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The Naked City – THE GONG SHOW – OZ STYLE

It was billed as a “piece of Australian television history” – a 1970 Silver Logie which recently sold at auction for around $5700. Talk about ye olde cultural cringe - it wasn’t even awarded to a homegrown show. Instead the very plain looking silver plated gong was given to the American TV show The Mod […]

NAKED CITY – BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS

In the early days of Australian television during the late 1950s, Sydney had Desmond Tester, the Cabbage Quiz and Captain Fortune – Melbourne had the Tarax Show with Happy Hammond, Princess Panda and Gerry Gee. Of all the various early children’s favourites only one would ever achieve national celebrity at the time - and that […]

NAKED CITY: VENTRILOQUISM FOR DUMMIES

With the analog signal soon to be switched off, perhaps it’s an appropriate time to recall the early days of Australian television, in particular The Tarax Show and its wise-cracking dummy Gerry Gee. Whilst the Melbourne-based program did not screen in Sydney it created a legacy that was to survive for many years, especially when […]