We look into the first episode of the transition from morning show to late night variety.
The iconic Hey Hey It’s Saturday. This site is not ashamed that we love this show a tiny little bit.
Originally an early morning show born in 1971 on Channel 9 (first episode broadcast October 9) the kids show screened cartoons for two hours from 8:30am Saturdays, with host Daryl ‘Dags’ Somers and co-host VFL player Peter McKenna, as well as a hand-puppet named Ossie Ostrich (owned by Ernie Carroll).
The show evolved into a platform for a variety of many co-hosts, entertainers, musicians and personalities appearing for interviews, reviews and performances, as well as shifting time slots:
1971 – 1983: Saturdays 8:30am – 11:30am
1984 – 1985: Saturdays 9:30pm – midnight
1985 – 1999: Saturdays 6:30pm – 8:30pm
2009 reunion: Wednesdays 7:30pm – 10:30pm
2010: Wednesdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm, then Saturdays 7:30pm – 9:30pm
With over 1100 episodes in the can from the lifespan of 1971 to 1999 and including the 2009 – 2010 resurrection, we thought it’s worthy enough for us to try and do some time of episode guide with the existing episodes, digitised by Dags himself. Except for the 2009 – 2010 era, none of these episodes were replayed or released on DVD (other than the ‘Best Of’ specials) or iTunes, but exclusively available via HeyHey.TV for a small subscription fee. (We reviewed the site here).
It’s hard to start an episode guide from the beginning, as some episodes from 1971 to 1983 don’t really exist or unavailable to be digitised, so we will start from 1984, where the episodes from the Somers Carroll archive survived. So, let’s fork over the coin and get things streaming. Apparently around 774 episodes exist, so this will be a heavy process.
Disclaimer: Song links are to iTunes music. If not available, YouTube links will be provided.