Australia, get your maracas out! Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door launches Sept 13 on Seven

The highly anticipated two-part miniseries, Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, will premiere across two big Sundays - September 13 and 20 at 8.30pm - on Seven.

Not The Boy Next Door tells the rollercoaster story of Australian entertainer, Peter Allen, who went from being a childhood performer in country NSW to a Grammy and Academy Award- winning songwriter and the toast of Broadway, marrying into Hollywood royalty along the way.

Peter is best known for his signature song ‘I Go To Rio’, the ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, a . He also co-wrote the huge commercial chart hits ‘I Honestly Love You’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ and ‘Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)’.

The miniseries stars Joel Jackson (Deadline Gallipoli) as Peter Allen, Rebecca Gibney (Winter, Packed To The Rafters) as Peter’s mum Marion Woolnough, Sara West (Winter, ANZAC Girls) as Peter’s one-time wife and lifelong friend Liza Minnelli, Nick Farnell (Charles Bean’s Great War, Killing Time) as Peter’s father Dick Woolnough, Henri Szeps (Mother and Son) as Peter’s agent Dee Anthony and musical theatre star Rob Mills as Peter’s singing partner Chris Bell; with Sigrid Thornton (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, SeaChange) as screen legend Judy Garland and 14-year-old newcomer Ky Baldwin as young Peter Woolnough.

Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door is Seven’s third drama collaboration with Endemol Shine Australia after the February 2014 smash hit, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and the hugely successful, Catching Milat, earlier this year.

The miniseries was filmed February-March 2015 in New South Wales and is based on the book, ‘Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz’, by Stephen MacLean.

Executive Producers: Rory Callaghan and Julie McGauran Producers: Kerrie Mainwaring and Rory Callaghan Director: Shawn Seet
Writers: Justin Monjo (Part 1), Michael Miller (Part 2)



Foxtel and Network Ten today announced season 2 of the hit local production, Gogglebox Australia, the show about people watching television, will premiere on Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel on Wednesday, September 30, at 9.30pm, and broadcast on TEN on Thursday, October 1, at 8.30pm.

Gogglebox was the break-out show that had everyone talking, capturing the reactions of 10 ordinary Australian households as they watched the nightly news, argued over politics, cheered their favourite sporting teams and digested current affairs and documentaries.

Each week Gogglebox took the temperature of the nation and left us with some of the most memorable quotes, like Lee & Keith, who shared some sage advice on TV love scenes; Keith “Why is everything in slow-mo?”, Lee “Because it lasts longer!”.

Janet (The Kidd Family) asked the question about the Kardashians that’s on everyone’s mind: “Why does anyone want to keep up with them?”.

Angie wasn’t a fan of chef, Gordon Ramsay; “Gordon Ramsay hot? I’d rather s*#@ in my hands and clap!”.

Anastasia taught us some Greek history; “The Greeks taught everyone how to make everything”, and what it means to be a “Malaka”. She also asked the age-old question “Who is Larry and why is he so happy?”.

And when Tom wasn’t sipping on a cocktail he was talking about his drinking and dating habits: “I’ve been blind on a date, but not a blind-date”.

All your favourites from season 1 will be returning in season 2: vivacious friends and housemates, Angie & Yvie; best mates and larrikins with a thirst for life, Adam & Symon; bubbly Greek best friends, Anastasia & Faye; the close-knit Dalton Family; the fun-loving Delpechitra Family; the sports-crazy Jackson Family; the quirky, fun and intelligent Kidd Family; the couple happily married for 30 years, Lee & Keith; Indigenous Art Dealers, Mick & Di; and newly-engaged cocktail-loving Wayne & Tom.

Endemol Shine Australia, executive producer, David McDonald said: We’re delighted that all our Goggleboxers have returned for a second season and can’t wait to see their unique and funny take on TV’s latest offerings, while getting a little more insight into their lives.” 

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Chrissie Swan And Grant Denyer to Host The Great Australian Spelling Bee

It was announced today that Chrissie Swan and Grant Denyer will host Network Ten’s exciting new family entertainment series, The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

This engaging new series will search for Australia’s best and brightest young spellers.

Both proud parents themselves, Chrissie and Grant will prove a formidable and entertaining duo as they support and encourage Australia’s most remarkable spellers, who will inspire all Australians with their spelling proficiency.

Chrissie said: “Only my closest friends know that I have always been crazy for spelling, and I was a spelling bee champion myself in primary school.

“This show is heaven for me. I'll be there all the way, supporting the clever kids and their parents and gently reminding them that it's ‘i' before ‘e' except after ‘c'. It is also, of course, a great thrill to work with Grant Denyer who I've been liaising with recently. Please note the second and often forgotten 'i' is included there in I onto the next round?”

Grant said: “The kids in The Great Australian Spelling Bee are going to inspire, excite and amaze us all, as we watch our smallest Australians achieve really big things.

“You won’t believe what our wonderful young kids are capable of when given the chance to shine in a special opportunity like this. Taking the classic kids’ spelling bee to an all-time stunning new level will be a thrilling celebration of how bright, fun and inspiring our young Aussies are.

“As someone who can’t spell to save himself, I think I’m in for a brutal lesson of why I should have talked less and listened more in school,” he said.

“I love working with kids. They're surprising, unpredictable and they always challenge you as a host. More importantly, they’re just a joy to watch as they grow right in front of you in an opportunity like this. Just like Family Feud, it’s a show for the whole family to enjoy together.”

 Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “Chrissie and Grant are the perfect hosts for our brand new family entertainment series.

“They are warm, funny and they love and respect kids. The chemistry between Grant and Chrissie is great to watch and they will ensure that all Australians fall in love with The Great Australian Spelling Bee.

“The Great Australian Spelling Bee is a fresh and engaging series, and it fits perfectly into our strategy of bringing event television to Australian families,” she said.

The hunt for Australia’s best young spellers has already started, with auditions currently underway across the country.

Produced by Shine Australia, The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an original format and will launch on TEN later this year.

For more information, please contact:

Heidi Packer
Sydney Publicity Manager
P: (02) 9650 1178. M: 0416 007 070 E: 

The Great Australian Spelling Bee. Little Kids, Big Words.

Shine Australia is pleased to announce the commissioning of an exciting new, family entertainment series, The Great Australian Spelling Bee - by Network Ten.

Produced by Shine Australia, The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an original format and will launch on TEN later this year.

Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “The Great Australian Spelling Bee is an exciting, engaging new series and a perfect fit with our strategy of bringing event television to Australians.

“Surrounded by their friends and loved ones, we will see Australia’s brightest young people put through their paces as they inspire and surprise us. And we will cheer them on.”

Network Ten Head of Drama, Rick Maier, worked with Shine Australia to develop the concept.

“Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest,” Mr Maier said. “And the simplest ideas are the most exciting.”                                                              

Mark Fennessy, CEO, Shine Australia, said: “We are delighted to be bringing this original and exciting format to TEN. By super-sizing spelling to a hyper-stylised, entertainment family event, we’ll present the universal art of problem solving on the grandest of scales.

“Viewers will be inspired and enthralled by Australia's most remarkable spellers among the jeopardy and drama of big event television. For these young people, everything is on the line.”

Network Ten will announce the host of The Great Australian Spelling Bee soon.

The Great Australian Spelling Bee is casting now. To apply, go to:


In a joint statement, Shine Australia and Seven today announced the cast for PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR.

JOEL JACKSON as Peter Allen

JOEL JACKSON as Peter Allen

Joel Jackson, who will make his Australian screen debut in Foxtel’s drama series, Deadline Gallipoli, has landed the role of Peter Allen and will be supported by an iconic cast including Sigrid Thornton (Underbelly, Little Oberon, MDA, SeaChange, Whipping Boy, The Man From Snowy River, 1915, Prisoner, The Lighthorsemen, Boy In The Bush, All The Rivers Run) as Judy Garland, Rebecca Gibney (Winter, Packed to the Rafters, Halifax f.p., All Together Now, The Flying Doctors) as Peter’s mother Marion Woolnough and Henri Szeps (Cruise Control, Cabaret, Mother and Son, Palace of Dreams) as talent agent Dee Anthony.

They will be joined by Sara West (Winter, ANZAC Girls) as Liza Minnelli, Nick Farnell (Charles Bean’s Great War, Killing Time, The Mule) as Peter’s father Dick Woolnough and musical theatre star Rob Mills as Chris Bell, Peter’s partner in ‘The Allen Brothers’.

Joel Jackson said: “To be given the unique responsibility of playing two legendary Australians, in Charles Bean and Peter Allen, back to back all before I'm 24 years old is incredible. The on-set experience I garnered whilst shooting Deadline Gallipoli has given me the confidence to dive straight into the huge task of inhabiting the charisma and flair of Peter Allen.”

Sigrid Thornton said: “Now, in 2015, I think we're perhaps better placed than ever to be able to tell Peter Allen's story with the honesty it deserves. And for me personally, as a lifelong Garland fan, I feel privileged to be bringing her to life with this marvellous team, to a whole new audience.”

Rebecca Gibney said: “I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Peter Allen story. The relationship between Peter and his mother Marion is so important in the story and the scripts are beautifully written. The cast that has been assembled is extraordinary and with director Shawn Seet at the helm I'm sure it's going to be a wonderful experience.”

The two part mini-series will tell the remarkable story of Peter Allen’s rise from country New South Wales to the Hollywood Hills – becoming part of American entertainment royalty along the way. Managed by Judy Garland at 20, married to Liza Minnelli at 23 and the first Australian to win an Oscar (‘Arthur's Theme’) and a Grammy (‘I Honestly Love You’ – Olivia Newton-John), Peter Allen is one of Australia's most adored entertainers and the man behind some of our most iconic songs.

Mark Fennessy, CEO Shine Australia said: “We're absolutely delighted with the composition of our stellar cast. Peter Allen led a remarkable life and with the support of such brilliant acting talent, we'll bring his unique story alive again for all Australians.”

Brad Lyons, Seven’s Director of Network Production said: “As we found with INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, people are enjoying these great Australian stories and this journey of a boy from the bush to international stardom will be no exception. We have an extraordinary cast and a heartfelt script which we know will resonate with our viewers. There was and is no one else like Peter Allen and Seven is really proud to be telling his story.”

Produced by Rory Callaghan and Kerrie Mainwaring, PETER ALLEN: NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR commences production next week. It will be shot in various locations across New South Wales.