|Sebastian the Fox|
Sun 2 Jul 2pm Kids Magic on a String
Before Mr Squiggle
, there was Sebastian the Fox
. This loveable string puppet was brought to life by a team including Tim Burstall and Georgio Mangiamelle, and performed alongside real stars like Barry Humphreys. We will screen four of the best episodes with live musical accompaniment and narration by George Dreyfus and friends. Followed by a look at the Australian Children's Television Foundation's Lift Off
with clips and discussion. Part of the International Puppet Carnival
Sun 9 Jul 2pm Buying Kel's Man Bags
Ever wondered where those 'foxy morons' from Fountain Gate get their outfits? Kitty Stuckey, award-winning costume designer for Kath & Kim
and other Australian TV shows talks about shopping, styling and some of her favourite wardrobe moments from the series. From Coogee jumpers to Collette Dinnigan's knickerbockers, discover how wardrobe departments 'teams with the theme' to make TV magic.
Sun 16 Jul 2pm Stingers Start to Finish
Starring leading Australian TV performers including Peter Phelps, Gary Sweet and Jacinta Stapleton, Stingers
is a gripping, character-driven police drama that focuses on a group of undercover cops who work inside criminal circles to bring law-breakers to justice. Join the Executive Producer John Wild and script producer Marcia Gardner as they explore the narrative arc and character development from the first episodes to the final series.
Sun 23 Jul 2pm On Cue: Soap Stars
Do you lust after Paradise Beach
, or do you want to be on E Street
. or maybe even Dumb Street
?! Roll up to our fully-equipped TV studio, join the audience and wait for your call. We'll transport you via green screen to a virtual set and give you a set amount of time to show our live studio audience that you've got what it takes.
Sun 30 Jul 2pm On Cue: News Anchor
Are you the next Brian Naylor or Lee Lin Chin? Think you could beat Grant Denyer with the weather stick? Roll up to our fully-equipped TV studio, join the audience and wait for your call. We'll transport you from a green screen virtual set and give you a set amount of time to show our live studio audience that you've got what it takes.
Sun 6 Aug 2pm Casting your Eye
Finding the right actor for a role can make or break any show. This session will look at the importance of the casting process with insights from those who know the process inside-out. Join some of the team behind Stingers
and Blue Heelers
, including casting director Rosie Traynor, director Julian McSwiney and Logie-nominated actor Katrina Milosovich, as they cast their eye over the process of casting TV.
Sun 13 Aug 2pm Who Lives and Dies on Ramsay Street?
Why did Dee die on her wedding day? Where did Harold go for five years? Neighbours
' script editor Peter Mattessi will share the secrets behind plotting Neighbours. Now in its twentieth year of production and shown worldwide in 57 countries, Neighbours
is Australia's most outstanding TV success story. Peter will discuss how they sustain the drama and recount some of the show's biggest script challenges and achievements.
Sun 20 Aug 2pm On Cue: Critics Review
Do you agree with Margaret or David? Here's you're chance to unleash your most impassioned TV and film opinions. Roll up to our fully-equipped TV studio, join the audience and wait for your call. We'll transport you from a green screen virtual set and give you a set amount of time to show our live studio audience that you've got what it takes.
Sun 27 Aug 2pm The Terrors of Live TV
Early TV required the crews to produce up to five live shows each day, so brilliant ad-libs and spectacular stuff-ups were part of the game. Bob Phillips saw it all: as Floor Manager for In Melbourne Tonight with Graham Kennedy, then then producing for stars including Newton, Somers, Lane, Walsh and Vizard, and finally the four-hour Australia Live broadcast in 1988. Join Phillips along with Judy Banks, who featured in many early programs, to hear about the terrors and the triumphs of 'going live.'
Sun 3 Sep 2pm On Cue: Stand-up Comics
Do you long to join The Panel
or break into The Glass House
? Roll up to our fully-equipped TV studio, join the audience and wait for your call. We'll transport you from a green screen virtual set and give you a set amount of time to show our live studio audience that you've got what it takes.
Sun 10 Sep 2pm Location Location
TV can make a place famous: from Pin Oak Court attracting Neighbours
pilgrims every day to The Secret Life of Us
beaming some of St Kilda's most familiar streetscapes to the world. But TV equally relies on finding great settings to bring their stories to life. This session will explore how the key roles of location managers, art directors and creative directors locate shows, and sometimes transform the most unlikely Melbourne sites into alternate worlds and eras.
Sun 17 Sep 2pm On Cue: Hip Hop Idols with Local Rapper Mc J-Flow
Are you the next Hilltop Hoods? Are Modern Day Poets your idol? Can you imagine a TV search for the next hip hop heavy? We'll transport you from a green screen virtual set and give you a set amount of time to show our live studio audience that you've got what it takes.
Sun 24 Sep 2pm A Life of Drama: Stories, Stars and Stinkers
|A Country Practice|
Join actor, writer and producer Alan Hardy as he reminisces about his part in some of Australia's best dramas like All the Rivers Run
, The Sullivans
and Something in the Air
. Hardy will share his experiences with young stars like Kylie Minogue, Nadine Garner and Ben Mendelson on the Eighties hit The Henderson Kids
and also candidly discuss working on other shows that were somewhat less successful!
Sun 1 Oct 2pm Thrown in the Deep End!
James Davern, creator and Executive Producer of classic Australian drama A Country Practice
, learnt his trade by being thrown in the deep end! For this session, James will share the some of his stories and lessons from a career in Australian television.
A note for all our 'On Cue'
programs: please avoid wearing green or yellow. it's not that we're unpatriotic, but we'd like to be able to see you!