Television producer John Edwards scooped the drama pool at the AACTA film and television awards last week, taking out best television drama (Puberty Blues) and best telefeature or mini-series (Howzat!). Channel Seven's The Amazing Race won best reality television series, following up its win at the International Emmy Awards in 2012. Lead actor and actress gongs went to Richard Roxburgh (Rake, pictured) and Leah Purcell (Redfern Now), and supporting actor gongs to Aaron Jeffery (Underbelly: Badness) and Mandy McElhinney (Howzat!).
The BBC has commissioned a dramatisation of the creation of its iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who. The program, An Adventure in Space and Time will be broadcast in 2013 to mark the show's 50th anniversary. It will star David Bradley as actor William Hartnell, who played the original Doctor, Brian Cox as BBC head of drama Sydney Newman, and Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert, the show's original producer. Filming for the 90-minute production will begin in February.
Broth spoils cooks
In the first big ratings clash of the year, MasterChef: The Professionals has taken a bruising from My Kitchen Rules. Channel Ten launched MasterChef almost a month before the start of the official ratings. Channel Seven launched MKR in response last week, and it quickly stabilised about the 1.6 million-viewer mark, pushing MasterChef from about a million viewers to 850,000. The official ratings year begins on Sunday.
Coup for Sales
Australian journalist Leigh Sales scored a coup when she was asked to host a ''townterview'' - the final interview given by the outgoing US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Sales moderated the interview with Clinton, which featured a series of crosses around the world to journalists asking a range of questions about US policy. But in a surprise twist, comedians Hamish & Andy turned up, via Skype, to talk to Clinton. ''These guys are hilarious,'' Clinton said. Sales told the ABC she was not certain why she was chosen to moderate the interview. ''I'm guessing they wanted someone from overseas to do it, but I'm not really sure, to be honest, why they wanted me,'' she said. ''I was just glad they did pick me.''
The Price is wrong
The Seven Network has axed The Price is Right. The current version of the game show, in which contestants compete to win cash and prizes by guessing the price of selected items, was launched in May 2012. It was hosted by Larry Emdur, who fronts Seven's The Morning Show. Emdur was the host of two previous iterations of the format, both for Channel Nine, from 1993-98 and 2003-05.
Today Tonight benighted
Today Tonight could be rolled into a one-hour news bulletin as early as Sunday. Speculation has dogged the show for some time, and Seven, facing stiff competition in news and current affairs, is said to be considering either scrapping the Today Tonight brand or including it in the new program.