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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 89)
Paul McDermott ... Himself - Host (112 episodes, 1996-2011)
Mikey Robins ... Himself - Team Captain (112 episodes, 1996-2011)
Claire Hooper ... Herself - Team Captain (110 episodes, 2008-2011)

Series Directed by
Martin Coombes (110 episodes, 2008-2011)

Julia Kennedy (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Ian Simmons (110 episodes, 2008-2011)
Mat Blackwell (109 episodes, 2008-2011)
Warwick Holt (109 episodes, 2008-2011)
Dave Bloustien (107 episodes, 2008-2011)
Simon Dodd (107 episodes, 2008-2011)
Bruce Griffiths (100 episodes, 2008-2011)
Paul Livingston (84 episodes, 2008-2011)
Patrick Cook (64 episodes, 2008-2010)
Jennifer Wong (29 episodes, 2008)
Celia Pacquola (17 episodes, 2008-2010)
Courteney Hocking (15 episodes, 2009-2010)
Sam McMillan (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Simon Godfrey (8 episodes, 2009-2010)
Mikey Mileos (5 episodes, 2010)
Ray Badran (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Thomas Duncan-Watt (4 episodes, 2010)
Greta Harrison (3 episodes, 2009)
Nick Rheinberger (3 episodes, 2009)
Karl Chandler (3 episodes, 2010)
Xavier Michelides (3 episodes, 2010)
Shaun Robson (2 episodes, 2008)
Vanessa Critchley (2 episodes, 2009)
Lewis Hobba (2 episodes, 2010)
Sam Rugg (2 episodes, 2010)
Trevor Crook (2 episodes, 2011)

Kevin Brumpton (unknown episodes, 2000)
Angus Fitzsimons (unknown episodes, 2000)
George Dodd (unknown episodes)
Steve Johnston (unknown episodes)
Phillip Scott (unknown episodes)
Rachel Spratt (unknown episodes)
Richard Thorp (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Paul Leadon .... executive producer (110 episodes, 2008-2011)
Jordan Robinson .... associate producer / producer (110 episodes, 2008-2011)
Ted Robinson .... executive producer (110 episodes, 2008-2011)
Pamela Swain .... producer (110 episodes, 2008-2011)
Rick Maier .... executive producer (29 episodes, 2008)
Deborah Johnson .... line producer (10 episodes, 2011)

Julia Kennedy .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Alf Samperi .... technical producer (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Ashley Scott (2 episodes, 2009)

Dick Bond (unknown episodes)
Terry Collister (unknown episodes)
Julia Kennedy (unknown episodes)
Brendan Read (unknown episodes)
Murray Tonkin (unknown episodes)
Glenn Traynor (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Daran Fulham (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Christine Ehlert .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Amanda Jeesup .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Nicole Orlich .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Gannon Conroy .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Simon Butcher .... location sound (unknown episodes, 1999)
Mark Avis .... sound (unknown episodes)
David Dundas .... sound (unknown episodes)
Debbie Morris .... sound (unknown episodes)
Jikou Sugano .... sound (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Tony Melov .... title designer (12 episodes, 1996-1999)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Fielder-Gill .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2008-2009)

Darryl Brooke .... vision controller (unknown episodes)
Mark Carey .... video tape operator (unknown episodes)
Eric Catterall .... lighting console (unknown episodes)
Mark Collock .... video tape operator (unknown episodes)
Nick Hocking .... lighting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Brad Fisher .... vision mixer (unknown episodes)
Peter Hanrahan .... vision mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Mark Wheatley .... film researcher (unknown episodes)

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After spending three years (1996-98) at ABC-TV, the show crossed over to the Ten Network in 1999.See more »
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Himself - Host:...And that's the good news!
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Spin off "Good News Weekend" (1998)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The nation's best news/currant affairs program, 15 June 2009
Author: Camel13 from Australia

Good News Week is easily the best news/currant affairs program on Australian television. Every Monday night, the main journalists, Mikey Robins, Paul McDermott and Claire Hooper, along with four weekly guests, report and discuss the week's news items from both home and abroad. But Good News Week has something that sets it apart from every other news/currant affairs show on Australian television; it isn't depressing or upsetting. Quite the opposite, in fact, this show will actually make you smile and laugh - sometimes to the point of being blind with tears.

The show reveals sides of news stories that other news shows won't disclose and also explains confusing financial/political situations in an uplifting and optimistic manner. They also often discuss several possible outcomes of issues-of-the-day, and contrary to what you will probably see on any other news show, the picture GNW paints of the future contains many enjoyable incidents and ironies. Vastly different to the forecasts that other news/currant affairs usually offer; which are usually bleak and disturbing.

The GNW managers have a good track record for selecting guest journalists. While guests are mostly Australian, often there will be one or more foreign correspondents in the studio, discussing currant issues. Occasionally then there will be a guest that seems unspectacular, but most guests offer valuable insight into the news headlines, and are well worth watching. While Paul is the anchorman, and usually gets final word on most discussions, GNW has a largely democratic feel to it, and most panelists, whether they are regulars or guests, are free to add input in to discussions whenever they wish to do so.

But what really speaks to you is the integrity of the regular panelists. Every week, they are there on the screens taking the news and presenting it to Australia in a way that will put a smile on their faces. In an industry filled with indifferent truth-mongers, who seem to take the attitude "Don't blame me if what I say makes you miserable; I just report the facts," the GNW crew put the effort in and make the news good to watch. Mikey, Claire and Paul (and in previous years, Julie) are a trio of saints who make this country a better show to watch.

All-in-all, GNW is a fine show and I whole-heartedly recommend it to anyone who is interested in currant affairs (and even if you aren't this show might change your mind!) I never used to watch any news/c.a. shows, but GNW has proved to me that the news can be worth watching, after all. A Currant Affairs, Today Tonight, 60 Minutes, 7.30 Report and all the news shows could learn a lot from Paul, Claire & Mikey's journalistic style. The law says that every TV channel must air a certain amount of news per day, but where does it say that it must be depressing? Take a lead from these pioneers and make your quest not to market the cold, indifferent truth, but to put a smile on Austalians' faces! It might take a little more effort and a lot more heart, but the rewards will be beneficial to all.

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