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#045: Play School

Monday 18 July 1966 marked the debut of an Australian children’s TV icon when ABC launched the Australian version of Play School. Based on an English program of the same name, which ABC had been screening prior to launching its own version, Play School became a firm favourite with pre-schoolers — and a lot of their parents! Gathered in 1991 to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary were former presenters including (back row) Janet Kingsbury, Donald McDonald, Benita Collings, John Waters, (front row) Trisha Goddard and Noni Hazelhurst. In its 40+ years, Play School has boasted a range of some of Australia’s best known actors including Patsy King, Anne Haddy, John Hamblin, Lorraine Bayly, Deborah Mailman and Jay Laga’aia. Picture: TV Week, 13 July 1991

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