GTV9’s farewell bash Lights, Camera, Party: Television City Celebrates! was a time to remember some of the faces and the shows that have lit up our screens for 55 years.
Veteran stars mingled with emerging performers and network staff in Studio 1 for the live two hour event on Saturday night.
TV Tonight was on hand to remember them all -well, most of them anyway!
Bert Newton and Eddie McGuire hosted the evening without an autocue, a mark of their experience and Nine’s history in variety performers working without a script.
Trusty warm-up man Michael Pope worked the room for applause and atmosphere as stars swapped stories and reminisced about their days at Television City.
There were game show girls, early current affairs presenters, actors, producers and directors.
Jimmy Hannan was a crowd favourite simply for turning up. Glenn Ridge missed his moment on air. Ding Dong was regularly leading the cheer squad for veteran stars.
Producers put together some classic clips, including some we hadn’t seen in a long time. The segment with “the misses,” “politically incorrect moments” and Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush were great inclusions. And it was fitting to have Pete Smith as the final guest -the man never ever left the network.
One of the more intriguing invitees was Jeannie Pratt, who was one of the presenters on the all-female team on 1970s daytime current affairs show, No Man’s Land.
Daryl Somers hosted a Hey Hey party for cast and crew at the same time as Lights, Camera, Party.
But did anybody remember to acknowledge Kerry Packer?
22 Bendigo Street Richmond will continue to function as a television centre through to the New Year, including recordings for Hot Seat and Warnie, but the event was the last live variety event on site.
Nearly all of Nine’s stock including props, wardrobe and even framed photos on the corridors will be sold for auction (possibly online) at a date to be determined.
Phillip Brady, Pete Smith, Denis Walter.
Ernie Sigley, Denise Drysdale.
Brodie Harper, Shura Taft.
Greg Evans, Derryn Hinch.
Sam Newman, Gary Lyon, James Brayshaw.
Game show models.
John Blackman, Pam Barnes.
Jimmy Hannan, Barbie Rogers.
Lorraine Bayly, Reg Gorman.
Maria Venuti, John Burgess.
Rhonda Burchmore, P.J. Lane.
Tottie Goldsmith, Jeremy Kewley, Kate Kendall.
Ray Martin, Livinia Nixon.
Ted Hamilton, Gerard Kennedy, Terry Donovan.
Carole-Anne Aylett, Terry Gill.
Micki de Stoop, Tracy Grimshaw.
John Chaplin-Fleming, Wendy Mooney.
Patti Newton, Max Morrison.
‘Lucky’ Phil Lambert.
Hey Hey crew.
Eddie McGuire, Bert Newton and Nine Publicity / Marketing.