New wave of Bondi boys (2024)

NEW season, new faces, their own voices, and a new Sunday time slot - that's the state of play for the lifeguards of Bondi as they dive into their eighth season of reality television.

Bondi Rescue kicks off on Channel Ten at 6.30pm on February 10, with a few firsts for the long-running format.

Gone is the voice of narrator Andrew 'G' Gunsberg, with the lifeguards now telling the story in their own words - "MasterChef-style", as long-time lifeguard Ryan 'Whippet' Clark says.

"It's the narration through our eyes that gives viewers a closer look at how the big incidents affect us," he said.

The new voice among the crew is 19-year-old rookie Adrian Kovacic, a Bronte local who leapt at the chance to become a lifeguard after finishing school and spending "about six months not real sure what I wanted to do". When he realised he could parlay his love of surfing into a viable career option, he joined the lifeguard academy, upped his fitness regime and fine-tuned his swimming skills to make the cut.

Six months into the job, he's performed about 15 rescues, and survived Bondi's busiest day in heatwave conditions on New Year's Day 2013.

"That was the day you couldn't see the sand, there was so many people," Kovacic says. "The surf wasn't too dangerous that day, so there weren't many rescues, but then there was a shark sighting late in the day."

Nicknames seem a pre-requisite on Bondi Rescue, and Kovacic is known as "Taco" - a moniker he has carried since his days as a grommet at Bronte.

"I'm Croatian, but my mates thought I looked like a Mexican - so Taco it was," Kovacic shrugs.

Just what the doc ordered

CRAIG McLachlan reckons being asked to play an older man on TV could be the best thing that has ever happened to him.

Making his first appearance on Friday night in the title role of new ABC1 drama The Dr Blake Murder Mysteries, McLachlan nearly didn't get the part because of his youthful looks.

"Thankfully the planets lined up," he says. "I have to say right up until the 11th hour, knowing I was considerably younger (than Dr Lucien Blake), and the fact that I tend to look younger than my 47 years, I didn't think I would get it.

"I am a botox-free zone, but up until recently I have always been asked to play much, much younger characters. I know one should be flattered, and I have plenty of colleagues who would absolutely rejoice at playing someone younger.

"But for me to be the age I am, and to finally be approached to play characters my age, and older, it's a joy. I have been yearning for it."

McLachlan is best known for his role as Henry in Neighbours on home turf, but he has established himself as an actor in the UK and US, starring in NCIS Los Angeles, a number of films, and also spending 20 years living and working in Britain.

His character in Dr Blake is an ex-POW who struggles with his experience, and works as the town doctor as well as assisting the local police with murder inquiries.

McLachlan auditioned for the part via iPhone, asking a friend to film him in action.

"A friend held my iPhone as steadily as he could, as I certainly don't travel with a tripod," he says. "I banged down a couple of scenes. Then I got a message saying: 'You had better get your arse back over to Australia as soon as you have finished (in LA) as you are in the final rounds. I said 'For what role?' and they said 'For Blake, you idiot!"'

In one scene Blake has to try some tablets which turn out to be amphetamines. McLachlan won't reveal whether he indulged in method acting but jokes: "I just popped a couple on the day and said: 'Keep the cameras rolling and hopefully there will be something useable'. Imagine if that was the case? Imagine the public outcry! Let's just say I always research my characters and roles thoroughly."

Robots make a monster hit

SWEDISH sci-fi drama Real Humans has been a hit with SBS One viewers, and has become so big that US and UK markets are now looking at making an English version.

For those not familiar with the show, it is set in the near future where androids known as "hubots" are used more and more in everyday life.

However, the machines have started developing feelings as their programming becomes more advanced.

Actor Andreas Wilson, who plays Leo, a fugitive hubot fighting for freedom, says he was sceptical the show would be a hit.

"A sci-fi series about robots on a modest budget could really crash and burn," he says. "However, once I met the creators and understood how they were creating the series and the dedication from the team, I came on board."

However, he wasn't surprised by the show's popularity, saying: "It's a story about very human issues - being different, fighting for your rights, being afraid of the unknown and more. I think the series raises questions that have a broad appeal."

Wilson believes the show could work well translated to English.

"We're really happy that our original Swedish version has travelled this far," he says. "There has been talk about an English language remake and I guess that would work just fine.

"Hubots are universal."

Smorgasbord of food shows

THE knives are out as Channel Ten's MasterChef: The Professionals and Seven's My Kitchen

Rules go head-to-head on Monday night.

MasterChef stole the jump on audiences last week, debuting across three nights in the 7.30pm timeslot to draw more than one million viewers each night.

My Kitchen Rules - a rolled-gold hit for Seven in 2012 when it launched ahead of the regular MasterChef season - debuts on the back of heavy promotion during Seven's tennis coverage, which wraps up tonight. We will be watching the ratings closely this week.

- Additional reporting Zoe Nauman

New wave of Bondi boys (2024)

FAQs

What season did Harrison Reid join Bondi Rescue? ›

S10.

This season the boys have a recruit all the way from New Zealand, Harrison Reid, who greatly enjoys being Maxi's equally playful house-mate, exchanging goofy Christmas presents like a dictionary of Australian idiom, and soon proves himself as rescuer too.

Will there be a season 18 of Bondi Rescue? ›

Bondi Rescue returns for an 18th season in July on 10. Veteran lifeguard Hoppo has seen it all, but one day will go down in history as the lifeguards tally up an incredible 123 rescues.

Where can I watch Bondi Rescue season 17? ›

Prime Video: Bondi Rescue Season 17.

Why did Jesse from Bondi Rescue go to jail? ›

Former Bondi Rescue star Jesse Polock has pleaded. guilty to drug charges months after quitting. lifeguarding and the popular reality show.

Is Reid still on Bondi Rescue? ›

Work life. Reidy is still currently working as a lifeguard on Bondi beach where they have recently finished filming season 17 of Bondi Rescue. He is one of the main players in developing the brand Bondi Lifeguards which sells merchandise.

Is Maxi still a lifeguard at Bondi? ›

He starred in the popular TV series Bondi Rescue for 12 seasons and has been a professional lifeguard for over 17 years. In 2016, Maxi continued his life-saving heroics when he joined New South Wales Fire + Rescue as a firefighter.

Is Kerrbox still a Bondi lifeguard? ›

Ex Bondi Lifeguard, & featured on the TV hit series “Bondi Rescue” for 13 years , former Pro Surfer , Care Provider ( family) , Roosters Fan 🐔, Bon Jovi , Screaming Jets fan !

Why are there no female lifeguards on Bondi Beach? ›

Another change at Bondi is the absence of female lifeguards. The sole female member of the 2018 team resigned during the pandemic. Hopkins says the service in general struggles to attract women.

Did they stop making Bondi Rescue? ›

The 2023 season will return later this month following a two year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. 'After two years of closed borders and wet summers, Bondi is back at its busy best as international and interstate visitors return to join locals on the world's most famous beach,' a statement from Channel 10 reads.

Is Maxi from Bondi Rescue a firefighter? ›

Trent Maxwell is the co-founder and Director of the Live Learn Survive charity, a Firefighter and Author but you may recognise him as 'Lifeguard Maxi', the youngest ever Professional Lifeguard to work at Bondi Beach, his 17-year career being well documented on award winning TV show Bondi Rescue, airing in over 100 ...

What's the latest season of Bondi Rescue? ›

On 12 October 2022, it was officially announced that the show had been renewed for a seventeenth season which premiered on 19 April 2023, after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and poor weather conditions. The series was renewed for an 18th season at the 2023 Channel 10 upfronts.

What happened in season 12 episode 12 of Bondi Rescue? ›

E12 ∙ Episode #12.12. There has never been a rescue at Bondi Beach like this in 70 years as tragedy strikes when two unconscious patients are discovered in the water. The lifeguards will need to act quick to save lives.

Where is Harrison from on Bondi Rescue? ›

Originally from New Zealand, Kiwi lifeguard Harrison Reid now calls Australia's most iconic beach Bondi home. We caught up with him for a 5:00am run to find out more about his week as a Bondi lifeguard.

Which lifeguard left Bondi Rescue? ›

Clint Kimmins is among several lifeguards who have been stood down by Waverley Council, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, where he patrolled iconic Bondi Beach and starred in Bondi Rescue.

When did Mario join Bondi Rescue? ›

The charismatic Italian won the hearts of a nation back in 2015, when he made his debut on season 10 of Aussie reality show Bondi Rescue. Bondi's first ever Italian lifeguard, Mario was working as a coffee machine technician in Rome before he made the move to Australia in 2006.

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