Australian TV producer Reg Grundy – best known for producing Prisoner, Sons and Daughters, Neighbours and the local version of Wheel of Fortune – has died in his Bermuda home at the age of 92.
Survived by his wife Joy Chambers, Grundy was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years Honours of 1983, and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2008.he was inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame in 1993.
His career in television began after a stretch in radio, moving his version of Wheel of Fortune to Channel 9 in 1959, embarking on a career that would bring Class of ’74, Class of ’75, The Restless Years, The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Glenview High, Sons and Daughters and Neighbours to screens in Australia and around the world. He would introduce game show Temptation, which became a massive ratings success under the title $ale of the Century.
Australians also have Grundy to partially thank for ABBA’s success in the Antipodes, when co-produced ABBA: The Movie in 1977. The film was shot in various locations around Australia.