Hey Hey It's Saturday

Hey Hey It's Saturday was a long-running variety and slapstick television program on Australian television. It initially ran for 28 years on the Nine Network from 9 October 1971 to 20 November 1999 (there was a recess in 1978). Its host throughout its entire run was Daryl Somers, who later also became executive producer of the program. The original producer, Gavin Disney, left the program in the 1980s and Somers then jointly formed his own production company, Somers Carroll Productions, with comedy writer and on-screen partner Ernie Carroll, the performer of Somers' pink ostrich puppet sidekick Ossie Ostrich.

Hey Hey It's Saturday
New Hey Hey It's Saturday Logo.png
2010 Hey Hey It's Saturday logo.
GenreVariety Slapstick
Directed byPeter Ots
Presented byDaryl Somers
StarringSuze Raymond
John Blackman
Andrew Fyfe
Russell Gilbert
Livinia Nixon
Ossie Ostrich
Plucka Duck
Dickie Knee
Red Symons
Wilbur Wilde
Molly Meldrum
JudgesRed Symons
(Red Faces segment)
Voices ofJohn Blackman
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons29 (1971–1977, 1979–1999, 2010)
No. of episodes500+
Production
Executive producersDaryl Somers
Graeme Trippett
ProducersBob Phillips
Pam Barnes
Jenny Parr
Production locationsGTV Richmond, Victoria (1971–1999, 2009–2010)
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time3 hrs (1971–83)
2 hrs (1984–99, 2009–10)
(including commercials)[1]
Production companySomers Carroll Productions
Release
Original networkNine Network
Picture formatPAL (1971–99)
576i (SDTV) (2009–2010)
Audio formatMono (1971–mid-1980s)
Stereo (mid-1980s–1999, 2009–2010)
Original release9 October 1971 (1971-10-09) –
20 November 1999 (1999-11-20) (first run)
30 September and 7 October 2009 (Reunion special)
14 April 2010 – 27 November 2010 (second run)
External links
Production website

On 25 July 2009, the Nine Network announced the show would return for two reunion specials in late 2009 and hinted if they rated strongly, the show could return full-time.[2] The first reunion show aired on 30 September 2009 and the second on 7 October and both won the ratings on their respective nights.

On 7 December 2009, it was announced that the show was planned to return in 2010 with a speculated run of 20 episodes.[3] During the 2010 premiere on Wednesday 14 April, it was indicated that the 20-episode run would be split into two groups, with a break between them, and the second group was broadcast on Saturday nights from 16 October 2010 with the season finale on 27 November 2010. The show was not renewed for a new season in 2011.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Premiering on 9 October 1971,[4] Hey Hey It's Saturday was a Saturday morning children's program in which Somers and Carroll provided "top and tail" segments between cartoon episodes. Due to the freedom afforded by its low-priority timeslot, the team was able to develop the comedic aspects of the show and the cartoon segments were eventually phased-out in favour of the live performances.

The constant ad-libbing (often laced with double entendre) of the presenters, including voice-over man John Blackman, soon attracted a cult following among younger and older viewers alike. The show's style was variously influenced by vaudeville, the American Tonight Show format, the Marx Brothers, The Goon Show and Monty Python. Somers was also strongly influenced by comedy duo Graham Kennedy and Bert Newton, and it is significant that Carroll wrote for In Melbourne Tonight (IMT) for many years.

Through the early 1970s, as its ratings grew and its meagre budget was increased, Hey Hey evolved into a freewheeling live light entertainment / comedy variety program. Regular segments included "What Cheeses Me Off" (which aired viewer complaints on virtually any subject), "Media Watch Press" (to which viewers contributed humorous newspaper misprints, almost invariably smutty),[5] "Red Faces" (a New FacesGong Show-style talent competition) and "Chook Lotto", a parody of variety show barrel competitions, in which the numbers in a farcical lotto game were chosen using numbered frozen chickens spun in a large wire cage. The team also performed live revue-style send-ups of current TV shows such as The Sullivans, or chaotic parodies of soap operas, police shows and other popular TV genres. Like Kennedy's, the humour was of the wink-wink, nudge-nudge variety—viewers became accustomed to Blackman's voice-over snigger—and the satire was broad and skit-level, rather than sharp and disturbing. The show aimed to please its lower-middle-class demographic and succeeded well.

Like IMT, the earliest years of Hey Hey were marked by a similar "anything can happen" attitude, with sketches and improvisations stretched to the point of absurdity or terminated without warning. Sponsors were also laid open to some gentle ridicule, and live "reads" of sponsor advertising often became part of the comedy—a device that Graham Kennedy had made famous. Hey Hey also broke the "Fourth Wall", frequently turning the cameras around, taking viewers behind the scenes into every area of the studio, out to the studio pool and even beyond the building. Many of the crew (e.g. floor manager Phillip Lambert) effectively became the de facto supporting cast, either as themselves or as occasional extras in regular segments. During this formative period there was no studio audience, although this later became an integral part of the show. Carroll also occasionally stepped out from behind Ozzie to perform in sketches or as a character, although he usually disguised his voice and/or appearance.

 
Album cover from the 1976 comedy release Keep Smiling with Daryl and Ossie.

The rapid-fire comedic interplay between Somers, Carroll, Blackman and audio operator Murray Tregonning was central to the show's success. Blackman kept up a near-constant stream of jokes and remarks, and he also provided the voice of the show's many invented characters; some were merely voiced, while others were seen in various forms, including "Mrs McGillicuddy" (a stock photo of a toothless old woman), "Angel" (a Barbie doll dressed as an angel and Chroma keyed into the scene), "Norman Neumann" (pronounced Noiman), a talking Neumann boom microphone, "The Man From Jupiter" and the character that became an icon of the show, cheeky "schoolboy" Dickie Knee (a ball with a school baseball cap and long black-haired wig, stuck on a stick) who would pop up in front of Daryl (operated by a stage hand) and make rude remarks.

Audio departmentEdit

Tregonning was renowned for his remarkable ability to select and play appropriate sound effects at a second's notice and his humorous audio punctuations became another trademark of the series. This was long before the introduction of digital sound recording and digital samplers, and all Tregonning's sound effects were played from a huge collection of tape cartridges.

Brief recessEdit

The program went into recess in 1978 when Daryl and Ossie took the bold step of leaving the Nine Network for the rival 0–10 Network to present a prime time show featuring 'comedy, audience participation and novelty games', simply titled The Daryl and Ossie Show. Betty Bobbitt and Monique Daams were co-hosts.[6] Only forty episodes were aired between September and November 1978. Daryl and Ossie then went back to Nine and Hey Hey It's Saturday returned to air in 1979. The show continued its evolution, beginning with recruitment of popular Queensland TV presenter Jacki MacDonald as a co-host on its return to Nine in 1979.

Move to prime timeEdit

In 1984, the Nine Network moved the show from its morning timeslot to a primetime slot on Saturday nights, and it was briefly renamed Hey Hey It's Saturday Night before reverting to its original name. During this time, Hey Hey also became one of the most important TV venues for both local and international music, film and TV stars. Many visiting overseas stars including actor Sylvester Stallone, singer Tom Jones, musician Stevie Ray Vaughan, and professional wrestler André the Giant were impressed by the program's zany style (and its wide appeal) and made return appearances on subsequent visits. During its peak years, backed by the full resources of Nine and assisted by the rapid improvement in satellite communication, Hey Hey regularly travelled to locations all over Australia and even overseas for live broadcasts.

In 1984, in a world first, reformed Aussie 1970s rock band Skyhooks appeared on the same night live from their concert at Sydney's Olympic Park, where they were performing in front of 26,000 people with Daryl and Ossie appearing with them on a giant screen above the stage. The band traded quips with the Hey Hey crew in between performing some of their biggest hits. Red Symons landed his Hey Hey gig as a result of the success of this appearance.[citation needed]

The show enjoyed strong ratings and maintained a dedicated following throughout the Eighties, and became a "must watch" program for a generation of viewers, with its popularity augmented by the stellar guest lineup and regular musical performances. Other personalities gradually came on board, including ex-Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons, who not only played in the show's house band, but was also infamous for his withering sarcasm and as a judge on the "talent" segment Red Faces. Another noted Australian rock musician who became a long serving cast member was saxophonist Wilbur Wilde, who had previously played in Australian bands Ol' 55 and Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons. The regular cast was further expanded by the addition of former Countdown host Ian "Molly" Meldrum, comedian and ex-The Comedy Company star Russell Gilbert, actor and comedian Maurie Fields, and ex-The Curiosity Show presenter, Dr Deane Hutton.

Hey Hey retained its loyal following well into the 1990s but Ernie Carroll decided to retire in 1994, taking Ossie Ostrich with him. Other characters including "Plucka Duck" were brought in to partially fill the void left by Carroll's departure. In the late 1980s a cartoonist, Andrew Fyfe, was added to the team, offering visual gags similar to Blackman and Tregonning's audio contributions. In 1992 Fyfe started his own children's game show on Nine called GuessWhat?. On this show he drew picture puzzles in front of two teams of children. A number of Somers-Carroll produced "Red Faces" and "Best of Hey Hey" specials screened and were rescreened with high ratings for their timeslots. The show also had a lane named after it near its studios.

In 1998, Russell Gilbert got his own Somers-Carroll sketch comedy show on Nine, The Russell Gilbert Show, which lasted a year. Also in that year Hey Hey went full circle and became a Saturday morning kids TV show again, in the form of a separate show called Plucka's Place. This was hosted by Plucka Duck and Livinia Nixon. Livinia soon went on to co-host the main show. A wide range of Plucka merchandise was released to complement the new program.

End of series – 1999Edit

Nine Network executives decided toward the end of 1999 to cancel Hey Hey It's Saturday. Somers claimed that he wanted to take the program into a new direction after the departure of Caroll, but the budget to redevelop the show was deemed excessive. The final episode ran for 240 minutes, an hour longer than was scheduled.

1999 also saw the beginning of another variety show on Nine, Rove, featuring Rove McManus. Newspapers reported Kerry Packer's relative closeness to McManus and distance from Somers during the year. Rove was itself axed at the year's end, but was reborn in 2000 on Network Ten as Rove Live.

RepeatsEdit

Much of the early years were not retained by GTV-9 and so are not available for repeats or DVD release. However, home recordings of some material have been included in retrospectives.

Nine re-aired the Hey Hey By Request specials in 2005 and June 2006. Also, on Nine's quiz show Temptation, Hey Hey's Wilbur Wilde and John Blackman appeared in May 2006 as part of Temptation's Logies Superchallenge, and both represented the show. Dickie Knee also made a brief appearance.

In October 2006, the Seven Network began airing old Red Faces segments as a part of a show called The Best and Worst of Red Faces, which had originally screened on the Nine Network in the 1990s.

In June 2007, Daryl Somers received funding from the Seven Network to produce a pilot for a new Saturday Night format.[7]

During the 2008 Logies ceremony, Daryl Somers presented an award for the "Most Outstanding Children's Program". Prior to announcing the winner of the award, Somers did a skit with Dickie Knee and Plucka Duck.

ReunionsEdit

Since the show's initial demise in 1999, there has been considerable interest in the reformation of "Hey Hey It's Saturday" in some capacity. A Facebook group,[8] created by Corrine Lawrence of Broken Hill, was set up to garner support for a return. In mid-July, the Herald Sun ran a story on the campaign, which was subsequently picked up by other media outlets, including the Nine Network itself. Membership of the group skyrocketed as a result, going from 10,000 members to 32,000 members by 22 July 2009. By July 2010 membership exceeded 488,000.[8] ABC Radio Broken Hill interviewed Lawrence and Somers on 22 July 2009[9] in regard to the growing interest.

It was reported on 24 July 2009 that Daryl Somers and the Nine Network had agreed to a deal for two specials to air in late 2009 after lengthy negotiations and, if the shows rate well, the two will negotiate the return of the show to its original format.[10]

The specials were a mix of old and new content. Graeme Trippett joined Daryl Somers as co-executive producer. It first aired on Wednesday, 30 September 2009, reunion and was a ratings success.[11] It attracted a peak audience of 2.64 million viewers and an average audience of 2.169 million people. It beat the debut of Celebrity MasterChef Australia which had a peak audience of 1.92 million viewers and an average audience of 1.36 million.[12] It gave Nine a 40% share of the rating for that day, topping all other television stations by a massive 20%. It ranked Number 1 as the highest rating show for that week. The second aired on 7 October and attracted 300, 000 viewers more. The second reunion special once again topped the ratings for that week with an average of 2.308 million viewers, giving Nine its highest share of Australian viewing for 2009–43.3%; however, it drew international reaction for "Red Faces" segment "The Jackson Jive", consisting of a Michael Jackson impersonator and five backup dancers in blackface.[13]

2010 – cancellationEdit

Following the success of the 2009 reunion specials, the show returned in 2010 after a deal was signed for at least 20 new episodes. The show was set to air on Wednesday nights but retain the title Hey Hey It's Saturday with Daryl Somers returning as host. Ian "Molly" Meldrum had recently signed a deal with Channel 7, excluding him from the line-up. Red Symons was part of the lineup, after his decision to leave Australia's Got Talent on Channel 7.[14] The show returned on 14 April 2010 with over 1.5 million viewers.[15]

However, ratings steadily dropped after the premiere episode; in the wake of this, on the 7 July 2010 episode,[16] Somers announced on-air that the season would conclude on 21 July 2010 and that Hey Hey It's Saturday would be returning for a seven-episode run in October 2010 and be moved back to its original Saturday night timeslot. The final episode of the first series had an average of 1.52 million viewers across the five major cities.[17] In the event, the show was not renewed for another season.

In early 2012, Somers announced that Somers Carroll Productions had approached other commercial networks in hope for Hey Hey's return but were unsuccessful despite their best efforts.[18] It has been reported[who?] that Somers Carroll Productions are now looking into stage shows instead. To date, there has been no news of another season. However, in December 2015, Somers announced that he was still in talks regarding Hey Hey returning "whether it be one or two shows or whatever" in a Christmas video message uploaded to YouTube.[19]

Prior to Somers' television return in 2016 as host of You're Back in the Room, he revealed that the Nine Network had approached Somers Carroll Productions for talks regarding a possible return of Hey Hey.[20]

Online rerunsEdit

Beginning in 2014, Somers Carroll Productions started releasing full episodes and highlights videos of the show from year to year on their official website, http://heyhey.tv. The site charges a fee of $6.95 a month to view full episodes from 1977 to 2010. Also featured is a four-part holiday special from 1974.

CastEdit

HostEdit

Presenter Role Duration
Daryl Somers Host 1971–99, 2009–10

Co-hostsEdit

Presenter Role Duration
Peter McKenna Co-host 1971 (First 8 weeks)
Ernie Carroll Ossie Ostrich (Co-host) 1971–94, 2009–10
Jacki MacDonald Co-host 1979–89, 2009, 2010
Denise Drysdale Co-host 1989–90, 2009
Jo Beth Taylor Co-host 1996–97, 1999, 2009, 2010
Livinia Nixon Co-host 1997–99, 2009–10

Other regularsEdit

Presenter Role Duration
Red Symons Red Faces host & guitarist 1980–99, 2009–10
John Blackman Voice-overs 1971–99, 2009–10
Wilbur Wilde Saxophonist 1984–99, 2009–10
Russell Gilbert Comedian & audience warm up 1990–99, 2009–10
Trevor Marmalade Live reporter 1991–99, 2009–10
Molly Meldrum Molly's Melodrama host 1987–99, 2009
Andrew Fyfe Cartoonist 1982–99, 2009–10
Plucka Duck Pluck-a-duck host 1990–99, 2009–10
Suze Raymond Pluck-a-duck co-host & regular segment participant 2009–10
Penne Dennison Entertainment reporter 1998–99, 2009–10
Danny Clayton Music 2010
Daryl McKenzie Musical Director 1992–99, 2009
Sally Cooper Violinist 2009–10

Notes:

  • Denise returned to guest host in 1994.
  • Molly appeared in a 2010 episode via archived footage.

SegmentsEdit

The show became a showcase for comedy and music which was reflected in the show's segments:

Red FacesEdit

"Red Faces" is a segment in which three (sometimes four) amateur performers or groups would present their routine (which was usually singing, dancing, comedy or something utterly bizarre) before a panel of judges. The segment and its name were a parody of the serious talent quest program New Faces coupled with a gong as in The Gong Show. The panel consisted of Hey Hey's resident band's guitar player Red Symons along with two of the show's guests from that week.

Normally contestants would be gonged by Red Symons well before they finished their performance. Each contestant was then given a score out of 10 by each of the judges. For most acts, Red, always the last to give his score, would usually give his trademark score of 2 along with a pithy and acidic comment. Other times he would give high scores when the performance really was particularly good (or poor)—on several occasions he declared a performance the winning one, even if the others had not been done yet. The winning contestant received a $500 cash prize, second received $250 and third received $100. In the final years, the prizes were doubled and were sponsored by McDonald's restaurant chain. In the 2010 revival of the show, first would receive $2000, second received $1000 and third received $500, initially sponsored by Hungry Jack's but later changed to MyFun.

Some, but not many, contestants found fame after appearing on "Red Faces". One group of friends performed their own rendition of I Am The Music Man, and were later hired to perform in a beer commercial as a result. Jason Stephens, a comedian who appeared on The Late Show, had his start on Red Faces impersonating a penguin. The Melbourne-based musical comedy trio Tripod also performed a satirical medley of Oasis songs on the show in their very early years. Cate Blanchett also appeared on Red Faces in the late 80s, at the age of 17.[21] "Red Faces" faced its oldest contestant, 96-year-old Dorothy Hayter, in the 80s and Red Faces had its youngest contestant, Kaitlin Elizabeth Millgate (4 months old) on 27 August 1994.

Chook LottoEdit

A longstanding game show segment, "Chook Lotto" (or Chooklotto) involved a large barrel of numbered frozen chickens, or "chooks", and was a parody of Tattslotto, one of the National Lottery Draws of Australia. This segment ran from 1984, was rested in 1985, then returned in 1986 and went till the end of 1988. Daryl and Jackie McDonald would draw out 4 chickens numbered from 10 to 19. The home viewer would send in their entry and have to circle one of those numbers as a "Super 69" number. Then another cast member would enter the numbers into a computer (Originally an Atari 800XL, later an Olivetti Model) and whoever had those numbers would be the winner. Then Daryl would return to the desk and use the Super 69 number on ten paper eggs which had the same numbers as the chickens drawn out. Each of them held a prize. The main prize was a car from Ken Morgan Toyota or if the prize card had stars on it they would win every prize inside the other eggs. This segment was eventually replaced by Plucka Duck (Pluck-a-duck), however returned in the 2010 revival of the show, with viewers invited to go to the shows website and select 4 numbers as well as a supplementary number. Due to gambling laws in Australia, when "Hey Hey" was revived in 2009, the game was called "Fake Chook Lotto", and contestants played for no prize whatsoever, however, real prizes were offered in 2010.

The chickens were provided by Inghams Suppliers, and all 210 finalists would receive a voucher for a free chicken.

Plucka DuckEdit

"Plucka Duck", (at first Pluck-a-duck) was the replacement for Chook Lotto, and was responsible for creating the show's character of the same name. Contestants would spin a numbered wheel with each number corresponding to a prize. After the spin, the contestant was allowed to either elect to keep their prize, or have another go by "plucking a duck".

An important ingredient of the segment was Wilbur Wilde singing the Plucka Duck theme song to the tune of Roger Miller's Chug-a-Lug:

"Plucka Duck, Plucka Duck,
He's not a chicken or a cow,
Plucka Duck, that's him right now!"

Many different versions of the theme song were used over time, based on a number of different tunes and adjusted lyrics, such as "Excuse me while I kiss this duck", spoofing a Jimi Hendrix number. (In the reunion shows and 2010 seasons 1 & 2, Livinia Nixon joined in as well)

If the contestant elected to pluck a duck, the character Plucka Duck—a man in a duck costume—appeared and contestants plucked a feather from his tail. Each feather had a number concealed on it which corresponded to a prize, and that would be the prize won.

This was later changed. In the subsequent version of the contest a large mechanical contraption resemblant of a merry-go-round powered by a bicycle—usually ridden by Plucka himself—would be wheeled on. The contestant would have to pick a soft-toy duck (later created in Plucka's image) from the spinning wheel, which would have a number hidden under its vest. This number, as with the wheel, corresponded with a prize. (For more details on Plucka Duck, see Plucka Duck.)

On one occasion a contestant spun the wheel and landed the peg between the wheel's highest prize (a car) and that of a lesser prize. The show was interrupted by a phone call from the head of the Nine Network, Kerry Packer, who directed Somers to "Give her the car."

Plucka Duck would often have a female presenter performing alongside him. One of his presenters in the early 1990s was Melissa Hannan who was a popular TV personality at the time, daughter of Jimmy Hannan. Plucka Duck's most recent female presenter was Suze Raymond, who was host of Channel Nine's music video program Eclipse Music TV.

Molly's MelodramaEdit

The former talent co-ordinator/interviewer of Australian Television's Countdown, Ian "Molly" Meldrum hosted a segment titled "Molly's Melodrama". This segment was similar to Countdown's Humdrum segment where Molly would review local and international music as well as interview the famous and infamous faces of the musical scene. However, in true Hey Hey fashion, Molly's segment was often taken over by other cast members (Dickie Knee in particular) who often performed cruel and painful pranks on Meldrum.

Prior to Molly Meldrum, the music review segment featured Gavin Wood, former Countdown voice-over man, with his segments frequently punctuated with practical jokes targeting him.

Ad NauseamEdit

A quiz where contestants, which usually were either studio audience members or Hey Hey guests, would answer questions based on television commercials.

Beat ItEdit

Similar to Ad Nauseam, this was a music quiz. The segment's title was taken from the Michael Jackson song of the same name, which was played by the house band at the beginning of each installment.

Lost for WordsEdit

A game show style segment where a number of celebrities would be asked to name a word that started with the last letter of the previous word.

Magic WordEdit

An audience member would be brought onto the stage and presented with an unusual word. Various Hey Hey crew members (usually Dickie, Red or Russell) would each give the member a possible meaning of the word, one of which was the word's actual meaning. If that person correctly guessed whose meaning was the right one, that person would win a prize.

MasterslimeEdit

A parody of Mastermind, where contestants were strapped to a chair and had to answer a maximum of 6 questions. If that contestant got three questions wrong, he or she got "slimed".

Media WatchEdit

Not to be confused with the subsequent Australian ABC-TV program Media Watch.

The Media Watch segment displayed humorous errors from TV and newspapers, generally sent in by the viewers. As the segment became more popular, it was split into "Media Watch Press" and "Media Watch TV".

After the end of HHIS, the concept used in "Media Watch" and "Phunny Fotos" was replicated in the What The? segment on Rove Live. A similar segment appears on the U.S. TV program Late Show with David Letterman under the name Small Town News.

The Great Aussie JokeEdit

The hosts of this segment were Shane Bourne and Maurie Fields. This segment was also featured on the first reunion show, which was fifteen years after Maurie's death, with Maurie being rotocaptured into the set, and doing the joke with son Marty.

The Nixon TapesEdit

This segment, which appeared during Livinia Nixon's time on the show, featured footage from movies or TV shows sent in by viewers, which contained a mistake or blooper of some sort (such as a production error). Audience members had to guess what the mistake was.

Celebrity HeadEdit

In this segment, three contestants would have the name of a celebrity placed on top of their heads where they could not see them. Using a series of questions which could only be answered with either "yes" or "no", the contestants had to try to guess who their celebrity was. The name, like many other parts of the show, was joked upon for its double-entendre. As one of the most popular games on Hey Hey, "Celebrity Head" was adapted into a board game and retains casual interest.

SpoofsEdit

Spoofs of other programs were a regular feature in the early years. This began with caustic voice-overs of old TV shows, (comparable to the much later American program Mystery Science Theater 3000 and similar to other Australian comedy efforts including the "Europa Films" segments of The Aunty Jack Show and the 1980s live comedy team Double Take). Later, this expanded into ongoing comedy sketches such as Division Saturday (a parody of Division 4), The Sillivans (The Sullivans) and The Shove Boat (The Love Boat).

The rural radio station 2QN Radio Deniliquin was satirised until official complaints were received, leading to a change over to 2KW Upper Kumbukta West, a fictional country town that was also home to the "Mrs Mac" character. The fictitious country of 'Biddleonia' was created as a new home for Irish jokes etc., so as not to offend any actual minorities.

Ian Buckland appeared and also performed in sketches including a satire called "The World's Worst Magician". These segments spawned merchandise in the form of magic kits and products.

In each of the two reunion shows, there was a "DisasterChef" segment—a spoof of MasterChef Australia.

In 2010, Hey Hey spoofed many commercials with Trevor and Russell in them.

Cultural significanceEdit

Other Australian sketch comedy programs have satirised the show at one point or another, including The Comedy Company when it was parodied as Ho Hum It's Saturday and Mad magazine which did a parody with the same title. The 1997 comedy film The Castle memorably portrayed the program as the Kerrigan family's second favourite television show (with their favourite show being "The Best of Hey Hey It's Saturday").

Use of terminology from the show spawned controversy during a Test cricket match between Australia and South Africa in Melbourne in December 2005. Australian bowler Shane Warne referred to South African batsman Makhaya Ntini, who was batting with an injured knee, as "John Blackman". Warne was claiming that Ntini was controlling his "dicky knee" just like Blackman "controlled" Dickie Knee on the show. But Ntini, a Bantu, interpreted the remark as a racist jibe, and a minor controversy occurred. Eventually Australian captain Ricky Ponting explained the situation to South African captain Graeme Smith. Blackman himself had in fact visited the Australian team's dressing rooms not long before the incident occurred.

John Farnham was a frequent guest. Musicians also visited, and they wrote a number of tribute songs, including one by Ricky May.

CriticismEdit

Although the 21st-century incarnation of the show continued to rate highly, not all sectors of the Australian community were fans. The show has been criticised as being backward and culturally insensitive.[22] Its outlook and many of its jokes are considered to be racist and sexist.[22][23] Such views were highlighted by the international controversy surrounding the Jackson Jive sketch on Red Faces, which had the show derided as "old fashioned, out of touch, stale, [and] misguided".[24]

The Jackson JiveEdit

Specific controversy was drawn by a segment of the "Red Faces" segment during the second reunion special on 7 October 2009 called "the Jackson Jive".[25] The sketch featured six performers: five dressed as the Jackson Five in matching blackface outfits and wearing large afro wigs, with their teeth made extremely white;[26] and one as an adult Michael Jackson, painting his face white.[27] They sang the Jackson Five's hit "Can You Feel It" in a jive style.[28] The group had performed the same act in "Red Faces" in 1989, during Hey Hey's original run.[29]

American musician Harry Connick Jr., who performed on the show, was serving as a guest judge at the time and strongly expressed his disapproval of the skit when asked to give a score, and also later on in the show, and gave the performers a "0" score.[30] He appeared visibly uncomfortable throughout the skit.[31] He said, "If they turned up like that in the United States, it'd be like Hey Hey There's No More Show."[28] He later said that he would not have agreed to be on the show had he known beforehand about the sketch.[30]

Somers apologised to Connick on-air after a brief station break. He said that nobody had intended to deliberately offend the viewers, the guests, or the audience, and he described the sketch as a "bit retro".[27] The incident drew some negative response within Australia, but drew heavy negative reaction from commentators around the world, including in the US and the UK,[27][32] and very prominently highlighted significant differences between the cultural acceptability of blackface in Australian culture compared with American culture.[29]

Programming historyEdit

Programming History
Name Dates Day Timeslot
Hey Hey It's Saturday 9 October 1971 – 29 September 1973 Saturday 8:30am–11:30am
Hey Hey It's Saturday 6 October 1973 – December 1977 Saturday 8:00am–11:00am
Hey Hey It's Saturday March 1979 – December 1983 Saturday 8:00am–11:00am
Hey Hey It's Saturday Night 11 February 1984 – 1 June 1985 Saturday 9:30pm–12:00am
Hey Hey It's Saturday 8 June 1985 – 13 November 1999 Saturday 6:30pm–8:30pm
Hey Hey It's Saturday: Final 20 November 1999 Saturday 6:30pm–10:30pm
Hey Hey It's Saturday: The Reunion 30 September – 7 October 2009 Wednesday 7:30pm–10:30pm (30 September)
7.30pm–11:00pm (7 October)
Hey Hey It's Saturday 14 April 2010 – 28 July 2010 Wednesday 7:30pm–9:30pm[3]
Hey Hey It's Saturday 16 October 2010 – 27 November 2010 Saturday 7:30pm–9:30pm

EpisodesEdit

1983 Episodes
Episodes Guest
Episode 01 Episode 1 features Media Watch TV, Pick Your Face, Biddleonian Weakly News, What Cheezes Me Off, Pop Report, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Kevin Hillier, Colleen Hewett, Pete Rudder, Gavin Wood, Stephen Cummings and The Runners.
Episode 02 Episode 2 features Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Red Faces, What Cheezes Me Off, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pop Report and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, Men at Work, Jo Jo Zep, John Hood, Dan Craig and Gavin Wood.
Episode 03 Episode 3 features Phunny Fotos, What Cheezes Me Off, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Pop Report, Biddleonian Weakly News, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Johnny Chester & Hotspur, Noel Crombie, Mi-Sex, Gavin Wood, Kevin John and Dean Matters.
Episode 04 Episode 4 features Media Watch TV, Pick Your Face, Media Watch Press, Biddleonian Weakly News, Jacki's News, Pop Report, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include Pel Mel, Doug Parkinson, The Little Heroes, Gavin Wood, Glenn Shorrock, Stan Rofe and Jonathan Coleman.
Episode 06 Episode 6 features Pop Report, What Cheezes Me Off, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Media Watch Press, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel, Funny Fotos and Juke Top 5. Guests include Mondo Rock, Captain Matchbox, Max Merritt, Gavin Wood, Mike O'Loughlin and Dan Craig.
Episode 07 Episode 7 features What Cheezes Me Off, Phunny Fotos, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Media Watch Press, Juke Top 5, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include Marcia Hines, Uncanny X-Men, Chris Maxwell and Dave Witcomb.
Episode 08 Episode 8 features Media Watch TV, Jacki's Exercises, What Cheezes Me Off, Pick Your Face, Division Saturday Night, Juke Top 5, Media Watch Press, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pop Report, Daryl's Wheel and Phunny Fotos. Guests include The Globos, Colleen Hewett, Bob Hughes, Gavin Wood and Bengal Tigers.
Episode 09 Episode 9 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, Biddleonian Weakly News, Division Saturday Night, Pop Report, Phunny Fotos, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Juke Top 5 and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include Gavin Wood, Bengal Tigers, Allniters, Gavin Wood, Brian Cadd, Mark Lea and Jamie Walton.
Episode 10 Episode 10 features What Cheezes Me Off, Jacki's Exercises, Media Watch TV, Secret Sound, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pick Your Face, Division Saturday, Discussion, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Media Watch Press, Phunny Fotos, Daryl's Wheel and Ab Lib Spot. Guests include Jonathan Coleman, No Nonsense, Sharon O'Neil and Rob Duckworth.
Episode 11 Episode 11 features Media Watch Press, Juke Top 5, Pick Your Face, Discussion, Phunny Fotos, Daryl's Wheel, Biddleonian Weakly News, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Secret Sound, Red Faces, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include Patrick McMahon, Peter Grace, Kamahl, Lene Lovich and DD Smash.
Episode 13 Episode 13 features Media Watch TV, Jacki's Exercises, What Cheezes Me Off, Biddleonian Weakly News, Secret Sound, Juke Top 5, Media Watch Press, Phunny Fotos, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Daryl's Wheel and Pick Your Face. Guests include Bi-Vocals, The Reels, Peter Lang and Bob Peters.
Episode 14 Episode 14 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include The Spaniards, Stormy Monday, Greedy Smith and Rob Duckworth.
Episode 15 Episode 15 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Juke Top 5, Pick Your Face, Red Faces, Pick Your Place, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Mi Sex, Sharon O'Neil, Doug Parkinson, Geoff Harvey and Cliff Henny.
Episode 16 Episode 16 features Division Saturday, Juke Top 5, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Jacki's Exercises, Biddleonian Weakly News, Secret Sound, Media Watch Press, Discussion, What Cheezes Me Off, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Jon English, The Runners and The Radiators.
Episode 17 Episode 17 features Media Watch TV, Jacki's Exercises, Biddleonian Weakly News, Secret Sound, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Pick Your Face, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, What Cheezes Me Off, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include The Bushwackers, Avion, Mike O'Loughlin, Madeleine Randall and Lyndel Jacob.
Episode 18
Episode 19 Episode 19 features loads of fun, games and classic segments with Daryl, Ossie and the whole gang.
Episode 20 Episode 20 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Karen Ansell, Frank Howson & The All Star Band, Bengal Tigers, Peter Lang and Graham Stone.
Episode 21 Episode 21 features Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off, Jacki's Exercises, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Biddleonian Weakly News, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Secret Sound. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, Vicky O'Keefe Band, No Nonsense, Chris Maxwell, Peter Grace and George Moore.
Episode 22 Episode 22 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Division Saturday, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pick Your Face, and Juke Top 5. Guests include Avion, Darryl Cotton, Heather Favell, Chas and Dave and Evah Pinkava
Episode 23 Episode 23 features Media Watch TV, Secret Sound, Jacki's Exercises, What Cheezes Me Off, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion, Media Watch Press, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Colleen Hewett, Goldrush, Kevin Hillier and Greg Walker.
Episode 24 Episode 24 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Juke Top 5, Pick Your Face, Red Faces, Secret Sound, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Machinations, Dragon, The Venetians, The Rancan Sisters, Geoff Harvey, Cliff Hanny, Robin Jolley and Jonathan Coleman.
Episode 25 Episode 25 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, What Cheezes Me Off, Juke Top 5, Division Saturday, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Jo Jo Zep, Mother Goose, Stephen Cummings, Joe Camilleri, Craig Johnson and Bruce McCartney.
Episode 26 Episode 26 features Media Watch TV, Media Watch Press, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Pick Your Face and Juke Top 5. Guests include Ted Mulry Gang, Mike Rudd & WHY, Malcolm McLaren, John Peters and Dan Craig.
Episode 27 Episode 27 features African Adventure, Juke Top 5, Biddleonian Weakly News, Daryl's Wheel, Jacki's Exercises, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Discussion, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Frankie J Holden, Bi-Vocals and Lyndal Jacob.
Episode 28 Episode 28 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Exercises, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Bongle the Bingle Boy, Juke Top 5, Secret Sound, Biddleonian Weakly News, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Discussion, What Cheezes Me Off and Pick Your Face. Guests include The Little Heroes, Karen Knowles, Paul Kelly, Ken Lane, Trish Mulholland and Jonathan Coleman.
Episode 29 Episode 29 features Biddleonian Roman Chariot Race, Media Watch Press, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Juke Top 5, What Cheezes Me Off, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include The Machinations, Moving Pictures, John Paul Young and Shirley Strachan.
Episode 30 Episode 30 features What Cheezes Me Off, Secret Sound, Biddleonian Weakly News, Daryl's Wheel, Juke Top 5, Media Watch Press, Bongle the Bingle Boy, Discussion, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Ol' 55, Broderick Smith Band, KC & The Sunshine Band and Trevor Sinclair.
Episode 31 Episode 31 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Cooking Segment, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Pick Your Face, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News and Juke Top 5. Guests include Johnny Chester & Hotspur, Wendy Roberts and John Eva
Episode 33 Episode 33 features Media Watch Press, Pick Your Face, Biddleonian Weakly News, Secret Sound, Juke Top 5, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Discussion, What Cheezes Me Off and Gavin Wood's Pop Report. Guests include The Dynamic Hepnotics, Peter and Paula, Rupert B. Band, Kevin Hillier, Mark Lea and Graham Miles.
Episode 34 Episode 34 features Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Pick Your Face, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Juke Top 5, Red Faces, Secret Sound, Discussion and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include Jon English & The Foster Brothers, Rod Boucher & La Bouche, The Radiators, Rodney Rude, Geoff Harvey and Jonathan Coleman.
Episode 35 Episode 35 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Jacki's Cooking Segment, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Juke Top 5, Pick Your Face, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Secret Sound. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, Frankie J. Holden & The Fives and Peter & Paula.
Episode 36 Episode 36 features Media Watch Press, Pick Your Face, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Biddleonian Weakly News, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Secret Sound and Juke Top 5. Guests include Avion, Machinations, Stevie Wright, Peter & Paula, Mike O'Loughlin, Eric McCusker and Lyndal Jacob.
Episode 37 Episode 37 features Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, Secret Sound, Biddleonian Weakly News, What Cheezes Me Off, Peter & Paula, Discussion, Media Watch Press, Juke Top 5 and Pick Your Face. Guests include Doug Parkinson, Deckchairs Overboard, Marcia Hines and Trevor White.
Episode 38 Episode 38 features Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Galah Fashion Parade, Juke Top 5, Secret Sound, Red Faces, Discussion, Media Watch Press, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include Swanee, John Paul Young, Geoff Harvey and Cliff Hanney.
Episode 39 Episode 39 features Media Watch TV, Juke Top 5, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Peter & Paula, Media Watch Press, Discussion, Biddleonian Weakly News, Daryl's Wheel, Pick Your Face, The Angel and Gavin Wood's Pop Report. Guests include Kids in the Kitchen, Dave Warner, Lee Simon, Peter O'Callaghan, Frank Fursey and Sheba.
Episode 40 Episode 40 features What Cheezes Me Off, Secret Sound, Biddleonian Weakly News, Juke Top 5, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion, Media Watch Press, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Pick Your Face. Guests include Little Heroes, Hoodoo Gurus, Greg Ham, Sharon O'Neill and Mike Perso.
Episode 41 Episode 41 features Galah Fashion Parade, Secret Sound, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel, Biddleonian Weakly News, Juke Top 5 and Pick Your Face. Guests include Mondo Rock, Grand Wazoo, Goanna, Ross Wilson, Eric McCusker and Lyndal Jacob.
Episode 42 Episode 42 features Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Biddleonian Weakly News, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Secret Sound, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion and Pick Your Face. Guests include Mi Sex, Dear Enemy, Molly the Singing Dog, Shirley Strachan, Moving Pictures and Geoff Harvey.
1984 Episodes
Episodes Guest
Episode 01 Episode 1 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press, Jacki's Bag, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Discussion. Guests include John Farnham, Pseudo Echo, Little Heroes, Greg Ham, Chris Maxwell, Lyndal Jacob, Dan Craig, The Bouncing Czecks and Peter & Paula.
Episode 02 Episode 2 features Media Watch Press, Consumer Watch with Tony Porter, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Discussion and Pick Your Object. Guests include Real Life, Bluestone, Hoodoo Gurus, Peter & Paula, Brian Cadd and Wendy Stapleton.
Episode 03 Episode 3 features Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Biddleonian Weekly News, Media Watch Press, Mixing it with Jacki, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Mondo Rock, The Delltones, Sandii & The Sunsetz, The Amazing Mendezies, Eurogliders, John Burgess and Lionel Yorke.
Episode 04 Episode 4 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel, Discussion and Biddleonian Weekly News. Guests include Moving Pictures, Colleen Hewett, El Prezzos, Vince Jones, Dear Enemy, Tracey Harvey and Jam It.
Episode 05 Episode 5 features What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Red Faces, Media Watch TV, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Mi Sex, Poliphony, Ricky May, Phillippe Genty Company of Puppets, Jon English, Lyndal Jacob, Qed and Jam It.
Episode 06 Episode 6 features What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Media Watch Press, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Qed, Elton John, Peter Cupples, Energy Transfer, Karen Knowles, Russell Mulcahy, Tracey Harvey and the Cambridge Buskers.
Episode 07 Episode 7 features Media Watch Press, Biddleonian Weekly News, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include John Paul Young, The Expression, Hot Bagels, Louise Kitching, Karen Knowles and The Sunnyboys.
Episode 08 Episode 8 features What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Biddleonian Weekly News, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include The Runners, Uriah Heep, Jeff Baxter, The Sunnyboys, Jane Clifton, Tim Finn, Neil Finn and Colin Hay.
Episode 09 Episode 9 features Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel, Red Faces and Discussion. Guests include Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows, Redgum, Wendy and the Rockets, Shane Bourne and Wendy Stapleton.
Episode 10 Episode 10 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Media Watch Press, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel, Media Watch TV and Discussion. Guests include Limahl, Johnny Chester, Kamahl and Vince Jones.
Episode 11 Episode 11 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report, Chooklotto, Discussion, and some of the classic advertisements of 1984. Guests include Allniters, Marc Hunter, Tom Carroll, Gino Cunico, The Saints, The Sunnyboys, Jon English and Pat Wilson.
Episode 12 Episode 12 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Biddleonian Weekly News, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel, Media Watch Press, Chooklotto, Media Watch TV, Gavin Wood's Pop Report and Discussion. Guests include Dear Enemy, Mark Gillespie, The cast of The Rocky Horror Show and Brian Cadd.
Episode 13 Episode 13 features Galah Fashion Parade, Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Red Faces, Media Watch TV, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Eurogliders, Tina Cross, Scott Hastler, The Bushwackers, Glenn Shorrock, Rodney Rude, The Tribe and Daryl Cotton.
Episode 14 Episode 14 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Mann Talk, Phunny Fotos and Discussion. Guests include Dr. Hook, The Dugites, Dennis Locorriere, Kids in the Kitchen, Collette Mann and Lynda Nutter.
Episode 15 Episode 15 features Phunny Fotos, Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Mann Talk, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Chooklotto and Discussion. Guests include Dragon, Billy Joel, Donna Fisk, Collette Mann, Galapagos Duck and Broderick Smith.
Episode 16 Episode 16 features Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press and Discussion. Guests include Eurogliders, Pseudo Echo, Colin Cook and Ron Tudor.
Episode 17 Episode 17 features What Cheezes Me Off, Jacki's Cocktail Mixing, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Biddelonian Weakly News, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, Discussion and Media Watch TV. Guests include Dance Exponents, Rosemary Margan, Le Club Foote, Colleen Hewett, Larry Coryell and Gavin Wood.
Episode 18 Episode 18 features Media Watch TV, Red Faces, Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Chooklotto, Tug-O-War Competition and Discussion. Guests include Grand Wazoo, Shane Bourne, Daryl Braithwaite and Beeb Birtles.
Episode 19 Episode 19 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Cocktail Making, What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, Daryl's Wheel, Biddleodian Weakly News and Discussion. Guests include Mondo Rock, Castanet Club, Snowy White, Collette Mann and Eric McCusker.
Episode 20 Episode 20 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Beat It, Mann Talk and Biddleodian Weakly News. Guests include Bananarama, Gavin Wood, Jane Clifton and Collette Mann.
Episode 21 Episode 21 features Biddleonian Weakly News, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, What Cheezes Me Off and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Dynamic Hepnotics, Peter Cupples and Collette Mann.
Episode 22 Episode 22 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press, Beat It, Jacki's Cocktail Mixing, Mann Talk, Chooklotto and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include Deckchairs Overboard, The Spaniards, Gavin Wood, Lisa Bade, Greg Ham, Gregg Caves, Matt Taylor and Chain.
Episode 23 Episode 23 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Mann Talk, Biddleonian Weakly News, Chooklotto and Discussion. Guests include Real Life, James Morrison, Party Girls and Collette Mann.
Episode 24 Episode 24 features Media Watch TV, Jacki's Cocktail Mixing, Biddleonian Weakly News, Beat It, Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include The Black Sorrows, Steve Davis, Jimmy Barnes and Jane Clifton.
Episode 25 Episode 25 features Media Watch TV, Red Faces, Media Watch Press, Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Galah Fashion Parade, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include The Radiators, The Allisons, QED, Jon English and Geoff Harvey.
Episode 26 Episode 26 features Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Beat It, Mann Talk, Biddleodian Weakly News, Chooklotto and Discussion. Guests include John Paul Young, Stephen Cummings, Gavin Wood, Collette Mann, Jonathan Coleman and Flaming Hands.
Episode 27 Episode 27 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, Galah Fashion Parade, What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Biddleodian Weakly News, Discussion, Red Faces and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, The Promise, Collette Mann, Rockshow, Normie Rowe and Gavin Wood.
Episode 28 Episode 28 features Media Watch TV, Jackie's Cocktails, Media Watch Press, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, What Cheezes Me Off, Biddleonian Weakly News, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Patrick McMahon Band, Peter Cupples, Collette Mann and Eurogliders.
Episode 29 Episode 29 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Media Watch TV, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, Daryl's Wheel, Biddleonian Weakly News and Discussion. Guests include Dragon, Gavin Wood, Broderick Smith Band, Collette Mann, Jahn Schumann and Redgum.
Episode 30 Episode 30 features What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Beat It, Chooklotto, Biddleonian Weakly News, Mann Talk, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Le Club Foote, Stephen Cummings, Gavin Wood, Brian Cadd, Colette Mann, Brian Mannix, Liz Sullivan and Peter Meehan.
Episode 31 Episode 31 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, Red Faces, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Galah Fashion Parade, Chooklotto, Discussion and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include The Dugites, Machinations, Colette Mann, Elliot Goblet and Dear Enemy.
Episode 32 Episode 32 features Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, Jacki's Cocktails, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Mann Talk and Discussion. Guests include Jimmy Barnes, Mother Goose, Uncanny X-Men and Colette Mann.
Episode 33 Episode 33 features Chooklotto, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Red Faces, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include No Nonsense, Julie Foster, Wickety Wak, Phillip Edmiston and Greg Doolan.
Episode 34 Episode 34 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Biddleonian Weakly News, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, Jacki's Cocktails, Discussion and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Darryl Cotton, Vince Jones Band, Colette Mann and Lisa Bade.
Episode 35 Episode 35 features Jacki's Cocktails, Media Watch TV, Beat It, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Mann Talk, Biddleonian Weakly News, Chooklotto and Discussion. Guests include Richard Clapton, Stephen Cummings, Wendy Stapleton and Colette Mann.
Episode 36 Episode 36 features Media Watch TV, Biddleonian Weakly News, What Cheezes Me Off, Chooklotto, Media Watch Press, Mann Talk, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include The Models, Lisa Bade, Liquid Engineers, Adrian Scott, Lisa Edwards and Colette Mann.
Episode 37 Episode 37 features Jacki's Cocktails, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Chooklotto, Mann Talk, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Skyhooks, John St. Peeters, Jane Clifton, Lynne Randell, No Nonsense, Shirley Strachan and Los Trios Ringbarkus.
Episode 38 Episode 38 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, Galah Fashion Parade, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel, Red Faces and Biddleonian Weakly News. Guests include Grand Wazoo, Polyphony, The Minibusettes and Shane Bourne.
Episode 39 Episode 39 features Jacki's Cocktails, Phunny Fotos, What Cheezes Me Off, Red Faces, Beat It, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Mann Talk, Discussion, Chooklotto and Media Watch Press. Guests include Dynamic Hepnotics, QED, Martin Lass, John Farnham, Wendy Stapleton, Kamahl and Colette Mann.
1985 Episodes
Episodes Guest
Episode 01 Episode 1 features Media Watch Press, What's New With Jacki, Masterslime, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel and Phunny Fotos. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, Lisa Bade and Brian Mannix.
Episode 02 Episode 2 features Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, Beat It, Masterslime, What Cheezes Me Off, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Mondo Rock, Lisa Edwards, Wendy Stapleton, Eric McCusker and Style Council.
Episode 03 Episode 3 features Media Watch Press, Jacki's Novelty Box, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off, Masterslime, Discussion and Phunny Fotos. Guests include Black Sorrows, Brian Cadd, Lindsay Field and Kate Ceberano.
Episode 04 Episode 4 features classic games, live music performances, and loads of fun from Daryl, Ossie and the whole Hey Hey It's Saturday gang.
Episode 05 Episode 5 features Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press, Discussion and Masterslime. Guests include John St. Peeters, Richard Clapton, Billy Baxter, Captain Bloody and Trevor White.
Episode 06 Episode 6 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, Jacki's Novelty Box, What Cheezes Me Off, Masterslime, Phunny Fotos, Discussion and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Swane, The Nylons, Linda Cable, David Lee Roth, Wendy Stapleton and Arnold Robinson.
Episode 07 Episode 7 features Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch Press, Masterslime, What Cheezes Me Off, Red Faces, Media Watch TV, Discussion and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Mental As Anything, Ricky May, Break Down the Walls and Greedy Smith.
Episode 08 Episode 8 features classic games, live music performances, and loads of fun from Daryl, Ossie and the whole Hey Hey It's Saturday gang.
Episode 09 Episode 9 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Phunny Fotos, Daryl's Wheel, Jacki's Novelty Box, Discussion, Masterslime and Media Watch Press. Guests include Time Bandits, Lisa Edwards, Mark Jackson, Ernie Sigley and Mick Jagger.
Episode 10 Episode 10 features Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, Galah Fashion Parade, What Cheezes Me Off, Masterslime, DIscussion, Hey Hey It's Saturday Wheel and Media Watch Press. Guests include Dragon, David Lee Roth, Soopersax, Elliot Goblet, Ron Martin, Mark Jackson and Kids in the Kitchen.
Episode 11 Episode 11 features Media Watch Press, Beat It, What Cheezes Me Off, Jacki's Novelty Box, Discussion, Phunny Fotos and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Geisha, DD Smash, Jane Scali and John St. Peeters.
Episode 12 Episode 12 features Jacki's Novelty Box, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Phunny Fotos, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Mick Fleetwood's Zoo, Stephen Cummings and The Flying Picketts.
Episode 13 Episode 13 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, Beat It, Tucker Time with Jacki, What Cheezes Me Off, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel and Phunny Fotos. Guests include David Lee Roth, Galapagos Duck, Jane Clifton and Billy Baxter.
Episode 14 Episode 14 features Media Watch Press, Phunny Fotos, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion, What Cheezes Me Off and Jacki's Novelty Box. Guests include Mental As Anything, Ricky May and Venetta Fields.
Episode 15 Episode 15 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Funny Signs, Jacki's Novelty Box, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Rose Tattoo, The Venetians, Neil Finn and Caramel.
Episode 16 Episode 16 features Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Funny Signs, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Uncanny X-Men, Wendy Stapleton, Brian Mannix, Australian Ballet, Lester Ellis and Sharon Rogers.
Episode 17 Episode 17 features Media Watch TV, Beat It, What Cheezes Me Off, Funny Signs, Daryl's Wheel, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Dear Enemy, Scott Abbott, John Haney, John Farnham and Ron Martini.
Episode 18 Episode 18 features Media Watch Press, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It and Funny Signs. Guests include Bear Garden and Colleen Hewett.
Episode 19 Episode 19 features Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch TV and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include Kids in the Kitchen, Michael Winslow and Machinations.
Episode 20 Episode 20 features Funny Signs, Media Watch TV, Discussion and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include I'm Talking, Galapagos Duck, Kate Ceberano, Tom Hare and Brad Robinson.
Episode 21 Episode 21 features What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Media Watch TV, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel and Funny Signs. Guests include Brian Cadd, David McAllister, Elizabeth Toohey and Wendy Stapleton.
Episode 22 Episode 22 features Funny Signs, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Dynamic Hepnotics, Venetta Fields and Daryl Braithwaite.
Episode 23 Episode 23 features classic games and segments, and loads of fun with Daryl, Ossie and the whole gang.
Episode 24 Episode 24 features What Cheezes Me Off, Funny Signs, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel, Media Watch Press and Discussion. Guests include Bear Garden, David Reyne, Richard Bruce and Green Socks Incorporated.
Episode 25 Episode 25 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV and Funny Signs, Guests include Zu Zu Shieks and James Morrison.
Episode 26 Episode 26 features Media Watch TV, Headlines, Daryl's Wheel, What Cheezes Me Off and Media Watch Press. Guests include Brian Cadd and Band, The Expression and Weird Al Yankovic.
Episode 27 Episode 27 features Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It, Media Watch TV and Funny Signs. Guests include Stephen Cummings, The Promise and Jane Clifton.
Episode 28 Episode 28 features Media Watch TV, Look-A-Likes, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Kids in the Kitchen, Electric Pandas, Geoff Harvey, Martha Davis, Lyndel Jacob and Spaniards.
Episode 29 Episode 29 features Funny Signs, Media Watch TV, Beat It, Headlines and What Cheezes Me Off. Guests include Goanna, Samurai Trash, Wendy Graham, Wendy Stapleton and Jane Clifton.
Episode 30 Episode 30 features Look-A-Likes, Media Watch Press, Willy's Record Review, Media Watch TV, Daryl's Wheel and Discussion. Guests include Geoff Harvey, No Nonsense, The Cockroaches, Richard Bruce and Tracey Wickham.
Episode 31 Episode 31 features Headlines, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Funny Signs, Discussion, Daryl's Wheel and Media Watch Press. Guests include Bobbysocks, Tina Arena, The Phones, Hannah Krogh and Elizabeth Andreasson.
Episode 32 Episode 32 features Media Watch Press, Headlines, Beat It, What Cheezes Me Off, Funny Signs, Discussion and Media Watch TV. Guests include My Old School, Ross Wilson, Caramel, Machinations and Jeff Baxter.
Episode 33 Episode 33 features Galah Fashion Parade, Media Watch TV, Media Watch Press, What Cheezes Me Off, Discussion, Funny Signs and Daryl's Wheel. Guests include Jon English, Herbs, Elliot Goblet and Colin Hay.
Episode 34 Episode 34 features Funny Signs, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Headlines, Discussion and Media Watch Press. Guests include Geisha, Kids in the Kitchen, Eric McCusker and Lisa Bade
Episode 35 Episode 35 features classic games and segments, and loads of fun with Daryl, Ossie and the whole gang.
Episode 36 Episode 36 features What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch TV, Discussion, Media Watch Press and Busking Competition. Guests include Venetta's Taxi, The Brass Band, John St. Peeters and The Reels.
Episode 37 Episode 37 features classic games and segments, and loads of fun with Daryl, Ossie and the whole gang.
Episode 38 Episode 38 features Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Media Watch Press, Daryl's Wheel, Funny Signs and Discussion. Guests include The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Merran, Johnny Chester & Hotspur, The Ledge and Glenn A. Baker.
Episode 39 Episode 39 features Media Watch Press, Headlines, Media Watch TV, What Cheezes Me Off, Beat It and Funny Signs. Guests include Shockkrock, Deckchairs Overboard, Jane Clifton and Black Sorrows.

MovieEdit

In 1992, Hey Hey It's Saturday broadcast an episode from Australia's latest theme park, Warner Brothers Movie World, situated in Gold Coast, Queensland. During their time there, the Hey Hey crew made a 45-minute feature film in just seven days. The film was titled "Silence of the Hams" and featured all the current cast members of the show. The movie's premise was in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film Casablanca and starred Daryl Somers as a private investigator named Rick Shaw, who is attempting to track down who is responsible for trying to destroy the world's movie business.

The announcement was made on the following episode that they had made a movie, and after editing, it would appear on the Nine Network. It was first broadcast on 15 June 1992 and was only ever repeated once on television. The movie has never been transferred to any form of official home media, but the entire movie was uploaded to YouTube on the official Hey Hey channel.[33]

AwardsEdit

Hey Hey It's Saturday won 19 Logies during its 29-year run. Awards the show has won include:

Award Awarded to Year(s) won
Most Popular Personality (Gold Logie) Daryl Somers 1983, 1986, 1989
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality Daryl Somers 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997
Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Personality Daryl Somers 1990
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program The show 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Most Popular Comedy Program The show 1985, 1999

The show and cast have been nominated for various Logies over its run. Awards nominated include:

Award Nominee Year(s) nominated
Most Popular Personality (Gold Logie) Daryl Somers 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality Daryl Somers 1994
Most Popular Light Entertainment Program The show 1986, 1996, 2010 (Reunion), 2011
Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Program The show 1991, 1992
Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Personality Daryl Somers 1990, 1991
Most Popular Comedy Program The show 1997, 1998
Most Popular Program The show 1998
Most Popular Comedy Personality Russell Gilbert 1995, 1996
Most Popular Comedy Personality Daryl Somers 1996, 1997
Most Popular Comedy Personality Plucka Duck 1997

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  6. ^ The Age, 19 October 1978 p. 37
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  21. ^ "Top marks for Blanchett". The Age. Melbourne. 1 March 2005. p. 1. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
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  28. ^ a b Brown, Lane (7 October 2009). "Harry Connick Jr. No Fan of Australian Blackface Michael Jackson Tribute". New York. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  29. ^ a b Jon Stratton (2011), "The Jackson Jive: Blackface Today and the Limits of Whiteness in Australia" (PDF), Journal of the European Association of Studies on Australia, 2 (2)
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  31. ^ Evelyne Yamine; Gareth Trickey; Chris Scott (8 October 2009). "Hey Hey sees red over black face Jackson 5 act". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  32. ^ Siobhan Duck; Xanthe Kleinig (9 October 2009). "Julia Gillard defends Hey Hey blackface skit". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  33. ^ "Silence of the Hams". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017.

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