21 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Fave Aussie Shows

Mr Squiggle draws upside down because the artist controls him via his hat from above!

1. Lift Off was based on the ideas of a Harvard University psychologist, with the show being specifically designed for the toddler mind.
2. On Neighbours only six houses are ever seen on screen in Ramsay Street – Numbers 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32.
3. Neighbours originally premiered on Channel Seven, but was a flop and cancelled after a few months. Then Channel Ten bought it and turned it into the show we love today.
4. The pilot episode of Home And Away was a 90 minute film.

5. Cheez TV was the first television show in Australia to have an internet address.
6. The first two series of Round The Twist were based on Paul Jennings stories.
7. The Comedy Company is widely credited with the circulation of the word ‘bogan’.
8. Series two and series three of Round The Twist had an eight year gap between them.
9. A*Mazing originally had an obstacle that was a pit filled with ping pong balls. They removed this after two episodes, following contestants falling on the balls and hurting their spines.
10. Play School is based on a British show, that originally aired in 1964.

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11. Mr Squiggle draws upside down because the artist controls him via his hat from above.
12. It is heavily rumoured that Agro, from Agro’s Cartoon Connection has the last name “vation.”
13. Skippy was actually played by three kangaroos.
14. Originally, Skippy was to be named Hoppy, but the show’s co-producer overruled the decision.
15. When Alan Fisher was killed off on Home And Away producers faced severe fan backlash. As a result, they tabled many ideas as to how they could bring him back — including having him on as a completely different character, with a moustache that looked “remarkably like” Alan.
16. Although Genie From Down Under was half set in Australia and half set in England, the entire thing was filmed in Australia. The scenes with Penelope’s mansion were shot in Melbourne.

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Channel Seven


17. McLeod’s Daughters was the first Australian television show to be shot in HDMI.
18. Ocean Girl‘s main character, Neri, is short for Nerida – the Greek word for sea nymph.
19. The humpback whale in Ocean Girl was a 700kg fiberglass prop.
20. Bananas in Pyjamas was inspired by a song written by Carey Blyton (Enid Blyton’s nephew) which was shown on Play School for many years in the 70s.
21. The lady who was the face on Mulligrubs is Diana Kidd.

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