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  1. Andy

    All Saints

    All Saints facing legal action over incest slur http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story...2-10388,00.html THE popular Channel 7 television show All Saints is facing legal action after insinuating children with Down syndrome stem from incest. Down syndrome families are outraged and demanding a public apology by Seven. The Daily Telegraph has learned the advocacy group, Down Syndrome Australia, is also lobbying major advertisers to boycott the show. In an episode which aired on May 27, a brother and sister who were having an incestuous relationship were told their unborn child was likely to have Down syndrome as a consequence. The group has sought legal advice and is lodging formal complaints with the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Federal Government ministers. Some families are demanding a public apology by Seven. "All Saints has stigmatised every person with Down syndrome and their families," said Dr Peter Sloan of Down Syndrome Australia. "We already know of one instance where a child has been victimised because of this episode." On Seven's own website, some viewers have left angry comments: "I am a mother of a beautiful 5yr old who has Down Syndrome. My issue with tonight's episode is that in explaining the incestuous relationship and the subsequent pregnancy why did the writers have to single out Down Syndrome as the "birth defect"? Why the negative spin re Down Syndrome?" "I was appalled with this episodes storyline - the viewer is left with the idea that Down Syndrome may be caused by the incestuous relationship - this is completely untrue and creates stigma and prejudice against people with Down Syndrome and their parents." "Down Syndrome is in no way caused by incest - all our family will never watch this show again, I hope the there is a public apology to all people with Down Syndrome and their parents." Leading geneticist Dr David Amor at Murdoch Children's Research Institute said: "There is absolutely no increase in the risk of Down syndrome for the offspring of incestuous relationships." Producers of All Saints have denied any wrongdoing.
  2. Andy

    All Saints

    I couldn't stop thinking about Comedy Inc while watching it, remembering all the funny skits that woman was in. I kept forgetting it was All Saints and was waiting for every scene she was in to have some sort of punch line.
  3. Andy

    All Saints

    Ohhh Chris Bath doing the news on AS
  4. Jack is a character. Paul is the name of the actor who portrays him. Is All Saints on yet?
  5. She's banned? Wow I'm so not up to speed on anything going on around here anymore.
  6. When it comes to this thread the new members just can't compete with the old timers.
  7. Andy

    All Saints

    The new credits are shocking.
  8. Andy

    All Saints

    That patient Bart and Erica are helping... is she the actress who played Lilly's mum on H&A? Oh and Yay! Chris Bath made an appearance
  9. How random You know I don't think I've had the hiccups in years.
  10. Andy

    All Saints

    All Saints will be back next week, Tuesday May 8th, but if DWTS wasn't bad enough it will now be following the singing version It Takes Two. It's scheduled to finish at 9.30pm, but it's live so will probably run overtime. Here's a preview of the ep from the Daily Telegraph ALL SAINTS Seven, 9.30pm An athlete who ran on to train tracks to rescue a baby in a pram has his feet partially amputated and is raced into surgery by the team. Against everyone's better judgment Mike tries to re-attach the partially severed feet, rather than amputate. Amid the chaos Charlotte returns to work after having baby Zac, but she is left sorting hospital files instead of saving lives. Meanwhile Von deals with a home patient who refuses to go to hospital to have a golden staph infection treated. And Dr Quade struggles to treat a woman who thinks she has bugs crawling under her skin.
  11. Andy

    All Saints

    It's not on next week because it's the Dancing with the Stars Grand Final, which goes all bloody night
  12. Andy

    All Saints

    All Saints a thriving, not just surviving, Aussie drama AAP, 19 April 2007 By Michael Gadd, National Entertainment Writer © 2007 Australian Associated Press Pty Ltd. All Rights Reserved It wasn't long ago that All Saints was threatened with the same scalpel which has claimed so many quality dramas before it. But the move of its key characters from a regular hospital ward to a more exciting emergency room, the inspired casting of John Howard as the gruff boss Frank Campion and a top-rating show as its lead-in, has seen the show cement its place as Australia's top-rating homemade drama. The Seven Network hospital drama achieved a season high audience this week with 1.6 million viewers. It was a figure which matched its intense season finale last year and one which its only real rival, McLeod's Daughters on the Nine Network, has only occasionally reached. Sure, it followed a season high audience of 1.9 million viewers for Dancing With The Stars, but the consistent performances are hard to ignore. An original cast member of the 10-year-old program, Judith McGrath, admits All Saints had reached a lull before the slow-moving Ward 17 was traded in for the bustle of emergency in 2004 but only to highlight the impressive return to form. "When we went into the emergency ward there was a different feel and dynamic to the whole thing," she says of the major change at the start of the 2004 season after a year of show-threatening ratings. "The characters were already well developed so for them to make any further developments their environment needed to change. With the emergency room comes instant drama." As a star of other hit Australian dramas, such as Prisoner and A Country Practice, McGrath had heard the death knell for a show before but was confident All Saints had legs even when Seven axed Blue Heelers after 12 years. The end of Blue Heelers came amidst a host of failed Australian programs such as Last Man Standing, which were highly regarded but simply didn't rate with viewers. When Blue Heelers went many thought All Saints would follow but it was given the best drama slot on TV following the country's favourite show, Dancing With The Stars. McGrath represents the entire All Saints camp when she denies All Saints' impressive ratings can be directly attributed to a flow-on effect from Dancing. "There's always some sort of flow-on, but the two shows together are just a wonderful contrast. It's one good show followed by another good show," she says. Both All Saints and McLeod's Daughters have pulled strong audiences this year with averages of 1.4 million and 1.2 million respectively, while Ten's Neighbours and Seven's Home and Away continue to justify their primetime slots. While it won't promise programmers surefire hits, the numbers would give Seven and Nine hope that their up-coming contributions to the much maligned genre of Australian-made drama, City Homicide and Sea Patrol, could actually succeed and not just fulfil their compulsory Australian content quota. Sea Patrol is already a success story after it was sold this week to more than 100 overseas markets and became the first Australian product sold abroad before going to air. It is expected to air in July. But for now, All Saints is doing the business for Seven. As the axe shadowed McLeod's earlier this year before the show was finally signed-up for an eighth season, All Saints was dominating its timeslot and bringing unusually high late primetime audiences to Seven. National Institute of the Dramatic Arts (NIDA) graduate Andrew Supanz joined the cast in February last year after a guest spot on the show as a different character led to a regular place as the cocky young Dr Bart West. He says he arrived on a set which was grateful for being revitalised. "I think the show had been running so long it lost its edge, but it had really been turned around," he says. It's not often a show is given the chance to reinvent itself when its numbers dip but Seven's faith has been rewarded. As McLeod's has struggled in the absence of its original stars Lisa Chappel and Bridie Carter it has changed focus to feature its ensemble more evenly and that appears to have worked. All Saints lost its most popular stars too, in Georgie Parker and Libby Tanner, who went on to act in axed dramas Fireflies and HeadLand. But some old hands and new talent, not to mention some impressive guest stars such as John Waters, have held the show together and in many ways taken it to a new level. Supanz, who is nominated for the best new male talent Logie, says there was apprehension about his first job out of acting school. "You call yourself an actor but the reality is there isn't much work. "And to be honest, TV isn't really thought of as a realistic option with such a small amount of Australian drama around." He says the perception of TV drama within the acting community is also changing. "I've been told that there was a time when the show was struggling to get guesties (high-profile guest stars) but now they're lining up and it's considered a great show to be associated with," he says. "It's incredible how much work went into bringing it back from the brink."
  13. Sorry Drew, I'm actually just a figment of your imagination. Nawww, just kidding.
  14. This is how Drew got his huge post count
  15. Deano! Fancy seeing you here
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