Network Ten will be celebrating its upcoming 50th anniversary with a special, 50 Years Young.
The program will feature an all-star cast of past and present Ten personalities, including Rove McManus, Bert Newton, Dr Chris Brown, Carrie Bickmore, Peter Helliar, Sandra Sully, Johnny Young, Chrissie Swann, Denise Drysdale, Claudia Karvan, Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald, Samuel Johnson, Osher Gunsberg, Jennifer Hansen, Jo Stanley, Steve Vizard, Dave Hughes, Bruce Mansfield, Terence Donovan, Ian “Dicko” Dickson, Toni Pearen, Ed Phillips and the cast of Neighbours.
Ten has also put together a list of 50 favourite shows from the past 50 years and has opened the votes for viewers to name their all-time top 10.
The list goes back to the earliest days of the network with children’s program The Magic Circle Club (featuring Nancy Cato, pictured right) and pop music show Go! both featured. Dramas include Number 96 (starring Abigail and Joe Hasham, pictured above), Matlock Police, The Box, Prisoner, Chopper Squad, The Restless Years, Carson’s Law, The Henderson Kids, E Street, Heartbreak High and Neighbours, through to The Secret Life Of Us, Puberty Blues and Offspring.
Mini-series are represented by The Dismissal, Bodyline, Return To Eden, Bangkok Hilton, Vietnam and Day Of The Roses. As well as The Magic Circle Club, other children’s titles include Simon Townsend’s Wonder World, The Early Bird Show, Ridgey Didge, Mulligrubs and Totally Wild.
Variety and light entertainment shows include Blankety Blanks, Pot O’ Gold, Young Talent Time, It’s A Knockout, Perfect Match, The Comedy Company, Good News Week, The Panel, Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation, Rove and Thank God You’re Here.
Daytime shows Good Morning Australia, Aerobics Oz Style, Video Hits and Beauty And The Beast have made the list, while reality TV is well represented with Big Brother, Australian Idol, MasterChef Australia (pictured) and The Biggest Loser.
Slapstick comedy Let The Blood Run Free, magazine show Healthy Wealthy And Wise, factual series Bondi Rescue and The Project complete the top 50 list.
You can vote your top 10 favourites at Ten Play and the results will be featured in 50 Years Young.
An airdate for the program has yet to be announced.