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Hey Hey It’s Saturday (Channel 9 1971-1999 with Daryl Somers)

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Australia / Channel 9 – Somers Carroll / x120 minute episodes / Broadcast 9 October 1971 – 21 November 1999

A long running staple of Australian TV, Hey Hey started out as a Saturday morning kids show it later graduated to a 6.30pm two hour slot. The show was presented throughout its run by Daryl Somers, Daryl was assisted by pink puppet Ozzie Ostrich (Ernie Carroll) from 1971-1994. The show was a mixture of comedy, chat, sketches etc, there were regular appearances by DJ Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum (from 1980 onwards) looking at the music scene in his own idiosyncratic way.

The show garnered “8 best of” specials and one of the shows most popular characters was a 6 foot tall duck and a head-on-a-stick Dicky Knee. Regulars throughout the shows run included Jacqui McDonald, Red Symons, Wilbur Wilde, Russell Gilbert, Andrew Fyfe, Livinia Nixon, Jo-beth Taylor, Trevor Marmalade, Denise Drysdale, ‘Plucka Duck’, Des “Animal” McKenna, Gavin Wood, Peter McKenna. Character voices were provided off screen by John Blackman (1972-1999). regular segments such as the long running Red Faces. This ‘talent’ contest spawned 8 high rating “Best Of” specials under the title Best and Worst of Red Faces.

Other specials to emerge from the show include 4×60 minuters called Hey Hey By Request (these emerged between 1993 and 1998) and Hey Hey It’s The Comedians, a pair of hour long compilations featuring the best of the stand up material from the show. Hey Hey was a show that was known as being a place where anything could happen and was uniquely Australian. Everybody who is anybody (from Madonna, Abba, Clint Eastwood, The Harlem Globetrotters etc) appeared as guests on the show.

In late 2014 Daryl Somers began a project to place many of the episodes online.

by Barry Bits

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

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Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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