Basically Black

Basically Black is a 1973 Australian television comedy program, notable as the first television program written and created by Indigenous Australians.

Basically Black
GenreSketch comedy
Directed byNicholas R. Parsons
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1 (list of episodes)
Executive producerAlan Morris
ProducerBill Munro
Running time28 minutes
DistributorAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Original networkABC
Original release7 July 1973 (1973-07-07)

A single half-hour of sketch comedy, the program was based on a satirical political revue of the same name by the National Black Theatre. It premiered on 7 July 1973 as part of a series of ABC comedy pilots, 'The Comedy Game'.[1] Some elements of the original script had been censored by ABC.[2]


  1. ^ "Lively Russian dancers in TCN9 special". The Australian Women's Weekly. Vol. 40, no. 50. 16 May 1973. p. 10. Retrieved 17 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "Five trail-blazing indigenous TV shows that paved the way for Cleverman | Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more". Daily Review: Film, stage and music reviews, interviews and more. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 17 July 2016.

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