There’s passion, and there’s dedication. In this case, it’s a passionate and dedicated fanboy.
The announcement of iconic Australian variety show Hey Hey It’s Saturday returning for a 50th anniversary special, but this time on the rival Seven Network and not the original Nine Network. That’s due to Hey Hey owner Daryl Somers currently being signed on as station talent.
The show launched in 1971 as a children’s cartoon show, and over time it shifted to a late night adult oriented show in 1984. Eventually, it shifted to prime-time and stayed there until 1999 where the show was axed after a 28 year run.
In 2009, two reunion shows rated through the roof, which prompted a full season return in 2010, which wrapped up after 20 episodes without some controversy. Seriously, if I need to repeat it here, you’ve been living under a rock.
One popular segment was the Plucka Duck prize segment, where an overly energised duck provokes the contestant to ‘Pluck-A-Duck’ after they spin the prize wheel, leading to the duck to operate an overly elaborate contraption.
But in-between breaks and reunions, a dedicated fan has kept the dream alive. Hey Hey fanatic Christopher Pyke has spent the last few years recreating his own Plucka Duck game set at home, right down to the spinning carousel.
— Christopher Pyke (@heyheyfan3333) June 15, 2019
So dedicated to his art, Pyke produced his own segment in his home shed, and dedicated his version of the game to Hey Hey co-host Livinia Nixon for her birthday.
Great work, Christopher!
Hey Hey We’re 50 – coming to Channel 7 and 7Plus.