Frontline (Australia)

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ABC1 (ended 1997)

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Frontline (Australia)

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Frontline is a satirical comedy on Current Affairs. From the anchor Mike Moore who believes he does all the work (but just reads the autocue) to the egotistic reporter Brooke Vandenberg and the troubles of the other staff (not to mention horrible Friday Night Entertainer Elliot Rhodes)

After two years, the show did a thing related only to sci-fi programs, by skipping forward a number of years. The show, however, maintained it's high quality and is one of the Top Australian shows ever made.

From Season 2 onwards, there are no specific writing credits as Cilauro, Kennedy, Sitch and Gleisner wrote in practically all episodes. The same is said for directing.
Jane Kennedy

Jane Kennedy

Brooke Vandenberg [reporter]

Kevin J. Wilson

Kevin J. Wilson

Sam Murphey [executive producer] (Season 2; 1995)

Trudy Hellier

Trudy Hellier

Kate Preston [researcher]

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Trev

Rob Sitch

Rob Sitch

Mike Moore [host]

Steve Bisley

Steve Bisley

Graeme Prowse [executive producer] (Season 3; 1997)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Aussie satire on prime-time current affairs shows. Produced by former D-Generation and Late Show members, this creative team later produced The Panel and Thank God You're Here.

    9.5
    The timing and execution of this series were done to perfection, making Australian viewers slightly more aware of the cynical goings on of commercial television current affairs programs and ultimately contributing to the pressure placed on channels 7 to axe Stan Grant and Real Life, and perhaps one of the reasons for Ray Martin's break from Prime-time. Cleverly shot in a documentary style, the writing was sharp and the performances were all-round brilliant, particularly Allison Whyte and Rob Sitch who won a Logie for most outstanding actor. One negative is that It could be argued that this program was derivative of Spinal Tap, Newsroom, Larry Sanders and Drop the Dead Donkey, however these are not references known to most Australian viewers and in all fairness the show still stands out as superb despite the occasional coincidental similarity. Funny, intelligent, influential and provocative this slick half hour television program is one of the best to have been produced in this country.moreless
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