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Sharing Some Childhood Memories of Adelaide TV

One of the truly great pleasures of hosting the Adelaide Remember When Facebook page and blog is reading the hundreds of emails I receive each week from regular followers, sharing their own memories of growing up in Adelaide during their childhood and adolescent years.

Photo from You Tube. Whatever happened to Winky Dink (played by Wendy Patching) on the kids' shows in the afternoons on channel 9

Photo from You Tube. “Whatever happened to Winky Dink (played by Wendy Patching) on the kids’ shows in the afternoons on channel 9”?

Julie Stokes wrote recently of memories about some of her favourite Adelaide TV presenters from the 60’s and 70’s; “Have just spent some time browsing this awesome site…. Love it… brings back so many memories of my childhood and teenage years…..Whatever happened to Winky Dink (played by Wendy Patching) on the kids’ shows in the afternoons on channel 9 and a host of other presenters like Anne North (who also did the weather), Bobo the Clown, Robbie the Robot and so many others. Colin Huddleston doing his show on Channel 9 in the 60’s? TV sure isn’t what it used to be!”

Photo sent by Nick Haynes. ""Another blast from the Channel 9 past. Anne North was my kindergarten teacher".

Photo sent by Nick Haynes. “”Another blast from the Channel 9 past. Anne North was my kindergarten teacher”.

Another regular poster Nick Haines posted this photo and comment; “Another blast from the Channel 9 past. Anne North was my kindergarten teacher and she used to do the “cattle call” of former kindy students when they needed kids on the show. I got to be on two shows in 1968. I don’t remember much except not being nervous at all because Miss North was there”!

Andrea Veitch shared a memory of growing up in Adelaide; “In the late 60’s early 70’s, our regular favourite on a Friday night was dinner at the Gouger Café and a trip to the market for lollies from Dumbrell’s! All ready to tuck in to watch Deadly Earnest introduce the horror (or space) movie! Great times!!”

Photo from You Tube. Deadly Earnest was the late-night horror movie host played by Hedley Cullen between 1967 to 1978 on Channel 10 Adelaide.

Photo from You Tube. Deadly Earnest was the late-night horror movie host played by Hedley Cullen between 1967 to 1978 on Channel 10 Adelaide.

Deadly Earnest was the late-night horror movie host played by Hedley Cullen between 1967 to 1978 on Channel 10 Adelaide. “Awful Movies” featured mainly b-grade horror movies introduced by Deadly who would rise out of a coffin and had a couple of skulls, one called Yorrick, that he would talk to. The program was notorious for showing the absolute worst of supernaturally themed movies, even going so far as to present the ‘Worst Movie of the Year’ on at least one occasion.

And remember when Patsy Biscoe and Fat Cat hosted the afternoons children’s programme on Channel 10? Peter Osborne recalled; “From memory Patsy, actually started out on Nine with appearances on Here’s Humphrey, moving then to other children’s programmes such as Fat Cat and friends on SAS10. She had a background as a folk and jazz singer, but made her career out of children’s entertainment. This newspaper photo from 1973 is from Patsy’s own Photostream on Flickr and shows Fat Cat, Patsy and Noel O’Connor, fellow presenter on Channel 10, just after Patsy had been presented with a gold album award for her LP “Fifty Favourite Nursery Rhymes”.

Photo from Patsy Biscoe's Flickr Photostream. Fat Cat, Patsy and Noel O'Connor, fellow presenter on Channel 10, just after Patsy had been presented with a gold album award for her LP "Fifty Favourite Nursery Rhymes".

Photo from Patsy Biscoe’s Flickr Photostream. Fat Cat, Patsy and Noel O’Connor, fellow presenter on Channel 10, just after Patsy had been presented with a gold album award for her LP “Fifty Favourite Nursery Rhymes”.

All great memories, and to all those who contribute to our page and blog, thank you for sharing!

Bob

23 Responses to Sharing Some Childhood Memories of Adelaide TV

  1. Anne Burrows November 13, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    While there was some memorable local TV, I still have great memories of the imported shows of the period. My favorites – ‘The Cisco Kid'(and the signature greetings ‘hey Pancho’ and ‘hey Cisco’), ‘Sheena Queen of the Jungle’ and my supreme favorite ‘ The Mickey Mouse Club’. I wanted badly to be the Adelaide version of Mouseketeer Darlene. Shame I couldn’t sing or dance!

  2. Virginia November 13, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Dig deep n bring back deadly earnest and the Blob, The Brain Snatchers… Kids just wouldn’t understand today, but they were really scary in the Day!! The night Stalker too was great, with Darren mcgavin.

  3. Cathie Green November 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm #

    Whatever happened to Ian Fairweather…..he was on the Channel Niners with Glenys O’Brien (now Sigley)
    And every year we would look forward to Smokey the Bear’s birthday party.

  4. Lee-Anne November 14, 2014 at 12:26 am #

    I loved the children TV shows when I was a kid. The Channel Niners hosted by Dean Davis and Helen Wood with regular guests like Drs. Deane Hutton and Rob Morrison who later had their own programme called “The Curiosity Show”. I’m also pretty sure that Humphrey, Robbie the Robot and Bobo the Clown also started with the Channel Niners. After a long day at school, it was something to look forward to when you came home.

    Ian Fairweather was probably the biggest name that I can remember when it came to being associated with Children’s TV. When most of the shows on the ABC were coming from other countries, Channel Nine looked for local talent. Then there was “Here’s Humphrey” with Ann North, Wilbur Worm, Mr. Spotty and of course, Humphrey. I think that most of the girls in my class at school had some sort of merchandise that had to do with Humphrey B. Bear as well.

    And of course, there was Romper Room with Miss Michelle but does anyone remember “The Magic Circle Club”? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShFb_SL-ntE

  5. Kieron Sloan November 14, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Hello. I appeared on the Channel Niners, on 31st March 1969. I was 11 years old, and a pupil at Northfield Primary School. I had only recently arrived, from Liverpool, and I remember Anne (in particular) and Ian quizzing me about the Beatles, and remarking about my scouse accent. I won my game (matching pictures of television shows/characters) against a lass called Kayleen. My prize, an ice cream cake, melted on the bus, back to Gepps Cross. Happy days.

    • Phil Osborne August 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

      My lovely wife appeared o the channel niners in the late 1960 s. She was frim elizabeth west primary.
      I have unsuccesfully tried to get a copy of her performance. Can you help?

      Phil

  6. Terry Webb November 16, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I loved Deadly Earnest as a kid. As an adult I once worked with Hedley on a voice job. He was horrible to me. Shattered many childhood dreams sadly. Great TV days though.

    • Danny Bocchino November 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Hi Terry Webb!

      Please read my separate reply written earlier today about Hedley Cullen.

      Cheers from Danny Bocchino

  7. Danny Bocchino November 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

    The man who played the character as ‘Deadly Ernest’, had his own real name.

    His real name was Hedley Cullen, and during WW2 he served as one of Loveday Internment Camps’ armed guard to control Enemy Aliens (internees). He also was one of the Loveday Internment Camps’ official photographer. He had photographed many items of interests involving the Loveday Internment Camps.

    And where was the largest internment camps of the southern hemi-sphere located? Just south from Barmera, of the Riverland (hence = Loveday!).

    While his show was shown on each Friday nights, I used to watch it without a miss. But, I did not know why my dad (overseas born Italian), had never watched it. I only recently found out via internet researches that Hedley Cullen (later to be known as ‘Deadly Ernest’), that Hedley once possibly guarded to control my dad who was interned in Loveday Internment Camp 9.

  8. Fred December 3, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    After school with Steve Curtis and Pam Tamblyn (and a puppet???) on Channel 7.
    They use to have the Wacky Races and you use to set a race competitor to a family member and/or friend, usually someone you didn’t like got matched with Dick Dastardly.

  9. DAVE HESLOP March 14, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    HI, MY NAME IS DAVE HESLOP,AND I WAS IN A BLUES BAND CALLED HARD TIME KILLING FLOOR IN THR LATE 60’S. WE APPEARED TWICE ON CHANNEL 10’S IN TIME, ABOUT 1968, WOULD ANYONE KNOW IF THERE IS ANY OLD FOOTAGE OF THOSE SHOWS? THANKS DAVE

    • marie February 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      Hi Dave
      I remember you you use to play at the Fire Brigade in Elizabeth they were great days the Sound Benders, (Greg Plimmer on drums), Swanee use to play there. The Masters Apprentices came up and played. Great Days. You could possibly contact Channel 10’s library if you haven’t already done so to see if they have any achive stuff.
      Rock On, Marie Porter

  10. E.White March 18, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    What about the Thunderbirds – those amazing lifelike puppets that bounced onto our screen.
    The very well-to-do Lady Penelope, Jeff Tracy the leader and Alan, John and Virgil Tracy his sons, Brain the intellect and TinTin the daughter of Jeff Tracys man servant.
    My brother watched this religiously and beware of anyone that talked or stepped in front of the TV screen while it was on.

    “Thunderbirds are go!!!

  11. GT July 25, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    Young Seven was the Channel 7 Kid’s show which was hosted by Rick Marshall & Francie Chamings (sp?) and later Steve Curtis & Pam Tamblyn. The puppet was Muffy I think and they also had Sammy the Seagull (a Fat Cat/Humphrey type.

    Channel 10 had Earlybirds hosted firstly by Veronica Overton & Fat Cat – later Didi James & Jane Reilly hosted I think. I had a big crush on Veronica and was shocked when she closed the show one day by saying ‘Bye boys and girls. Fat Cat will be back on Monday but I won’t’ – Her on-air resignation was apparently also a shock to her employers lol.

    In those days, Adelaide also had its’ own Hey Hey Its Saturday type kids show which was hosted by Dean Davis I think.

    I loved Deadly Earnest’s Aweful Movies (they weren’t all awful – I can remember some real classics like Planet of the Apes). I was thrilled when he held up a drawing of some creature I sent in to the show.

  12. Gary Osborne September 22, 2015 at 11:45 am #

    Hi, I appeared on the show “the channel niners” in 1966/67 with Ian Fairweather on the Robbie the Robot segment with another contestant asking Robbie a question. I want to know if I can get any footage sent to my email if possible, thanks Gary.

    • Phil Osborne August 24, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

      Gary
      My wite was also on that show about the sa e time. I want the vidio of her perfomance. Channel i
      Nine says too old to find, sorry.

      Phil

  13. Philby Ramone January 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

    I was on the Channel Niners playing Pass the Honeypot in 1967. I got picked out of the studio audience because of my freckles. It was another kids 5th Birthday party. We were at Colonel Light Gardens Primary.

  14. Rose September 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    I appeared in ‘ the Happy Show” some time in early 60s. Stagestruck, i eventually managed to answer a simple addition & won a Balfours cake & chocolates. My young. Rother was horrified to see me on TV as he hadnt been told. My grandmother was minding him & as all doting grans do, she switched the tv on to see her grand daughtet

  15. CHRIS COSTIGAN October 11, 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    My sister and I were photographed by TV camera man on the corner of Rose Street at Prospect in the early 1960’s when our Grandmother had sent us to the shops. This photo was shown on a segment of the Channel Niners on a segment called “The Tip Top Safety Session” I still see this photo clearly in my memory.. Just imagine this happening today lol.

  16. Bob Zinger April 11, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

    I had a big crush on Robin Roenfeldt

  17. Paul Michael Varney May 28, 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Love the picture of Deadly Earnest I used to live next door to him in Renown Park in the early 70’s. He had a very large eerie house I remember all us kids were scared of the place.

  18. Peter Bourke September 15, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    I remember when for many years we hired a TV over the school holidays and then returned it when going back to school – we loved the 3 Stooges Peter Bourke.

  19. Marlene Manhire September 30, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

    My brother Ron Pearce accordionist used to do guest appearances on Channel 9 would you have any clips of It.?

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