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Channel Nine Commissions new This Is Your Life

One of the most loved programs of all time is set for a dramatic overhaul when This Is Your Life returns to Australian television screens in 2011 in a revamped contemporary format for a new decade.

A different set, big-name musical performances and a live theatre-style setting will make This Is Your Life appeal to a whole new generation, while long-term fans will welcome back its familiar format with a fresh lineup of A-list stars.

This Is Your Life will treat viewers to a series of special event shows filmed at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne in front of a live audience, with performances by Australia's leading music acts and appearances by local and international celebrities.

“The brand new series of This is Your Life will be an entertaining show filled with laughter, tears and surprises,” the show’s Executive Producer, Adrian Dellevergin, said.

“We will adopt a whole new look as we celebrate the lives of our most treasured and admired Australians. We’re taking a much loved format out of its studio setting and turning it into major event television.”

This Is Your Life honours Australians who have forged brilliant careers and have had extraordinary life journeys.

The new series will include legends and heroes from the fields of entertainment, music, sport and the media.

Host Eddie McGuire will surprise the guest of honour with heartfelt reunions, spontaneous revelations and stories from friends and family from around the world.

Since 1975 almost 400 of Australia’s greatest achievers have been honoured on This Is Your Life, including Peter Allen, Greg Norman, Steve Irwin, Olivia Newton-John and Slim Dusty.

This Is Your Life will go to air on the Nine Network in 2011.

Dame Joan Sutherland Memorial to screen on ABC1

ABC1 will broadcast a state memorial service for Dame Joan Sutherland from the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday November 9th at 10:30am.

The memorial service will feature recorded highlights of Dame Joan’s career and the Opera Australia chorus will perform.

PM Julia Gillard and Dame Joan’s son, Adam Bonynge, will both speak at the service.

ABC TV Head of Arts and Entertainment, Amanda Duthie says; “As Australia’s premier Arts broadcaster, ABC TV is so proud to be involved in bringing this celebration of Dame Joan Sutherland’s extraordinary life to all Australians. In homes, offices, cinemas and public screens around the country, people will have the chance to participate in the commemoration of her amazing achievements courtesy of ABC1.”

Opera Australia’s Chief Executive Adrian Collette says; “It is an honour for Opera Australia to arrange the program for Dame Joan’s State Memorial Service.

“Her stellar talent plus the time she and her husband Richard Bonynge invested in Australia, inspired both a great audience for opera and the development of so many fine Australian artists. We would not have a modern company of such depth and significance without her example.”

The 75-minute broadcast will also screen live in Federation Square, Melbourne.

Seven Launches Aussie Iron Chef

Seven is ready to take on Ten’s Masterchef with Iron Chef, the Japanese-originated pro-cooking contest which now has US and British editions.

Seven has cast three of Australia’s most high profile chefs for the contest – Rockpool’s Neil Perry, Guillaume Brahimi of Bennelong and Guy Grossi.  

In a further twist, the show is being produced by Shine, which is about to take over production of Masterchef. However, unlike the Sydney-based Masterchef, Iron Chef will be filmed in Melbourne, reports today’s Herald Sun.

Iron Chef Hiroyuko Sakai was a guest judge on this year’s series of Masterchef.

Seven already has a second series of My Kitchen Rules in the pipeline.