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Writer Timothy Lee’s career hits high gear

Timothy Lee on location in ‘Mystery Road.’

After serving as a script editor on three seasons of House Husbands and writing episodes of Rush and Serangoon Road, Timothy Lee’s career has gone up a couple of gears.

Lee, who graduated from Aftrs in 2006, modestly credits his progression in part to the talent drain which has resulted in numerous Aussie writers plying their trade in the Us and the UK.

“That has created opportunities for the next generation of writers,” says Lee, who got his start as a script assistant/researcher on Rescue Special Ops after securing an Australian Writers’ Guild internship with Southern Star, mentored by Sarah Smith.

That led to writing episodes of the Nine Network drama and the fourth season of Network Ten’s cop show Rush. Working on Playmaker Media’s House Husbands, he reflects, “was good for my craft but not so good for my profile.
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Dustin Clare, Kate Jenkinson and Robyn Nevin join ‘Doctor Doctor’

Tina Bursill and Rodger Corser.

Dustin Clare, Kate Jenkinson and Robyn Nevin are the new additions to the cast of season 4 of the Nine Network’s Doctor Doctor, which started production in Sydney today.

Clare plays Jarred, the manager of a mining company who is the new beau of Dr Penny (Hayley McElhinney).

Jenkinson is Tara, a new medical intern at the Whyhope clinic who is on probation for reasons yet to be revealed. A wild spirit, she could lead Dr Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser) back to his bad boy past.

Nevin is Diana, the American mother of Hugh’s deceased former partner Harriet. Diana comes to Oz as a mother-in-law from hell because she believes Knight is unfit to look after his infant daughter Eliza.

Among the returning cast are Nicole da Silva (Charlie), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Belinda Bromilow (Betty
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Nicole Kidman, Simon Baker, Deborah Mailman to attend Aacta Awards

Nicole Kidman and Simon Baker.

Nicole Kidman, Simon Baker, Deborah Mailman, Bruce Beresford, Nash Edgerton, Celia Pacquola, Aaron Pedersen, Tina Bursill, Wayne Blair and Leah Purcell are among the nominees who will attend the 2018 Aacta Awards in Sydney on December 5.

Host Stephen Curry will be joined by an array of presenters including Rebecca Gibney, Marta Dusseldorp, Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton, Shane Jacobson, Rodger Corser, Erik Thomson, Nazeem Hussain, Kat Stewart, Julia Zemiro, Gina Riley, Jane Turner and Magda Szubanski.

Among other attendees at The Star Event Centre will be Phoebe Tonkin, Isabel Lucas, David Berry, Shaynna Blaze, Susie Porter, Nicole Da Silva, Daniel Henshall, Melina Vidler, Sara Wiseman, Ada Nicodemou, Gracie Otto, Matt Okine, Madeleine Madden and Lily Sullivan.

After wrapping his 8-month, 83-date ‘Nation of Two’ world tour, Vance Joy will perform, as will five-time Aria Award winner Katie Noonan in an ‘In Memoriam’ tribute.

Joel Edgerton and Simon
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Nine renews ‘Doctor Doctor,’ ‘Australian Ninja Warrior,’ ‘Married at First Sight’

Hayley McElhinney and Rodger Corser in ‘Doctor Doctor.’

A fourth season of Easy Tiger Productions’ Doctor Doctor, the third series of Endemol Shine Australia’s Australian Ninja Warrior and the sixth edition of Esa’s Married at First Sight will screen on the Nine Network next year.

Among other shows highlighted at the network’s Upfronts in Sydney were the perennially popular The Block, season 8 of ITV Studio Australia’s The Voice and the second editions of Wtfn Entertainment’s Paramedics and Nine’s This Time Next Year.

Also renewed are ITV’s Talkin’ ’Bout Your Generation, Nine’s 20 to One, Travel Guides and Australian Crime Stories, and Screentime’s Rbt.

Meanwhile ITV Studios Australia’s Love Island Australia will move from 9Go! to Nine as host Sophie Monk introduces 10 singletons who will play the ultimate game of love and lust.

That’s in addition to a raft of new
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Doctor Doctor renewed for second season

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Doctor Doctor.

After only two weeks on air, Essential Media.s Doctor Doctor has been renewed by the Nine Network for a second season. . The cast of Rodger Corser (Hugh), Nicole da Silva (Charlie) Steve Bisley (Jim), Ryan Johnson (Matt), Tina Bursill (Meryl), Hayley McElhinney (Penny), Shalom Brune-Franklin (Aoife), Matt Castley (Ajax), Chloe Bayliss (Hayley), Charles Wu (Ken) and Belinda Bromilow (Betty) will all be back for season two... . .We are delighted with how Australian audiences have fallen in love with Doctor Doctor, an incredible cast and a story full of heart. We are looking forward to working with Essential Media and Entertainment on series two,. said Nine.s heads of drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, in a joint statement. . Essential Media.s Ian Collie said he loved how the national audience had taken to Doctor Doctor.

"It.s a show with heart and smarts and [we're] thrilled that Nine
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Wentworth season 4 set for May 10 premiere

Wentworth season 4.

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Wentworth season 4 is set to make its Australian premiere on May 10.

The show, adapted from Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986, is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel and has been sold to more than 90 countries.

The story resumes four months after the events seen in the fiery season three finale..

The women of H block are returning to Wentworth Correctional Centre to find a new dynamic is in play which will have immediate ramifications for Bea as Kaz Proctor has established a power base..

On the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society..

As always, no-one should underestimate .the Freak..

Notions of love and obsession will underpin the 12 episode season.

Wentworth season 4 stars Danielle Cormack as Bea Smith, Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson, Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett, Celia Ireland as Liz Birdsworth, Shareena Clanton as Doreen Anderson,
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Nine, Essential Media series Doctor Doctor in pre-production

Roger Corser.

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Filming is set to start on Nine's new drama Doctor Doctor, starring Roger Corser.

The series is now in pre-production by Essential Media & Entertainment, with executive producers Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney from the Nine Network and producers Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan and Tony McNamara from Essential Media & Entertainment..

Filming will commence in April in Sydney and country Nsw.

Doctor Doctor will also star Nicole da Silva, Ryan Johnson, Hayley McElhinney, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Tina Bursill, Chloe Bayliss and Dave Eastgate..

The series follows Hugh Knight (Corser from Underbelly, Rush, Puberty Blues), a rising star in the heart surgery ranks..

He is gifted, charming, infallible, a hedonist who — due to his sheer talent — believes he can live outside the rules..

But his 'work hard, play harder' philosophy is about to come back and bite him. .

In a joint statement, Nine.s Heads of Drama, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan,
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X Factor winner Cyrus to perform live at Aacta Awards

X Factor winner Cyrus will perform live on the red carpet at this year's Aacta Awards.

Rachel Griffiths and Teresa Palmer have also been anounced as presenters at tonight's ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Griffiths and Palmer will join guests and presenters including Mel Gibson, Radha Mitchell, nominee Patrick Brammall, Stephen Peacocke, Magda Szubanski, Megan Gale and Home and Away's Georgie Parker and Bonnie Sveen.

A highlight of the show will be the presentation of Australia.s highest screen award, the Aacta Longford Lyell Award, to Cate Blanchett..

Hugo Weaving (nominated for his performance in The Dressmaker) and Richard Roxburgh will present the Award, with a tribute from Gillian Armstrong and filmed tributes from Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Ron Howard.

In a record-breaking year for Australian films at the local box office, anticipation around who will take home a golden statuette is hot.
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Mel Gibson to present at Aacta Awards

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Mel Gibson is set to present at the 5th Aacta Awards in Sydney next week.

Gibson, who is currently filming World War II film Hacksaw Ridge in Nsw, will be joined by Manu Feildel, Magda Szubanski, Megan Gale, Erik Thomson, and Brenton Thwaites.

Emma Freedman will host the show.s red carpet.

Birds of Tokyo and UK dance group Rudimental will also perform live at the Ceremony..

Since releasing their debut album Home in 2013 (which sold over half a million copies) Rudimental has received a swag of Awards, including a Brit Award for Best British Single for .Waiting All Night...

Justice Crew recently recorded the Aacta Awards Ceremony show opener on location in Sydney off the back of their brand new single, Good Time; a rhythmic urban track written by Dante Jones and Andrew Bolooki..

The show opener also features top favourite TV talent including Mandy McElhinney, Home and Away
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Sigrid Thornton takes pivotal role in Wentworth season 4

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Sigrid Thornton has joined the cast of Wentworth Season 4, which will premiere on Foxtel in 2016.

Thornton is the first actress to have starred in the original Prisoner series to join the cast of Wentworth..

However, rather than reprising her previous character Ros Coulson, she enters the prison as Sonia Stevens - a new character partially inspired by one originally played by Tina Bursill.

Thornton plays a wealthy but self-made dynamo behind a cosmetics empire. .

She comes into the prison on remand, suspected of the murder of a missing woman.

Foxtel head of drama Penny Win said the fourth season continued the series. finely-honed evolution as a world class contemporary drama which proudly forges its own path.

.Having Sigrid Thornton sign on to return behind the walls of Wentworth is a casting dream and a wonderful acknowledgement of the work the writing team has put into the creation of Sonia Stevens
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2015 Portland Film Festival Announces Film Line-up

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The 2015 Portland Film Festival is Oregon’s largest film event of the year, with 80 narrative and documentary feature films and 134 short films selected out of 3500 Submissions.

This weeklong extravaganza also includes over 75 Master Classes, Two Lifetime Achievement Tributes, and an unprecedented live event featuring Several Thousand Festivalgoers As Extras in a record-setting Zombie Day Event.

Los Angeles – August 13, 2015 – Portland Film Festival announced today the feature film competition programs, opening and closing screenings, music and midnight sections, tribute presentations, northwest, and special screenings for the 2015 Portland Film Festival. The 3rd Annual festival is a weeklong event of 214 screenings of feature length and short films from around the world, red carpet world premieres, tributes to filmmaking legends, more than 50 hours of professional workshops, nightly after-parties and more.

The third annual Portland Film Festival will take place September 1 – 7th, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, at seven venues throughout the city,
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Production begins on Wentworth season four

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Production started this week on season four of Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia.s drama Wentworth.

The cast and crew are settling in to a new location and studio in Melbourne.s western suburbs to shoot the 12 episode season.

Wentworth.s S4 cast includes Danielle Cormack (Bea Smith), Pamela Rabe (Joan Ferguson), Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett), Nicole da Silva (Franky Doyle), Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth), Shareena Clanton (Doreen Anderson), Katrina Milosevic (Sue .Boomer. Jenkins), Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson), Socratis Otto (Maxine Conway), Tammy MacIntosh (Kaz Proctor), and Libby Tanner (Bridget Westfall).

.As the story resumes, Bea and her cell-block mates are returning to Wentworth after the fire and rebuilding of H Block to find a new dynamic in play with a new contender for Top Dog. On the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society. As always, no-one should underestimate .the Freak...

.Wentworth is a FremantleMedia Australia
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Wentworth, Devil's Playground lead Astra noms

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Wentworth and Devil.s Playground have dominated in the 2015 Astra nominations, between them securing all nominations in the acting and Australian drama categories.

More than 30 Australian subscription channels have been shortlisted as finalists across the 17 Astra categories (finalists for Channel of the Year are announced separately).

This year, for the first time, a number of professionals from wider creative industries joined subscription television executives in the judging process. The result is a diverse range of nominations (for instance, in the Most Outstanding Reality Program category, Aussie productions The Real Housewives of Melbourne is nominated up against Outback Coroner and Afl football show The Recruit, as well as Us programs Deadliest Catch and Gold Rush) while, for the first time, community channel Aurora has earned its first Astra in its 20-year history.

.The finalists announced today represent the best content on Australian television,. Astra CEO Andrew Maiden said in a statement released to media.
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Wentworth Prison: Go inside the compound in behind-the-scenes clip

Go inside the walls of Wentworth Prison in a Digital Spy exclusive clip.

Celia Ireland - who plays Liz Birdsworth in the Australian series - gives viewers a tour of the famous compound in this special feature.

The clip is taken from the behind-the-scenes material on the Wentworth Prison: Season Two DVD box-set.

Pamela Rabe (who plays iconic villain Joan Ferguson) and Nicole da Silva (Franky Doyle) also appear to guide fans around the set.

Wentworth Prison - a remake of the classic series Prisoner: Cell Block H - has already been renewed for a third season, to air in Australia and the UK in 2015.

Wentworth Prison: Season Two is out on DVD on Monday (November 24).

Wentworth Prison stars on the Freak and honouring Prisoner - watch

Wentworth Prison: 5 reasons to watch the Prisoner: Cell Block H remake
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What To Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - The Great British Bake Off, Our Zoo

The Great British Bake Off: BBC One, 8pm

This series of Bake Off has seen everything from bacon eclairs to an extremely controversial baked Alaska. Now, the finale of the competition is upon us as the contestants battle it out for the coveted title of Britain's best amateur baker.

Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have saved one of their most difficult technical challenges to date for the final, while Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc offer a bit of light relief from the intensity of the Bake Off tent.

Our Zoo: BBC One, 9pm

BBC One's warm-hearted drama comes to an end tonight as George (Lee Ingleby) struggles with the pressures of trying to keep his fledgling zoo alive.

Meanwhile, a secret about the zoo is uncovered that could have major consequences for its future.

Wentworth Prison: Channel 5, 10pm

While visiting, Simmo's (Alexandra Fowler) husband asks
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Bake Off, Our Zoo, Silicon Valley

The Great British Bake Off: BBC One, 8pm

Following the national meltdown (sorry) over the Baked Alaska 'bingate' drama last week, Bake Off returns without Iain, or Diana, who dropped out of filming for health reasons.

Emotions are running understandably high as the remaining bakers prepare a selection of pies and tarts, and try their hardest to avoid Mary Berry's least favourite feature: a soggy bottom.

Our Zoo: BBC One, 9pm

Straight after Bake Off comes a heart-warming new period drama on BBC One, which tells the story of the family who founded Chester Zoo.

Appalled at the treatment of the animals at a local circus, ex-soldier George Mottershead (Lee Ingleby) relocates a monkey and a parrot to his parents back yard - much to their distaste. Liz White, Ralf Little, Anne Reid, Sophia Myles and Stephen Campbell Moore (pictured) also star.

Silicon Valley: Sky Atlantic
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Showcase named pay-tv channel of the year

Premium drama channel showcase, home of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and House of Cards, was named channel of the year at the 12th Astra Awards in Sydney on Thursday night.

FremantleMedia.s Wentworth (Soho) was feted as most outstanding Australian drama and Nicole da Silva, who plays Franky Doyle, took the award for most outstanding performance by a female actor.

Peter Mullan of See-Saw Films' Top of the Lake (UKTV) was judged most outstanding performance by a male actor.

Charlotte Dawson was honoured posthumously for an .exceptional contribution. to the subscription TV industry. Dawson was a judge for seven years on Australia.s Next Top Model.

The award was accepted by her sisters, Vicky Dawson and Robin Barclay, and presented by former Next Top Model host Sarah Murdoch, who spoke of Charlotte's .generosity of spirit. and said .her heart was always in the right place."

"Charlotte would never miss an Astra Awards ceremony,
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Plenty of Poms tune in to Wentworth

Australian prison drama Wentworth has premiered successfully on the UK.s Channel 5, drawing 1.8 million viewers.

The FremantleMedia-produced series ranked second in its 10 pm Wednesday timeslot, trailing BBC News (3.2 million viewers) and ahead of ITV.s News (1.4 million), Channel 4.s The Last Leg, the talk show co-hosted by Adam Hills (900,000), and BBC2.s The Culture Show (500,000).

Entitled Wentworth Prison in the UK, it ranked No 1 among people aged 16-34 and registered strongly with women and .upmarket adults..

That performance delighted FremantleMedia executives who hope it will encourage broadcasters in other territories, most notably the Us, to buy the show. Foxtel has commissioned a second series which starts shooting in Melbourne in late September.

The re-imagining of Prisoner, which many Poms fondly remember as Prisoner Cell Block H, got mixed reviews. The Telegraph.s critic lauded the show as .edgy and gripping. and declared the final showdown between Franky (Nicole da Silva
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Wentworth Prison: 5 reasons to watch the Prisoner: Cell Block H remake

One of the greatest ever Aussie exports, Prisoner: Cell Block H, is the latest TV show to get the remake treatment for the 21st Century.

Re-imagined with an updated cast, a bit of extra grit and a new title - Wentworth Prison - the show picked up plenty of critical acclaim when it was launched in Australia earlier this year. Keep reading for five reasons to watch the behind-bars drama.

1. The show has managed to please hardcore fans of the original.

"I really felt the pressure of bringing back an iconic show and there was a lot of scepticism from the original fans," says Nicole da Silva, who plays lead character Franky Doyle.

"But the response has been so positive and it's been so successful... we could not have dreamed of a better reception."

The show's first episode pulled in 244,000 viewers in Oz, a Foxtel record, and it was compared
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This Week's Must-See TV: 5 Shows You Shouldn't Miss

If we had to sum up this week's edition of Must-See TV in two words, we'd go for 'guilty pleasures' - what with it containing reality show beasts Celebrity Big Brother and The X Factor, as well as the ever-ridiculous Celebrity Juice.

But we don't have to use two words. We can use many - we make the rules. Read on for our full rundown of the week's top telly here...

Celebrity Big Brother: Wednesday (August 28) at 9pm on Channel 5

We've got high hopes that this Celebrity Big Brother, with its delightful mix of housemates who are camp, crude, controversial and Courtney Stodden. We're just four days in and are already bloomin' hooked!

But alas, it's already time to bid farewell to one sorry sleb in the first live eviction of the series on Wednesday. The delightful Emma Willis will be on hand to debrief the unlucky loser, who,
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