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Tarax Show, The

1 9 5 7 - 1 9 6 9 (Australia) 60 minute episodes This early Australian children's TV series from GTV-9 in Melbourne was originally titled The Happy Show and hosted by a character called Happy Hammond (Harry Hammond,...

Adventures of Gerry Gee, The

1 9 5 9 - 1 9 6 2 (Australia) 5 minute episodes The first regular live children's television show from Channel Nine in Melbourne was originally broadcast as The Happy Show for one hour every weekday...

Any Questions

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 3 (Australia) 30 minute episodes This weekly television panel discussion show from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) had a four-person panel chaired in Melbourne by Frank Eyre (manager of Oxford...

Good Morning, Mr Doubleday

1 9 6 9 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes This Australian comedy series featured Robinson Doubleday (New Zeland-born Gerry Gallagher), the bumbling science teacher at Kannabri High School, a co-ed country secondary school in rural Victoria. His girlfriend...

‘Neighbours’ house sells for $1.6m (AUD)

3 May 2021 A nondescript brick house at 1 Pinoak Court, Vermont South - a suburb of Melbourne, Australia - has just sold for $1.6m AUD, the first time it has changed hands in 30 years. The...

Run from the Morning

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 6 x 30 minute episodes This superior effort from the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) was reminiscent of high-quality British television dramas but dealt with a fairly unusual topic - an attempted takeover by...

Why Wasn’t I Told?

Dorrie Evans, the scatty and interfering self-appointed concierge at 96 Lindsay Street, Paddington, was the absolute queen of malapropism on the series Number 96. Proving extremely popular with the viewing audience, the wit and wisdom of...

Dynasty

1 9 7 0 - 1 9 7 1 (Australia) 23 x 60 minute episodes Not to be confused with the glossy 1980s American soap opera, this Dynasty was an Australian series revolving around the intrigues and conflicts of...

Hit Scene

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 2 (Australia) 30 minute episodes The half-hour ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) show Hit Scene debuted on 10 May 1969 and was broadcast in black & white on Saturday afternoons until 16...

Emergency

1 9 5 9 (Australia) 16 x 30 minute episodes Sponsored by BP, this early Australian half-hour drama series was produced by Melbourne's GTV-9 from February to June 1959. Dr Geoffrey Thompson (Brian James), Thompson's trusted assistant, orderly George...

Delta

1 9 6 9 - 1 9 7 0 (Australia) 23 x 60 minute episodes The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) produced these dramatic stories revolving around a scientific investigation unit called 'Delta', loosely based on the CSIRO...

Houseboat Horror (1989)

A rock group travel with a film crew and various groupies and hangers-on to desolate Lake Infinity in the Aussie bush to produce a music video with Jim Robinson from Neighbours who is now moonlighting...

Madder Lake

Melbourne (Australia) band Madder Lake are best remembered for their infectious single 12lb Toothbrush. Formed in 1970, their brand of prog rock/psychedelic blues quickly became extremely popular on the local pub circuity and Madder lake appeared as...

Chain Reaction, The (1980)

Produced in the wake of the worldwide success of Mad Max, this film reunited many of that film's cast and crew (Mel Gibson even has a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo as a mechanic) to cash in on...

Lucky Starr

Australian entertainer Lucky Starr was born Leslie William Morrison on 29 December 1940. His father was a motor mechanic and his mother was a housewife, and he had a younger sister. He attended Canterbury High School...

Case For The Defence

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 9 x 90 minute episodes Prominent Sydney defence lawyer John Case (John Hamblin, best-known in Australia for his appearances on Play School) always seemed to end up with the cases that appeared impossible...

Games, The

1 9 9 8 - 2 0 0 0 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes John Clarke and Ross Stevenson’s brilliant mockumentary about the Logistics Operation team assigned to mount the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Using their own names, Clarke...

Tea Ladies, The

1 9 7 8 (Australia) 8 x 30 minute episodes This short-lived Australian comedy series from ATV-0 was set in Parliament House in Canberra and starred former Number 96 star Pat McDonald and Sue Jones as the titular tea...

Battlers, The

1 9 6 8 (Australia) 26 x 30 minute episodes This half-hour drama series from Australia's channel ATN 7 had the professional fight game as its background and concerned the training of a part-Aboriginal country boy (played by...

Vega 4

1 9 6 8 (Australia) 7 x 20 minute episodes Produced by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in 1966 but not aired until June and July 1968, this children's sci-fi series used the same sets and model spaceships...

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As a new decade began, the Swinging Sixties became the Swapping Seventies. Well, that is if you believe everything you saw on the big screen. Britain's film industry in the early 1970s consisted of the odd James Bond film and two...

BBC Television Centre

The BBC Television Centre, the world's first purpose-built television production complex - described as the Hollywood of the Television Industry - was officially opened on 29 June 1960. The opening was marked by a special variety...

20 most watched TV shows in Australia in the 20th century

It is impossible to give precise audience figures of the most watched shows of the 20th century in Australia, so this is an approximate ranking, originally compiled by David Dale for the Sydney Morning Herald,...

“Love & Mercy” in Cinemas 5 June

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The Curse Of Plonk – The late Ronnie Lane: Some day...

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