‘Neighbours’ creator Grundy dies, 92

Reg Grundy, the producer of soap opera Neighbours and many other Australian TV series, has died at 92.      

The TV mogul, who also presented his country’s version of Wheel of Fortune, died in Bermuda, where he had lived with his wife, Joy, since 1982, the BBC said.             

Neighbours brought Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, who played young couple, Scott and Charlene Robinson, worldwide fame as pop stars.             

Sydney native Grundy’s shows were hits around the world and also included The Young Doctors and Prisoner: Cell Block H.            

 Grundy — who at one point had a home in Belgravia, London — founded Grundy Productions in 1959.             

Grundy Worldwide was sold to the media conglomerate, Pearson Plc, for £175m in April, 1995, of which Mr Grundy himself is believed to have received the vast bulk.             

It later became known as FremantleMedia Australia.             

The current CEO of FremantleMedia Australia, Ian Hogg, called him an “icon” and said his “innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today” through programmes such as Neighbours, which are still running.            

 Donovan said: “I was so sad to hear about the passing of Reg Grundy.             

“I’m old enough to remember a time when the true pioneers of the Australian television industry built it from nothing and gave opportunities to actors, directors, and crew alike.

“Reg was one of these legendary founders and Neighbours was one of the many products of his life’s work.

“I was lucky to be a small part of his world. My thoughts go out to his family, at this time.” 

Grundy was also a serious art collector. He sold 89 pieces of work in Sydney in 2013 for A$19.16m in what was then Australia’s most valuable, single-owner art auction.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales paid A$1.952m for a John Brack painting, The New House, and A$1.464m for another, The Breakfast Table.


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