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Variety Italian Style was produced by Channel 10 in Melbourne and was hosted by Anne Luciano (pictured) – who was actually born in Czechoslovakia and moved to Australia when she was eight – and John Mahon.
Originally broadcast at Sunday lunchtime, the hour-long magazine-style show was an attempt to provide “ethnic” television for the many ‘new Australians’ who had made Australia their home.
The show featured travelogues about Italian cities and tremendous variety acts, often including well-endowed female Italian pop singers, mostly extremely liberated and sans brassieres.
A demographic survey conducted by the Australian National University in the early 1970s found that of 70,000 adult Italians living in the Sydney viewing area, 67,536 had watched the programme!
The series eventually moved to SBS.