The New Inventors takes its leave from our screens tonight with its Grand Final edition at 8pm.
The ABC recently announced the show would not be renewed.
But Producer Nicholas Searle says it isn’t the staff behind the show that will lose out most.
“I’m sorriest for the inventors because it is the inventors that are going to miss out. The guys that work on the show that’s sad – and we’ve become a really close team, but we’ll find other work, ” he tells ABC Online.
“[The show]’s done a lot of good for a lot of inventors, it’s really the only outlet that a lot of inventors at that real entry level, a guy or a girl in a workshop, knocking out a new invention – it’s really the only avenue they’ve got to get something before a broader audience.”
The ABC’s association with local inventors stretches back much further than the current incarnation.
Its predecessor, The Inventors produced by Beverly Gledhill, was an ABC mainstay during the 1970s, broadcasting hundreds of Australian inventions throughout the decade.
The Inventors was eventually shelved for more than 20 years, but was revived in 2003 as The New Inventors with James O’Loghlin.
In tonight’s Grand Final, will choose a 2011 winner based on originality, need, design, safety, manufacture and pricing, and market.
In addition to ‘Invention of the Year’, two more special prizes will be presented the Bright Spark award for the best inventor under 18 years of age, and the Les is More award, in honour of the late judge Les Miller, goes to for inventions created for the benefit of society or the environment.