Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
"You Can't See Round Corners". The drama series, about a love afair between a girl and an army deserter, based on a novel by Jon Cleary, was quite controversial in its day. A feature film version was released a couple of years later.
Gordon Boyd. Gordon Boyd, an English-born singer, hosted the "Showcase" talent quests. Mr Boyd's (possibly accidental) catchphrase was to announce that someone would appear "immejiatly after this message".
|The Aussie soap "Bellbird" was popular for several years. To what did the name pertain?||Vintage Australian TV
Bellbird was a town. "Bellbird" was named for the country town where Des, Muscles, Joe, Olive, and co. lived their lives. "Bellbird" was made in the late 1960s and early '70s. It was a soap with a realistic feel. When a character fell from a silo, he was killed. There were no miracle cures, and lives, loves, scandals etc were generally and enjoyably low key.
|Back in the 1980s, a silent, dancing, miming character entertained the preschool set. What was his name?||Vintage Australian TV
Fat Cat. Fat Cat, featured in "Fat Cat and Friends", a cheerful programme of singing, dancing and activities for young viewers. He never said a word! Mr Squiggle had a lot to say, as did Mr Ed (who was earlier than the 1980s), and although a Humphrey Bear did feature in "Here's Humphrey", his middle initial was B, not Z.
|Before "Neighbours" and "Home and Away", there were two other popular Aussie soaps that had a lot in common. These were definitely for an adult audience. What were they called?||Vintage Australian TV
"Number 96" and "The Box". "Number 96" and "The Box" were frisky, risky and saucy. They dealt frankly with all kinds of preciously-taboo subjects, and featured stars such as Abigail and Norman Yemm. Some of the other choices were soaps, but the other pairs hadn't a lot in common.
|"Cash and Company" was a popular drama series of the 1970s. It was followed be a sequel. What was the sequel called?||Vintage Australian TV
Tandarra. "Cash and Company" was made in 1975, and "Tandarra" followed in 1976. The title change came about because Serge Lazareff's character, Sam Cash, did not return although Penne Hackforth-Jones reprised her role of Jessica Johnson and Gus Mercurio was back as Joe Brady.
|In the TV soap "Certain Women", one of the characters belonged to a group called WAM. What did the initials stand for?||Vintage Australian TV
Women's Action Movement. "Certain Women" was made from 1973 to 1976, and was about three generations of the same family. Joan Bruce played Jane Stone, who was a prominent member of WAM - an early women's movement.
|What are the last four words of this line from a famous Aussie TV theme song?
"Skippy, Skippy, Skippy the bush kangaroo,
Skippy, Skippy, Skippy _____."||Vintage Australian TV
a friend ever true . Skippy was an unnaturally talented marsupial that shared her adventures with young Sonny Hammond (Gary Pankhurst), his dad Matt (Ed Devereaux), and other characters, including his elder brother Mark, a helicoptor pilot played by Tony Bonner and a girl named Clancy, played by Liza Goddard. "Skippy" was shown on ABC TV for some years, beginning in 1968. A brief follow-up series, "The New Adventures of Skippy", was produced in the 1990s.
|During the 1960s, an Aussie TV favourite was "BP Pick-a-Box". What was the favourite holiday destination on the show? ||Vintage Australian TV
Brampton Island. Bob and Dolly Dyer hosted "Pick-a-Box" for many years. I remember it was the first major TV quiz shown in my home state of Tasmania. One of the regular prizes was a holiday on "beautiful Brampton Island".