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Frontline (original title)
Based on the making of a fictitious Australian CURRENT AFFAIRS show, Frontline blends invented events with REAL LIFE events. A true reflection of THE TIMES we live in.




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Series cast summary:
Rob Sitch ...  Mike Moore 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy ...  Brooke Vandenberg 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Tiriel Mora ...  Martin di Stasio 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Alison Whyte ...  Emma Ward 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Santo Cilauro Santo Cilauro ...  Geoffrey Salter 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Anita Smith Anita Smith ...  Domenica Baroni 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Linda O'Grady Linda O'Grady ...  Shelley Cohen 39 episodes, 1994-1997
Pip Mushin Pip Mushin ...  Stuart O'Hallaran 38 episodes, 1994-1997
Trudy Hellier ...  Kate Preston 36 episodes, 1994-1997
Torquil Neilson Torquil Neilson ...  Jason Cotter 33 episodes, 1994-1997
Boris Conley Boris Conley ...  Elliot Rhodes 25 episodes, 1994-1997
Marcus Eyre ...  Hugh Tabbagh 20 episodes, 1994-1997
Genevieve Mooy Genevieve Mooy ...  Jan Whelan 17 episodes, 1994-1995


Based on the making of a fictitious Australian CURRENT AFFAIRS show, Frontline blends invented events with REAL LIFE events. A true reflection of THE TIMES we live in. Written by P.A.Duggan <Suzanne.Berthelsen@tvl.soils.csiro.au>

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Release Date:

9 May 1994 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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(39 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The USA title was changed to "Breaking News" when it aired on PBS, so viewers wouldn't confuse it with the network's real news program "Frontline". See more »


Brian Thompson: Mike has the network's one hundred percent support right up to the day we sack him.
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Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.62 (2015) See more »

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22 September 2001 | by dominodancingSee all my reviews

As I am so far the only non-Australian to post a comment, I'll assume no-one in the UK knows much about this gem of a show. In fact I happened to catch it when I was on holiday and haven't seen it anywhere in Britain, whether it be on Sky or terrestrial TV.

Anyway, to get a flavour, it is 'The Larry Sanders Show' crossed with 'Drop The Dead Donkey'. It doesn't have a laughter track but unlike 'DTDD', there is no attempt to make it topical ('DTDD' had segments that were filmed the day before to get a current, satirical comment in the script).

The real star of this show was Bruno Lawrence (such a shame to hear he died in 1995), who was simply hysterical as the Executive Producer Brian Thompson. He was the first person I saw as EP and so far (I've only seen him and Sam Murphy) the best by far.

The script is tight, although sometimes, albeit very occasionally, it does decend into pure sit-com territory. While this does not prevent the show from being funny, I feel that the show succeeds more as a satire.

I feel that it could work in Britain as the humour is very similar to British humour, although we do not have these daily tabloid current affairs programmes that seem so popular in the USA and Australia. So assuming no-one in the UK has bought it already, SOMEONE GET THE RIGHTS AND SHOW THIS DAMN FUNNY COMEDY! NOW!!!

Now I'm off to watch 'The Castle'. I'll let you know...

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