Set in London of the early 60s, the series about the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House is now in its 5th season with Charlotte Ritchie back as young nurse Barbara Gilbert.
James Nesbitt immerses himself as a broken father in The Missing | @SBSInterviews
Originally broadcast on BBC First, The Missing explores the heart-wrenching story of two parents torn apart by the disappearance of their young son.
Steven Moffat talks Sherlock - The Abominable Bride | @StanAustralia @NikoleGunnInterviews, Streaming
It’s been a long time between drinks, but Sherlock is finally returning to our screens in a one-off special on the big and small screen.
A World of Design for Shaynna Blaze | @ShaynnaBlaze @NikoleGunn @FoxtelInterviews
If you only know Shaynna Blaze from The Block or Selling Houses Australia, then her next TV venture may come as a bit of a surprise.
Interview: Sarah Ferguson - Hitting Home | @ABCTV @FergusonNewsInterviews
Presented by Sarah Ferguson, Hitting Home seeks to answer how does domestic violence begin? How does it escalate from control to physical violence and even death?
Interview: Peter Maddison returns with Grand Designs Australia | @P_Maddison_GDA @FoxtelInterviews
A new season of Grand Designs Australia arrives on The Lifestyle Channel this month with six new stories of Australians building or renovating their dream homes.
Interview: Jamie Durie - Building an Outback Nation | @Foxtel @baker_conInterviews
Outback Nation is the latest offering from Australia’s most popular ex-pat landscaping guru Jamie Durie, and is a reality DIY gardening show done American style; with alligators, snakes and even armadillos.
"It’s kind of fun watching these American families that have these really neglected backyards get their hands dirty." Jamie told me when we caught up recently, "And not just that, it forces them to face their fear. I get them to camp out in their backyard while we work on the yard. I think it’s pretty good TV."
Jamie, with the help of the family transform their huge, neglected, often animal infested backyard into a useable, beautiful space all while camping out and all in just four days. Each episode follows the process of Jamie slashing his way through the yard, designing a new space based on the family’s wants and then getting in and undertaking:
1. Dig out
2. Build out
3. Plant out
"Some of these yards are enormous, like a hectare. We can’t touch all of it so we pick out the best spots. We also need to deal with the fact that there are now often animals co-habitating there. One family had a 13 and half alligator sharing their backyard and getting into the pool. That’s not safe."
Now, call me a cynic but I was a little dubious about the broad Aussie ‘G’Day’ that greeted each new family; surely it’s a bit of overplay for the US audience but Jamie assured me it wasn’t…
"I’m a G’day kind of guy. I’m an Australian guy. A proud Australian. That’s just how I am naturally. And I think that’s part of the secret to my longevity on television, in the industry; being authentic. Viewers can smell a fake a mile off."
Jamie Durie is at a point of his career where he is happy to consider himself a TV veteran.
"This is actually my 52nd TV series between Australia, the US and Asia. While sometimes, to me, it feels like only 5 mins, it’s been 17 years. A friend reminded me just the other day. I started on TV in 1999 with Backyard Rooms on Channel 9 and then Dig This on Foxtel. And now I’m back on Foxtel, I’m back home"
"I always have believed that ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’ at least that’s the way it has been for me. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I’m proud of what I do, I’m passionate about it."
"I divide my time between the US and Australia. I keep an office in Sydney and a home in Australia – I just chase the summer these days."
Look Outback Nation with Jamie Durie isn’t anything new but it is entertaining, and if you’re considering some backyard DIY (or have an alligator issue) then you can pick up some great ideas – I’m thinking you’ll probably need a bit longer than four days though. And always be careful when undertaking any DIY projects; even the professionals can get hurt,
"I dislocated my shoulder and broke two fingers,"
There was also a moment of miscommunication in episode two that saw a massive palm tree literally just miss Jamie,
"That was scary. That could have been the end of me."
Outback Nation with Jamie Durie premieres on Foxtel’s LifeStyle HOME Monday 2nd November at 9.30pm.
Interview: Sarah Snook and The Beautiful Lie @ABCTVInterviews
From producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks, who gave us Offspring, Puberty Blues and Tangled, this six-part series is an ambitious ‘re-imagining’ of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.
Interview: Shaun Micallef returns this week as The Ex-PM @ABCTVInterviews
This Wednesday night will see the premiere of a new comedy series from the creative mind of Shaun Micallef on ABC TV.
Interview: Ruth Gemmell - Keeping the Home Fires Burning on BBC FirstInterviews
Toast the crumpets, pop the kettle on the boil, the British are coming to Australia in the highly popular first season of BBC’s Home Fires.
Contributing writer Connie Baker is an experienced Content & Social Media Consultant.
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