Shirl's Neighbourhood

Shirl's Neighbourhood was an Australian afternoon children's television series aired on the Seven Network between 1979 and 1983. The half-hour show featured former Skyhooks frontman Graeme "Shirley" Strachan and co-host Liz Rule alongside a cast of characters including Norm The Kangaroo, Ol' Possum, Claude The Crow, Stanley The Snake, Greenfinger the Garden Gnome, Yippee the Bunyip, Bartholomew the Sheep and a band of monkeys. Franciscus Henri appeared in the show as a regular, both as himself presenting musical segments and as "Professor Henri" in comical sketches. He left the show in October 1980.

Shirl's Neighbourhood
StarringGraeme "Shirley" Strachan
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes900+
ProducersJennifer Hooks,
Richard Bence
Running time30 minutes
Original networkSeven Network (Seven Melbourne)
Original release1979 (1979) –
1983 (1983)

Norm the Kangaroo was played by Don Bridges.[1] The other characters were puppets created and brought to life by Ron Mueck.


Shirl's Neighbourhood was produced by Jenifer Hooks and Richard Bence of Puppetstuff. It ran from 1979 till 1983 and clocked up over 900 episodes. Jenifer Hooks later went on to head Film Victoria and Cinemedia.

The show was very popular with kids and adults alike. This was due mainly to the character of Claude the Crow. Claude had a slightly more cynical view of the world than the other characters, and adults could identify with this.



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