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FRONT UP SERIES 8

BENIGN VOYEUR
Front Up, a social documentary TV series that defies categorisation, continues in its eighth successful year, relying on nothing more than impromptu conversations conducted by Andrew L. Urban with people around Australia. Simple but far from simplistic, Front Up feeds the benign voyeur in us all.

In a typical Front Up-style coincidence, the first person Andrew met on the shoot – in Alice Springs of all places - was a fellow Hungarian called Gyula, and like Andrew, a refugee during the 1956 revolution. Unlike Andrew, though, Gyula was an air force pilot who didn’t want to shoot his own people, like those attempting to escape. Like Andrew. (Andrew’s interview with Gyula is shown in episode 7 of the series, on 27/2/2001.)

While Front Up remains unchanged in its successful format and presentation style, one significant change with series 8 is a change in time slot for the weekly repeat screening: each Tuesday’s episode is repeated on Thursday, but now at 2.30pm instead of 4pm. The change recognises the adult themes canvassed in Front Up, more appropriate for adult viewing in early afternoon, than the more children-oriented mid-afternoon time slot.

By the end of this series, almost 150 episodes of Front Up will have gone to air, glimpsing into the lives of well over 600 not so ordinary Australians. "Sometimes I am asked if I ever get bored with Front Up. Challenged and surprised, yes; bored, no," says Andrew.

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Andrew L. Urban

Series 8 broadcast dates:

January 2 – April 10, 2001 (14 weeks)

August 28 – November 27, 2001 (14 weeks)

Tuesdays, 7.30pm, SBS TV

Repeats: Thursdays, 2.30pm

Series 8 was shot in locations as varied as Alice Springs, Darwin, Port Douglas, Cairns, Sydney, Melbourne – and Sorrento.

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