Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, possibly Australian television’s first major television export, made its Australian debut in Sydney and Melbourne on 5 February 1968.
Ninety-one episodes over three series were made between 1966 and 1969. Following the adventures of the Waratah National Park ranger’s youngest son, Sonny Hammond (Garry Pankhurst), and his ultra-intuitive marsupial companion, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo was made by Fauna Productions with some financial assistance from the Nine Network.
It was sold to 128 countries, including the United States where it was syndicated to 160 local television stations. Before it had debuted in Australia it was already showing in the United Kingdom, Finland, Netherlands, Canada (in both French and English) and Japan, and deals had been made to sell the show to Germany, France, Malta and Kenya.
The Sydney and Melbourne debuts of Skippy The Bush Kangaroo are among the latest additions to Classic TV Guides:
- Saturday 20 January 1968 — VICTORIA
- Saturday 20 January 1968 — ADELAIDE
- Monday 5 February 1968 — SYDNEY Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
- Monday 5 February 1968 — VICTORIA Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
- Wednesday 5 July 1972 — MELBOURNE Out There
- Saturday 2 December 1972 — MELBOURNE Federal Election
- Thursday 24 January 1974 — MELBOURNE Opening Ceremony X Commonwealth Games
- Saturday 3 January 1976 — SYDNEY ABC Sportsman Of The Year Awards
- Saturday 3 January 1976 — MELBOURNE ABC Sportsman Of The Year Awards
- Wednesday 22 December 1976 — MELBOURNE Final Certain Women
- Wednesday 22 December 1976 — SOUTH AUSTRALIA Final Certain Women
- Friday 31 December 1976 — MELBOURNE
- Friday 31 December 1976 — SOUTH AUSTRALIA
- Saturday 19 January 1980 — MELBOURNE Last day ATV0
- Monday 10 February 1992 — MELBOURNE Guess What?, Supermarket Sweep, Melbourne Extra
- Friday 18 December 1992 — MELBOURNE Final Good Morning Australia
- Sunday 4 June 2006 — SYDNEY Final Blue Heelers