Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin

Nick Galvin is a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald

Science of success for stars of academia Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Stephen Hawking and Chris Hadfield

Nick Galvin They are the rock stars of academia - scientific celebrities who have broken out of the confines of subjects such as astrophysics or evolutionary biology to reach a new mass audience.

Chris Hadfield: How life on the international space station prepared him for public speaking

Former astronaut  Chris Hadfield says he's not a risk taker.

Nick Galvin Former astronaut Chris Hadfield's star is still riding high as he takes to the stage to talk about human exploration.

Who ya gonna call?

Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig snapped on Ghostbusters 3 set

A spectre calls ... if Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon look like they've seen a ghost, that's because they have.

Nick Galvin There's slime, of course, a new-style ghost trap and a mysterious backpack...

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Sam Armytage covered in cockroaches live on Sunrise

Facing her fears ... Samantha Armytage about to enter cockroach hell.

Nick Galvin Sam Armytage took a skin-crawling challenge lying down this morning when a tub of cockroaches was dumped on the Sunrise presenter.

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Must like cars

Chris Evans announces open Top Gear auditions: You could be the next Jeremy Clarkson

Could you be the next Jeremy Clarkson? If you have a passion for cars, you're in with a chance.

Nick Galvin Fancy presenting Top Gear alongside new host Chris Evans? Join the queue.

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First Fleet

BBC's Banished re-tells our own history with David Wenham at the helm

David Wenham as Governor Arthur Phillip.

Nick Galvin For David Wenham, recreating Australian history builds a respect for those who were part of early colonisation.


New Top Gear host Chris Evans has a wild past to match Jeremy Clarkson's

Calmed down ... Chris Evans has a high-profile hell-raising past.

Nick Galvin Chris Evans, the new frontman for the BBC's Top Gear, has a hell-raising past and a reputation for sticking two fingers up to authority that make Jeremy Clarkson's faux pas seem quite modest by...

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Weird TV shows: have you Bagged a real doll, or had a Wicked Offer from an iZombie, or Is That a Nail in Your Head ...?

Face-off ... a contestant in <i>Bagged</i> meets a potential match.

Nick Galvin A dating show with participants wearing bags on their heads, a series devoted to extreme accidents and medical procedures and a reality show about women who would rather be dolls - it's all on TV .

TV ratings

ABC's The Killing Season holds steady on TV ratings, shows still life in Rudd-Gillard years

Rating well ... Former prime ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

Nick Galvin The appetite among viewers for the political intrigue of the Rudd/Gillard years continues after a very creditable 968,000 viewers tuned in to watch the second episode The Killing Season last night.

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Just joking

Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul pranks fans over Jesse Pinkman 'sequel'

Pic of Breaking Bad for Sunday's pay TV



Nick Galvin Aaron Paul has trolled his own fans after he "revealed" plans for a Breaking Bad sequel centred around his character of Jesse Pinkman.


SBS brings back Go Back To Where You Came From as a new set of 'ordinary' Aussies trace asylum seekers' journeys

Confronting ... <i>Go Back to Where You Came From participants Jodi, Renee, Nicole, Kim, Davy and Andrew</i>.

Nick Galvin SBS is bringing back its controversial series Go Back To Where You Came From in the network's latest excursion into the world of hot-button social issues.

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Magical role

Katherine Waterston to play witch Tina in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Actor Katherine Waterston attends the Centerpiece Gala Presentation.

Nick Galvin Katherine Waterston has been cast to play opposite Eddie Redmayne in the upcoming Harry Potter inspired movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


Ian McKellen's fond memories of Christopher Lee's Saruman in Lord of the Rings

Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Nick Galvin Sir Ian McKellen has issued a touching tribute to Christopher Lee, saying he was made to feel "inadequate" by the late acting great while filming the Lord of the Rings films.

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Love and Mercy: At last, the true story behind Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys

Nick Galvin Brian Wilson is famously reticent in interviews - but it's not due to the surly defensiveness one sometimes encounters with the super-famous.

3D printing creates a flute which makes beautiful sounds

Innovation: Terumi Narushima plays the 3D-printed flute.

Nick Galvin The keyboard of a standard piano has 88 white and black keys, each a semitone away from its neighbour.

Signs are good

Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, suffers stroke

Star power ... Nichols in her role as Lieutenant Uhura.

Nick Galvin Star Trek legend Nichelle Nichols is recuperating after suffering a mild stroke.

Zombie shows

Shows not to get attached to: About a Boy, Battle Creek, Constantine, Cristela, Backstrom

It's over ... Katherine Heigl in State of Affairs.

Nick Galvin  You know how it is - you're just getting to know each other. You like what you see and you're thinking of moving the relationship up a notch to something more serious.

Ratings freefall

Dan and Maz hit new low at 2DayFM, Triple M surges in latest Sydney radio ratings survey

Not quite at the very bottom: 2DayFM breakfast team Dan Debuf and Maz Compton.

Nick Galvin 2DayFM's Dan Debuf and Maz Compton's ominous ratings run has continued, with the pair's breakfast show falling almost to the very bottom of the breakfast heap for FM and AM combined.

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Writing's on the wall

Mystery plaque behind 'Youngster' sculpture highlights plight of refugee children

Mystery: Caroline Rothwell's sculpture has had an unauthorised addition.

Nick Galvin Every day, tens of thousands of commuters walk past the diminutive figure in a hoodie on the corner of George and Barrack Streets in the CBD.

Bad old days

Holiday in the Protectorate: Czech TV's reality show with a Nazi twist


Nick Galvin A controversial Czech reality show will feature people mimicking life under Nazi occupation.