Prisoner remake Wentworth adds to acclaim with Monte Carlo festival nods
- From: The Sunday Telegraph
- April 19, 2014
THE applause grows louder for acclaimed Australian prison drama Wentworth, with the Foxtel series and two of its stars winning nominations at the prestigious Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Putting them in the same orbit as TV superstars Kevin Spacey, Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellen, Wentworth’s Danielle Cormack and Robbie Magasiva are in contention for the Golden Nymphs competition, which will award the world’s best on the box at a royal gala prize night on June 11.
Cormack, also nominated for the most outstanding actor Logie next Sunday night, was recognised for her role as Bea Smith, competing alongside House Of Cards star Robin Wright, Downton Abbey’s Dame Maggie Smith and The Bridge’s Sofia Helin.
Kiwi heart-throb Magasiva, who made his Australian TV debut in Wentworth as prison guard Will Jackson, is also in good company, nominated for best actor along with the more fancied Spacey.
Returning for its second season on SoHo channel on May 20, the FremantleMedia production was nominated for Nymph D’or’s best TV drama opposite House Of Cards, Hostages, Danish drama Rita, Crossing Lines, The Bridge, Downton Abbey and Reign.
Prince Albert of Monaco is expected to present the glittering gongs, but both Cormack and Magasiva will miss out on the ceremony as production of a third season continues.
Foxtel’s director of television Brian Walsh, said “the response to Wentworth’s first season has been remarkable”.
“Everyone at Foxtel is proud to see the creativity and dedication of the amazing cast and production team being acknowledged internationally as we focus on the countdown to the compelling next chapter of this home-grown success.”
Meanwhile, Wentworth’s Nicole da Silva , top dog Frankie Doyle, will miss the Logies for an educational mission to Thailand, after being appointed champion for the Australian national committee for UN Women.
MKR’s young ones feel the heat
MY Kitchen Rules’ youngest competitors Thalia Papadakis and Bianca Johnston were up way past their bed times when the wheels started to fall off their final instant restaurant challenge.
As Seven’s pressure-cooker competition reaches its final weeks, the Tasmanian besties have revealed the clock beat them in more ways than one.
While the filming is edited back to an hour or so episode, Bianca confirmed the pair put in a 22-hour day to deliver their last-ditch dinner menu.
“You start early, about 6am and all the way to 4 or 5am. It was a hard transition for Thalia and me, especially because we’re girls who love our sleep and by this stage we were definitely exhausted.”
The popular pair have to beat the score of 59, posted by Western Australia’s Chloe James and Kelly Ramsay, to qualify for the grand finale, which will air Tuesday, April 29.
Hugh’s no Prince Charming
TEN News anchor Hugh Riminton clearly didn’t get the same gushy script the rest of the reporters on Royal tour duties got this week.
The veteran political correspondent and newly appointed Late News presenter was signing off his Thursday night bulletin with one last update on “what Kate wore”.
“Believe me, I have a gun to my head saying all of this,” he said.
Can’t imagine he’ll be on the Kensington Palace Christmas card list after that quip.
Wedding bliss for Aden Young
RECTIFY star Aden Young has wed long-time love Loene Carmen near the Atlanta, Georgia, filmset for the hit US drama series.
His Aussie co-star Adelaide Clemens was among the wellwishers, including the couple’s two sons, Dutch and Chester and Carmen’s daughter, Holiday (whose father Jeremy Sparks is married to Claudia Karvan).
The blissed-out bride, who looked stunning in a vintage cream lace gown, was a picture of calm, Clemens reports, even when they encountered an uninvited guest.
“I called her and she said ‘everything’s fine but we found a snake in the wedding arch’. Don’t know if that’s an omen but anyway...”
Baby girl for Ten programmer
IN happy news for Channel 10’s chief programmer, Beverley McGarvey, the TV powerhouse has welcomed a baby girl, Scarlett.
But there’s little time to rest for the new mum, who is understood to be taking six weeks maternity leave. She’s still being consulted cribside, as Ten prepares to roll out its new line-up post-Easter.
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