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Channel 7: My Kitchen Rules 2017 Line up revealed



Channel 7 have given us the details of all the duos taking part in this years My Kitchen Rules competition.

There are 18 teams in all competing. The show premieres on Channel 7 on 30 January.

The teams and groups are as follows…


Damo & Caz, TAS – Tassie Sweethearts
Signature Dish
Damo: Poached pears in a spiced red wine sauce with cinnamon ice cream. It’s a spin on one of my favourite dishes that mum used to make me when I was little.
Caz: Roast chicken and vegetables. This dish is special to me because I grew up eating a roast with my family every Sunday and now I cook one for my family every Sunday. I also make a yummy relish from tomatoes grown in our vegetable garden.

David & Betty, NSW – #JustFriends
“As a team, we love that we are straight forward with one another,” says Betty.
“We’re like brother and sister and we’re going to stand up for each other no matter what happens,” adds David.
The main thing that brought them together after meeting in a body piercing parlour was their backgrounds – David’s family came to Australia on a boat from Vietnam, while Betty’s family are from Laos.
“We are so proud of our culture,” Betty says. “Both our mums are amazing cooks.”

Karen & Ros, VIC – Midwives
Food Philosophy
To cook fresh, nutritious and flavoursome dishes, that we plate up and serve with love, which make our families and friends feel nourished and nurtured.

Bek & Ash, WA – Flirty Flatmates
“We live in hope that we will find our dream men,” says self-proclaimed flirt Bek. “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so it’s a good thing that we can cook.”
But these flirtatious flatmates warn they’re not to be underestimated.
“We will be bringing our A game,” says dental nurse Ash.
“We’re very intelligent and driven women,” adds Bek, a vet surgeon. “We’ve swiped left, we’ve swiped right and now we’ve got our game faces on.”

Tim & Kyle, SA – Pub Mates
“I first learned to cook with my dad who’s a chef,” says Tim. “I’m keen to
get into the kitchen and show the teams what we can do. I quit my job for this competition so it’s really important we do well.”
“We came here to win!” adds Kyle.
The single, self-described social butterflies enjoy beer, live music, beer, socialising, beer, the footy and their mates!

Amy & Tyson, QLD – Serious Siblings
In the Kitchen
Amy is big picture; Tyson is more details- oriented. Amy is generally quite bossy and a natural leader while Tyson is good at taking direction (and blocking her out when needed). But they can interchange roles to get the job done.


Albert & Dave, NSW – Brothers
“Our food is pretty different to the normal style of food on My Kitchen Rules,” says Tyson, an Uber driver. “We like to challenge ourselves. And we’re here to win.”
“We didn’t grow up cooking,” adds Amy, who works in human resources. “Since moving out of home and having to cook for ourselves, I think a lot of what we’ve learnt is by experimentation and trying to replicate what we’ve eaten out.”

Kelsey & Amanda, NSW – Sisters
Amanda’s strength lies in savoury dishes while Kelsey’s is with sweet.
In the Kitchen
They work really well together and can pre-empt what the other is thinking. Kelsey is the bossy one but Amanda is happy to let that bossiness glide by to get the job done.

Court & Duncan, VIC – Married Hipsters
Happily married Melbourne couple Court, 29, and Duncan, 34, love cooking together and their fur baby Ted, an English staffy.
“I’m the king of protein,” says Duncan, a project manager.
“And I’m the salad ninja,” says Court, a designer.
Court was a vegetarian and a vegan for a lot of her life. Now she eats meat, but tries to do so responsibly. Meanwhile, meat lover Duncan’s pride and joy is his offset smoker which he’s fondly named, Willie Nelson.

Josh & Amy, WA – Seafood Lovers
Signature Dish
Josh: Chilli mussels, so tasty!
Amy: Chilli mud crab because to me it’s a celebration dish. We go out and catch the mud crabs ourselves, cook them ourselves, then enjoy a hard day’s work by devouring them with friends!

Della & Tully, QLD – Foodie Friends
“Nobody can believe that I’m a construction lawyer, but I am,” laughs perfectionist Della.
“Being Maltese, I learnt to cook as I was learning to eat and I’ve had lots of key influences on my cooking,” she adds.
“I really see MKR as a journey for helping me hone in on my skills in the hope of having a career in
food one day.”
“Dinner parties with Della are like no other,” says Tully. “The more the merrier is definitely the motto.”

Alyse & Matt, QLD – Ambitious Newlyweds
In the Kitchen
Alyse is head chef and Matt, who is great with a knife, is her sous chef. Alyse plans out their time in the kitchen and Matt is good at tasting and tweaking as they go. Matt likes a really strong, knock-your-socks-off flavour, whereas Alyse likes something a little bit more subtle.
Matt is a procrastinator while Alyse is go-go-go. Alyse stresses out whereas Matt remains calm.

My Kitchen Rules 2017


Mark & Chris, VIC – Footy Friends
Footy loving best mates from Melbourne, Mark, 32, and Chris, 33, met in high school and admit they don’t take themselves too seriously.
“I’ve got two of the best kids in the world,” says single father Mark. “I’m teaching them to be Hawthorn supporters”.
“More like brainwashing them!” teases newly married Chris. “I met my wife Bianca 11 years ago. She’s probably the best thing that’s happened to me… besides Mark.”

Caitie & Demi, VIC – Besties
Home Cook Heroes
Caitie: My grandma is a 5ft pocket rocket and cooks everything for our whole family on her own. She insists that for family occasions we should go out to a restaurant, but she always ends up cooking enough food for an army at her house.
Demi: My mum and dad.

Lama & Sarah, SA – Cousins
MKR’s first Lebanese team, Adelaide cousins, Lama, 34, and Sarah, 33, are set to bring Middle Eastern fire to the table.
“We’re cousins, we love each other dearly, but we fight a lot as well,” admits Sarah, a hair and make-up artist.
“But no matter how much we bicker, we know we can put it aside,” adds finance broker Lama. “The love is there.”
The passionate duo have done almost everything together and enjoy the exciting things in life like skydiving and motorbike riding.

Brett & Marie, QLD – First Loves
In the Kitchen
They are both assertive. Brett is more of the leader, but Marie doesn’t just follow. They know what needs to be done and are both willing to allow the other person to run with an idea. They are pretty easy going people in general and this is also the case in the kitchen – they work well together and just get on with the job.
Home Cook Heroes
Brett: Anthony Bourdain, René Redzepi, Magnus Nilsson, Andrew Zimmern, Luke Nguyen.
Marie: Maggie Beer.

Valerie & Courtney, QLD – Mother & Daughter
Valerie and Courtney study their past for success in the future, drawing on their Anglo Indian roots.
“Our recipes have been passed down through generations,” says Courtney.
“I have a book of my father’s recipes that’s been with me for about 44 years,” reveals Valerie. “I think it’s going to be our secret weapon.”
“I always remember mum in the kitchen cooking and in earlier times my Poppy,” says Courtney. “I liked to help out where I could and learned a lot from watching on.”
“You’ve never seen food like ours,” promises Valerie.

Mell & Cyn, NSW – Business Women
Signature Dish
Mell: Satay chicken, profiteroles and chocolate eclairs. I really love to cook all types of Asian food and also many different types of desserts.
Cyn: I don’t really have just one. But my meatballs are special to me because it took a lot of meatballs for my husband to give it the tick of approval.


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Poldark Series 3 Premieres Sunday 17 June on ABC




Poldark Series 3

Australian fans of Poldark can relax and breathe a sigh of relief as the ABC announce the premiere date of the third season will be just one week behind the UK premiere. The series will air Sunday nights from 18 June at 8.30pm.

Following hot on the heels of the second series, the 9 episode third instalment in this epic Cornish drama, brings a host of new characters and worlds into play. 1794: Ross must traverse new family, new love, and new conflicts, as the French revolution casts a shadow over life in Cornwall. Facing battles both at home and abroad, will Ross answer the call and risk losing everything he holds dear? Our hero, Ross Poldark tries to rebuild his marriage to Demelza (Elanor Tomlinson), but their fragile peace is disturbed by the arrival of her deeply Methodist brothers Sam (Tom York) and Drake Carne (Harry Richardson).

Adapted from Winston Graham’s novels, Poldark is the brooding drama set in 18th-century Cornwall about Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner) who is set on the passionate quest to turn around the fortunes of his late father’s estate. Poldark is filmed on location in Cornwall and the Bristol area and at The Bottle Yard Studios.

Cast: Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner), Demelza Poldark (Eleanor Tomlinson), Elizabeth Warleggan (Heida Reed), George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), Dr Dwight Enys (Luke Norris), Caroline Penvenen (Gabriella Wilde), Prudie Paynter (Beatie Edney), Ray Penvenen (John Nettles), Aunt Agatha (Caroline Blakiston), Morwenna Chynoweth (Ellise Chappell), Drake Carne (Harry Richardson), Sam Carne (Tom York), Geoffrey Charles (Harry Marcus), Captain Henshawe (John Hollingworth), Paul Daniels (Ed Browning), Tom Harry (Turlough Convery), Zacky Martin (Tristan Sturrock), Tom Carne (Mark Frost), Rev Dr Halse (Robin Ellis), Harris Pascoe (Richard Hope), Tholly Tregirls (Sean Gilder), Sir Francis Bassett (John Hopkins), Lt. Hugh Armitage (Josh Whitehouse)

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Tidelands (Netflix 2018)





Netflix’s first Australian production Tidelands follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.”

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said Erik Barmack, the VP of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands—this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small-town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”

No casting announced as yet

key behind the scenes crew
Stephen M. Irwin as Creator
Tracey Robertson as Creator / Executive Producer
Nathan Mayfield as Executive Producer
Leigh McGrathas Executive Producer

show type
broadcast from
Currently in production for 2018
10 episodes planned

network and production companies
Netflix – Hoodlum Entertainment

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Easybeats, The (ABC 2017, Christian Byers, Will Rush)




The Easybeats ABC 2017

Two-part mini-series The Easybeats tells the story of five young newly-arrived immigrants who met in a Sydney migrant hostel in the swinging 1960s and went on to take Australian rock’n’roll to the world.

The Easybeats is a story of identity, re-invention and belonging, touching on themes of celebrity and redemption, with a powerful contemporary relevance and a killer soundtrack. While the members of the band each confronted their own sense of self and the loss of identity in pursuit of their success, they came to understand that though they were all from different countries, the sum of the musical parts was quintessentially Australian.

Ashley Zukerman as Ted Albert (Australian music industry pioneer and record producer)
Christian Byers as Stevie Wright
Will Rush as George Young
Mackenzie Fearnley as Harry Vanda
Du Toit Bredenkamp as Dick Diamonde
Arthur McBain as Snowy Fleet

key behind the scenes crew
Christopher Lee as Writer
Matthew Saville as Director
David Taylor as Producer
David Maher as Producer
Diane Haddon as Producer
Sally Riley as Executive Producer
Kym Goldsworthy as Executive Producer

show type
biography, true story, period drama

broadcast from
In production for broadcast later in 2017

network and production companies
ABC – Playmaker – Screen Australia – Screen NSW

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