SBS won the Most Outstanding Documentary for its series First Australians at last night\’s Logies, which was dominated by Channel 7 drama Packed to the Rafters.
The seven-part documentary series First Australians, which was broadcast last year, chronicles the birth of contemporary Australia from the perspective of its first people and depicts the collision of two worlds and the genesis of a new nation.
But the 2009 Logies were dominated by one show – Packed To The Rafters – and its leading star, veteran Australian actor Rebecca Gibney.
Gibney scored the coveted Gold statuette for most popular TV personality as well as the Silver Logie for most popular actress.
It was her first Gold Logie, and only her second Silver Logie in a career spanning 25 years.
The Seven Network show picked up a total of six gongs including most popular drama at the 51st TV Week Logie Awards, held at Melbourne\’s Crown Entertainment Complex.
Young stars Hugh Sheridan and Jessica Marais won the new talent gongs, with Marais also receiving the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for best new talent.
On what it felt like to trump Underbelly, which scored three gongs, Gibney showed her lighthearted side: “We don\’t show our tits … not yet anyway,” she said.
Underbelly a big hit
The Nine Network\’s Gritty crime drama Underbelly was the second big winner of the night, being honoured in the outstanding section, voted by the industry, to sweep the Silvers there.
Gyton Grantley and Kat Stewart, who played husband and wife Carl and Roberta Williams, won the outstanding Silver actor and actress gongs, while the show picked up most outstanding drama.
Cast members accepting awards were hamstrung by an inability to comment on the series because of court proceedings still to be heard in Victoria relating to Melbourne\’s bloody gangland war.
Stewart and Grantley were both forced to apologise to journalists asking questions relating to the drama.
Only five of 12 episodes have aired in Victoria because of the outstanding court matters.
But after accepting the Silver Logie for most outstanding drama, producers promised a third instalment of the crime franchise.
Stewart said she was “thrilled” to win the award but in response to a question about how Roberta Williams would react she said she could not comment.
“You\’ve probably heard that already.”
The most popular reality program went to So You Think You Can Dance Australia, while Bondi Rescue scored most popular factual program for the second year running.
Most outstanding factual program went to Border Security, and the comedy winner was The Hollowmen.
Host slammed on Twitter
Former Big Brother host Gretel Killeen took on the hosting job, but was criticised early by many viewers taking to the social networking site Twitter.
It was a big night for the Seven Network which smashed its competitors to win a total of 10 out of the 23 awards. Ten was next with five while Nine had four.