Written in the stars

It's once again the time when astrologers "predict" events for the new year and then hope we all forget to keep track of how right or wrong they are. I suggest you print out this fairly vague set of predictions from Dadhichi Toth and we'll chat about it around this time next year. I may weigh in with some predictions of my own before the end of the year.

Vive le difference

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have paid the price for their prank call to Andrews Sachs, but the world is laughing along with French Canadian comic Sebastien Trudel who fooled Sarah Palin into thinking he was French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The difference? I think it's because one was a mean-spirited and personal attack on an elderly man who didn't ask for it, the other exposed the naivety of somebody who has suspended some of their rights to privacy by pursuing high office. You can here it here.

Story of the week

The Daily Mail asks: Did Kenneth Williams poison his father? Apparently, the camp Carry On star was the police's only suspect in the death of his homophobic father.

Are you the next Hi-5er?

Channel 9 and Southern Star have announced that Kellie Crawford is leaving the pre-fab pre-school pop group otherwise known as Hi-5 and the producers are looking for a replacement. If you think you've got what it takes to entertain the kids (and you qualify for a blue card), email this address.

What's in a name?

The decision to name a Perth theatre complex after the late Dark Knight star Heath Legder may be overturned. It never made sense to me in the first place, as Ledger was primarily known as a film actor not a stage performer. It's a bit like naming a rugby league ground after an AFL player.

Who's on first

Did somebody say "shameless self-promoter"? Here's a picture I took of myself today in Liverpool. It's also on Spencer Howson's blog as part of a discussion about the next Doctor Who.

Boss quits, Ross out for 12 weeks

Things are happening fast in this escalating crisis for the BBC over the broadcast by Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand that cruelly mocked Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs. The latest is that the controller of BBC Radio Two, Lesley Douglas, has resigned and Ross, who is the BBC's highest-paid star, has been suspended from work without pay for 12 weeks. Brand has already quit the BBC, and the BBC Trust has said there will be an on-air apology to Sachs. Meanwhile, Sachs's granddaughter Georgina Baillie has been talking to The Sun, saying - among other things - that Brand was a let-down in bed and that he yelled "Que?" (Manuel's catchphrase from Fawlty Towers) when they had sex. The fact that she seems to be cashing in on the situation has been criticised by some, but it seems to me that it doesn't mitigate the initial harm done to her and, especially, her grandfather.
PS: I as thinking today what would have happened if an ABC announcer did this sort of thing. I think they would be out of the door - permanently - so fast their chair would be still be spinning while they were driving away.

Radio rumbles

A radio industry source tells me that the appointment of Jamie Dunn to the breakfast shift at 4BC next year has prompted an "unprecedented negative response" from the station's listeners and there are fears that it will "end in disaster". My source says the decision to hire Dunn was a deliberate attempt to target Triple M - which makes sense given their neighbouring demographic targets. Speaking of the Ms, the rumour mill also has it that The Cage may lose Sami Lukis next year, as she is being considered for a Sydney-based job with the Triple M network which would mean a radical change in her working hours.

Who's on next?

"When Doctor Who returns in 2010 it won't be with me. Now don't make me cry. I love this part, and I love this show so much that if I don't take a deep breath and move on now I never will, and you'll be wheeling me out of the Tardis in my bath chair."

That's David Tennant confirming he will not continue as the Time Lord beyond next year's four Doctor Who specials. Who will replace him? Well, the speculation begins ...
PS: The BBC lists rates potential contenders Paterson Joseph, David Morrissey, Sean Pertwee (third Doctor Jon Pertwee's son), James Nesbitt, James McAvoy and Russell Tovey here - and, of course, I'm available to be the first Australian Doctor. On a more serious note, I happen to know that Melbourne-based Queensland actor Paul Denny is a huge Doctor Who fan who'd love a stab at the intergalactic gig.

Beginning on The Bill

It seems everybody who is anybody in the UK acting community has been on The Bill. Now the Daily Mail has highlighted some of the more famous faces, including David Walliams, Sean Bean, Paul O'Grady, Spice Girl Emma Bunton, James McAvoy and a very young Keira Kightley. Read about it here.
Syndicate content