The Price is Right
One of the world’s most enduring and loved game shows – THE PRICE IS RIGHT – is coming back to its original home, Channel Seven, with Larry Emdur as host.
Seven today announced production will begin next week, with a debut on air next month.
Larry said: “I’ve always been madly in love with this show. Its sole purpose in life, the reason it exists, is to have fun and lots of it. When I was asked if I wanted to be involved in this new version, I think I was as excited as 20 showcase winners in an inflatable spa bath.”
THE PRICE IS RIGHT originally premiered in Australia on Seven in 1957 and has been a mainstay on Australian TV ever since.
Larry is Australia’s longest serving Price host, having hosted two successful series between 1993 and 2005.
Notably, the late Ian Turpie hosted THE PRICE IS RIGHT, on Seven, from 1981-1986, and Larry reckons “Turps” would be thrilled the show has found its way onto our screens again.
“During our very first production meeting we all agreed we should dedicate the first episode to Ian Turpie,” Larry said. “We’ll begin with a special tribute to Turps. There’s a whole generation of people who grew up watching Turps on The Price Is Right. Now, we’ll now have a new generation seeing the show for the first time. We can’t wait to start.”
Larry will continue hosting with The Morning Show, with Kylie Gillies.
Airdate and timeslot for THE PRICE IS RIGHT will be announced soon.
To be in the audience and potentially be a Price Is Right winner, go to priceisrightaudience.com.au
Legendary TV personality Ian Turpie has died just over a year after being diagnosed with cancer.
Turpie, 68, was a mainstay in mainstream television in a career that spanned over 50 years.
Turpie was diagnosed with cancer on 18 February, 2011, and his family had asked for his privacy to be respected.
The TV personality is best known for hosting “The New Price Is Right”, and hosted several other shows including “Press Your Luck” and “Supermarket Sweep”.
Stars turned to Twitter to give their thoughts on Turpie, calling him a “good mate” and
Fellow TV star John Burgess said on Twitter: “Very sad day with the news ,we’ve lost good mate Ian Turpie, I had the honour of calling Turps, mate, our deepest sympathies to Jan & family.”
The Morning Show host Larry Emdur wrote: “I saw Turps a few years ago,he said people still yell “COME ON DOWN !!” to him every single day & it still made him smile. #tvlegend”
The Life & Times of Turps From his official website – ianturpie.com.au
Ian Turpie is an Australian entertainment legend, whose career spans over 50 years.
He has covered virtually every facet of show business with incredible success and remains one of todays most professional and easy-going celebrities.
Born in Melbourne in 1943, Ian began his entertainment career at the tender age of 10, when he was accepted at the prestigious Hector Crawford Drama School and gained recognition as a juvenile actor working in radio and theatre.
Ian Turpie on Bandstand
He starred in a number of radio programmes alongside Sir Robert Helpmann and June Bronhill, and featured in the top rating series D24, which became one of the most dominant and influential programmes in Australian radio history.
During Ian’s teens, he discovered a passion for music and focused on playing guitar, songwriting and singing. By the age of 16, Ian was a seasoned radio and stage performer, touring Australia in such hits as Peter Pan, Auntie Mame and Bye Bye Birdie, and appearing in several National Theatre Productions including Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Ian Turpie in first episode of Homicide
Television soon beckoned, and Ian made regular appearances on Bandstand, Time for Terry and The Graham Kennedy Show. In 1964, Ian played a bank robber in the original episode of the programme that was to become a TV phenomenon — “Homicide”.
His natural talents as musician and compere were recognized at 21, when he replaced Johnny O’Keefe for a stint as national television compere on “Sing Sing Sing”. Following this experience, Ian was chosen to host the top rating teenage variety show “The Go!! Show”.
In the 70′s, Ian moved to Sydney to work the lucrative club circuit, and continued to make guest appearances on numerous television shows including The Mike Walsh Show, The Bert Newton Show, A Guy Called Athol and the ABC variety series, Follies.
In the 80′s, Ian’s name became synonymous with the catchphrase “Come on Down” when he became host of the highly successful, frenzied game show “The New Price is Right”. This was followed by other game shows including “Press your Luck” and “Supermarket Sweep”.
Turps in Turps About the House on Club Buggery
In the 90′s, Ian developed cult status following a regular, four-year stint as Club President on Roy & HG’s Club Buggery. Known as the “Giant of the G Chord”, he performed sublime renditions of such classics as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, and, complete with suspenders, Rocky Horror Picture’s “Time Warp”.
Less serious Club Buggery appearances in “Turps about the House”, “Captain Ajax” and “Sam Stain” showcased his comedic talents.
From the frenzy of “The Go!! Show” to the cult status of “Club Buggery”, Ian Turpie has appeared on almost every major Australian variety television show over the past fifty years.
Ian Turps singing the Time Warp on Club Buggery
More recently, Ian’s diverse talent and people skills have been utilised by major corporates including Woolworths, Microsoft and Pfizer, as an entertainer, M.C, even auctioneer.
His many accolades include a Logie for Best Light Entertainment show “Turpie Tonight”, a MO Award and two Penguin awards.
Away from the media spotlight, Ian is a tireless worker for charities, a golfing fanatic and a true family man. He’s been married to his beautiful wife Jan for 43 years, has three children and three grandchildren.
Source – Yahoo7 and Sky news