What is your earliest TV memory? Was it…

Watching flickering sets in TV store windows?

The Melbourne Olympic Games?

Graham Kennedy on In Melbourne Tonight

…or later on Blankety Blanks?

The Mavis Bramston Show?

Man on the moon?


Watching sitcoms like Here’s Lucy

The Brady Bunch


…or Bewitched?

Sneaking a peek at Abigail on Number 96 when your parents thought you were asleep?

The changeover to colour television?

The women from Wentworth Detention Centre in Prisoner?

Royal weddings?

The TV Week Logie Awards?

‘Molly’ Meldrum on Countdown?

Jason Donovan and Kylie Minogue on Neighbours?

The Comedy Company?

My earliest memory of TV was watching Sesame Street, always at 8.00am each weekday morning on ABC, though I’m told I was also a fan of Adventure Island. Then I felt so mature when I felt I was old enough to graduate to The Early Bird Show on ATV0. And if I was well-behaved enough I’d have been allowed to ‘stay up’ to watch Skyways.

Another early TV memory was the arrival of colour TV to our house.

Coming home from school one day in 1977 to find the old black-and-white Philips set moved aside and replaced with a Pye colour TV set. How excitement! Not only was it colour, but it was ‘push button’ which seemed very modern as everybody else I knew still had the rotary dial tuners. How modern we were???

What is your earliest TV memory?

1 thought on “Your earliest TV memory

  1. The first TV show I remember vividly was the Magic Circle Club in 1965. I was in Year 1 at school, and my brother was in Kindergarten. The show, a precursor to “Adventure Island”, was like a live musical pantomime and it played five nights a week – but very often, instead of seeing the Friday resolution episode, we had to go shopping after school with my Mum and grandmother!

    Monday recess was for catching up with what had happened on the Friday, much as “Number 96” was discussed in the playground when I was at high school. (And in primary school, it was “Batman”.)

    Other very early memories: “The Adventures of Robin Hood” with Richard Green, and the very scary UK version of “The Invisible Man”. And an afternoon kids’ show with Bill the Koala, a lifelike hand puppet, who climbed back up a gum tree at the end of each show, while the hostess sang, “Bill’s asleep, Bill’s asleep, tra la la la la…, Bill’s asleep.”

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