screen. The stars have been long attached, the script long-finished, the location shifted from Max’s native Australia to Namibia (floods ruined the original location. Again, I say: Australia is a desert with surrounding coastal cities. Not sure why the move had to go intercontinental instead of down the road, but don’t mind the Aussie, he’s just bitter).
With respected thespian, soon to be megastar and possible Bat-breaker, Tom Hardy filling the leather pants this time around and Charlize Theron to play his main squeeze (don’t forget your dead wife, Max!), as well as the creator George Miller returning to helm the film, along with some cracking shots of the finest in new post-apocalyptic automotive engineering already out there, it’s fairly safe to not-so-boldly predict that we’re looking at a winner here.
- Cameron Ashley
An Australian program, Go Back To Where You Came From, has won the Best of Rose d.Or at the prestigious television festival held each year in Lucerne, Switzerland, for the first time ever.
The three-part documentary series apparently had the unanimous support of the 10-member judging panel; it was eligible because it won the award for factual entertainment, one of the 12 categories included in the awards.
Produced by Cordell Jigsaw, Go Back to Where you Came From offered six Australians the chance to walk in the shoes of refugees as they undertook a 25-day journey typical of the arduous path some refugees take to get to Australia to claim refugee status.
It was a smash hit for Sbs, taking the mantle of top-ranked show for 2011.
- Paul Bugeja
7 items from 2012
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