Special Sub-Topic: A Walk Down Memory Lane - '80s TV shows
|This show was first seen on the Seven network in 1981. It featured amongst its cast members a wombat and a pig with a drinking problem. The show played host to many well-known Australian actors including a young Ryan Kwanten, Nicole Kidman and Toni Collette. What was the name of this series?|
A Country Practice. 'A Country Practice' was ground-breaking in many ways. It featured a number of controversial storylines including episodes on intravenous drug use, AIDS, Aboriginal health and child abuse.
'Sons and Daughters' was a soap opera which also appeared on the Seven network.
'Prisoner' was set in a women's prison in Victoria and featured many female Australian actors.
'Neighbours' was the starting ground for a number of well-known Australian entertainers including Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
|This soap opera first made its debut in 1982. The storyline featured a brother and sister who were twins separated at birth. Amongst the characters was 'Pat the Rat', played by Rowena Wallace. What was the name of this show?|
Sons and Daughters. 'Home and Away' is another well-known Australian soap opera, featuring the town of Summer Bay. A former actor on this show was a young Heath Ledger.
'E Street' was another popular show which was shown on the Ten network, and featured a number of former 'A Country Practice' actors.
|This particular drama premiered in 1988. It featured a family with five foster children who relocated from Sydney to a seaside town after buying the local caravan shop. What was the name of this show?|
Home and Away. 'Home and Away' has featured many well-known actors during the time it has been showing. These include: Dannii Minogue, Ryan Kwanten, Isla Fisher and Julian McMahon. Natalie Imbruglia was also an actress on this show.
|This show originally appeared on the Seven network before it was cancelled after less than a year. It was then commissioned by the Ten network which relocated the show to Melbourne. Which drama series was this?|
Neighbours. 'Neighbours' made its debut in 1985, and was created by Reg Watson who had a hit with 'Sons and Daughters'. It did not rate well in Sydney, and Channel 7 decided to axe it. Channel Ten then relocated the show to Melbourne and it became a success.
|This comedy show was originally broadcast on the ABC in the mid 1980's, however, several specials were also filmed for the Seven network. Amongst the actors on this show were Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro and Magda Szubanski. Which comedy show was this?|
D-Generation. 'D-Generation' was the first TV outing for many well-known Australian comedians. Several stars of 'D-Generation' went on to create 'Working Dog Productions' which in turned produced a number of movies 'The Castle' and 'The Dish' as well as a range of TV shows.
'The Comedy Company' was a successful sketch show for Channel Ten and featured memorable characters including Kylie Mole and Con the Fruiterer.
|This TV show premiered in 1987 and featured a single dad who was raising his three children. He was an architect who worked from home, hiring a cousin to help him as his secretary. Which TV show was this?|
Hey Dad!. 'Hey Dad!' ran for over 250 episodes. As well as focusing on the Kelly family, a number of additional characters were written in, including the next door neighbour, Arthur MacArthur.
'My Three Sons' was a popular American TV series, starring Fred MacMurray.
'Me and My Girl' was a BBC series featuring Richard O'Sullivan ('Man About the House'; 'Robin's Nest') raising his teenage daughter.
|Another comedy that premiered in the 1980s featured the Bullpitt family, and in particular, the likes and dislikes of the father of the family, Ted. Which TV show was this?|
Kingswood Country. 'Kingswood Country' was named after the car that belonged to Ted Bullpitt. The show was a satire on the attitudes of many Australian families at that time.
Ross Higgins, who played Ted Bullpitt, also starred in 'The Naked Vicar Show' an Australian comedy series from the 1970s.
|This comedy show premiered in 1989 and featured Gina Riley, Magda Szubanski and Steve Vizard amongst its performers. Amongst the characters featured included a newsreader Dirk Hartog, and Soviet newsreaders Victor and Svetta. Which comedy show was this?|
Fast Forward. 'Fast Forward' includes small gaps of static between its sketches, giving the impression of channel surfing.
'Full Frontal' featured many of the same cast as 'Fast Forward' and was developed as a follow-up to 'Fast Forward'.
|As well as comedies and dramas, a number of game shows made their debut in the 1980s. This particular game show was initially filmed in Adelaide, and ran for 23 years on the Seven network. What was the name of this game show where contestants had to guess words or phrases?|
Wheel of Fortune. 'Wheel of Fortune' was hosted by Adriana Xenides, who once held a 'Guinness Book of Records' title for being the longest running game show host.
'Blankety Blank' was a game where contestants had to try and guess the answer to an open-ended statement.
'Sale of the Century' ran for many years on the Nine network, where contestants were asked general knowledge questions.
'The Price is Right' consisted of a number of competitions were the contestants had to guess the price of items without going over the price.
|The first series of this children's TV show was broadcast in 1989. It was based on fantasy stories written by Paul Jennings, a children's author. The family featured in the series lived in a lighthouse. What was the name of this show?|
Round the Twist. 'Round the Twist' filmed four series of the space of 11 years. Amongst the actors on this show were Mark Mitchell, and Marzena Godecki from 'Ocean Girl'.
'Hey Dad!' featured the Kelly family and ran for several years.
'Sky Trackers' featured a family who lived near a radio telescope in the Australian outback.
'The Adventures of the Bush Patrol' featured a family who lived and worked in one of Australia's national parks.
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