kathandkim_0002Some non-blog updates to start the month.

Classic TV Guides


16 May 2002 (Premiere: Kath And Kim, pictured)


17 June 1959 (First televised Shakespeare in Australia)
4 November 1969 (Melbourne Cup)
19 October 1974 (First test colour programs — Sydney)


31 December 1979
16 August 1984 (QTQ9 celebrates 25 years)
13 July 2003 (Premiere: Deal Or No Deal)

Northern Territory

16 October 1978


2 December 1974
3 November 1992 (Melbourne Cup)


#059: Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast was a panel show first launched by the Seven Network in 1964. The basic premise was to pit a sardonic or sometimes chauvenistic host (‘the beast’) against a panel of females (‘the beauties’) who would respond to viewers’ pressing, or not so pressing, issues.

Eric Baume was the first ‘beast’ and others to follow after his death included Stuart Wagstaff, Rex Mossop, John Laws and Alwyn Kurts.

The original version of Beauty And The Beast last appeared in 1973. In 1982 the format was revived by two rival networks at the same time. The Seven Network revival was headed by Derryn Hinch, while John Laws reprised his role as ‘beast’ for Network Ten’s version. Laws was later replaced by Clive Robertson.

Pictured with Laws are some of the ‘beauties’ to have featured on the Network Ten series: Rosemary Margan, Ena Harwood, Sue McIntosh, Bettina Arndt, Anne Wills, Barbie Rogers, Margaret Throsby, Diana Fisher.

Beauty And The Beast was revived again in the mid 1990s in a joint venture between Network Ten and Foxtel. The production later became exclusive to Foxtel.

Picture: Woman’s Day, 16 February 1982

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