1 9 7 9 (Australia)
13 x 25 minute episodes
This Australian comedy series was produced by Channel 7 as part of its “Whacky Wednesday” lineup.
Each episode was a mixture of short, racy sketches and gags (the first 25-minute show contained 42 items) giving it a fast, light touch. The jokes were concise but often predictable, with the usual digs at religion, famous personalities and, of course, Queensland.
There was a flavour of The Naked Vicar Show and a nod to Laugh-In which included a relay race between policemen and robbers and the Ku Klux Klan performing a song and dance routine to find a black spy in its midst. Some of the material was sent in by members of the public who were paid $60 for each item used.
Two shows a day were filmed in front of a studio audience which no doubt added momentum to the cast’s performance. Two weeks were also spent filming on location.
The cast included a mix of old and new faces, such as Brian Hannan, Julie McGregor, Liddy Clark and David Whitford (who was renowned for driving taxis between acting jobs).