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Shirley from Skyhooks in Countdown. ABC

Countdown - just nostalgia, or still breaking new ground?

Audiences of a certain age still gush about Countdown, the ABC’s music show that ran between 1974 and 1987. The ritual of sitting down to watch the ABC at 6pm on a Sunday (and maybe again for the Saturday…
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. BBC/IMDB

Finally, the first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.
Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Bright Lights – a TV farewell to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

After the deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher in the last days of 2016, the release of a new documentary about their lives, Bright Lights, feels serendipitous. Already shown to some film festivals…
Waleed Aly’s 2016 Gold Logie win tells us that the audience has been more appreciative of Australian television’s diversity than the industry. Joe Castro/AAP

Why we should care more about the Logies

The Logies are fantastically daggy, but they let us compare audience and industry definitions of achievement. Looking back, it's clear the public celebrates new, diverse and varied television.