1 9 7 9 (Australia)
30 minute episodes
Carrots followed the trials of nine people who had to put together a children’s television show called The Funny Bunny Show.
The action took place at Channel 7 studios and the principal character, a 7-foot-tall rabbit called Moses (Gerry Gallagher), pranced through the main doors during the credits.
James Condon was the senior cast member playing a dithering producer named Horace Hathaway. He took his orders from the unseen studio boss, TT (voiced by Brian Anderson) by way of an intercom. Sheila Kennelly (previously Norma Whittaker on Number 96) played Mabel Dodds.
The compere of The Funny Bunny Show was Johnny Preston (Greg Bepper). Others who worked on the “show within a show” included Mark Adams (Brendon Lunney), Alex Pandopoulos (David Foster), Sally Fraser (Helen Hough) and mailboy Tim Salmon (Frank Hruby).
Carrots was not all slapstick and razzamatazz – it contained educational segments too, such as looking at the making of surfboards and a film on the destruction of kangaroos for the manufacture of souvenir goods and pet food. In other filmed segments, the show visited the RSPCA shelter where 250,000 dogs and “millions” of cats had to be destroyed, mainly because their owners allowed them to roam the streets.
Horace W. Hathaway