Special Sub-Topic: Ten Different Ways to Die in a TV Show
|She was dying of leukaemia. In her last scene, she was lying on a sofa which had been taken out in to the garden, and she was watching her husband and daughter playing together. The screen gradually turned to black and then the husband shouted out, "_____"|
Molly! (Anne Tenney, "A Country Practice"). Molly and her husband Brendan (a nurse) had a hobby farm which Molly ran. Their daughter Chloe was around three when Molly died.
(Okay, so some characters do die of cancer ...)
"A Country Practice" ran on Channel 7 from 1981 to 1993. It revolved around a small country hospital, doctor's surgery and the local pub.
|She had just come out of hospital. She had arranged for her close friend and her grandson-in-law and his children to come and watch the wedding video of her friend's daughter to her grandson. They watched the video through several times and when the family doctor came to check on her, he found that she had quietly passed away.|
Helen (Anne Haddy, "Neighbours"). The two families had been having a major argument which had been on-going for some weeks, and Helen wanted them to reconcile and remember the happy times the families had shared together. The wedding was of Scott and Charlene. Present at the video-watching were Madge Ramsay, (Helen's close friend and Charlene's mother); Harold Bishop (Madge's husband and Charlene's step-father); Phillip Martin (widower to Helen's grand-daughter Julie and Scott's brother-in-law), and Phillip's teenage daughters Debbie and Hannah. Hannah had realised that Helen had passed away during the last viewing of the video but was too scared to mention it until the family doctor, Karl Kennedy (who lived in the street a couple of doors up) came to check on Helen, as she had only just been discharged from hospital. The others present had thought she had just dropped off to sleep.
(And some do die of old age then ...)
'Neighbours' was broadcast Channel 7 in Australia in 1985 and was picked up by Network 10 when Channel 7 axed it. The show celebrated its 20th anniversary year in 2005.
|He was a doctor and was married with a wife who had bi-polar disorder. At the same hospital where he worked was his first love, a nun who was nursing sister. The nun left her religious order, and following many trials and tribulations he and the (now former) nun decided to marry and bring up his daughter from his first marriage. He underwent surgery for a brain tumour and died of complications.|
Mitch (Erik Thompson, "All Saints"). Following the death of Mitch, ratings for "All Saints" slumped and the show was re-vamped, with the hospital staff being moved from their ward to the Emergency Department.
'All Saints' commenced broadcasting in 1998 and was cancelled in 2009. It was broadcast on Channel 7.
|She was angry at her boyfriend for not waking her up when he was supposed to, which made her late for a job interview. She got the job but was struck by a car and died. |
Sam (Jess Gower, "The Secret Life of Us"). The striking thing about this death was that the incident was not shown on the screen. "The Secret Life of Us" was narrated by two or three of the characters, and one narrator, Evan, (played by Samuel Jackson) told the audience that the police had contacted Sam's boyfriend and notified him of her death. This was in the episode "Intimations of Mortality". Jess Gower has also been credited as Jessica Gower.
"The Secret Life of Us" was first broadcast on Network 10 in Australia 2000 and ceased in 2005.
|She was the 8-year old daughter of divorced parents. Her mother was an illustrator and her father was an architect. She died unexpectedly from a congenital condition.|
Lou (Alex Cook, "Love My Way"). Lou suddenly collapsed of an undiagnosed cardiac problem and died. Her father's reaction to Lou's death lead to his second marriage breaking up and the loss of his job as an architect as he fell in to drug addiction. Lou's mother travelled around the world trying to cope with the loss of her daughter.
"Love My Way" ran on Australian Pay TV 2004 - 2007. Alex Cook was nominated for a TV Week Logie Award in 2005.
|She was a police officer whose brother was a drug addict. In investigating the drug ring responsible for killing her brother, she realised that she would have to enter witness protection. Before she could safely escape she was shot dead by another brother.|
Maggie (Lisa McCune, "Blue Heelers"). Lisa McCune's Maggie was a popular favourite, receiving 10 Logies Awards including 4 Gold Logies for Most Popular Personality on Australian TV.
"Blue Heelers" ran on Channel 7 from 1994 to 2006.
|His mother was a police Detective Superintendent, and he was abducted by someone who wanted revenge on his mother. He was murdered before he could be rescued.|
Josh (William Jarratt, "City Homicide"). William Jarratt is the real-life son of Noni Hazlehurst, who plays Police Superintent Bernice Waverley. Josh's kidnapper blamed Bernice for the death of his brother and kidnapped Josh and killed him by slashing his wrists, the same way his brother had died.
"City Homicide" commenced broadcast on Channel 7 in 2008.
|This TV doctor married the town's 'sweetheart'. They had a child together (but not in the usual way). He died of skin cancer.
Flynn (Joel McIlroy, "Home and Away"). Flynn married Sally Fletcher (played by Kate Ritchie), who viewers watched grow up from an 8-year old up to a teacher and principal at Summer Bay School. Flynn was a doctor and died as a result of melanoma. Flynn and Sally had a daughter through a surrogate mother as Sally was unable to have children, whom they named Pippa after Sally's foster mother.
"Home And Away" began broadcasting on Channel 7 in 1988.
|He was one of several people who was in the wine bar, when a bomb exploded in the next door delicatessen. He was a bit of an inventor and married to the owner of the wine bar.|
Les (Gordon McDougall, "Number 96"). The producers killed off Les and several other characters in a bid to boost ratings for the show. They realised their mistake in killing off Les, and brought Gordon McDougall back to act as Les's long-lost brother.
"Number 96" ran on Network 10 from 1972 - 1977 and was well-known for adult issues including homosexuality, racism, adultery, and drug use. It was one of the first TV shows to have a same-sex couple, which was accepted quite happily by the other characters.
|She was sent away to boarding school after one too many exploits for her military father's liking. She ran away from the boarding school and hid in the boat shed. Her brothers and sisters found her and kept her secret, but her father found her. He threatened to send her back to the school, but saw that she was severely ill and her father sent the family away to his wife's station to recover. A picnic turned tragic when she was killed saving her youngest brother's life. |
Judy (Jennifer Cluff, "Seven Little Australians"). The episodes had been semi-narrated by Esther, the step-mother to Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, and 'Baby' and mother to 'The General'. Judy was killed by a falling tree branch when she went to push 'The General' out of the way of the branch. The penultimate episode had finished with the falling branch, and the final episode immediately started with Meg, Pip, and the man who had accompanied them to drive the buggy running to the tree rather than a re-cap. Judy was played by Jennifer Cluff who later acted in several TV shows (eg "Mother and Son" and "The Flying Doctors" both in guest roles) and movies such as "Spider & Rose" and "The Nugget". She has also worked behind the scenes in production and Casting. "Seven Little Australians" was based on the novel written by Ethel Turner. This version of "Seven Little Australians" was broadcast on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Channel 2) in 1973.
Some actresses who appeared in "Seven Little Australians" included Ruth Cracknell as the house-keeper Martha (whose later roles included "Mother and Son"), and Anne Haddy who had a cameo as the wife of the senior officer to the children's father, Captain Woolcott - Anne's later roles included Helen Daniels in "Neighbours".
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