Australian Drama so far in 2013

Usually I save this until the end of the year but if all goes to plan I’ll be going overseas next week so I thought I’d do it now instead.

So apologies for the raves/gushing that is about to follow.

Setting aside the dud Reef Doctors (even though it had a fantastic cast), I have to say this year we’ve had some great Australian dramas air in 2013.

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Some BBC Dramas.. The Paradise – Series One and Last Tango in Halifax -Series One

BBC are known for their great little dramas and ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ are no exceptions.

‘The Paradise’ is a BBC drama, which is loosely based on ‘Au Bonheur des Dames’ showcases the ladies wear section of ‘The Paradise’ a department store set during the Victorian splendour.

It’s not only a show which is absorbing and keeps you interested all the time, it also highlights the the class distinction in England during the Victorian era.

Sarah Lancashire as Miss Audrey, in particular, is a delight as the lady who is in charge of the ladieswear section at The Paradise and tries to keep everything in proper order.

The winner of Best Drama Series at this year’s BAFTA Awards, ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ is a real heartfelt ensemble drama set in Halifax and focuses on two people who had lost contact many years ago and reunite sixty years later, much to the dismay of their family.

Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid, Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker are the main four leads in this drama which is a must watch for those who love their BBC dramas.

Second series for both ‘The Paradise’ and ‘Last Tango in Halifax’ have been ordered.

Both shows have been released on DVD in Australia by Roadshow Entertainment are now available in all good stores and online.

Q & A with David Lawrance

For the past five years ‘Packed to the Rafters’ was Australia’s Number 1 drama. The show finished its run last month with a fitting finale. David Lawrance, a script editor during the show’s run has been kind enough to do a Q&A for this site. He talks about the show, script writing in general and what it’s like to get into the mindset of a late 40s woman.

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Remembering Packed to the Rafters…

6 years ago a little show started filming. It was “Packed to the Rafters”. It premiered on 26 August 2008 on Seven Network.

As we get ready to say goodbye to the show which has been the #1 Australian Drama for five years, I thought I’d look back at the pilot and based on that episode alone, state where I wanted the characters to end up by the series finale (and yes I have watched all the episodes, so some of these may not have eventuated in the long run).

Tune into the series finale of Packed to the Rafters on Seven Network at 8:45pm tonight.

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Heath Ledger Scholarship finalists announced

Credit to AAP.

Some of Australia’s top young TV actors are hoping to leave Australia and make it big in Hollywood.

Los Angeles-based organisation Australians in Film has announced the finalists of its 2013 Heath Ledger Scholarship, which is designed to help three talented Australian actors break through in Hollywood. Continue reading

Packed to the Rafters returns tonight on Seven Network

It’s been away for over 7 months but Packed to the Rafters returns to Australian television tonight on Seven Network at 8:45pm after My Kitchen Rules.

The episode tonight picks up from where the mid-season break ended.

Small recap of where we left off mid-season:

  • Julie forgave Dave for his drunk kiss with Frankie
  • Frankie returned to work for Dave as did Coby
  • Ben and Emma are thinking of buying a farm together
  • Carbo and Retta are now married and found out that Retta is pregnant
  • Ted is showing signs of memory less (forgetting things)
  • Jake has started a relationship with Sian