1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 3 (Australia)
30 minute episodes
The half-hour Aussie kid’s show debuted at the end of March 1979 and featured former Skyhooks frontman Graeme “Shirley” Strachan and co-host Liz Rule.
They were joined by a cast of characters including Norm the Kangaroo (“the most talented kangaroo in Australia”), his wife Narelle and Normie their baby joey, Ol’ Possum, trouble-making Claude the Crow, Stanley the Snake, Green Finger the Garden Gnome (who lectured on horticulture), Yippee the Bunyip, Bartholomew the Sheep and a band of monkeys.
Franciscus Henri appeared in the show as a regular, both as himself presenting musical segments and as Professor Henri in comical sketches.
The show aired five afternoons a week on Channel 7.
Strachan went on to be a regular presenter on the home makeover series Our House where he resurrected skills from his pre-Skyhooks carpentry trade.
He was killed in a helicopter accident on 29 August 2001.