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WHAT IS TV EYE MAGAZINE?

TV Eye first appeared in September 1993, filling a large void in Australian television nostalgia, and contained articles, interviews and episode guides about the first twenty years of Aussie television drama. The only prior reference work of any note on the subject was a book by a certain Albert Moran, which unfortunately contained trainloads of errors.

TV Eye was a non-profit, volunteer effort and spanned 15 quarterly issues. Produced whenever other commitments permitted, time and financial constraints eventually reached the point where TV Eye in its printed format was no longer viable. Production ceased in favour of establishing this web site. Apart from the much wider audience potential, a web site also allows a significantly higher technical standard and provision for regular updates.

DID ALL THE MATERIAL ON THIS SITE PREVIOUSLY APPEAR IN TV EYE?

No. Some of the articles were originally published in TV Eye magazine, but most articles and photographs are new to the web site. Interviews featured here appear exactly as they did in TV Eye. Previously published articles and episode details have been revised, re-written and expanded for the web site.

CAN YOU GET COPIES OF THE SHOWS FOR ME?

No I cannot, and I don't know where you can, apart from official DVD releases. There is only one possible exception - there are fans out there who have some stuff in their private collections, which they may make available to trade if you have something juicy to offer them in return, but they will not sell or give away stuff. So if you have an old recording of something, let me know and I will ask around. Otherwise, forget it.

WHY DON'T YOU PUBLISH A BOOK?

Maybe one day I will. However, all research is not yet complete, so it will still be quite sometime, if ever, before a book is published. In the meantime, available information will be posted on this web site, which can reach a much wider audience than a printed book.

ARE ANY OF THESE SHOWS BEING SCREENED OR RELEASED ON DVD?

Some are. In the last several years WIN-TV played Matlock Police, Division 4 and Homicide in an early morning timeslot; Young Ramsay and Riptide have been played by Seven; and Spyforce and Skippy still turn up spasmodically on Nine at weird times in the middle of the night.

DVD releases are gaining momentum, with both Homicide and Division 4 being in on-going release as 26-episode volumes. The complete series of Spyforce, Skippy and Whiplash are also available, and several years ago some episodes were released of The Adventures Of Long John Silver. Serials and mini-series from the era that have been released so far include Seven Little Australians, My Brother Jack, Luke's Kingdom and Power Without Glory. The Lost Islands has been released on DVD in France under the tile Lile Perdue. Slightly later stuff, just outside the time-frame covered by this website, such as Against The Wind, Father Dear Father In Australia, Doctor Down Under, The Last Outlaw and Ride On Stranger have also been released on DVD. There is an abundance of more recent stuff from the 90s and 00s available.

WILL YOU BE PROVIDING ACTOR BIOGRAPHIES?

No. Interviews that originally appeared in TV Eye are featured, however the purpose of this site is to cover actual programs, not individual acting careers. There are a number of books and web sites that cater for star-struck fans, and there is no need for the information to be repeated here.

THERE ARE SOME SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NOT COVERED. WHY NOT?

There are a small number of series (self-contained episodes) that obviously fit the parameters of this site and should be included, but they have not been. This is simply because I have not been able to find out enough about them.

WHY AREN'T YOU COVERING MINI-SERIES, SERIALS AND SOAP OPERAS?

Mainly because the work load would be too great and I need to draw the line somewhere.

WHY DON'T YOU JAZZ UP YOUR PAGES WITH VISUAL EFFECTS?

Maybe it will happen one day. Readers who want information are generally unappreciative of their bandwidth being consumed by 'bells and whistles'. At this point in time I prefer to place the emphasis on content rather than appearance.

WILL YOU POST THEME TUNES OR VIDEO CLIPS ON THE SITE?

I have no plans to do so, due to copyright problems and bandwidth limitations.

HAVE THE DIVISION 4, HOMICIDE AND MATLOCK POLICE EPISODES RECENTLY PLAYED ON WIN-TV AND/OR RELEASED ON DVD BEEN EDITED?

Yes, but not to any significant extent. There has been the very occasional scene or line of dialogue trimmed, but usually the only editing has been the repositioning of the commercial breaks (on WIN-TV), removing the commercial integrations (on DVD), and sometimes replacing the original network logo on the end credits.

WHY DIDN'T WIN-TV PLAY DIVISION 4 EPS. 102A AND 242 AND MATLOCK POLICE EP. 194?

I don't know, but the most likely reasons are perhaps that they no longer exist in their entirety; or they have significant tape damage to render them technically unsuitable for broadcast; or they were simply overlooked.