My Mosman: Wonder World TV star Maurice Parker on his new life behind the camera as Studio 10 Producer.
IN THE 1980s, MAURICE PARKER WAS A HOUSEHOLD NAME, AS A YOUNG REPORTER ON SIMON TOWNSEND’S WONDER WORLD. BUT THESE DAYS, YOU’LL FIND HIM BEHIND THE CAMERA, PRODUCING LIVE TELEVISION AT CHANNEL 10 - AND CREATING HIS OWN DOCUMENTARY SERIES, AS ANNA USHER REPORTS.
Hi Maurice! How long have you been living on the lower north shore?
I was in Neutral Bay for six years and moved to Mosman two years ago. It was the best decision I ever made. Mosman has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Many of my former girlfriends were Queenwood girls and I spent a lot of time here growing up.
What do you love about living in Mosman?
It has to be the village atmosphere. My work colleagues claim that I never leave Mosman once I get home - and they are pretty much correct!
Do you shop local?
Always. I love to read, so Pages and Pages is weekly destination for me. I buy my work gear at Gazman or Country Road and I buy daily provisions at the local shops on Avenue Rd. My regular Friday night pizza is always cooked to perfection thanks to the crew at Avenue Rd pizza!
What is your favourite Mosman memory?
It’s not the best memory, but it sticks with me. I was heading off on my regular walk one day when I ran into Angela Bishop. The problem was that I had on the daggiest pair of tracksuit pants you’ve ever seen – and Ang was just as mortified as me! She never lets me forget it and calls the incident my “2088 fashion faux pas”.
Favourite coffee shop?
Avenue Road café. I guess you could say that I’m a regular. My weekend always involves at least one breakfast there. My instagram posts of their poached eggs have become almost legendary!
Memorable Mosman meal?
I’m a big fan of Public Dining Room thanks to its great food and stunning location. Music icon Richard Clapton and I are also known to frequent Mosman Gourmet Inn for a cheeky Chinese meal. Prawn toast anyone?!
Where do you hang out on the weekend?
In summer there is only one place to chill out – and that’s Balmoral Beach. It’s like having Noosa at your own front door! If I’m not down at the beach you’ll usually find me at home, reading, watching Netflix, or catching up on sleep!
Do people still recognise you from your Wonder World days?
All the time! It’s incredible that people still remember me from Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. I guess it proves how popular the show was - and how many locals grew up watching it every day after school! I’m very proud of my time as a member of the Wonder World family.
Your career is now behind the camera isn’t it?
Yes – and I love everything about it, apart from the early starts! Working on Studio 10 means I’m in a constant state of jet lag. I’m in the office at 6:30am and the show goes live at 8:30am. Then it’s three-and-a-half hours of high voltage pressure. Producing live TV is incredibly intense – and we make 17.5 hours of it each week!
What happens when you’re off-air for the day?
Usually I collapse! I’m back in Mosman by 2.00pm each day and then I try squeeze in a nap and get some exercise done. I also have a Production Company (with business partner Carolyn Unwin) so there’s always more to do there as well. The one thing I make an effort to do is head out at least one school night each week, otherwise life becomes dominated by the work-sleep cycle.
What projects are in the works?
Our company is called Punwin Productions and we’re making some great TV for 2019, including a doco series on Australia’s music icons. Think the Angels, Richard Clapton, Moving Pictures, Screaming Jets. It’s going to be fantastic.
What’s the best thing about living in Mosman?
Everything! I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. There is something unique about our suburb, its people and the lifestyle we are blessed with. I love that I can walk everywhere, from shops to cafes, restaurants and the beach.
Thanks so much for chatting with us Maurice! Pleasure Anna. See you down at the beach!