Craig McLachlan with Kate Ritchie when she first appeared on Home and Away.Carry on Sally
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KATE Ritchie will reprise her role as Sally Fletcher in Seven’s Home and Away. The former Summer Bay sweetheart will return after five years in a storyline marking the show’s 25th anniversary. Ritchie was just eight when she joined the cast and ”captured the nation’s heart”, in the words of Channel Seven’s publicity department. The episodes will air over several months later this year.

Experimental stab

THE ABC has commissioned a new comedy series from Jungleboys, the production company behind the critically acclaimed comedy A Moody Christmas. The Elegant Man’s Guide to Knife Fighting is a six-part sketch comedy series based on an experimental online comedy program of the same name. It boasts a formidable cast including Patrick Brammall, Phil Lloyd, Janis McGavin, Georgina Haig, Brendan Cowell, Helen Dallimore and Jane Harber. Also in development is the panel show-with-a-twist Dirty Laundry Live, which will be hosted by comedian Lawrence Mooney. It will broadcast live-to-air from Melbourne on ABC2 later this year.

Sandy feet get itchy

SO, DID Channel Seven sports presenter Sandy Roberts quit or didn’t he? A report on February 5 in The Herald-Sun claimed he had, for a job at Fox Sports. That prompted a nuclear response from Seven, which insisted he had not. Roberts backed Seven’s position, but rumours are swirling that Roberts’ departure has merely been delayed, thanks to lawyers. All the more peculiar is Roberts’ insistence Fox Sports had not made an offer.

Weaver digs the role

JACKI Weaver has emerged as the frontrunner to play Gina Rinehart in the mini-series about the mining baroness’ life. Production company Screentime snagged the rights to Adele Ferguson’s best-selling biography of Rinehart and will turn it into a six-hour series (production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder also has a Rinehart drama in development). Casting is not yet under way but that hasn’t stopped speculation Weaver would be perfect. Screentime says several networks are potential buyers. Let’s assume one is not Channel Ten, in which Rinehart has shares.

More talent wanted

ONE man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Channel Nine will be banking on that when it launches its reboot of Australia’s Got Talent later in 2013. The network announced last week that auditions for the series would kick off in March. That’s an open call for jugglers, fire-eaters and dancers. Nine has not yet announced judges or host, but the smart money is on a short-run series stripped across weeknights, in the style of the original Britain’s Got Talent, on which the format is based. Details at australiasgottalent南京夜网.au.

With Paul Kalina

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