Television.AU wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas. This year’s Christmas flashback takes us back to 1992, when TV Week‘s multi-network Christmas photoshoot took its theme from the year’s biggest movie hit, Strictly Ballroom.

Decked out in their tizzy finery were Rachel Blakely (Neighbours), Bruce Roberts (Home And Away), Steven Jacobs (All Together Now), Gia Carides (Police Rescue and Strictly Ballroom), Kym Wilson (A Country Practice), Simon Baker (then Simon Denny in E Street) and Matthew Krok (Hey Dad!) — all up representing the ABC, Seven, Nine and Ten networks.

SBS‘ invitation must have got lost in the mail…?

At the time TV Week editor Lawrie Masterson gave an insight into what was then a Christmas tradition:

“It’s become traditional around here for us to pull out all stops and do something special for our Christmas issue cover. This year we decided to pick up on the theme of the phenomenally successful Australian movie Strictly Ballroom, and there were a couple of surprises. First, we didn’t really hold out much hope of getting a star of the movie in our shots. But Gia Carides (now in Police Rescue) managed to make time to be involved. The second surprise was how young Matthew Krok managed to fit into all this, but he did it with ease and, as you can see from Michelle Day‘s cover shot, just about stole the show. Certainly, I think the shots are a fitting way for all of us to wish all of you a merry Christmas. It’s up to you to make sure it’s a safe Christmas, as well.”

Source: TV Week, 19 December 1992.

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