Beauty and the Beast (talk show)

Beauty and the Beast is an Australian panel television talk show that has appeared in numerous versions since the early days of Australian television.

Beauty and the Beast
Genretalk show
Presented byBeasts:
Seven Network series:
Eric Baume
Stuart Wagstaff
Noel Ferrier
John Laws
Rex Mossop
Derryn Hinch
Ten Network series:
John Laws
Clive Robertson
Ten & Foxtel series:
Stan Zemanek
Doug Mulray
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes2,000+
Running time60 minutes
Original networkSeven Network (1964–1973, 1982)
Network Ten (1982–1983, 1996–2002)
FX (1996–2002)
W (2005–2007)
Original release
  • 1964 (1964)–1973 (1973)
  • 1982 (1982)–1983 (1983)
  • 1996 (1996)–2002 (2002)
  • 2005 (2005)–2007 (2007)

The concept of the series is that viewers write in asking for advice about personal problems such as family squabbles, questions of social etiquette, marriage problems, contraception, work or career problems.

The host of the program - usually an intentionally brusque and outspoken older male - the so-called "Beast" of the title presents each viewer question in turn and a panel of female celebrities AKA "the Beauties" serve as panellists who provide their advice on the problem and solutions, the panel then discuss the problem and the advice given offering opinions and views.

History Edit

The first version of the show began on the Seven Network in 1964, hosted by Eric Baume as the "Beast". Baume was later replaced by presenters including Stuart Wagstaff (1966-1968), Noel Ferrier (1969), John Laws (1970), and Rex Mossop (1971-1973).

The format was revived in 1982, with two rival versions, both carrying the same title, appearing on different networks. Network Ten's version had John Laws back as host, later replaced by Clive Robertson, whilst the Seven Network version was hosted by Derryn Hinch.

A 1990s version of the program ran on both Network Ten and Foxtel, hosted by radio broadcaster Stan Zemanek (1996-2001) and radio broadcaster Doug Mulray (2002). Network Ten along with FX aired the final episode in 2002.

The series returned on W exclusively in 2005 after a 3-year hiatus, with Stan Zemanek returning as host. Beauty and the Beast aired its final episode on W in early July 2007, with Zemanek passing away that same month. Since then the program has not returned to air.

Notable "Beauties" Edit

Original cast Edit

The original "Beauties" included Maggie Tabberer, Dita Cobb, Ena Harwood (mother of Andrew Harwood), Patricia Firman, Patricia Lovell, Hazel Phillips, Noeline Brown and Freda Lesslie.[1]

Notable celebrity panellists Edit

Other notable panelists on the latter versions included

Tracey Bevan
Ann-Maree Biggar
Diana Bowring
Ita Buttrose
Shelley Sykes,[2]
Barbara Rogers
Jo Casamento
Angela Catterns
Dita Cobb (original)
Beccy Cole
Alyssa-Jane Cook
Louise Crawford
Clio Cresswell
Elaine Davies
Charlotte Dawson
Penne Dennison
Anne Deveson
Miranda Devine
Claire Dunne
Maureen Duval
Bianca Dye
Susie Elelman
Diana 'Bubbles' Fisher
Lisa Forrest
Rachel Friend
Antonella Gambotto-Burke
Chelsea Gibb
Cleo Glyde
Tottie Goldsmith
Libbi Gorr
Belinda Green
Johanna Griggs
Donna Gubbay
Rose Hancock-Porteous
Pauline Hanson
Ena Harwood (original)
Louisa Hatfield
Fiona Horne
Christa Hughes
Frida Irving
Shauna Jensen
Leigh Johnson
Gretel Killeen
Renae Leith
Rebecca Le Tourneau
Jeanne Little
Rachael Lloyd
Jackie Loeb
Prue MacSween
Gillian Minervini
Carol Moores
Julia Morris
Jan Murray (with whom Stan had an ongoing battle)
Ali Mutch
Indira Naidoo
Judy Nunn
Lisa Oldfield
(Dr.) Cindy Pan
Jacqueline Pascarl
Carmelle Pavann
Dr Patricia Petersen
Diana Rodger
Kristine Stanley
Heather Turland
Rowena Wallace
Lisa Wilkinson
Sally Williams
Rebecca Wilson
Adriana Xenides
Tania Zaetta

New Zealand version Edit

Selwyn Toogood (centre), host of the New Zealand version of Beauty and the Beast, surrounded by panellists (from left) Jean McLean, Denise Brady, Lorraine Isaacs (director), Shona McFarlane, and Johnny Frisbie

The Beauty and the Beast format was adopted by Television New Zealand as an afternoon television series. It was filmed in the Dunedin studios from 1976 to 1985. The show was directed by Lorraine Isaacs, and featured Selwyn Toogood as the host with a four-woman panel. Notable panelists included Shona McFarlane, Catherine Tizard (later Governor-General), and Johnny Frisbie.[3] The show occasionally featured male panelists such as art-dealer Trevor Plumbly.[3]

A show with a similar concept called How's Life? aired in the early 2000s in New Zealand hosted by Charlotte Dawson.[citation needed]

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Beauty and the Beast (1964)". IMDb. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  2. ^ Shelley Sykes, Shelley Sykes on "Beauty and the Beast" Australia, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 3 January 2019
  3. ^ a b "Beauty and the Beast". NZOnScreen Te Whiti Aahua. Retrieved 18 July 2021.

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