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Shirl’s Neighbourhood

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 3 (Australia)

shirls_737The half-hour Aussie kid’s show debuted in April 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, Ol’ Possum, Claude the Crow, Stanley the Snake, Green Finger the Garden Gnome, 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 afternoon’s a week on Channel 7.

Strachan went on to be a regular presenter on home makeover program Our House where he resurrected skills from his pre-Skyhooks carpentry trade. He was killed in a helicopter accident on 29 August 2001.