Airdate: Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door, The Chase. Returning: The X Factor


Seven has confirmed dates for its big launch week, beginning September 13th.

The X Factor begins 7pm Sunday September 13 (and will continue weeknights) with the two part miniseries Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door airing at 8:30pm over two Sundays September 13 and 20th.

The Chase begins 5pm Monday September 14 and continues weeknights.

Seven is expected to confirm 800 Words as the replacement for Winners and Losers on Tuesday 15th and yet to confirm an airdate for What Really Happens in Thailand.

Not The Boy Next Door tells the rollercoaster story of Australian entertainer, Peter Allen, who went from being a childhood performer in country NSW to a Grammy and Academy Award- winning songwriter and the toast of Broadway, marrying into Hollywood royalty along the way.

Peter is best known for his signature song ‘I Go To Rio’, the ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and ‘Tenterfield Saddler’, a . He also co-wrote the huge commercial chart hits ‘I Honestly Love You’, ‘Don’t Cry Out Loud’ and ‘Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)’.

The miniseries stars Joel Jackson (Deadline Gallipoli) as Peter Allen, Rebecca Gibney (Winter, Packed To The Rafters) as Peter’s mum Marion Woolnough, Sara West (Winter, ANZAC Girls) as Peter’s one-time wife and lifelong friend Liza Minnelli, Nick Farnell (Charles Bean’s Great War, Killing Time) as Peter’s father Dick Woolnough, Henri Szeps (Mother and Son) as Peter’s agent Dee Anthony and musical theatre star Rob Mills as Peter’s singing partner Chris Bell; with Sigrid Thornton (Underbelly: The Golden Mile, SeaChange) as screen legend Judy Garland and 14-year-old newcomer Ky Baldwin as young Peter Woolnough.

Created by the world’s most powerful media identity, Simon Cowell, The X Factor is one of the hottest television franchises around the globe.

This year, the show welcomes two internationally acclaimed entertainers to the judging panel. British singing superstar James Blunt and American icon Chris Isaak join homegrown heroes Dannii Minogue and Guy Sebastian, who returns after a two-year break.

Last year, The X Factor discovered 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan, who wowed Australia with her amazing voice. The X Factor is unparalleled when it comes to producing superstars having launched the careers of Dami Im, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel Willemse, Reece Mastin, Johnny Ruffo and Taylor Henderson.

The X Factor is open to both solo performers and groups 14 years and over. Once hopefuls make it past the initial audition process, the four judges mentor the performers as they are split into the following categories: Boys Under 25, Girls Under 25, Over 25s and Groups. The ultimate winner is awarded a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.

The Chase is a race where players must ensure they stay one step ahead of the Chaser, some of the finest quiz brains in Australia. The Chasers are: The Governess, Supernerd, The Shark and Goliath.

Hosted by Andrew O’Keefe, contestants must answer general knowledge questions and play their tactics right in order to get themselves in the Final Chase, where they could win thousands of dollars.
However, standing in their way is their common enemy, the Chaser, a supremely, self-confident quiz genius. They will chase contestants down the board in a tense and thrilling test of knowledge to try to catch them and throw them out of the game.

Four contestants will face a sequence of quick-fire and multiple-choice question rounds to build up their cash pot, but if they allow the Chaser to catch up to them, they’re out of the game.

Working as a team, players who make it through to the Final Chase then unite one more time before their common enemy: the Chaser.

Stay ahead of the Chaser and they share the cash pot. Get caught and they lose the lot!
Have they got what it takes to beat the Chaser?


  1. Well I just hope x factor doesnt run to late on that sunday night otherwise people will not bother staying up watching Peter Allen. Im looking forward to this. Its a great cast and it the same people who did INXS which was brilliant.

    Im also looking forward to 800 words. Erik Thompson is a fabulous actor. Loved him in All saints and of course Rafters.

  2. Will be watching three of these shows as they appeal to me but not sure about 800 words, not sure how appealing this will be, kind of reminds me of Sea Change from the promos, although I enjoyed that show a few years ago, think the viewing audiences have changed since then.

  3. Well, those are the big guns
    Not interested in any of that
    I am getting the impression i am starting to watch less and less of channel 7 these days

  4. Where is the logic in bumping Sunday Night out of the schedule for Peter Brock when there are other weeknight slots currently filled with filler content.

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