Australian TV mogul Reg Grundy – who produced such hits as Neighbours and Prisoner: Cell Block H – has died aged 92.
It is reported that Grundy passed away on his Bermuda estate in the arms of wife Joy, to whom he had been married since 1971.
The TV entrepreneur started out as a boxing and sports commentator for a Sydney radio station before going on to devise the Wheel of Fortune quiz show.
But it’s his work producing a string of long-running soaps for which he’ll be most remembered. Among the dramas his production company the Reg Grundy Organisation developed were The Young Doctors and Neighbours, the latter of which shot Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan to superstardom in the mid-1980s.
Here, we look back at the iconic intros to the shows that Reg Grundy helped bring to our screens:
The Young Doctors
Romances between the medics dominated this hospital drama, which ran from 1976 until 1983.
Erinsborough-set teatime staple that launched the careers of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Natalie Imbruglia and Liam Hemsworth.
New Zealand favourite, which debuted in 1992 and still runs to to this day. Notable for providing work for former Corrie star Adam Rickitt, who was a Shortland Street regular for 400 episodes.
Prisoner: Cell Block H
A hard-hitting look at the lives of inmates at fictional women’s prison, the Wentworth Detention Centre. Who can forget towering guard Joan “the Freak” Ferguson and her controversial “frisk” searches?
Sons and Daughters
A Romeo and Juliet-style romance that revolved around two families: the wealthy Hamiltons and the working class Palmers. But it’s the plaintive theme tune performed by Peter Pinne and Don Battye that lingers longest in the memory.