If people in more recent times wanted to dub Eddie McGuire as “Eddie Everywhere”, then they would find McGuire to be an amateur compared to Bert Newton in July 1973.

Newton had less than a year earlier lamented in a newspaper interview that he’d not had a lot of TV work during 1972, with his presenting commitments not extending much further than the TV Week Logie Awards and a series of commercials for TV rental company Canberra Television.

Go forward to July 1973 and it’s a different story. In the time since that newspaper interview Newton had reunited with his former TV partner Graham Kennedy for The Graham Kennedy Show.

And in mid-July Newton was appearing on not one but three rival channels — at a time when Melbourne only had four.

As well as The Graham Kennedy Show, Newton had a seven-week variety show on ABC, The Bert Newton Show, screening on Monday nights.

Newton (pictured above with models Jan Murray and Jill Considine) was also the host of ATV0‘s one-hour special Gown Of The Year, an awards presentation for Australia’s fashion industry. The 1973 awards marked the Gown Of The Year‘s 20th anniversary.

One program that didn’t feature Newton this particular week was a comedy special The True Blue Show. The one-hour program, produced at Sydney’s ATN7, was a sketch comedy production featuring Gerry Gallagher, Sue Walker, John Derum and Emma Gray. The special was the precursor to a regular series to go to air on the Seven Network later in the year.

The Gown Of The Year and The True Blue Show screenings are among the ten listings now added to the Classic TV Guides section:




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