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If it were this time 15 years ago, we would have last night watched Hey Hey, It’s Saturday with Daryl Somers. But now on Saturday nights you’ll find re-runs instead of good old fashioned family variety shows. It feels like reality TV has replaced these quality programs so tonight we will look back at our favourite Australia TV variety shows:


Hey Hey It’s Saturday

This Saturday ran for 27 years and was a staple in our weekly TV schedule. It finished up in 1999 but we still have fond memories of Red Faces and Pluck-a-Duck

The Graham Kennedy Show

Australian TV legend, ‘The King’ Graham Kennedy hosted his own show for 4 seasons until he was taken off air following an on-air “crow-call” incident. Nevertheless, his show is part of television history!


In Melbourne Tonight

Before The Graham Kennedy was IMT, led by The King himself. It was on air for 13 years from 1957 to 1970 and was one of the key shows to broadcast on Australian TV

Penthouse Club

Do you remember this weekly variety program from 1970? It was hosted by Mary Hardy and Michael Williamson:

The Mike Walsh Show

This afternoon show launched the career of Jeanne Little and won a stack of Logies in its 11 year run


The Don Lane Show

We claimed him as our own and Don Lane was one of the most beloved hosts on Australian TV ever. His self-titled show lasted for 11 years

What was your favourite variety show? When did you watch and with who? And what was the most memorable moment? Join in the nostalgia tonight….


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Aussie tv had real aussie themes back then all this new age garbage is pure puke thats why i am on internet at least i can pick my shows

  2. Came to Oz until 1978 with a young family in tow so many of these shows were foreign to me. Did enjoy Hey Hey though and Graham Kennedy was (soooo) not politically correct. On the other side of the water I do remember Sunday Night at the London Palladium plus all the other typical pommie humour shows

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  3. Bring it back.We need a good show on T V.Not much on that is good.Need Australian shows !need happy ones.We all need a good laugh in our lives.

  4. Bring em back.something to laugh and reallity shows with nasty bad mannered judges should go.bring back hoges and darrel

  5. Bring back Burt Newton . I don’t like the new hosts you don’t know if they are trying to be funny or not . I loved Graham Kennedy , Don Lane, pure entertainment , I do hope these reality shows go out of fashion soon and do you remember It could be you with Tommy Hanlon jnr that was a great show and it did some good in the world .

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